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6 Nootropics to Prevent Daytime Sleepiness and Boost Energy

Posted by Guest Author, Josh Epstein on Feb 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM

We live in a competitive world. A world in which natural selection separates the smart and ambitious from the rest. Whether it’s a student or a corporate nine-to-fiver, he or she is faced with the challenge of excelling or being average.

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Bad Sleeping Habits, a.k.a "Sleep Hygiene"

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 12, 2019 4:15:00 PM

When sleepless nights stack up for days, anxiety may take over your thoughts when lying down. Your mattress, pillow, or comforter could even be the culprit.

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Topics: sleep hygiene, sleep habits

Consumer Affairs' 2019 Mattress Guide

Posted by Michael J. Breus, Ph.D. Mattress Contributing Editor on Jan 15, 2019 4:32:00 PM

There are many reasons you might be looking for a new mattress. Maybe you’ve noticed creaking when you get out of bed in the morning—either from the mattress itself or from your aching back. Or maybe you’ve just had your mattress for a while and are ready for a change. No matter why you’re shopping for a mattress, the list of things to consider is lengthy, and the stakes of making the best choice are high.

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Topics: mattresses, sleep hygiene, technology

The New Trend of Binge-Sleeping

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jan 10, 2019 8:20:00 PM

We have all experienced Netflix asking, “Are you Still Watching?” It pops up more frequently for some while watching a show in constant succession. Binge-watching shows is the new trend in television. Instead of waiting 8 months and watching commercials, you can binge-watch an entire season overnight.

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Topics: sleep habits, sleep hygiene

Making Your Perfect Sleep Environment

Posted by Guest Blogger: Scott Matthews on Jan 3, 2019 5:00:00 PM


According to research, sleep improves our intellectual performance, helps our body fight off infections, and does all sorts of good to our mind and body. However, not all of us can fall asleep that easy because of stress, anxiety, and all other sorts of factors, many of which we just can’t do anything about. Where we make our bed is one of the factors that can influence the quality of our sleep, luckily, there’s so much we can do in order to create a perfect sleeping environment.

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Topics: plants, bedroom, sleep hygiene

Sleep Mythbusters

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Dec 27, 2018 4:19:00 PM

Wake Up to the Truth About Sleep Myths

Never wake a sleepwalker because the shock could kill them! That's a myth – waking a sleepwalker might surprise them, but it’s not going to kill anyone. There are lots of myths about sleep, as well as about mattresses that have many of us tossing and turning. The Better Sleep Council can help you separate fact from fiction.

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Topics: sleep hygiene, sleep myths

Sleep Texting: The Latest Phone Issue for Teens and Parents

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Dec 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The idea of being unconscious and not remembering past actions can be a scary thing. For decades, medical professionals have studied the act of sleepwalking and treatment options. As the world becomes more connected everyday, issues have shifted effecting a full night’s sleep. Sleeping next to or with a cell phone is not out of the norm. Because of this normality, sleep texting is on the rise.

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Topics: sleep walking, sleep hygiene

5 Ways Yoga and Meditation Improve Sleep Quality

Posted by Guest Blogger: Joanna Thomas on Dec 19, 2018 1:26:50 AM

Do you toss and turn at night? Do you wake up feeling exhausted rather than refreshed? Believe it or not, your daytime activities could be greatly impacting your sleep quality. Studies show that adding yoga and/or meditation to your daily routine can help you get better Z’s.

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Topics: yoga, sleep hygiene, relax

Natural Ways to Better Sleep

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 19, 2018 4:04:00 AM

Melatonin is a Natural Sleep Aid; but You May Be Overdoing It

More than a third of US adults report insufficient sleep - defined as fewer than seven hours per day - according to the Centers For Disease Control, and while it's tempting to wear your exhaustion like a badge of honor, getting to the bottom of your sleep troubles is essential.

"Sleep is important for health, just like nutrition and exercise, and it should be protected," neurologist Heidi Roth, MD, codirector of the sleep clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says.

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Topics: melatonin, sleep hygiene

How to Relieve Insomnia Without Medications: Part 2

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Nov 7, 2018 2:01:00 PM

Insomnia is more than just occasional trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. In fact, most people experience sleep disturbance at some point in their lives. If you have chronic trouble (meaning more nights than not) falling or staying asleep, don’t feel refreshed in the morning, and especially if lack of sleep begins to impact your personal or professional life, it might be time to seek medical help.

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Topics: insomnia, sleep hygiene, cognitive sleep issues

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