Benefits of Reading Before Bed

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 27, 2023 8:16:00 AM

On this site, we talk a lot about sleep hygiene and creating a good sleep routine. One activity that is often recommended is reading a book before bed. Reading before bed is a fun, relaxing activity that often does not expose you to blue light (unless you read on an electronic device) and can help your brain wind down before bed. 

Continue reading to learn the benefits of reading before bed and other tips to help optimize this activity.

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Getting Good Sleep as a Remote Worker

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 6, 2023 6:51:00 AM

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work has flourished. Prior to the outbreak, about 23% of workers worked from home. Throughout the pandemic, this number has risen to 71% and settled at about 59%. More jobs are offering remote positions as remote working seems to be more convenient and flexible. 

This means that more and more workers are working from home than ever before. Although this is fantastic for many workers, it's creates an issue in terms of the normal daily schedule that used to structure our lives. This can include changes in sleep. Continue reading to learn how to get good sleep as a remote worker. 

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The Truth About Sleeping with Wet Hair

Posted by Darian Dozier on Feb 10, 2023 3:35:00 PM

"Don't go to sleep with wet hair, or you'll be sick" is a word of caution, as old as time. Mothers warned their daughters about the risks of going to sleep with their hair wet. No matter how tired you were, it was important for you to at least blow dry your hair to avoid this impending illness.

But is that actually true? Continue reading to learn more about the truth about sleeping with wet hair. 

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Sleeping After a Breakup

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 4, 2023 2:45:00 PM

Breaking up can be a really devastating event in your life. When you are emotionally, financially, and physically invested in someone, separating from them can be a truly heartbreaking series of events. The longer and more tangled you are with them, the more of your life that is disrupted and has to be changed. 

One part of your life that my be particularly disrupted is your sleep. Post-breakup insomnia is a series issue. Not only are you going through this emotionally distressing time, but you are becoming sleep deprived. Sleep deprivation has its own set of consequences, including mood dysregulation, lack of attention, focus and memory, and reduced optimal functioning. Add a break up to that, and getting through the day may seem practically impossible. 

Continue reading for some tips to help you get a good night's sleep, even if you are going through a heartbroken time. 

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5 Morning Habits that Actually Ruin Your Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Nov 28, 2022 5:31:00 PM

We focus a lot on what you do at night and how to have a stellar nighttime routine for sleep. However, your morning routine can also impact your sleep. Getting enough sleep is vital for optimal functioning, and physical/emotional wellbeing. There are many adults, however, that don't receive their recommended number of hours of sleep on a regular basis.

The recommended number of hours is 7-8 hours. If someone deviates from this every once in a while, then they can balance it out the following night(s). However, when this is a common pattern, then it leads to chronic sleep deprivation which can lead to regular suboptimal performance. 

What you do at night, however, is not the main thing that impacts your sleep. What you do in the morning can also impact your sleep. Here are five morning habits that are actually ruining your sleep. 

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Tips for Better Sleep for Patients with Cancer

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 30, 2022 12:27:53 PM

Patients with cancer have many changes to their lives depending on the type of cancer, treatment or management, and overall disability that they may face. In addition to the emotional pull that cancer has on their lives, these patients may also have trouble sleeping.

Sleeping is very important for the body, as that is the time that healing and repair, as well as strength building takes place. Sleep can also help with emotional management and mood regulation throughout the processes of cancer treatment. Here are a few tips for how to manage your sleep if you are a patient with cancer. 

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Major Considerations for Melatonin Use

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 25, 2022 3:31:00 PM

Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced by the body at night. It is controlled by the amount of light that is allowed into the eye. It helps the body wind down and get ready for bed. Sometimes, when the body does not produce enough melatonin, there are exogenous options, or melatonin pills that can help those who are having trouble falling asleep. However, those supplements come with some potential problems of which you need to be aware. Continue reading to find out some things about melatonin that should give you pause before depending heavily on that supplement for good sleep. 

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How to be Productive When You're Tired

Posted by Darian Dozier on May 25, 2022 5:28:00 AM

The midday slump is the antithesis of getting things done during the day. It can happen mid morning to mid afternoon as you're counting down the time to be done. Maybe you are a student and trying to stay awake in class. Or, perhaps you're in meetings all day and finding it hard to stay awake. Here are some tips to stay productive and alert when you start to get tired. 

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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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