1. Reverie In The News 2018

    Reverie In The News 2018

    Here's what people are saying about Reverie out in the big wide world in 2018, with our most recent press coverage first. Click the link to read the story.

    OCTOBER 2018

    MyFitnessPal.com

    Dr. Amelia Bailey, a member of our Sleep Advisory Board, outlines sleep’s link to increased hunger in this article covering “5 Signs That You Need More Sleep”.

    Healthyway.com

    Our Dual Slumber pillow is included in this list on Healthyway.com covering the best healthy living products that can be purchased through Amazon.

    Domino.com

    Our CEO Martin-Rawls Meehan is featured in this article on popular home décor and lifestyle site Domino.com covering a whole host of tips and tricks for getting a great night’s sleep.

    FurnitureToday.com

    Furniture Today highlights the newest addition to our “Ask for Reverie” campaign—our awesome testimonials, featuring real people telling the stories of how our products have changed their lives.

    SEPTEMBER 2018

    MensHealth.com

    Our 4M adjustable foundation was a winner in the Men’s Health Sleep Awards 2018! You can find it covered in this article on the best sleep products on the market.

    SleepRetailer.com

    Sleep Retailer includes our new Sleep Coach™ program in a list covering the biggest trends in mattress retail today.

    FurnitureToday.com

    A new interview with our CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan details how Reverie is taking its commitment to great sleep global.

    The Sleep Retailer Podcast

    Editors from Sleep Retailer magazine recently sat down with our CMO Lisa Tan for their new Sleep Retailer Podcast.

    Shape.com

    A writer from Shape shares her experience of how our Sleep Coach™ program helped her deal with some of her unique challenges to getting a good night’s sleep.

    AUGUST 2018

    Reader's Digest

    In this back-to-school health checklist, our CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan details how parents can help their kids have the best school year possible by encouraging healthy sleep habits.

    Medium.com

    CMO Lisa Tan gives out some great advice and discusses what makes Reverie stand apart from the crowd, as well as the inspiration behind our new Sleep Coach™ program.

    EliteDaily.com

    Distinguished neurobiologist Dr. Benjamin Smarr, a member of Reverie's Advisory Board, is extensively quoted in this article about waking up before your alarm clock.

    JULY 2018

    Home Furnishing Business magazine

    Our very own CMO Lisa Tan was named to their Forty Under 40 List of top furniture industry executives. Everybody here knows this honor is well-deserved.

    Inc.

    A long feature article on Reverie Sleep Coach with our CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan.

    Bustle.com

    Reverie CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan talks about consistency as a key to getting better sleep.

    JUNE 2018

    Hellogiggles.com

    Reverie Advisory Board member Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites weighs in on how sleep is linked to migraines in this site dedicated to female empowerment, founded by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophi Rossi.

    Yahoo Sports

    Reverie's new Sleep Coach™ program gets detailed coverage.

    MSN.com

    MSN does a short, fun news video explaining Reverie Sleep Coach.

    DigitalTrends.com 

    Reverie's revolutionary new Sleep Coach™ program gets a glowing writeup by this tech-focused site.

    TrendHunter.com 

    Reverie's new Sleep Coach™ platform is deemed a hot trend in this article.

    MAY 2018

    Bustle.com 

    Our CMO Lisa Tan talks to Bustle.com about sleep disorders and how they can affect relationships. 

    APRIL 2018

    Consumer Reports 

    Our CMO Lisa Tan is quoted in an informative article about power beds, aka adjustable bases. 

    MARCH 2018

    Women's Choice Award® 

    Reverie wins the award in two categories. Again. The award is based on what women owners say about our beds. Details here.

    Mini magazine

    Nice story on all the ways Reverie power beds are great for moms. Read it here. 

    Romper.com

    Reverie Advisory Board member Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites, a pediatric sleep expert, is prominently featured by Romper, a popular site for moms.

    Readers Digest 

    Reverie Advisory Board member Benjamin Smarr, PhD, gives insight on coping with daylight savings time in an in-depth article here. 

