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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 chest,…

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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, an…

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Smarter Sleep is Here – and “it” Changes Everything

New “it bed” by Sleep Number delivers smart, adjustable sleep at a great value MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 15, 2016– Sleep Number, the world’s leader in sleep innovation, today announced the launch of the it™ bed, a revolutionary new smart bed that combines dual adjustability, sleep knowledge and connectivity for better sleep. The “it bed” will be…

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Back to School = Back to Routine

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This Is Your Brain on Sleep

Scientists used to think that our brains switched off when we weren’t awake, but it turns out that’s not the case. When we sleep, our brains begin a highly orchestrated, intricate dance of complex activities that fuel our waking life. Throughout the night, we cycle in and out of two stages of sleep: slow wave…

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Concussions and Sleep: What You Need to Know

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 Control, a concussion happens when the…

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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 been…

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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 House cats…

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Stress Less and Sleep More

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 think…

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