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How to Turn Your Sleep Habits Around

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 18, 2022 4:01:00 PM

Has your sleep been turned upside down? Or maybe you've never gotten good sleep. Either way, it's essential to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Without it, you put yourself at risk for sleep deprivation, which leads to excessive daytime sleepiness, mood dysregulation, trouble concentrating and memory problems. Here are some ways to turn your sleep habits around, or maybe even develop them, so you can get optimal sleep. 

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Reasons You May Fall Asleep at Work (And how to Prevent it)

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 18, 2022 4:34:00 AM

Falling asleep at work can be embarrassing and calls for disciplinary action, especially if you work in a place that absolutely requires your devote attention (e.g. schools, warehouse, etc.). Sometimes it feels like this enormous weight of sleep is upon you and there is nothing you can do but succumb to it. If it happens every now and again then it may be behavioral. But, if it's happening all the time, that can be cause for concern. Continue reading to find out why you may be falling asleep at work and how to prevent it. 

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How to Stay Asleep Throughout the Night: 10 Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 16, 2022 2:17:00 PM

If you struggle with insomnia, then you may have issues staying asleep throughout the night. When you are sleep deprived, you can have issues with mood regulation, focus, attention, learning and memory. Sleep quantity is important - the number of hours you are in bed. However, sleep quality is also important - the type of sleep you are getting. 

Many individuals wake up in the middle of the night. Up to 35.5% of individuals wake up in the middle of the night at least three times per week. Wake ups normally happen in the earlier stages of sleep, or the light stages. Stress can cause these awakenings, fluctuations in blood sugar or hormones, as well as physical discomfort. Here are 10 things you can do to reduce these nighttime awakenings.  

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How to Manage Children on Different Sleep Schedules

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 25, 2022 3:21:00 PM

The hardest part about having children of different ages is that they are able to do different things based on their age, maturity, school schedules, etc. This can be especially hard for younger children who take pride in feeling older. When it comes to getting adequate sleep, this can definitely be a challenge. Younger children with earlier bedtimes may want to stay up because their siblings are able to. However, you don't want to revert the older children because they feel as if they have progressed from their "childhood bedtimes". It's a tough balance, but it's necessary to prioritize the sleep health of the children over their individual desires. Continue reading to find out some great tips for balancing the different sleep schedules. 

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Sleep Routine: To Shower or Not to Shower?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 3, 2022 6:42:00 AM

We write a lot about creating a sleep hygiene, or sleep routine, for optimal sleep. This means creating a list of activities that you do every night to get your mind and body ready for bed. This can include wind down activities like reading, drinking a cup of tea, yoga, etc. But what about showering? Many people love to have that warm shower or bath right before going to bed. Is it a good activity to include in your sleep hygiene? Continue reading to find out. 

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Improving Sleep if You Have Fibromyalgia

Posted by Darian Dozier on Apr 2, 2022 7:30:00 AM

Fibromyalgia is a somatic pain disorder that can be very hard to treat, and very disruptive to one's life. Sleep quality can be a great way to improve symptoms, but it's very difficult to get good sleep with fibromyalgia. If you are someone with fibromyalgia and you struggle with getting good sleep, then below we are going to talk about some remedies you can use to improve your sleep. 

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Yoga and Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 28, 2022 7:48:00 AM

 

Yoga is a great exercise for stretching, meditating, and strengthening the body. It is encouraged as a great activity to do before bed as it encourages reflection on the day and relaxes you for a good night of sleep. Here is some more information on what yoga is and why it's so restorative before sleep. 

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The Best Lotions and Bath Soaks to Help You Sleep at Night

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

Getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep is important, but can be difficult due to a variety of reasons. Creating a sleep hygiene, or sleep routine can help to train your brain for sleep every night. It's almost like sleep training for adults. It's a series of routines that you do everyday to let your brain and body know that it's time to go to sleep. These routines should help relax you and calm your mind down for a good night's rest. 

If you've got a good sleep environment, but still have trouble going to sleep, then it could be due to the fact that you need to increase your relaxation before bed. A great way to do that is by applying sleep lotions or soaking in a bath with calming compounds. Here is a list of the best lotions and bath soaks to help you sleep all night. 

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How to Improve Sleep While Pregnant

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 26, 2022 8:15:00 AM

Sleeping while pregnant can be one of the most difficult things of the entire journey. Women's bodies are changing, becoming larger and taking on a new shape, all of which can impact the mechanics and comfort of sleeping. This can lead to many women feeling sleep deprived and having trouble getting through a full night's sleep. However, it's very important that pregnant women get enough sleep throughout their pregnancy. Women who are habitually sleep deprived often have more complications than those who got their recommended number of hours. Here are some tips and more information on how to sleep while pregnant. 

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Getting Good Sleep as a Parent - 5 great Tips

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 24, 2022 8:00:00 AM

As a new parent, or a parent with younger children, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep can be almost impossible. However, regardless of how hard it is to get those hours, it's still important that you do. Sleep deprivation can make you irritable, moody, excessively tired in the daytime, all of which can affect your ability parent or work effectively. Continue reading for five really great tips for parents who need to increase their sleep. 

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