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How to Change Your Mindset About Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Oct 12, 2022 7:45:00 AM

Getting good sleep shouldn't be a luxury, but more of a requirement for a good life. Sleep deprivation can exacerbate existing health issues, decrease memory, attention, and mood regulation, and also increase risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Therefore, missing out on a sleep is not just an inconsequential action. There are serious health implications with missing out on sleep. 

If you are looking to improve your sleep, however, it is. aprocess. You cannot have practiced bad sleep your entire life and expect to sleep like a baby tonight after reading this article. Good habits lead to good sleep, and habits take some time to develop. Honestly, they take so long, that it may be easy to give up on them before you're even able to see the results. 

In order to see the benefits of sleep, you must change your mindset regarding sleep. It's almost like a diet. With crash diets that are painful and miserable, the failure rate is very high. However, when changing your mindset regarding food and activity, you are creating better food habits which are sustainable and easier to adhere to. 

Same with sleep. Having a different attitude towards sleep and looking at building lifelong long healthy habits will help to turn your sleep around for good. Here are ways to change your mindset regarding sleep. 

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Ways to Improve Sleep Quality, and not just Quanity

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 28, 2022 9:46:00 AM

When you are working on getting more sleep, it's important to think about sleep quality as well as sleep quantity. We overwhelmingly emphasize the importance of getting a certain number of hours of sleep, which is always a great goal. However, if you are tossing and turning during these hours, or lying awake, then you are not getting the intended benefit from them.

Therefore, as you make a goal to get into bed at a certain time and wake 7-8 hours later, it's important to also make sure that you are getting good quality of sleep as well. Here are some tips to think about as you are trying to get quality rest. 

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How Music Can Help with Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 14, 2022 8:23:00 AM

Whenever we talk about sleep hygiene, we always highlight the "holy trinity" - dark, quiet and cool. However, music may actually help some people go to sleep, especially those who have sleep issues that they would like to address without using sleep aids. Music therapists are an emerging group of professionals who are using music to help those who struggle with anxiety and other mental health disorders that can stop people from getting the sleep that they need. Here is some more information on how music can help with sleep. 

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PMS and Insomnia

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 14, 2022 7:35:00 AM

Sleeping problems during the menstrual cycle is very common. In fact, women have more sleeping problems than men, and that's partly due to the constant fluctuation of hormones that happen throughout the month. In the days leading up to a woman's period, she may experience something called premenstrual syndrome (PMS), or something more severe called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). In this article, we will talk about how PMS can lead to insomnia, and what are some ways to improve one's sleep while traversing through a menstrual cycle. 

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The Link Between Sleep and Job Performance

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 31, 2022 12:38:00 PM

If you really love your job and want to be good at it, then it's pretty important that you get a good night's sleep. The link between sleep and job performance is a positive linear relationship meaning that the better you sleep, the better you work. This article will dive into why that is and how you can improve your job performance. 

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Relaxation Exercise to Help Fall Asleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 24, 2022 12:19:00 PM

When you're trying to go to sleep, sometimes, for whatever reason, your body is just not ready to go to sleep. You may feel excited, antsy, or just not very tired. However, you know that if you don't go to sleep soon and your wake time doesn't change to make sure you can get adequate amount of sleep, that you're going to be dragging the next day. 

Therefore, it's important to learn some tips and tricks for when you need to relax so you can go to bed. Here are some relaxation exercises to help you fall asleep. Most of these can be done in your bed so you can fall asleep right where you are relaxing. 

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Negative Effects of Working Right Until Bedtime

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 17, 2022 11:49:00 AM

The pandemic has really blurred the lines between the end of the workday and the beginning of at-home leisure time. Even if you had a demanding job before the pandemic, then you may have experienced similar overflow of one world into the other. Working from home continues to complicate this boundary because there is no significant moment to define the end of the day (such as logging off and driving home). 

It's up to employees and workers what time and how they are going to end their workday. If you find yourself working all the way up until it's time to go to bed, you may begin having sleep trouble (if you haven't already). This article will talk about the negative effects of working right up until bedtime instead of taking a break to decompress before bed. 

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Reasons You May Be Sweating At Night

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 15, 2022 9:49:00 AM


Night sweats are extremely discomforting. They make you feel gross and can interrupt your sleep. Getting good sleep is essential for memory, focus, mood regulation, and overall well being. It's hard to do this when you can feel yourself sweating and wake up feeling drenched. Some of the causes for night sweats are fixable, but others may be an underlying sign of something else that is happening. Continue reading for the reasons you may be sweating at night. 

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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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