    FEBRUARY 2018

    USA Weekly

    Our CEO, Martin Rawls-Meehan is interviewed about the sleep biz.

    The Wall Street Journal

    Our busy and fearless CMO Lisa Tan makes the WSJ (with a full accompanying illustration!) where they discuss her preferred method for de-stressing. Check it out here. 

    JANUARY 2018

    Active Times

    CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan discusses high tech sleep with this fitness-focused blog. Story here.

    Credit.com

    Reverie's Chief Marketing Office Lisa Tan talks New Years resolutions and weight loss. Story here.

    CES 2018

    We went to CES, the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show, for our first time ever. And we made quite an impression with our technology and our mind-control bed.

    Innovation and Tech Today

    Their assistant editor checks out our mind-control bed and interviews us on video at CES.

    A top tech magazine gives us their CES Editor's Choice Award.

    Innovation and Tech Today magazine gave us their Editor's Choice Award for 2018. Story here.  

    Check out our CES video. 

    Reuters TV

    They go to CES and feature our bed in this episode. Reverie coverage starts at 2:15 in the video.

    Sleep tips with Tech Republic at CES.

    Video sleep tips from our CEO, Martin Rawls-Meehan. See video.

    Our smart bed with Tech Republic.

    Our CEO discusses how reading your brain waves will lead to better sleep in the future. See video.

    In-Style magazine

    Our CMO, Lisa Tan, gives advice on best sleep positions, depending on what your situation is.

    Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms. 

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  2. Style blogger Samantha Wennerstrom spends 30 days in a Reverie bed

    Style blogger Samantha Wennerstrom spends 30 days in a Reverie bed

    Second of a Three-Part Series

    After spending 30 days sleeping on a Reverie bed, Could I Have That? ’s Samantha Wennerstrom gives us an update on how it’s been going. (Spoiler alert: she loves it!)

    In this second video of our three-part series, Samantha covers what really goes on in a Reverie Sleep Coach consultation, as well as all the new things she’s learned about how her habits and environment influence the quality of her sleep. Samantha also discusses the nirvana that is the Reverie bed’s Zero Gravity position, and how the ability to adjust her bed has helped to improve the way she feels waking up in the morning. Make sure to stay tuned for Samantha’s 60-day update!

    Check out part 1 of this series if you missed it, and if you want to see other reviews of the bed in Samantha’s video, you can find them here. Curious about Sleep Coach? Take our science-backed sleep quiz to start on your journey to better sleep.

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  3. The case for moving school starting times later

    The case for moving school starting times later

    By Dr. Dawn Dore-Stites

    We can all agree that a good education establishes a solid foundation for children and adolescents and leads to more informed citizens with higher incomes; however, proposing new ways to improve aspects of the educational experience is often the cause of conflict and debate among teaching professionals and parents.

    Imagine, though, if a single potential improvement existed that

    • Increased academic performance;

    • Decreased tardiness and absence from school;

    • Decreased risk behaviors;

    • Decreased incidence of depression;

    • Decreased frequency of motor vehicle accidents; and

    • Was endorsed by multiple professional organizations including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

    It would be logical to assume that the debate around this idea would be minimal...right? As it turns out, this beneficial and substantially-supported improvement is real and possible, and all that it requires is shifting middle and high school start times later.

    The case for moving school times later

    Why later start times?

    The rationale behind shifting middle and specifically high school start times later lies in how adolescents sleep. Starting around puberty, most teens shift to a later bedtime and later rise time. This is the result of biological factors that push the circadian rhythm later relative to younger children. For many, this shift in sleep patterns doesn’t even end until their mid-20s—long after high school ends.

    Approximately 43% of schools across the nation start before 8am despite recommendations from professional organizations to not have start times prior to 8:30am. The 8:30am start time was selected to provide an opportunity for an adolescent to get closer to the 8-10 hours of sleep per night recommended. Despite the numerous benefits of a full night of sleep, fewer than 1 in 5 middle and high schools actually have a start time of 8:30AM or later.

