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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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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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What Are You Wearing Tonight?

When you slip beneath the sheets, what you’re wearing counts.   The feel and fit of your sleepwear can make all the difference in how you sleep.   “Besides the comfort and fit factor, just the psychological act of changing out of your work clothes helps ready your body for sleep,” says registered nurse Terry…

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How to Sleep While Camping

A summer camping trip is a great way to unplug from stress, reconnect with nature and spend quality time with friends and family. According to a study at the University of Colorado Boulder, a week-long camping trip — with lots of natural light — can actually help reset your internal clock.   Of course, a…

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How to Keep Peace in the Bedroom

While you may get along swimmingly with your partner outside the bedroom, you may drown in misery if you have different sleep styles and preferences.   One study shows that if your sleep suffers, your marriage can suffer too. Has your bedroom turned into a dwelling of disturbance rather than a soothing sanctuary for sleep?…

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5 Road Trip Safety Tips

As summer road travel season approaches, staying alert and awake is critical for arriving safely at your destination. Here are some tips for catching sufficient shut-eye while on the road.   Prepare Starting your trip on a sleep deficit puts you at risk for drowsy driving. Each year, drowsy driving is responsible for an estimated…

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Solutions to Couples Wanting Different Sleep Temperatures

They say opposites attract, right? So it’s inevitable that one of you is a night owl and the other’s an early bird. And, even more likely that one of you sleeps like a fiery furnace, while your partner is a popsicle.   Experts recommend that the best bedroom temperature for optimal sleep is between 65…

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DIY: How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

Clothes that need to be put away. Books you haven’t read. Work papers piled up. Clutter and chores you haven’t dealt with. Are these things interfering with your ability to feel calm and rested in your sleep space?   Feng Shui might help.   Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings…

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