Tag - sleep

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How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track
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To Coffee or Not to Coffee
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The Myths of Napping
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INFOGRAPHIC: How Sleep Develops in Infancy
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Letter to Sleep Deprived Moms
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Why Rain Makes You Sleepy
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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?
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Sleep Week Challenge
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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?
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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

How To Get a Bad Sleep Schedule Back on Track

One night of breaking your regular sleep schedule seems like no big deal. One night may not be an issue, that is true, but the more you disrupt your sleep schedule, the harder it is to get back on track. Are you doomed for a lifetime of bad sleep if you slip-up a few times? Not necessarily. You can get back to a restful night sleeps and sweet dreams with these tips! Manipulate Your Lighting…Day and Night Your lighting, or lack of lighting, can be your strongest partner in resetting your sleep schedule. You need to manipulate your lighting both in the morning and night to actually fix your sleep. Reset your internal clock by shining a bright light in the morning. Open the shade, take a walk outside, whatever it takes to get your sleep schedule back on track. As for the evenings, make sure your lights are dim and electronics are off. Even if you haven’t been going[…]

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To Coffee or Not to Coffee

Ahh, coffee. Even the smell of a fresh pot brewing first thing in the morning can turn a rough morning into a cheery one. That first cup can keep us alert during a long commute to work. It can keep us from dozing off during a Monday morning meeting. For some, a midday cup revitalizes for a productive afternoon. But isn’t this bitter, caffeinated beverage the enemy of sleep? Not necessarily! It’s less a question of “to coffee or not to coffee” and more a question of HOW to coffee Be Wise About WHEN You Drink Coffee Morning is the most typical time to imbibe coffee, but for those who are caffeine fanatics, coffee drinking can continue on throughout the entire day. It may temporarily perk you up in the late afternoon and evening, but drink it too late, and it becomes counterproductive. The later you drink it, the more you can disrupt your sleep, and the more tired you[…]

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The Myths of Napping

The older we get, the more we appreciate a nap. Unfortunately, we are often told a lot of things about napping, many negative, that dissuade us from taking an afternoon snooze. Before you try to power through and skip that day date with your pillow, we debunk some of the most common napping myths. Happy napping! 1.) Napping Will Make You More Tired That groggy post-nap feeling may happen, but it doesn’t always have to if you nap “the right way.” Experts suggest sleeping no longer than 30 minutes because after a half hour you will fall into deep sleep which can be very hard to wake from. A 20 to 30 minute nap, however, will leave you refreshed and ready to go. 2.) Napping Will Affect Your Sleep at Night A huge misconception about napping is that taking one during the day will have a negative effect on your sleep at night. In reality, naps should do nothing to[…]

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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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Letter to Sleep Deprived Moms

Hi, Sleepy Mom. How are you? It’s probably been a while since someone has asked you that, right? Not just in passing but in a sincere way—looking you in the eyes and wanting a real answer. Because let’s be honest, being a mom entails a lot of behind the scenes work that doesn’t always get noticed. You wake up early, get everyone ready for the day, drop them off, work, clean, pick them up, make dinner, get everyone ready for bed, and go to sleep later than you wanted. And you wake up and do it all again the next day. And the day after. Because motherhood isn’t a 9-5 job. It’s a lifetime job that rarely allows a personal day and requires you to play so many different roles—teacher, caregiver, cheerleader, counselor, chef, driver, and the list goes on and on. Honestly, it’s exhausting just typing that. So, how are you? Are you doing OK? Have you been taking[…]

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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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Why Do Babies Fight Sleep?

I’m sure we’ve all been there- you’ve followed the bedtime routine perfectly, baby is tired (you KNOW she is tired!) and yet the minute it comes time to sleep… she fights it! Here’s a quick guide to why babies fight sleep and what you can do about it. What does ‘fighting sleep’ mean? Your baby may put up a very good fight against falling asleep. Or so it seems. So if you’ve noticed that she is arching her back, crying, fussing, squirming, kicking and generally protesting about going to bed- that’s fighting sleep! She is tired but she does not want to give in! Sound familiar? Read on… Why do babies fight sleep? There can be many reasons why your baby is fighting sleep today, but in general the following three causes are usually to blame: – Overtired. – Undertired. – Separation anxiety. Any of those seem to be the case for you? Overtired An overtired baby is a disaster[…]

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Sleep Week Challenge

Take the Naturepedic #RespectYourSleep Challenge Sleep Awareness Week is April 23 – 29, 2017 and we’ve put together five easy ways you can #RespectYourSleep and take advantage of better sleep habits. You can choose one each day this week or mix and match as they work for you. As you build healthier habits, you should get a better, more restful night’s sleep. While most people have a problem with not sleeping enough, don’t forget that you can also get too much of a good thing. In general, you should aim to get at least six hours of sleep, but up to nine can be normal for you depending on your sleep patterns. Read our blog about oversleeping for more information and healthy sleep tips. Today’s blog post has five simple tips you can implement right away. We hope that you can choose one or two at a minimum to get started on better sleep habits. If you do all five[…]

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Sleep?

You probably know that not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your physical and mental wellbeing, but did you know that getting too much sleep can be harmful too? When you’re well rested, you feel better and can perform better in your daily tasks. Getting the right amount of sleep is one more tool in your healthier sleep toolkit, and we’re here to help you figure out what’s just right for you. How Much is Too Much? For starters, let’s define “too much” sleep. The ideal amount of sleep will differ from person to person and will depend on health and age factors. Remember, babies and young children will sleep many more hours than an adult. For adults, the average range is anywhere from seven to nine hours. At a minimum, you should be getting at least six hours of sleep per night, and an average of seven to nine hours is a healthy target. Ten hours is about the[…]

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Rest and Restore: A Guide For Creating a Morning and Evening Yoga Ritual

Yoga is becoming a popular activity to help people improve their fitness, practice mindfulness, and reduce stress. It turns out that a yoga practice can also help you be more rested! We reached out to Jesi Verchota, the founder of Altruistic Yoga, for this guest post that will help you create a simple morning and evening routine to feel rested and refreshed. — Most of us lead lives working busy days and then collapse in exhaustion –or- stay up late overstimulating ourselves with television, internet, or using our mobile devices. Yoga encourages balance between pure exhaustion and overstimulated days. Taking time out to rest and restore is imperative to living well, and can lead to improved attitudes and increased productivity. The more often you practice, the more you will feel the effects and notice any change. Below are some yoga poses you can do to create a ritual and stick with it. Restore: Poses for waking up in the morning[…]

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