    Some argue that pushing for a later start time will just lead to teens going to bed later; however, school districts that have shifted start times found that duration of sleep per night for their students did increase. Considering that less than 30% of high schoolers get more than 8 hours of sleep per night and that every hour of sleep lost can be associated with negative effects on mood, academics and health, shifting start times may be a relatively straightforward way to improve the health of our teens.

    The case for moving school times later

    Arguments for later start times

    Increased academic performance

    Schools that have moved to later start times have tracked academic benchmarks including GPA, standardized test scores and attendance. Results have not been consistent but individual studies have shown decreased rates of tardies and absences as well as increased test scores. Effects appear to be most robust for students who perform at the lower end of the curve, indicating that shifting start times may be an especially important intervention for disadvantaged or struggling students.

    Improved mood

    Outside of academic behavior, some school districts have also tracked mental health functioning. Given that conditions such as depression are common in teens and can lead to significant and negative consequences such as suicide and substance use, measuring the impact on factors outside of academic performance is critical. Two studies have shown that delays in start time lead to decreased self-report of depressed mood among students—in the absence of any other interventions. Delaying school start times may not only be a crucial academic intervention, but also a critical public health initiative.

    Improved safety

    One of the more researched aspects of shifting school start times has focused on motor vehicle accidents. One study looked at accident rates before and after a district went to a delayed start time. The findings were again positive: accident rates decreased by 16.5% over a 2-year period in the district moving to later start times—despite the accident rate increasing by 7.8% in the state as a whole. Results from other studies demonstrate similar findings. Considering that teens are novices at driving, optimizing their sleep before they get behind the wheel has public safety implications—not only for them but for others on the road.

    Arguments against later start times

    Again, any change in education brings debate—even one that promotes several benefits. For school districts that have moved through the shift to later times, logistical arguments against the shift often predominate conversations. Scheduling extracurricular activities, managing bus schedules, decreased hours available for after-school employment and shifting elementary school start times earlier often enter arguments. School districts have managed this in a variety of ways and there have been creative solutions to many of the barriers.

    The organization Start School Later has a variety of resources to help parents and school personnel navigate conversations around these changes. That said, while arguments against changing school start times abound, the vast majority of school districts that have made the change to later start times have not returned to earlier start times due to the multiple benefits observed.

    What you can do now

    Changing a school district’s start time can be an overwhelming mission. However, there are things that can help individual students now. For parents, modeling good sleep practices including establishing bedtimes and limiting electronics in the bedroom can emphasize this critical component of health. For teachers, understanding the time constraints students face when trying to balance homework demands and appropriate bedtimes can lead to more informed assignments. For both concerned parents and teachers, starting discussions among PTA groups or other organizations on the importance of sleep can be a good first step. Overall, it takes work in the home and at school to help teens sleep more and sleep better.

    The bottom line

    Shifting school start times results in changes that cause ripples across several areas. Overall, the positive outcomes described above outweigh the short-term disruptions that dramatic shifts in schedules initiate. In the meantime, helping teens, parents and school personnel recognize the significant impact increased sleep duration has on health and well-being can be a dynamic first step.

    About Dawn Dore-Stites, PhD

    Dawn Dore-Stites works at the University of Michigan Pediatric Sleep Clinic where she works with children and adolescents struggling with sleep disorders. She specializes in Child Psychology and Sleep and is a mother of two beautiful children.


    Reference:

    American Academy of Pediatrics. “School Start Times for Adolescents.” Pediatrics, vol. 134, no. 3, 2014, pp. 642–649., doi:10.1542/peds.2014-1697.

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  4. Dads Need Sleep Too

    Dads Need Sleep Too

    Any new dad will tell you that there’s nothing more magical and life-altering than the arrival of your new baby. Among the major adjustments new fathers face, the most taxing is a severe alteration to their sleep schedules.

    During the first 24 months of your child’s life, you will lose an average of six months of sleep. But it’s the first three to six months that will really be grueling with your newborn waking up every two to three hours demanding to be fed or have their diaper changed. Lucky for all you zombie dads, there are some easy ways for new fathers to cope with sleep deprivation.  

