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Quality or Quantity: What Matters Most with Sleep?

To optimize your sleep health, you need to strike the right balance between how well and how long you sleep. Discover the right formula, here. For years, researchers and doctors have recommended eight hours of sleep each night as a general best practice to help the body and mind rest and recharge. Interestingly, more and more professionals are also considering sleep quality to be of equal importance in reaping all the benefits sleep has to offer. In fact, sleep quality…

Debunking Sleep Myths: Can Counting Sheep Really Help You Fall Asleep?

Despite the popularity of this folk advice, sometimes counting sheep may do more to keep you awake than lull you to sleep. Learn the better way to think yourself to sleep. A warm bath, a glass of milk. a good book, and counting sheep: These are the classic recommendations for fixing a case of nighttime tossing and turning, passed down from one generation to the next. But the question is, do they really work? When it comes to tallying up…

Debunking Sleep Myths: Can You Catch up on Sleep?

Whether you pulled an all-nighter or had an early-morning flight, making up for lost shut-eye is harder to than you think. These tips can help. Losing out on an hour of sleep here, another hour there, may seem like no big deal. But getting insufficient shut-eye for a few nights in a row takes its toll, causing people to feel groggy and off their game—a situation experts call sleep debt. Unfortunately, catching up on missed sleep can be an arduous…

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…

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…

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…

5 Fast Ways to Overcome an Afternoon Slump

Here’s the thing about wanting to take a nap in the early afternoon: It’s completely natural. Your energy level dips right around seven hours after you wake up, causing you to crave some shuteye. On top of that, there are things that make an afternoon slump worse, like eating a carb-heavy lunch or sitting still for too long at your desk. That said, most people can’t settle in for an afternoon nap every day. That’s when you need 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…

Making a Resolution to Sleep Better? 5 Simple Tips

While the most popular New Year’s resolutions tend to be about exercising more often or eating more healthfully, many people also vow to become better sleepers. If you want to make 2017 the year that you finally prioritize your zzz’s, try these five easy tips.   Cut out your afternoon coffee and your nightcap. Caffeine and alcohol can make it tough to get quality sleep. Consider having caffeine only in the morning and early afternoon—you definitely don’t want any

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…