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How to Disinfect Your Pillow

If you've recently been sick, or want to clean your bedroom, people have asked us how to disinfect their pillows.   Wash your hands, wipe the doorknobs — that's common advice for keeping germs at bay when the flu virus hits, or at least helpi

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How to Disinfect Your Pillow

If you’ve recently been sick, or want to clean your bedroom, people have asked us how to disinfect their pillows.   Wash your hands, wipe the doorknobs — that’s common advice for keeping germs at bay when the flu virus hits, or at least helping contain a breakout. But surfaces aren’t the only place flu…

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6 Sleep Tips from Home DIY Experts ChrisLovesJulia

“The business is running smoother, the projects are getting done, the kids are happy, and we have a good night’s rest to thank,” said-Julia Marcum, influential home design DIYers behind the popular @ChrisLovesJulia business.   With jam-packed daily schedules, these home design DIY entrepreneurs need quality sleep to ensure they can lead their business, show…

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Focus on Quality Sleep During the Pandemic

Ever heard the saying, “Sleep is the best medicine?” A similar worded proverb exists in almost every culture — and for good reason.   Sleep is an important pillar of a strong immune system. It’s nature’s way of helping your body fend off attackers — something we all need right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Welcome to the Sleep Number blog. We're so happy you're here. At Sleep Number we eat, breathe and sleep, well, sleep. That's because research shows the eight hours you're asleep has a huge impact on the 16 hours you're awake.

Our mission is to cover health & wellness, relationships and sleep science with an eye toward helping you get QUALITY sleep. On this site you'll find smart, caring, authentic stories that help you improve your days and your nights.

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Concussions and Sleep: What You Need to Know

What is a concussion?   Concussions are common—as many as 3.8 million occur in the U.S. each year, according to the Brain Injury Research Institute—and they’re well known for causing headaches, memory loss and confusion. But a concussion can also mess with sleep for months following an injury.   According to the Centers for Disease…

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Sleep Wise: Q&A with Author Daniel Blum

Dr. Daniel Jin Blum always thought he was a good sleeper. He has slept through terrific storms, his own snoring, even a bear rummaging outside his family’s tent. But when attending Stanford University’s School of Sleep Medicine mini-course, he discovered that he wasn’t a good sleeper at all.   “For my entire life, I had…

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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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Too Stressed to Sleep? 4 Tips to Calm Your Mind

The dishes aren’t done. The car needs an oil change. The office is moving into a new building next week and packing hasn’t even started. Oh, and a coworker is sick, so the workload is about to quintuple. This long to-do list can cause anxiety and stress, which can in turn make it difficult to…

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Sleep and the 5 Senses: Taste

Foods and beverages can impact the quality and quantity of our sleep. And when it comes to the sense of taste, the flavors we crave can also be indicators of other health issues and whether or not we’re banking enough quality shut-eye.   Our exploration of sleep and the five senses has examined ways to…

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Why You Get All the Best Ideas as You’re Falling Asleep

Just as you’re sinking into sleep, a slew of the greatest ideas you’ve ever had pop into your head.   Why does this happen?   Letting go of control All of the thoughts that lead you astray from your tasks during the day are finally freed, unfiltered, when you lie down to rest.   Barry…

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How to Snack Smarter When You’re Sleepy

Exhaustion makes the brain’s hunger and fullness hormones go haywire, which explains why you might find yourself mindlessly raiding the fridge late at night.   According to a study published in SLEEP, a scientific and medical journal from the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, sleep deprivation also boosts levels of the brain chemicals that make eating…

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Do Trees Sleep? The Surprising Answer

Dogs and cats do it. Chimps and insects do it.   Even trees may slumber.   In a study published in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science, scientists from Austria, Finland and Hungary observed trees drooping their leaves and branches at night — a possible equivalent to falling asleep in humans and animals.   “Our…

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