    Dad need sleep

    Give Yourself More Credit

    Most people assume that in a co-parenting couple, it’s the mom who loses more sleep during the earliest days of a newborn’s life. That assumption is especially understandable when you consider a woman’s role in breastfeeding and the fact that infants awaken at night every two to three hours. Alas, leave it to science to disprove our educated guess.  

    Studies have found that dads get less sleep than moms and experience more confirmed fatigue during the day. But before you text your wife this link announcing your plans to sleep in tomorrow, we should note that the same study showed that while new mothers received more sleep over the course of the day, that rest was disturbed more often. The takeaway is that you are both exhausted and it’s your duty as a new dad, partner and employee to find ways to cope.

    If you’re surprised to learn that you’re getting less sleep than your better half, consider this: it’s not just women who have strong neurological reactions to an infant’s cry. The sound of a baby crying (even one that’s not your own) triggers a heightened emotional response that’s almost impossible to ignore.

    It Takes a Toll

    Your newfound sleep deficit affects everything from your relationship to the U.S. economy. When you don’t get a good night’s sleep, you have a harder time reading emotions, making misunderstandings with your partner more frequent and harder to resolve.

    And remember our mention of the economy? Researchers in 2016 found that the U.S. economy loses $411 billion a year due to insufficient sleep. When you aren’t sleeping well, you’re an unproductive employee.

    Dads need sleep too

    You Can Make It Better

    The good news? You will get through this and eventually your baby will sleep through the night. Until that happens though, it’s important to find ways to cope. Here are some ways to improve your sleep:

    1. Take turns with the baby.

    Unless you’re bottle-feeding, you won’t be able to pitch in as well as you’d like when it comes to night feedings. Do your best to establish a routine that ensures you are both getting sleep. Maybe that means sending your better half to bed early while you stay up late until the first feeding, or rising early to let mom snooze.

    This is also a great time to start using that extra guest room if you have one. Whichever one of you is on deck can rest in the spare room to ensure your better half is getting uninterrupted sleep. You’ll soon discover what works for you both, but the important part is to communicate openly and be consistent.

    2. Get a white noise machine.

    Newborns make noise when they sleep, even when they’re not crying. Adding a white noise machine to your sleep routine helps ensure that you don’t awaken to every little squeak and sigh. Still sleeping with the baby in your room? You’re in luck—white noise machines benefit the quality of baby’s sleep as well.

    3. Take a cat nap.

    A 20-minute nap can work wonders in restoring your brain functions midday, making you a more productive employee. If your office has a nap room, use it. If they don’t, consider having a conversation with your boss about dedicating some space to a little shut-eye.

    Dads need sleep too4. Avoid the midday caffeine boost.

    Caffeine has a half-life of five to seven hours in humans. If you have a cup of coffee after 3 p.m., your body won’t fully be rid of the caffeine until 1 a.m. or later. Foregoing that extra cup of coffee in the afternoon may feel painful in the moment, but will pay off later when you’ve fallen asleep faster. If your brain’s really struggling to let go of its afternoon reward, try filling the void with a short afternoon walk or treat yourself to a square of chocolate.

    5. Put your phone down.

    Your phone’s blue light messes with your melatonin production, reducing your body’s urge to fall asleep. Additionally, being on your phone means you’re more likely to be checking your email, which gets you thinking about work and worrying over tomorrow’s responsibilities. The best thing you can do is put your phone down and save it for the next morning.

    Dads need sleep too

    Armed with a little extra knowledge, we hope that you start catching some extra sleep and reap the rewards in all aspects of your life. Keep up the good work, dads, and enjoy this special time with your little one. Before you know it, they’ll be 15 years old and sleeping until noon every weekend.


    Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms. 

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  5. Every Hour Counts: How to Beat Chronic Sleep Loss

    Every Hour Counts: How to Beat Chronic Sleep Loss

    If you have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not getting enough sleep every night, you can find a little comfort in knowing that you are definitely not alone. A recent study by the CDC states that 1 in 3 Americans are getting an insufficient amount of sleep, which means less than 7 hours of shut-eye a night.

