While traveling can be an adventure, exposing us to new places and experiences, it can also be a rough time for our sleep. Leaving the familiar rhythm of our time zone opens us up to jet lag, which can keep us up late into the night or have us sleeping long past the start of business hours (check out our post full of awesome jet lag-beating tips written by a doctor of neurobiology and behavior here). Apart from jet lag, though, there’s one other source of discomfort we run into when traveling—the unpredictability of our unfamiliar sleeping environment.
Few things make falling asleep more difficult than being in a new place, in a new bed, and trying to force yourself to be as comfortable as you usually are at home. It’s really not a problem that we think about until we find ourselves in this situation, but the comfort of our
How did you sleep last night? Did it give you a spectacular recharge, or was it on and off, leaving you in the lurch come morning? You may not have considered it before, but is your bedroom environment helping or hurting your chances of getting a great night’s sleep? If you’re at all in doubt, you may want to consider making use of one or more of these easy bedroom upgrades to help upgrade your nightly slumber:
Eye mask: a low-cost solution for creating a dark sleep environment. Even a sliver of light can give your body trouble with trying to start up the sleep process. An eye mask is a great way to cover all your bases when it comes to light in your environment. You can find a rather inexpensive store brand
Posted: December 10, 2018||Tags: sugar , sleep hacks while traveling , sleep consistency , school age kids health , kids health , kids and sleep , kids , holidays , holiday travel , holiday hacks , getting kids to sleep , eye mask , ear plugs , bedtime strategies , bedtime for kids|
The holidays are just around the corner, and with them is coming that brief reprieve much-anticipated by every young boy and girl: the holiday break from school. While you’re busy making fun-filled plans for your kids and preparing yourself for some noisier weekday mornings, this is also a good time to make sure your kids will still be getting healthy sleep, school night or no.
Check out our tips below for giving your kids the best sleep possible during the upcoming break.
Consistency, with a caveat
Even though the holiday break is a time for your kids to relax free from the rigmarole and restrictions of school, it’s a good idea to make sure they know it won’t be wild anarchy when it comes to their sleep schedule. You want to make
Posted: October 24, 2018||Tags: white noise , stress relief , stress , sleeping in the hospital , sleep tips , sleep hygiene , packing for the hospital , mental health , mental deceleration , lavender aromatherapy , hospital sleep , eye mask , exercise , circadian rhythms , caffeine and sleep , blue light , bedroom additions|
It’s a situation we all hope to never be in, but there may come a time where you find yourself waiting with a loved one in the hospital while they recover (whether it’s for a shorter period or long-term). If you do take on this responsibility, one thing you’ll definitely need is sleep. Good sleep keeps you more positive, more alert, and keeps your immune system working like it’s supposed to, which are all important qualities when you’re supporting someone in the hospital. Unfortunately, a hospital is far from home, and getting healthy sleep can be difficult in such an unfamiliar (and uncomfortable) environment, for both you and your recovering loved one.
Here are our tips for getting the best sleep possible during overnights in the hospital:
- Get the right amount of light
An extended time waiting in the hospital is a one-two
Over a quarter of Americans reportedly work the night shift—a significantly higher amount than most European nations. This means it’s very likely that you or someone you know works throughout the night, catching sleep during the day when everyone else is up and at ‘em.
Nobody chooses to work nights because they hate sleeping at night when most others do, of course. People choose to work nights for a variety of important reasons: either it fits their life’s schedule, or it provides certain benefits, or because night shift work is part of the nature of their chosen profession, such as it is for first responders or those in the emergency services field.
While shift work obviously has some negative effects on your sleep, we’re not here