Tag - sleep tips

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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items
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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone
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How Alcohol Affects Sleep
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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?
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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed
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How to Snap Out of a Thanksgiving Food Coma
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How Stress And Sleep Affect One Another
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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep
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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then
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Say Hello to Halcyon

Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items

Welcome to the fourth and final week of our Organic Challenge! This week, we’re focusing on some household item transitions that will dramatically cut down your exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of the chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. Just like the other Organic Challenge products, many of the chemicals listed below have never been adequately tested for negative health effects. For example, products that kill 50% of lab animals through ingestion or inhalation can still be designated “non-toxic.” The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals. This is more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. We’re here to help you start removing these toxins from your home. Here are our 5 non-negotiable items to trade out to get you moving towards a healthier lifestyle. 1. Cookware Companies that sell cookware are notorious for marketing themselves as “safe” or “clean” when they aren’t. Cookware is[…]

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Reasons to Love Sleeping Alone

You’ve heard the saying “slept like a baby,” but have you ever thought about it? Babies sleep peacefully, alone. They don’t have someone in the crib snoring or playing on their phone or watching TV—it’s silent. And the best sleep happens in quiet places. Sometimes there is nothing better than sleeping in a big bed all by yourself. Here are five reasons to love sleeping alone. 1.) Savor the silence. One of the biggest benefits of sleeping alone is the peace and quiet. You don’t have to worry about hearing your partner coughing, sneezing, watching television, or snoring. If you’ve ever slept next to someone who snores, you understand how disruptive it can be. If you’re sleeping next to a snorer, you are losing a half hour of sleep every night, on average. One BSAA study found that snorers cost their partners an average of two years of sleep during the course of a relationship. 2.) Stay cool or warm—it’s[…]

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How Alcohol Affects Sleep

‘Tis the season for merriment! And for some of us, that involves drinking our favorite alcoholic beverages. There’s nothing wrong with a drink or two. It’s the holidays and it’s time to celebrate! But don’t be surprised if your sleep schedule seems off after the alcohol. So why is it that after a night of celebration you feel groggy and sluggish? I fell asleep quickly, but I don’t feel rested? Don’t let the alcohol fool you! You just rang in the New Year with some champagne, and as soon as you lie your head on your pillow, it’s lights out. Just because you didn’t have to fight to fall asleep doesn’t mean your sleep will be what it should. Drinking alcohol blocks REM sleep, which is the most restorative stage of sleep. So even if you clocked eight hours, that doesn’t mean your sleep was doing it’s job. Also, as alcohol is metabolized, you tend to go from deeper to[…]

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Weighted Blankets and Insomnia – What’s the Deal with Weighted Blankets?

We’ve all had those sleepless nights—the ones when you lay awake, unable to turn your mind off no matter how hard you try. And then it gets to a point where you think “OK, if I fall asleep right now, I can still get five hours of sleep,” but then you stay awake for another hour, and then another hour. It’s a vicious cycle that only leads to one thing: insomnia. If stress and anxiety hit you hardest at night, we may have a suggestion that could help calm you down and salvage your sleep. Have you ever heard of a weighted blanket? It’s a pretty cool concept, really. People who use them explain that it feels like someone is hugging them to sleep (how cute is that?) So what is it? A weighted blanket ranges between 5-25 lbs and should be chosen based on your own weight. The general rule of thumb is to choose a blanket that is[…]

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Tips and Tricks to Get You Out of Bed

We wish we could tell you that we don’t need help getting out of bed, but that would be a lie. We love sleep more than most, so leaving the mattress (especially for early morning wake-up calls) is never an easy task. Everyone wants to stay in bed, but there are things to do. To inspire you to listen to your alarm, we share some of our favorite getting out of bed tips. 1. Place Your Phone Accordingly One of the best ways to motivate yourself to get out of bed is also one of the simplest. If you use your phone as your alarm, having it on the bedside table can be detrimental in getting you out of bed. Placing your phone away from your bed will require you to get out of bed just to turn off the alarm! Once you are up, there’s no need to get back in bed. 2. Have Some Motivators Sitting Next to[…]

