World-class athletes do many things differently than ordinary people do. On top of having inherent talent in their chosen sports, they train harder, eat better, and yes, generally sleep more than the rest of us. As it turns out, achieving top performance in athletics isn’t just about how hard you work, it’s also about proper […]
It’s hard to think of an ordinary thing that feels more unfair than waking up after a night’s sleep with a headache. When you expect to be rested and refreshed, and have a day of tasks ahead of you, starting out with a headache is exactly what you don’t need. As it turns out, your […]
Practicing good sleep hygiene is one of the most effective things you can do to improve your chances of falling asleep on time at night and gaining a restful night’s sleep. This set of practices includes making sure that your bedroom offers a conducive environment for sleep and setting up nighttime rituals that promote relaxation […]
Parenting is all about teaching your children the skills and habits they will need to live a healthy, happy life into their adult years. One of the very first areas where this comes into play is helping our children develop good sleep habits. Children’s sleep patterns change considerably from early infancy to their teen years, […]
If you’re having trouble falling to sleep at night, you may have been told that listening to white noise can help. It may seem a little counterintuitive to use noise to relax, but when you understand what is meant by “white noise” and what purpose it serves, it makes sense. There are many options to […]
When faced with the decision between leaping out of bed at the first sound of the morning alarm or hitting the snooze button to catch a few more minutes of sleep (maybe more than once), many people elect to stay in bed a little while longer. After all, if we’re all told that we should […]
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious but often undiagnosed sleep disorder that affects millions of American adults. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the soft tissues of the throat collapse, temporarily closing the airway during sleep. This causes the sufferer to repeatedly rouse to catch their breath due to low oxygen, though […]
Most of us look forward to spring, especially when we live in climates where winter means long, dark days stuck indoors while the temperatures plunge below freezing. For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, though, nature awakening in March and April comes with a new set of woes. Those blooming flowers and sprouting leaves herald […]
In the wee hours of the second Sunday of March, Americans once again moved their clocks forward an hour to daylight saving time. There’s been a lot of recent debate about whether or not the effort to align our waking hours to enjoy more sunlight in the evenings during the summer is worth the turmoil […]
When brisk temperatures and blustery weather keep us indoors, they’re often accompanied by an uptick in the types of illnesses that make life miserable. If you feel like the past couple months are marked by shaking off one cold just to get hit by the next, you’re not alone. Getting adequate rest is important to […]