    Losing more than sleep

    If you are one of the many Americans who are content if they can get five or six hours of sleep a night, you might think, “Well, what’s an hour more or less of sleep?” It turns out that hour can make an enormous difference. Spread out over months, years, or even (sadly) an entire lifetime, this condition is known as chronic sleep deprivation, and it comes with serious consequences, such as an increased chance of developing hypertension and diabetes.

    As sleep is one of your main protectors against rampaging diseases and debilitating conditions, losing out on an hour or two every night means lowering your defenses, and taking unnecessary risks with your health.

    What’s in an hour?

    Not only is it dangerous to constantly get less than 7 hours of sleep, but it also deprives you of getting quality sleep.

    When you’re asleep, your brain is cycling through the two main types of sleep: rapid-eye-movement sleep (REM) and non-rapid-eye-movement sleep (NREM). Sleep scientist Matthew Walker in his book Why We Sleep tells us that waking up too early or going to bed too late can steal away the time you should be spending in these important phases that work to keep us physically and mentally in good shape.

    Walker gives us the example of going to sleep at midnight and instead of waking up at eight in the morning, you’re up at six a.m. for an early meeting. The logical answer to how much sleep you’ve lost would be 25 percent (as you’ve lost two hours from the recommended eight), but that’s not entirely true. “Since your brain desires most of its REM sleep in the...late-morning hours,” Walker tells us, “you will lose 60 to 90 percent of all your REM sleep, even though you are losing 25 percent of your total sleep time”.

    Similarly, if you wake up at eight a.m. but don’t go to bed until two a.m., “then you lose a significant amount of NREM sleep”. According to Walker, losing these precious couple of hours at the beginning or ending of sleep is “[s]imilar to an unbalanced diet in which you only eat carbohydrates and are left malnourished by the absence of protein”. Clearly, when it comes to the efficient operating system of sleep, an hour is much more than just an hour.

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    Put sleep on the schedule

    If you’re like a lot of people, you may spend the end of your day in bed, unwinding by going through Facebook notifications or scrolling through your Twitter feed. Screens do a fantastic job of keeping our brains itching to refresh the page just one more time before shutting off for the night. Despite tucking yourself in at nine p.m....you may not actually be going to sleep until much later. This common activity could be shaving off an hour or two every night from your sleep.

    A solution? Giving yourself an eight-hour “sleep opportunity”. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be asleep for eight hours, but you are going to carve out that time to give your body rest every night. This eight-hour span of time should be reserved especially as “sleep time”—not a refresh-the-feed time.

    This “sleepportunity” gives you enough cushion to fall asleep, have an occasional night time wake up, and still give your body those beautiful seven to eight hours of sleep.

    A friend indeed

    Sleep is our constant companion for one-third of our lives (one-third!), and just like any special relationship we want to keep going strong, it requires us to carve time out of our day and make it a priority. If you treat your sleep well, you can be sure that it will return the favor many times over.


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  6. New study shows 3D-Wave™ massage helps people feel more alert

    New study shows 3D-Wave™ massage helps people feel more alert

    A recent Michigan State University study showed that Reverie’s 3D-Wave massage goes well beyond the obvious feel-good benefits during the massage. Namely, using it for 30 minutes at bedtime can help you wake up feeling happier and more alert. And those effects last well into the day.

    A quick recap on the massage itself

    Our 3D-Wave technology is truly revolutionary. Using the scientific principle of resonant frequency, we developed a more dynamic massage with a circular motion not found on other massage furniture. It’s also gentler and quieter. No crude shaking of the bed or bruising shiatsu. Just a travelling, zen motion that increases blood flow and circulation. And because we’re Reverie®, we designed it so you can adjust it to your own needs. Up to four wave patterns at your beck and call, plus 10 levels of intensity. We have a short video explaining more here.

