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Eat to Sleep Better in the New Year

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? How about improving your sleep through your diet? What you eat has more of an effect on how you snooze than you may think. Following these four simple food-related strategies can help you hit the sack better each night and feel more refreshed each morning. Healthy eating leads to healthy sleeping. A diet low in fiber and high in saturated fats could take a toll on your shuteye by decreasing the amount of deep, slow-wave…

Sweet Dreams: How Sugar Impacts Your Sleep

Who doesn’t love a delicious after-dinner dessert? But digging into those cookies or that bowl of ice cream means that you’re pumping lots of added sugar into your body—something that can negatively impact the quality of your sleep. In fact, the more sugar that you eat during the day, the more often you’re going to wake up in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t fully wake up, the sugar in your system can pull you out…

5 Ways to Get Your Family to Sleep on Christmas Eve

It can be hard to get your kids to fall asleep on a normal night, but Christmas Eve? Forget about it. Anticipation over a visit from Santa Claus, excitement about the soon-to-be-opened presents, lots of sweet treats, and a complete shift from their normal schedule can make even the easiest kid impossible to put to bed. On top of that, you’re probably feeling a lot less rested than normal. But all’s not lost. Here are five simple things…

Sleep Well No Matter Where You Are

‘Tis the season to travel over the river and through the woods to visit far-off family. That means ’tis also the season to find yourself needing to sleep on an air mattress, stretched out on a sofa, or on a pullout sofa bed. While these situations might not be ideal, don’t think that you’re automatically going to be stuck tossing and turning all night. Just use these tricks to find out how to make any sleeping…

The Six Best Gifts for Friends Who Love Sleep

Is there anything better than the gift of great sleep? (The answer: Nope. Absolutely not.) If you still haven’t figured out what to buy for friends and family members this year, consider giving them something that will help them score better zzz’s. Useful, thoughtful, and even fun, these presents will be adored by all—yes, even that friend who has everything.  1. Sleep Tracker Techies will love getting an up-close-and-personal look at their shuteye habits with a smart sleep tracker. Not…

How to Beat Holiday Sleep Challenges

Between holiday parties, extended family get-togethers, and endless shopping and chores to complete, you may barely have a moment to catch your breath. So it’s hardly surprising that you may not be getting your best sleep at this time of year. For one thing, holiday events can throw your family’s sleep routines off course. For another, the excitement can ratchet up your kids’ energy, and your heightened level of busyness can leave you feeling frayed at the seams. It’s up…

The U.S. Army Prioritizes Sleep for Soldiers

Sleep, nutrition, and exercise—these are the 3 “pillars” of good health in the Army’s Performance Triad, a major public health campaign to support the well-being and readiness of soldiers. The first of its kind, the Performance Triad gives Soldiers research-based information and tools to take care of their health and achieve high performance levels. The Army is taking the research on sleep’s role in physical and mental health, strength, and performance seriously. Soldiers are versed in the merits of good…

Helping Veterans Sleep

Sleep loss is a widespread problem, and military veterans are particularly susceptible. Vets are four times as likely to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In addition, those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or a traumatic brain injury have a higher incidence of OSA, meaning that psychiatric and sleep disorders are often linked. Research-based sleep techniques are being developed for those with PTSD, so it’s important to seek specialized help. Warning signs of sleep trouble: Sleep troubles can look…

How to Train Yourself to Sleep in Noisy Environments

There are situations in life where it’s smart to catch some shuteye whenever you can. This is especially true when you’re not getting as much sleep as you need. Often dull travel time presents a key opportunity to recoup some sleep. But the problem is, the noisy environment on a plane, helicopter, cargo ship, or land-based vehicle may not be conducive to falling or staying asleep, whether you’re a soldier or an everyday traveler. Armed with the following tips,…

How to Bank Sleep and Stay Alert for All-night Duty

It’s one thing to pull an all-nighter to cram for an exam or write a paper in college. It’s another thing altogether to be on all-night duty in the military: Alertness, focus, vigilance, and quick reactions are essential in that scenario. There’s no margin for error. The following proven strategies will help you stay sharp for the night shift. When you know that all-night duty is coming your way, try to bank some extra hours of sleep in advance to…