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It’s Time for Bed: Resetting Your Nighttime Routine

We all know opposites attract, but how well do they sleep at night? If you currently share your bed with a living, breathing being, you can commiserate. One person is too hot, the other too cold. Throw two kids, a 60 lb. yellow lab, and demanding work schedules into the mix and you can imagine…

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Make the Most of Your Empty Nest

As Hélène Stelian’s twin daughters prepared to leave for college, she felt the twinge of loneliness but also the stark realization that she no longer knew herself. As a stay-at-home mom in Chicago, much of her identity was wrapped in theirs. “I looked into the future and wondered what my life was going to be…

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How to Start a Family Dreams Journal

Nightmares may bring the kids or grandkids to your room in the middle of the night, but have you ever asked about their best dreams — the kind they didn’t want to wake up from? Instead of focusing on the bad dreams, invite your crew into the parental bed on a regular basis to share…

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6 Fun Tips to Make It to Your 50th Wedding Anniversary

Chicago love birds Judi and Jack Schindler have a rule: They never offer one another unsolicited advice. Even if Jack looks like he has a headache coming on, Judi won’t dare offer an aspirin because it may come off as criticism in disguise.   For this Midwest couple, it’s an approach that works. The evidence?…

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How Retirement Affects Relationships ( & how to thrive)

Professionals weigh-in with free advice on how to handle all that extra time you’ll be spending together during retirement.   Two days after retiring, Karen Nettler and her husband moved from Baltimore to Michigan to be closer to their daughter and her family.   “My husband didn’t want to move, but once the grandchildren were born,…

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2019 Nashville NFL Draft Travel Guide

Going to the 2019 NFL Draft party in Nashville? Rest easier and stress less making your travel plans thanks to these helpful ideas from Sleep Number—the official sleep + wellness partner of the NFL.   For most, pro football is a spectator sport. You entertain friends and family at home and watch in front of…

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What Do Couples Really Want for Valentine’s Day?

In the quest for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, a lot of couples may be overlooking the simplest gift of all: A good night’s rest. While most think of flowers or nice dinners as the most romantic gesture, a recent study of 1,000 Americans, ages 18+, commissioned by sleep innovation leader Sleep Number found that…

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To Make the Bed or Not?

To make the bed, or not to make the bed — that is the age old question. Which do you do?   Bed making wars are a common debate among couples. According to a You.gov survey on bed making: About 37% percent of people always make the bed 14% rarely make the bed 7% never…

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Tailgating for the Greater Good

A table, some food, maybe some beer, a card game.   That’s how Dan Cohen, whose day job is Wall Street bond trader for RBC Capital Markets, recalls how he and his friends started getting together before NFL games. A typical tailgate affair, similar to those on any given Sunday.   Today, those parties have…

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Couple Sleeping: How to Get the Best Sleep Ever With Your Partner

From snore-fests to blanket wrestling, sleeping alongside someone else can prove challenging. Whether you and your partner love to spoon, don’t like to touch during sleep, or something in between, here’s your guide to what you can expect when you share your bed, and how you can get the most restful sleep together.   If…

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Best Gift a Husband Can Give …

My favorite bicycle ride of the year approached, but my body seemed to mysteriously slow down, at just the wrong time. I lost a favorite cousin to AIDS, and so the 100-mile Ride for AIDS the weekend after Labor Day, taking me from Harbor Country in southwest Michigan to my hometown of Chicago, was one…

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