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How to Snap Out of a Thanksgiving Food Coma

We know you are tired. In fact, your eyes are probably straining to stay awake right now. If you can avoid that post-meal slumber just a little longer, we may be able to help. We know the Thanksgiving food coma is all too real for most of us, but it IS avoidable, especially if you are reading this before you sit down for dinner. Check out what you can do before, during, and after your feast to fight the food coma. Before you eat Before stuffing yourself, it’s about the drinks! Don’t skimp on the water before the meal, in fact, drink as much of it as you want. Drinking water helps you pace yourself and digest more efficiently. Hot water specifically is great for digestion. On the other hand, carbonated drinks such as sodas, will fill you up faster, so try to avoid those during meal preparation. While you are eating There are many ways to pace yourself to[…]

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How Stress And Sleep Affect One Another

Let’s talk about stress and sleep. Stress has a way of sneaking into every part of your life. When you’re stressed, it affects you both mentally and physically—even if you don’t realize it. Stress can live in your subconscious and can manifest itself in physical ways, including while you sleep. This is especially troubling because if you don’t sleep well, you don’t get the full benefits of sleep which will leave you feeling groggy and lethargic. It’s also discouraging because it starts a cycle—the more stress you feel, the less sleep you get, and that lack of sleep is a natural stressor. Stress and Sleep – The Facts According to a survey published by the American Psychological Association: American adults report sleeping an average of 6.7 hours a night—less than the minimum recommendation of seven to nine hours. In addition, 42% of adults report that their sleep quality is fair or poor and 43% report that stress has caused them[…]

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Don’t Let Bad Dreams Become Bad Sleep

Have a scary dream? A nightmare so terrifying it wakes you up in the middle of the night? That’s right, not only kids suffer from bad dreams. You had an adult nightmare. Don’t be ashamed, most of us do! But before you shrug it off and ignore it, pay attention as to why it happened and how often you are having these sleep-interrupting imaginations. It could be more than just a nightmare, and furthermore, it could be negatively affecting your sleep schedule. When do nightmares occur? You can thank your REM sleep cycle, the period of sleep associated with dreaming, for your nightmares. About an hour and a half in is when you hit this state and dreams, good or bad, may occur. Scary dreams do occur during other times for adults, especially if you find yourself particularly nervous or stressed out, but for the most part your typical nightmare will occur during REM. How do you know if it’s[…]

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A Short History of Sleep: Now & Then

It’s always fun to sit back and look at how things have changed over the years, isn’t it? We get so caught up in the daily grind that we don’t usually make time to reflect on how things used to be. Do you remember life before the internet? Life before GPS? Did you ever have to wait until 7pm to get your local news on TV? Reminiscing can be fun, and it can be a reminder of how far we have come. We’re taking a stroll down memory lane to explore the history of sleep and see how far we have come when understanding sleep patterns, studying changes in sleep, and interesting sleep facts. Fun Fact: Did you know that as recent as the 19th century, physicians believed that sleep was caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain? A lot of discoveries have been made in a relatively short time. Keep reading to find out more. The[…]

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Say Hello to Halcyon

We mastered the art of creating an organic mattress that looks as good as it feels, and we are so excited to share the results with you. So without further ado, we’re proud to introduce our new luxury line: Halcyon. A perfect combination of elegance and comfort, the Halcyon collection was designed to provide safe, healthy sleep in style. This collection features three organic options: Azure, Arcadia, and Elysium. Each option features the finest organic cotton and latex, a luxury wool blend, and encased support coils to provide unparalleled comfort. So what makes this combination of materials so special? Let’s take a look at what’s inside each mattress. Organic Cotton – This means there are absolutely no harmful chemicals. Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton and a healthier alternative to synthetic fabrics and foams. Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for its mattresses and buys directly from USDA certified sources. This increases purity,[…]

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