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 03, 2018||Tags: white noise , sleep comfort , sleep coach , lavender aromatherapy , holidays , holiday gift guide , gifts for the bedroom , cotton sheets , blue light , bedroom additions , bed sheets|
You know that one person on your Christmas list who seems to have everything already? That one person who’s always the last to be crossed off? They say they don’t want anything but you want to get them something—and everything you think they’d want, they already have, naturally.
Well, this year you’re in luck, because we know just the gift that everyone could use: sleep! If you’re having a difficult time finding that perfect gift for someone who has everything, look no further than our list here of the five best sleep-saving gifts for that (ahem) special person on your list:
#1: Sleep mask
We’ll start with the low-
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
Think of scented candles, essential oils, bushels of smoking incense. The aroma of freshly baked cookies is bound to boost your mood, while a bouquet of great-smelling flowers is often just what’s needed to restore goodwill in a relationship. Indeed there’s no doubt that smells are powerful, and people have been trying to harness the power of smell to affect mood for over 6,000 years.
The human nose contains 5 million olfactory receptors (dogs have about 250 million) and they’re connected to the limbic system, an ancient part of the brain that helps regulate many things including emotion and memory. In fact, people with schizophrenia, migraines, and depression tend to fare worse