    New study shows 3D-Wave™ massage helps people stay more alert

    The methodology, in human-speak

    So here’s how the study went down. Male and female college students were studied for approximately 24 hours. One group of participants slept with a 30-minute 3D-Wave massage at bedtime, and the other group did not. Both groups were given cognitive tests before going to bed to establish a baseline and also given standard physiological tests throughout the night to track their sleep quality.

    Upon waking, they were evaluated across several measures. They were asked about their quality of sleep, and given another cognitive test. They rated their initial alertness and mood. Once they left the clinic and went about their normal lives, they were then texted every two hours throughout the day and asked to keep rating their  alertness and mood.

    New study shows 3D-Wave™ massage helps people stay more alert

    What happened?

    The group that had the massage was compared to the group that didn’t. And the results were heartening. People who had used Reverie 3D Wave™ massage the night before woke up feeling happier. Better yet? The effects were not fleeting. Those who had 3D-Wave massage were more alert throughout the day and also in a better mood.

    New study shows 3D-Wave™ massage helps people stay more alert

    What does it mean for you?

    Sleep is a complex thing. It is different for all people, and at Reverie, we view it as a puzzle to be solved on many fronts. For a long time, we’ve felt massage helped, and now we have some objective proof. Massage is just one of many things we invest a lot of energy into to help you succeed at great sleep.

    There’s really no way to go wrong with our 3D-Wave massage. It feels amazing, and many of us who sleep on the bed ourselves feel strongly that it helps us fall asleep. This study also supports the idea that it will help you feel happier and less tired all day long. At Reverie, this truly makes us happy. Our tagline is “Sleep well tonight. Live better tomorrow.” We mean it, and hope that you experience life-changing sleep every night.

    For our data hounds:

    Here’s the science behind the study:

    - EEG, EOG, EKG, respiration and oxygen levels measured to determine sleep quality.

    - Stanford Sleepiness Scale to measure alertness.

    - UNRAVEL computerized place-keeping test to measure cognitive fitness.

    - PANAS test to measure mood.

    This study was funded in part by Reverie and by a grant from the SCIP/TCA program from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

    Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms. 

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  7. New Parent? You Have Permission to Nap

    New Parent? You Have Permission to Nap

    Unless you plan on becoming a Navy SEAL, the sleep deprivation you experience as a new parent will likely be the most severe you ever encounter. Need proof? During the first 24 months of your child’s life, a survey revealed you’ll lose an average of six months’ sleep.

    One of the best things you can do for your overall wellbeing during this incredible period of your life is to take daily naps. For most of us, the last nap we had was some time during our senior year of college, but for new moms and dads, we encourage a short daily nap as often as possible.

    Sleep makes everything better

    The recommended amount of nightly sleep for adults is seven to nine hours. Whether you’re doing all the nightly feedings yourself or dividing them up with your better half, you’re not going to meet that nightly quota during the first few months of your child’s life. That means you’re going to be exhibiting signs of sleep deprivation.

    A person deprived of sleep experiences more than just a tired body. In one study published by the Journal of Neurobiology and Circadian Rhythms, researchers found that sleep-deprived individuals had trouble identifying facial expressions of happiness and sadness.

    It’s not only your capacity to recognize other people’s emotions that suffers. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your ability to express joy in your face and voice is also impaired.

    Enter the benefits of a nap.

    Napping does a body good

    A short cat nap (we’re talking no more than 20 minutes) improves your mood and cognitive abilities. Naps do everything from restoring alertness to reducing accidents and creating feelings of rejuvenation.  

    New Parent You Have Permission to Nap

    Get the timing right

    Most experts recommend taking either a short 20-minute nap or completing a normal adult sleep cycle, which lasts 90 minutes. Anywhere in between or over that timeframe, and the napper will awake in a groggy state, which for our purposes is not what we’re after. Unless you’re certain your baby will snooze for an hour and a half, you may want to play it safe and set your alarm for 20 minutes.

    If you’re a stay-at-home parent, then the best advice is to nap when the baby naps. Both stay-at-home and working parents should try to avoid napping past 3 p.m. as it may affect your ability to fall asleep later that night.

