No Joke: Laughter + Sleep

Laughter may be the best medicine, and science suggests it may be a pretty solid sleep aide, too. But sometimes nighttime mirth isn’t always a laughing matter. Here’s our take on the pluses, and a couple minuses, of laughter and sleep. Laughter Busts Stress There’s not a lot of direct research on the topic of…

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Weekend vs. Weekday Sleep Routines

It can be tough to find the perfect sleep routine. Many variables can interfere – nighttime exercising, television/phone use, or a too long to-do list to name a few. Life can throw you all sorts of curveballs, but keeping a consistent bedtime routine during the week and weekend can help you and your family achieve…

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Why You’ll Never Catch Up on Sleep Debt

More than a third of American adults aren’t clocking enough shut-eye on a regular basis—so much so that insufficient sleep has become a public health problem, according to the CDC. If you’re suffering from sleep debt, all is not lost; read on for tips to help you feel better each day. Lack of sleep increases…

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Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It

Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, getting enough sleep, or staying awake during the day? Are you fatigued or tired? Do you panic about insomnia? These are all important distinctions to make when evaluating why your sleep is broken and how to fix it – which is also the subtitle of Dr. Chris…

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Ebb and Flow of a Sleep Routine

Sleep, wake up, repeat … Do you struggle getting to bed at a decent time or have trouble falling asleep? Creating a sleep routine can help promote better sleep and improve your sleep-wake cycle. Pete Bils, Sleep Number Vice President, Sleep Science & Research, shares tips on how to fall asleep faster and how the…

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How Does Humidity Affect Your Sleep?

Humidity – both too much and not enough – can plague sleep. Do any of the below culprits bother you? Ultra-low humidity can cause dryness that makes sleep tough. On the flip slide, too much humidity can lead to allergen growth, more congestion, or worse. A study in Indoor Air, the international Journal of Indoor…

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Sleeping After Eating: Nighttime Snack 411

Should you sleep after eating? And what snacks are best to eat before bed? It’s as familiar as hearing you shouldn’t eat just before swimming: Don’t eat before bedtime, either. But is there any evidence to show that sleeping after eating is actually harmful? Well, that depends. For people who suffer from reflux, lying down…

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Does Your Bed Help You Sleep?

Despite the proliferation of sleep apps and other technology, many people don’t realize the role their beds play in how soundly we snooze. Your bed helps you sleep well. Terry Cralle, a certified clinical sleep educator in Washington, D.C., and coauthor of “Snoozby and the Great Big Bedtime Battle,” and “Sleeping Your Way to the…

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Surprisingly, 1-in-4 Couples Does This In The Bedroom

Humans have slept in social groups from the beginning of our ancestral past, particularly for warmth and safety from predators. Today, however, 1 in 4 couples sleeps alone, for all kinds of reasons, from noisy snoring, to different sleeping climates, to blanket hogging. When we sleep alone today, however, we aren’t worried about physical predators,…

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Camping Could Reset Your Biological Clock

Need to rejigger your internal alarm clock? An outdoor camping trip may help. It happens to the best of us: We stay up too late too many nights or sleep in too many weekends, and our biological clocks get out of whack. Once the circadian rhythm is disrupted it can be tough to reset. Fortunately,…

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