Tag - sleep tips

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Sleep Cool This Summer
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Why is My Child Having Nighttime Accidents?
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Seeding Plants For Your Bedroom
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Why Rain Makes You Sleepy
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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits
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Top Sleep Apps for 2018
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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Relax Your Surroundings
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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep
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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby

Sleep Cool This Summer

The days are heating up, so that means you may be cranking up your air conditioner, especially at night because you want a cool, comfortable sleep. Surprisingly, you don’t have to rely on just the AC to have your ideal summer sleep. We share five tips for sleeping cool all summer-long. Keep The Shades Down The sun’s out, so you want to flood your house with natural light. That’s completely normal. This, however, can result in a hot sleep. The sun’s rays are the strongest in the summer, and letting them pour into your house all day will heat up your house and, in turn, heat you up when it’s time for bed. Consider closing the blinds more during the day, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., so you will feel better at night. Plant a Tree You won’t see immediate results with this one, but when you do, you will feel good[…]

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy

Babies spend a majority of their lives sleeping…and that’s not just after birth. Since sleep greatly impacts your baby’s life, you should understand when and how sleep develops in infancy. Everything from sleep cycles to sleep stages are important to research before your baby is even born. In partnership with Dr. Arthur Lavin of Advanced Pediatrics, we created an infographic that breaks down an infant’s sleep schedule from womb to crib. About Dr. Arthur Lavin: Arthur Lavin, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in private practice and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Case Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Lavin has special interests in neuroscience. He sits on the national committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics charged with developing policy for the Academy on matters relating to psychological functioning. Dr. Lavin was the first doctor in the United States to make neuroscience proven working memory training available in the United States He is the co-author of two books on[…]

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Why is My Child Having Nighttime Accidents?

It’s years after you finally succeeded in potty training your child. You are constantly breathing sighs of relief, no longer having to worry about your child having accidents, namely, those dreaded nighttime accidents. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Children are not immune to having intermittent accidents post-potty training. If these accidents continue on for weeks, your child may be actually regressing from their potty training. Why Do They Regress or Slip Up? It’s not embarrassing or odd for a grown child to still have the occasional accident at night. In fact, stress can cause a lot of children to temporarily forget their potty training or to fully regress. Anything from moving homes, going to a new school or even friendships can cause school-age kids to become overwhelmed. Also, evaluate how much your child is drinking before bedtime. Many parents limit this while actually potty training and forget that their children adjusted to less fluids at night. So if they[…]

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Seeding Plants For Your Bedroom

This spring, don’t think you’re limited to only growing plants outdoors. Bring the outside in and use your bedroom as an herbological oasis. There are many plants that are especially wise to seed in your bedroom because of the many benefits they have for your sleep and your well-being. Not to mention they add some beautiful color to the space. We share five of our favorite plants to let bloom in the bedroom. Gerbera Daisy These beautiful daisies are great to grow in your house during the spring and summer because they need medium to bright light. They also release oxygen into the air, helping create a fresher environment for you. Just don’t forget to water them regularly! English Ivy If you’re looking to filter out some of the many common allergens in your bedroom, try growing English Ivy. Water it regularly and put it near the sunlight to have a lovely addition to your room. Jasmine Jasmine is a[…]

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Why Rain Makes You Sleepy

We all know the feeling: the rain starts and all you want to do is curl up in a blanket, grab a good book and drift to sleep. What is it about this type of weather that makes us all want to fall right to sleep? We break down how the rain affects two of our senses, making us ready to snooze. Sound One of the reasons even a gentle rainfall makes us want to crash is because it produces white noise. White noise makes it so you do not hear a lot of outside noise, suppressing your senses and making you more tired. More specifically, the human brain perceives sounds as threatening and non-threatening. The pitter patter of water or rain are non-threatening to us, making them very calming. Also, rain tends to fall at varying volumes, the intervals being less jarring and more peaceful than say a scream or a thud. Sight Another very simple reason is that[…]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Bedtime Habits

Sleep shouldn’t be a chore, it should be easy! Making slight changes to your habits during the day and right before bed can make sleep easier to achieve and bedtime more enjoyable. Here are 5 winding down tips to help you achieve a better night’s sleep. 1. Be Active During the Day It’s not just your actions right before bed that affect the ease with which you fall asleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, at least 150 minutes of physical activity during the day can improve your sleep at night. The more energy you burn during the day, the more tired you will be at night. So from the minute you wake up, your actions affect your quality of sleep, so get out there and move! 2. Change the Way You Think About Sleep The more you fight sleep, the more challenging it will be for you to achieve. If you view sleep as a chore, it’s going to[…]

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Top Sleep Apps for 2018

It’s no secret that sleep plays a huge role in our physical and mental health. A poor night of sleep can have a huge effect on the rest of your day, or week. Sometimes, we think we got a full night’s sleep, but still feel exhausted the next day. For some of us, we just need help falling asleep. Try one of these top sleep apps to improve your sleep in the new year! 1.) Pillow: iOS This iOS app partners with features on your iPhone to fully track your sleep. More specifically, it uses your phone or Apple Watch to track sleep stages, heart rate and sleep quality. It also uses a smart alarm to gently wake you each morning. Pillow is free, but if you pay $4.99 you can download more features such as exporting sleep sound recordings and detailed sleep statistics. 2.) SleepBot: iOS and Android SleepBot, available for iOS and Android, is a great option if[…]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep: Relax Your Surroundings

After a long day of work and errands, there’s nothing better than getting a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, getting to that point is not always easy. Our surroundings and our minds can have adverse effects on how quickly we fall asleep, and how well we sleep. However, it is possible to effectively wind down at night! Follow some of our winding down tips to achieve stress-free evenings and Respect Your Sleep. 1. Avoid Screen Time With people increasingly relying on technology, screen time has become the mortal enemy of winding down. The screen light manages to keep you awake, and for many, scrolling through social media feeds can bring added stress. Avoid the light and the negative impact the internet can have on your mental health by turning off electronics an hour before bedtime. If it is initially too hard for you to commit to an hour before bed, start slow and work your way up to a full hour.[…]

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Approaches to Guiding Your Baby to Good Sleep

No one appreciates sleep more than a parent of a newborn or young infant. This is because sleep is a completely different experience in the first four months of life, from the way sleep is experienced the rest of one’s life. For all children 4 months of age and older, and all healthy adults, sleep is a well-regulated and incredibly necessary activity, that really does offer balm to the mind, and helps the mind think. The pattern of sleep from ages 4 months and onward is defined by a very regular pattern of light sleep becoming deep sleep, then deep sleep becoming lighter sleep, moving into a phase of REM sleep (when most dreams occur), and then emerging from REM sleep at which point everyone gets to choose – wake up or do another cycle. The sleep cycle in a person 4 months of age and older goes as follows: – Stage I: a brief period that happens just as you fall[…]

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Winter Sleep Tips For Baby

As the cold winter months march on, you might find yourself wrapping up in extra layers and perhaps turning the heating up a little higher too. And as you take measures to keep warm this winter, it’s a good idea to also take a look at your sleeping habits too. It can be tempting to add lots of extra layers for babies when it gets cold, but actually, it’s not always necessary. Here are some tips for winter sleep and keeping baby safe when it’s cold. Sleeping inside Studies have found that too many layers on baby can lead to overheating and can put them at risk. With this in mind, here are some tips for winter sleeping inside: – Remember that too many layers in an already warm room can hinder your baby’s ability to regulate her temperature and can play havoc with her natural breathing pattern. Make sure you convey this important message to all caregivers so that[…]

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