    Ditch the stigma

    Napping is viewed as somewhat taboo in American culture, often creating perceptions of laziness. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, then you may feel guilty or judged for napping instead of doing the housework, and if you’re a working parent, then you might worry that your boss and coworkers will think you’re slacking off.

    The truth is you’re going to be a more productive and relatable person if you nap during the first couple years of your child’s life. You are 100% allowed to let the dishes and laundry pile up during this time in your life, but you must take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby.

    New Parent You Have Permission to Nap

    Ask for help

    We know, we know. As a new parent, you want to feel like you have it all together (or just mostly together). But here's a little secret: nobody does! It's totally OK to ask for help. Call a friend or family member to come over and hold your adorable baby while you take a nap. They'll likely be thrilled you asked, and it gives you some much-needed rest. Think of it this way: if your friend called you with this request, you'd be happy to help. Know they would do the same for you.

    Happy napping, everyone!

    Pregnant? New parent or have small kids? Tired? Get tips and info on our special site for exhausted moms. 

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  8. The New Parent’s Guide for a Better Night’s Sleep

    The New Parent’s Guide for a Better Night’s Sleep

    Between the constant feedings, dirty diapers, and that growing pile of laundry that’s threatening to establish itself as your home’s overlord, you just aren’t getting enough of that sweet (oh-so-sweet) sleep you want.

    By now you’re probably rolling your tired eyes and grumbling, “Tell me something I don’t know,” but hang in there, moms and dads. We have five simple strategies new parents can use to improve their sleep.

    What it really means to sleep like a baby

    Babies actually have a sleep cycle that’s in overdrive. At three months, babies need a hefty 15-16 hours of sleep. Babies will sleep (an often sporadic) 10 hours at night and 5 hours during the day napping. Plus, the average newborn spends 50 to 80 percent of their sleep time in REM and takes only 50 minutes to complete a full sleep cycle. In comparison, adults spend 20 percent of their sleep time in REM and complete a full sleep cycle in 90 minutes. Translation: your baby’s brain races through sleep like a NASCAR driver, while yours is cruising the parking lot in first gear.

    A newborn’s speedy sleep pattern is also affected by their small tummies, which cause them to digest breast milk and formula at a rapid pace. That’s the reason they wake up every two or three hours feeling hungry. During the first few months when you’re keeping their schedule, you experience sleep fragmentation. These constant breaks in your sleep cycle cause you to spend less time in deep sleep and more time in light sleep. Likely coming as no surprise—this is a recipe for exhaustion.

    How to maximize the sleep you’re getting

    Things will eventually improve. Your baby will start sleeping through the night and the new parent anxieties that keep you up will lessen. Until that time comes, you’ll want to take some steps to ensure you maintain some semblance of rest.

    1. Nap when the baby naps

    It may sound trite, but one of the healthiest things you can do as a new parent is accept that you can’t do it all. Let your dishes and laundry pile up, and go take a nap. Even if you can’t complete a full sleep cycle, the extra rest will do good for your body and mind.

    2. Give your bedroom an easy makeover

    While changing your wall color and buying new bedding would be nice, this isn’t that kind of makeover. Instead, consider making some alterations to your bedroom’s light, noise and temperature levels.

    You can make daytime naps easier by installing some blackout shades or wearing a sleep mask. We also recommend getting a white noise machine to drown out the buzz from the outside world.

    As for the temperature, it’s better to be on the cooler end of the spectrum. Our bodies’ core temperatures drop to initiate sleep. When we’re too warm, this process is slowed or stopped altogether. Ensure that you’ll drift off faster by keeping your bedroom’s temperature between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit.

    3. Let’s talk about that baby monitor

    Baby monitors are great, don’t get us wrong. But when your baby hits that four month mark, they’re starting to sleep in more regular sleep cycles. Consider separating from the baby monitor at this point, if even for just a night to start. While a monitor can be a helpful tool in feeling connected and safe, it can be an unnecessary sleep stealer once your child has established more consistent sleep. In regard to SIDs-related safety, check out a sensor pad or a device like Owlet instead for added peace of mind.

