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How Improving Sleep Hygiene Can Improve Heart Health

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 10, 2022 11:28:00 AM

It's been well-established that poor sleep can have very negative health effects. However, a recent study has expanded this knowledge by finding that multiple sleep issues at the same time can further increase risk for heart disease in middle age. Improving your sleep hygiene may be the key to improving your overall health. We are going to discuss some of the associated risks with sleep problems and some things you can do to improve your sleep hygiene. 

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Bedroom Accessories that Disrupt Children's Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 10, 2022 8:12:00 AM

When trying to figure out how to improve your child's sleep, it's important to consider all aspects of their lives, as they can all have a negative or positive impact on sleep. One aspect that we may not think about much is our child's sleeping environment. 

Their bedroom is more than just a playroom. It's the place where they are getting the most rest. If you would like to transition your child to their own room, or work on how to keep them in their own bed throughout the night, then it's important to create a bedroom environment that fosters improved sleep. This article will talk about bedroom accessories that disrupt children's sleep and what you can do instead. 

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How to Improve Sleep for Babies

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 3, 2022 7:51:00 AM

One of the hardest things about becoming a new parent is establishing your baby's sleep pattern. Some babies are great sleepers while others take a little bit longer to find a nice routine - even within the same family. While it can be frustrating, improving your baby's sleep is essential for them to get enough sleep and you. 

Babies need to sleep because that is when learning and growing happens. If they have a poor sleep schedule, then this can lead to some developmental delays that can be of concern. Also, if you're not getting enough sleep, then that can lead to higher levels of irritation, more disconnectedness from your child, and other negative consequences. 

Here are a few tips to help you get your baby to sleep through the night. 

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Topics: sleep health

Magnesium for Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 27, 2022 7:33:00 AM

In the search for a good night's rest, magnesium has become a supplement of interest lately. Getting good sleep can be hard for a number of reasons. So, if there is anything that can help improve rest, then people are willing to try it. 

Magnesium may offer some benefits, but the research is still very limited. Here is some more information on magnesium and if it may be right for you. 

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Topics: sleep health

How to Prevent Hypoglycemia at Night

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 20, 2022 7:12:00 AM

Hypoglycemia is a metabolic condition where your blood sugar drops below 70 mg/dL. This is dangerous as your body depends on glucose for energy. Without it, it cannot properly function. Normally, throughout the night, your body has mechanisms to create more glucose from glycogen storages or fat. However, if you are diabetic, and take insulin, then you may be at a higher risk for hypoglycemia if there is an imbalance between your medication and the amount of carbohydrates you have consumed. Here is more information on how to prevent hypoglycemia at night. 

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How to Fight Late Night Cravings

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 13, 2022 7:11:00 AM

Nothing is more tempting than a late night craving. They come on suddenly and they are insatiable. It's like where did this come from? Why do I suddenly want these foods that are sugary, fatty, and probably not the best choice before bed? 

We have all been there, and those late night cravings can be especially harmful if you have sleep troubles, diabetes, or any other health disease where late night sugar rushes can be dangerous. An indulgence every once in a while is okay, but when it's a constant habit, you may find yourself with indigestion, weight gain, and a harder task to control your blood sugars. Here are seven ways to kick those late night cravings. 

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How Unemployment Can Lead to Sleep Loss

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 6, 2022 6:51:00 AM

Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have either been forced out of their jobs or left on their own accord. Either way, being without a job has been detrimental to sleep for both US and European workers. 

The idea that individuals without jobs have increased sleep trouble can seem paradoxical considering they seem to have more time to regulate sleep routines than those with full-time jobs. However, the stress that comes with job loss can lead to either too much or too little sleep. Continue reading to find out how unemployment can impact sleep and what you can do if you are unemployed. 

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How to Connect with Your Kids Before Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 29, 2022 6:27:00 AM

The days can get so busy, that sometimes you feel like you've gone all day without really talking to your kids or connecting as a family. As kids get older and start participating in extracurricular activities, it can be even harder to find time to connect with them. But connecting before bed is really important. If your kids had a stressful day, or they are anxious about the following day, then bedtime can be a great place to talk about those feelings so they can get a good night of sleep. 

It may also provide you some solace to know that you were able to spend quality time with your children and everyone can go to bed on a positive and connected note. Here are some ways to connect with your kids before bed. 

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How to Connect with your Partner Before Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 22, 2022 5:55:00 AM

When you share the bed with someone else, you are not only sharing physical space, but also emotional and mental space. Throughout the night, people's emotional and mental states can come alive through their sleep - whether that be a lack of sleep, too much sleeping, really light sleeping, nightmares, etc. 

As you both bring your bodies to the bed, you are also bringing your day's stress, worries, excitement, and other feelings as well. This mix of emotions and high stress can cause an unwelcoming sleeping environment. Here we will talk about how you can connect with your partner before bed, so you both an unwind together and have a great night of sleep. 

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Why sleeping in on the weekends isn't good for you

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 8, 2022 7:18:00 PM

Nothing feels better than waking up on a Saturday morning to no alarm at your own leisure. It's nice to just be able to go with the flow instead of being demanded to get somewhere at a certain time. However, sleeping in on the weekends may actually be detrimental towards your sleep health. Here is some more information on why you should try and remain as consistent as possible. 

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