1. 3 Tips to Beat the Winter Weariness

    3 Tips to Beat the Winter Weariness

    Ahh, winter. That most contentious of seasons. Seems to be, you either love it or hate it, and a lot of that just has to do with perspective. For instance, some see freshly-fallen snow and are awestruck by beauty—others think about how rough traffic will be in the morning. Some people hear Christmas music back on the radio and are immediately filled with holiday cheer—while other would prefer nails on a chalkboard.

    But there are some side effects of winter time that nobody is fond of, and one of those is the sleepy, sluggish, can’t-get-out-of-bed feeling which sort of feels like an urge to hibernate. It’s a feeling most of us could do without, and it actually can be harmful to a healthy night of sleep. Here’s some of the sluggish “hibernation” habits we tend to fall into, and how you can beat them in order to get your best sleep possible.

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  2. The Tricks to a Better Halloween Bedtime for Your Kids

    The Tricks to a Better Halloween Bedtime for Your Kids

    If there was ever a holiday tradition that seemed like it was designed by a committee of kids, it would definitely be Halloween trick-or-treating. Think about it:

    “Okay, quiet down guys, let’s make sure we get this all down. First, we put on ridiculous costumes, then we grab our pillowcases, head out into the chilly October night, and demand candy from a whole neighborhood’s worth of begrudging adults! And then, after we’ve run our parents silly and made sure their legs are sore and their noses and fingers are sufficiently frozen, we’ll head back to the house, dump out our pillow’s worth of candy in the living room, and finally—after very serious trading of our spoils amongst friends and siblings—we chow down on all of our sugary treats.”

    While it may seem like kids are running the show when it comes to Halloween, there is at least one aspect you can control that will benefit both you and your little one: a good bedtime. Now,

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  3. How to Sleep Better While Giving Support

    How to Sleep Better While Giving Support

    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-t

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  4. The Sleep Quiz That Makes You Smarter

    The Sleep Quiz That Makes You Smarter

    How many times has this happened to you?

    You finish dinner, finally put your phone down, and find yourself delightfully surprised that you’re able to get to bed at a decent hour—but something just doesn’t go right. Maybe you spend half the night trying to get into a comfortable position, or you feel exhausted at work the next morning. Whatever happened, your sleep just didn’t do its job, despite the fact that (as far as you’re aware) you did everything right.

    If this sounds familiar, you’re definitely not alone. A lot of people expect sleep to just happen as long as we get into bed before too late and shut our eyes at some point, but that’s really not how it works. There’s actually a variety of environmental, biological, and personal factors that all combine every single day and affect the quality of s

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  5. Sleep and Your Speedy Recovery

    Sleep and Your Speedy Recovery

    If you’ve ever broken a bone or had a serious surgery, you know that a doctor’s prescription will often include intensive bed rest. While this sounds like the easiest advice in the world to take, the reality is usually the opposite.

    As it turns out, being confined to your bed (or couch) for a long period of time can start to feel like its own sort of fluffy prison, and the last thing you end up feeling is rested. Spending all day lying down can turn into too much of a good thing, leaving you itching for activity and the outdoors. Add to this the discomfort resulting from your wound, and you’ve got the perfect formula for restlessness and a bad night’s sleep.

    However, it’s important not to get discouraged and just give up on getting the sleep that you need, as getting the right amount of sleep is extremely important for your recovery. When you get a full night’s sleep, on

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  6. Getting Better Sleep During Chronic Pain

    Getting Better Sleep During Chronic Pain

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic pain, you know that a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. In fact, you might not even remember the last time you experienced a halfway-decent night’s sleep.

    As is the case with most things that disrupt our sleep, the sleep loss resulting from chronic pain often begins a vicious cycle which only makes the source of the pain worse, causing even more sleep loss. If there’s one good thing that comes from recognizing this cycle, it’s that it shows us just how necessary good sleep is for good health.

    When we don’t get at least seven hours of consistent and uninterrupted sleep (as is often the case for those enduring chronic pain), we miss out on some of sleep’s most helpful benefit

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  7. How Menopause Affects Your Sleep

    How Menopause Affects Your Sleep

    If you’re currently going through pre-menopause or menopause, you know that it doesn’t just come on in a vacuum. There is a lot going on in your life right now, whether it’s caring for aging parents or for children who may be transitioning into adulthood, or dealing with the regular stresses of life that come from having a demanding career and trying to stay active. Your life doesn’t get put on hold just because of this change in your hormones. You still need energy, which means you still need sleep, but great sleep is unfortunately hard to come by during menopause. Let’s take a look at why, as well as some tips to help you get the best sleep possible.

    Menopause and sleep loss

    The last thing anyone with a busy life needs is to be suffering from sleep loss, but unfortunately, this is a reality for an overwhelming majority of women experiencing the symptoms of menopause. Two o

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  8. The Amazing, Sleep-Saving Travel Pack

    The Amazing, Sleep-Saving Travel Pack

    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

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  9. How to Survive Nighttime Nursing

    How to Survive Nighttime Nursing

    Caring for a newborn baby might be one of the times in life that is hardest on our sleep. Not only do around-the-clock feedings disrupt sleep, but it also comes right on the heels of the physical marathon of pregnancy and labor.

    What helps during this time is to focus on the positives: along with all of the bonding you’ll be getting with this new addition to the family during this time, you’re also helping along a future super-sleeper as they settle into the regular routine that we all come to enjoy. It’s just an undeniable fact that getting through this stage takes some work.

    Let’s take a look at why this time in your baby’s life wreaks havoc on your sleep, and some tips you can follow to help make the burden on you a little lighter.

    Sleepy, hungry baby

    Although it probably doesn’t seem like quite enough to

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