    4. Go for a stroll

    Try putting your baby in the stroller and heading out for a brisk walk (weather permitting, of course). Fresh air has a way of lifting spirits, and the sunlight will help regulate both you and your baby’s circadian clocks. Plus, adding movement to your day is great for your sleep and will help make you feel more alert during the day.

    5. Be aware of your caffeine consumption

    Because caffeine has a half-life of five to seven hours, it takes your body anywhere between 10-14 hours to fully be rid of it. A cup or two of coffee in the morning will likely not affect your sleep at night (and let’s be honest: sometimes it’s the only way to make it through the aforementioned sleep deprivation), but think about giving yourself a cutoff mid-afternoon.

    While a good night’s sleep may seem like a distant memory, remind yourself that this won’t last forever. In the meantime, take care of yourself and rest when you can. Sleep does wonders in making you the parent, spouse, and friend you want to be.


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  9. How to Make Sleep a Family Priority

    How to Make Sleep a Family Priority

    Families share everything. From their genes down to their sense of humor, children take their cues from their parents. But there’s one personal trait that we may not realize is affecting our families. You guessed it—our sleep habits.

    In order for your household to function at its best, sleep has to become a family priority. Let’s talk about the importance of sleep for your family and discuss how you can improve it for everyone.

    How much sleep should everyone be getting?

    For adults, the recommended amount of nightly sleep is seven to nine hours. For children, it depends on their stage of development. Here’s a breakdown of the number of hours of sleep required per day, including naps:

    • Infants 4 months to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours
    • Children 1 to 2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours
    • Children 3 to 5 years of age should sleep 10 to 13 hours
    • Children 6 to 12 years of age should sleep 9 to 12 hours
    • Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep 8 to 10 hours
    • What happens when your family misses its sleep quota? 

    You know that not getting enough sleep will make you irritable, but one study suggests that sleep-deprivation causes adults to dole out harsher punishments.

    How to Make Sleep a Family Priority

    As for your kids? On top of the damage it does to their cognitive abilities and physical health, sleep-deprived children are cranky, more likely to behave badly, and often exhibit signs of hyperactivity and lack of focus (sleep deprivation is sometimes confused with ADHD in kids). Combine that with a tired parent’s short fuse and you have a recipe for more family feuds. By making a good night’s sleep a family initiative, you may be able to improve the emotional environment of your home.

    FOUR TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SLEEP ROUTINE

    1. Put the electronics to bed.

    The cues start with you. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that if a child’s parents slept with one or more electronic device on (e.g., smartphone, tablet) the child is more likely to do the same. The same survey found that both parents and kids sleeping with their devices exhibit poorer sleep quality than those who keep their devices off or out of the room.

    Pro tip: Set up a communal charging area in your home where you and your kids can plug in devices for the night. You’ll know they’re sleeping without their devices and getting better rest because of it.

    2. Eat dinner earlier.

    Young children take more time to digest their food. They need to eat at least two hours before bedtime to sleep well.

    3. Enforce your bedtime rules.

    Setting rules and sticking to them will make a big difference for everyone. Set a caffeine cutoff for 2 p.m., and set definite cut-off times for television, computers, and video games.

    4. Develop a consistent routine.

    Getting everyone to sleep at the appropriate time every night is a good start, but following a consistent bedtime routine signals to our brains that we’re going to sleep soon, allowing them to shut down even faster.

    How to Make Sleep a Family Priority

    Lay out clothes for the next day, brush teeth, and end the night with a wind-down activity such as reading together—which we recommend as both a great activity that’s been tied to academic performance and also as a relaxing activity to prepare the body for bed.

    As with everything else in your life as a parent, setting a good example of healthy sleep habits starts with you. It might be a challenge to reverse some bad habits (we recommend trying one new thing at a time) but the payoff is worth it. After all, healthier and happier families is something we can all get behind.


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