Woman doing yoga in bed. Kneeling, lying forward with one arm out and one behind back in a twist.
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5 Morning Yoga Poses To Do In Bed

Los Angeles-based certified yoga instructor Laurel Erilane, a teacher on the Yoga Wake Up app, offers a simple sequence you can do in bed to kick-start your morning. She recommends holding the below postures for one to two minutes. That’s less than 10 minutes added to your morning routine.   RECLINED BUTTERFLY (Supta Baddha Konasana)…

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Five Reasons Teen Athletes Need Better Sleep

Teens are getting less sleep today than they were 20 years ago, according to a study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Physiology, a problem made worse by the demands of daily life and the frequent use of technology devices. Some researchers believe that coaches and parents have an obligation to track their teens’…

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How to Sleep the Night Before a Big Day

Anxiety, adrenaline and a wandering, worried mind serve to steal your sleep the night before a big event—a problem if you need to be alert and awake the next day, such as for your own wedding.   Sleep relies on your brain’s ability to let go. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)…

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Tips to Tame Procrastination for Better Sleep

Procrastination is a major productivity killer, and research shows that it can also mess with your sleep.   In a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers from the Academic College of Tel Aviv asked 598 people if they tended to put things off and if they suffered from sleep problems. Those…

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Do You Need a Sleep Consultant? Let’s Find Out.

Can’t sleep and don’t know why? It might be time to find an expert.   A sleep consultant can provide tips and may prescribe medicine or therapy for a better night’s sleep. Some consultants make house calls and audit your space. Other consultants may be psychotherapists, physicians or pulmonologists who specialize in sleep apnea.  …

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Nightcap? Not So Fast

A nightcap before bed— just the thing to help you fall asleep. Or is it?   While alcohol does have a sedating effect, a bedtime drink could start negatively impacting your sleep rhythms in just three nights.   “What alcohol gives on those first two nights, it takes away on subsequent nights. You become tolerant…

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What type of sleep is best for your mood?

Is it better to get fewer hours of uninterrupted sleep or more hours of interrupted sleep?   When it comes to your mood, the former is actually better. Recent research from Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Sleep has shown that people who get interrupted sleep end up in a much worse mood than…

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Why Do We Fall Back?

The history of Daylight Saving Time is steeped in myth. For example, DST was created to decrease energy costs, not to help farmers as many people believe. Around 70 countries spring forward and fall back, not just the U.S. The concept also has encountered significant backlash, including from economists and scientists.   Daylight Saving Time…

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Simple Breathing Exercises to Wake Refreshed

Breathing is the foundation of human life, yet so many of us breathe incorrectly. Poor posture, too much sitting and a cultural tendency to hold our breath all contribute to shallow “neck breathing,” which can be detrimental to sleep and, therefore, overall health.   Neck breathing is characterized by short, shallow breaths—you may notice your…

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Five Big Hurdles Athletes Face in Getting Enough Sleep

Playing sports takes a toll on athletes’ bodies — and on their sleep.   “Challenges include overcoming stimulation from the excitement and arousal from night games, controlling pain from injuries, reducing accumulation of sleep debt from late night games and early practices, and limiting disruption of circadian rhythm from frequent travel,” explained Dr. Jonathan Saluta,…

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The Sleepiest Animals

When we think of sleepy animals, sloths often come to mind.   In captivity, sloths log anywhere from 15 to 20 hours of snoozing every day. But in the wild, sloths actually only need about 9 hours, and are far from the sleepiest critters in the animal kingdom. So who are the sleepiest?   Cats…

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