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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….

How to Get Back to Sleep After Your Kids Wake You Up

It’s an unfortunate reality for parents: When your baby or child wakes up in the middle of the night, often, so do you. Whether you’re roused from sleep because you hear your baby crying, your school-age child is sick or had a bad dream, or an older kid is making noise with his nocturnal wanderings, it can be difficult to return to the Land of Nod after these unwanted wake-up calls. Instead, you can end up lying awake, worrying about getting…

What Are the Best Hours to Sleep?

Most people sleep during the hours that make the most sense for their professional, family, and social lives. Their awakening times are largely determined by these responsibilities and commitments, whereas when they go to sleep often depends on their personal preferences and evening activities. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per day—that’s a given. Figuring out how to get that amount is another story. If you need to wake up at 7:00am, you can count backwards…

Say Goodbye to Sleep Debt

Getting enough sleep is central to living your best life—from staying safe on the road to being productive on the job. Adults typically need seven to nine hours a night, but for about 40 percent of Americans, that much shuteye is an elusive goal. The average is more like 6.8 hours—12 minutes shy of the minimum recommendation. A difference of just 12 minutes a night may not seem like a lot, but over time those minutes can add up to a…

How to Train Yourself to Go to Sleep Earlier

Whether it’s because your schedule has changed and you need to start waking up earlier or you just want to sneak in more snooze time, sometimes it makes sense to move your bedtime earlier. The question is: How can you do that without setting yourself up to lie in bed counting sheep? It takes a little advanced planning, but it can be done. Here’s how. Give yourself a curfew. First, set a specific bedtime for yourself. Turn off all digital…