Kate Arends, author and founder of Wit and Delight, in bed with husband and son.
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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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To-Do List a Mile Long? Go to Bed.

If you’re staying up late because there’s too much on your plate, you may want to reconsider your strategy.   Research suggests people get more done when they’re refreshed, so cutting corners on sleep can be counterproductive.   “A good night of sleep is restorative, both physically and mentally,” says Jonathan Alpert, a sleep expert…

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Is Your Home Guest-Ready for the Holidays?

When out-of-town family descends on your home this season, don’t let poor sleeping conditions ruin the happy anticipation and warm feelings.   Kids, parents and other family members … sleeping bags, a pullout sofa in the den. A house full of guests sometimes requires pulling out old quilts and past-their-prime pillows.   In the movies,…

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Military Spouses May Be Vulnerable to Sleep Problems

Military spouses face unique challenges, such as spending a lot of time away from their significant others and worrying about their well-being during deployment. They may also be at higher risk of sleep problems.   Researchers found that 44 percent of nearly 1,500 wives of military service members slept 6 hours or less per night,…

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Haunted Places to Get Some Shut-Eye (Maybe)

Think you have what it takes to sleep among the paranormal? This Halloween, consider checking in at one of these supposedly haunted stays.   Northeast   Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum, Fall River, Massachusetts   True crime aficionados can sleep where Lizzie Borden was infamously accused of axing her father, Andrew, and stepmother, Abby,…

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Back to School Sleep Tips for Parents

Fall can be a beautiful and exciting time of the year, but for parents of school-age kids, it is also a time of extra stress. Getting up early to drop kids off at school, preparing lunches and driving them to ballet or martial arts classes can take a toll on busy parents’ time, energy and,…

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Fall Cleaning Tips for Better Sleep

The leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and you may be spending more time inside as temperatures drop. If you’re not taking steps to give your bedroom a seasonal makeover, you could be missing out on some quality sleep. Here are some tips that will set you up for better sleep night…

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Sleeping with Dogs: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Three out of every five Americans share their home with at least one dog, and many of those dog owners also share their bed. A 2015 Harris Poll found that 71 percent of dog owners allow their furry friends to snuggle up in bed, while only 10 percent of dog owners never do. Roughly 80…

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Bring Your Sleep Routine on the Road

Ah, summer vacation. You’ve packed your clothes, your toiletries, your passport — but what about your healthy sleep habits? Your preferred mattress and pillow don’t fit so easily into a suitcase, but there’s still plenty you can do to snooze better when you’re away from home.   It helps to understand why we often sleep…

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How to Handle Sleepwalking

Your child or partner walks around glassy-eyed, starring straight through you with no idea you’re there.   Somnambulism, or sleepwalking, is a parasomnia, a disruptive event that occurs during sleep. Classic sleepwalking occurs during the first few hours of sleep, in what is known as stage 3 or slow-wave sleep. This is the deepest stage…

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Is it Time to Replace Your Pillow?

Your pillow is comfy. It’s soft. It’s perfect. It’s also eight years old. You probably aren’t ready to toss Old Faithful, but you definitely should.   The average pillow doubles in weight in the first 18 months because dust, saliva, pollen, skin and hair find a way inside the pillowcase, eventually mixing with your pillow…

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