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Better Sleep: A Resolution To Keep

Posted by Julia Higginson on Jan 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The new year has begun and that means its time to pull out your resolutions. Do you have any new resolutions on your list or are you making the same resolutions that you seem to keep failing at?

Year after the most common resolutions are healthy eating, exercising more, and stopping smoking. And year after year most people find that their resolutions fall by the wayside within a few weeks to months.

Have you ever wondered why so many people fail at accomplishing worthwhile goals? The answer is simple: sleep. When you are sleep deprived or have poor sleep you are less likely to accomplish your goals because you are tired.

This year, instead of making the same old resolutions again, try making a goal for better sleep. A good night’s rest is the basis for making and keeping resolutions for a healthy lifestyle.

The Importance of Sleep:

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Topics: holiday, get better sleep, new year's resolution

How to Choose Your Perfect Pillow

Posted by Sally Norton on Nov 24, 2019 1:12:00 PM

Getting enough sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Topics: pillow, get better sleep, bedding

The Truth about Allergies

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 15, 2019 3:23:00 PM

Everyone knows that allergies cause sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and nasal congestion and that for some people these symptoms can be more severe than for others. For these people allergies can feel like a curse, making them feel sleepy, irritable and downright miserable.

There are many medical explanations for allergies, including the theory that the body is overreacting to the typical allergens.

But there’s one other reason why some people with allergies are more affected than others, and this has to do with their jaw size. If you had normal-sized jaw anatomy, then it’s less likely an allergy attack would bother you; in fact, it’s less likely you’ll even have allergies in the first place. Let me explain.

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Topics: get better sleep, allergies

Blue Light Has a Dark Side

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Nov 14, 2019 5:30:00 AM

We think of all the rituals at bedtime from yoga, essential oils, and sound machines when sometimes the one issue stems from American’s largest addiction: digital devices.

With 71 percent of Americans sleeping with their phone in bed or on the nightstand, the blue light from the screens can emit unneeded light that prevents our brains from shutting down. But we should also not be confused with eliminating blue light altogether. Light therapy treats seasonal affective disorder (SAD) uses blue light.

Ever wonder what makes the sky blue? It is blue light from the atmosphere and comes in a natural, non harmful way. According to Blue Light Exposed, “when outside, light from the sun travels through the atmosphere. The shorter, high energy blue wavelengths collide with the air molecules causing blue light to scatter everywhere.”

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Topics: technology, bedtime, get better sleep, blue light screen

Budget-friendly Bedroom Upgrades

Posted by Sally Norton on Nov 13, 2019 11:40:47 AM

Having a proper sleep cycle is tremendously important. Without it, neither your mind nor your body can function properly. This is why there are so many tips, guides, and even apps on how to sleep properly. And, as it turns out, the bedroom you sleep in plays a big role in the quality of your sleep.

Unfortunately, most bedroom renovations cost quite a bit, which is why most people shy away from upgrading theirs. But, there are some budget-friendly ways to upgrade your bedroom that are bound to help you have a good night's sleep. And, to make things even better, most of them are completely DIY-able. So, you won't even have to worry about finding someone to give you a hand.

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Topics: get better sleep, bedroom, traquility

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