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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…

Is It Sleepiness or Narcolepsy?

Even if you have the best intentions to stick to a healthy sleep schedule, can’t-keep-your-eyes open exhaustion happens. Excessive sleepiness is most likely to occur when you don’t get enough sleep at night. Even losing just 30 minutes can lead to grogginess.If you’re getting enough sleep but still feel tired during the day, a disorder like sleep apnea may be to blame. But if you have trouble participating in normal activities—whether that means hanging out with friends or eating…

The Secret to De-Stressing Before Bedtime

Can’t sleep? Check your stress level.  Seven out of ten adults in the U.S. say that they experience anxiety on a daily basis, and this stress is often at the root of sleep issues, including insomnia. Whether a fight with your spouse, a deadline, or financial angst is keeping you up at night, running through a calming routine before you hit the sheets may help you score better sleep. In addition to logging off your phone, tablet, and…

Evening Habits That Are Messing With Your Sleep

Stuck tossing and turning when it’s time to sleep? Discover some surprising ways that you might be shortchanging your shuteye in the hours leading up to bedtime—and how to reverse course. You eat dinner too late. Late work hours can lead to late-night dining. But eating like you’re in Europe doesn’t make for quality sleep. That’s because your body does its best digestion when you’re upright—not curled up in bed. Going to bed with a full stomach makes you seven…

How to Overcome 3 Common Sleep-Related Mistakes

Getting enough sleep at night certainly isn’t easy—but it’s not impossible, either. Fixing the following five common mistakes will help you get on the track to better zzz’s. Mistake #1 That afternoon coffee break Some 78 percent of Americans consume caffeine on the regular. And sipping coffee or tea with your breakfast can be a great way to feel more alert as you begin to tackle your to-do list. But another cup later in the afternoon—or worse yet, after dinner—can have…

Should New Parents Sleep When the Baby Sleeps?

If you’re a new parent, you want to do what’s best for baby. But it’s also important to take care of your own health and wellness and try to get as much sleep as you can. Newborns often sleep no more than three to four hours at a time, even at night. That’s because babies aren’t born with the circadian rhythm that you have—it needs time to develop. So while nighttime for you means that you’re tired and want to…

The Best Sleep Schedules for Kids

You schedule your children’s soccer practices, school activities, and play dates—but don’t forget to schedule their sleep, too. Setting your little one up with a consistent nighttime routine will give the whole family a better night’s sleep (and hopefully end the “I don’t want to go to bed!” tantrums). Follow these rules for sleep schedule success. Rule #1: Know how much shuteye your kid needs The first step in establishing a sleep schedule is determining when bedtime should be….