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Summertime Sleep Schedules for Kids

Three ways to ensure summer vacation doesn’t negatively impact your child’s sleep In my clinical practice parents often complain about how difficult it can be to maintain a consistent sleep schedule in the summer. With long days, children will often wake early with the sun, and few children want to go to bed when it is still light out (especially when they could be playing outside!). It is very easy to get off schedule during the summer without the…

Exercise at This Time of Day for Optimal Sleep

Tweak your workout time to maximize those zzz’s. Among its many benefits (decreased stress, weight control, disease prevention, etc.), exercise is important for good sleep. And it turns out that when you choose to work out might your impact sleep. Is it time to change your habits? Find out, below. Rise, Shine, and Sweat Morning workouts are usually the best choice for those who want to stay consistent, as getting them done at the crack of dawn prevents you from pushing…

Ease Heartburn at Bedtime

The fiery feeling of heartburn isn’t just uncomfortable. If you experience it regularly at night—as up to 75% of people who have frequent heartburn do—it could mess with your sleep and leave you exhausted. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that adults who have bedtime heartburn are more likely to have sleep issues such as insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and restless leg syndrome. That burning sensation that you experience with heartburn is due to stomach acid flowing back up the…

Protect Your Baby From SIDS and Other Sleeping Injuries

Nothing is scarier to parents than the idea that something can happen to their baby while he or she is asleep. Unfortunately, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (or SIDS) happens every year to 1,500 infants. It’s usually blamed on something interfering with a baby’s breathing while he or she is asleep. There are also other injuries that can happen after you put your baby to sleep. In fact, 26 babies are injured every day by their crib—usually from…

Why Do Some People Talk In Their Sleep?

Though it’s somewhat mysterious, sleep talking (a.k.a. somniloquy) is a common phenomenon. About half of kids talk in their sleep at least once a year (and less than 10% do it every day). And roughly 67% of adults talk in their sleep at least once every three months. It often runs in families and tends to be more common among men. Sleep talking can vary considerably in its content—ranging from gibberish or mumbling to nonsensical outbursts to full, coherent sentences. Sometimes it may…

Why Caregivers Should Focus on Better Sleep

Being a caregiver, whether for an aging parent or another loved one, has its ups and downs. While most caregivers view their role as a positive experience, it can be a challenge for them to manage their own wellbeing while devoting so much time to caring for someone else. Not only can your physical health take a hit, but your sleep can, too. In fact, more than one-fifth of caregivers say that they are exhausted when they go to bed…

Sleep Better with the Sniffles

One of the easiest ways to dodge a cold is to sleep. People who sleep fewer than five or six hours a night are four times as likely to come down with a cold, compared with people who get at least seven hours of shuteye nightly. But, of course, even the best sleepers aren’t totally immune to all germs. And if you do catch a bug, your sleep is likely to suffer. The good news: If a stuffy nose…

Sleep Awareness Week 2017: Sleep Better. Feel Better.

Sleep Awareness Week is here! Throughout this week, we encourage you to prioritize your sleep in order to improve your overall health and well-being. This year’s theme is “Sleep Better. Feel Better.” and our goal is for you to get enough sleep and feel well rested. Don’t know where to begin when it comes to good sleep? NSF has got your back. Here are some tips that may help you #SleepBetterFeelBetter. When you’re done, watch our Sleep Awareness Week video…

How Sleep Can Help Save Your Memory

Feeling foggy and forgetful these days? One key to sharpening your memory may be reworking your sleep schedule so that you get more shuteye, since your brain works overtime while you’re in bed to help boost your ability to remember. A healthy dose of sleep can help you… Learn new skills. Whether you’ve just been taught how to play piano or knit, getting enough shuteye will help cement what you learned, allowing you to perform better the next…

6 Ways to Sleep Off a Cold

Sleep is one of the best medicines when it comes to fighting off colds. It’s a big booster for your immune system, improving your body’s ability to fend off viruses before they take hold. And when you do get sick, adequate sleep helps you bounce back faster, in part by maximizing the infection-fighting antibodies that your body produces. So what do you do when a cough or stuffy nose is keeping you up at night? These simple strategies can…