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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 sleep that you get during the night. Meanwhile, eating too much sugar could result in more midnight wake-ups. On the other hand, a healthy balanced diet that’s high in fiber and low in added sugars…

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 to do so that everyone in the family can go to bed early and wake up feeling refreshed on Christmas morning.Do something active on Christmas Eve. The best way to get your kids to…

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 situation more comfortable.On a sofa: Since couches tend to be on the softer side, put a thick blanket down on top of the couch cushions to add some support. Then remove the back cushions—this gives…

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 only do the devices record how much sleep you are (or aren’t) getting, but some even monitor what’s disrupting your slumber, whether that’s a snoring partner or an overly warm bedroom. Look for one with…

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 to you, as a parent, to decide how flexible to be about your kids’ bedtimes but a modicum of consistency goes a long way toward sound sleep for everyone. Here are four good ways to…

Maximizing Sleep During Summer Travel

During a recent trip, my return flight was repeatedly delayed and ultimately cancelled. Automatically, the airline rebooked me for three flights that night so I would arrive at my destination mid-morning the next day. Instead, I chose to stay in a hotel overnight and travel during the day. It was an easy choice – I had no major obligations the following day, and, most importantly, I needed to sleep. Talking with fellow passengers in the long line as we waited to rebook our flights, it was interesting to hear how sleep factored into their decision. Some people were determined to travel as soon as possible, even if it meant multiple flights across the night. However, many recognized…

Avoiding Sleep Disruption During the Holidays

Despite looking forward to the holiday season, many people emerge from the holidays feeling the effects on their physical and emotional well-being. Often, disrupted sleep is the culprit. How can we minimize the impact on our sleep, and, in turn, our well-being so we can fully enjoy the activities of the season? It can be helpful to consider how travel plans can affect the timing of sleep and wake periods. Ideally, you want to protect your sleep by scheduling travel during your normal wake period, not while you’re typically asleep. Frequently though, some changes in our normal rhythm cannot be avoided due to the timing of travel. However, we can…

How to Get Restful Sleep When Away From Home

Are you traveling this holiday season? Whether you’re catching zzz’s at a five-star hotel or on an air mattress in your aunt and uncle’s basement, it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep when you’re not in your own bed. No matter how comfortable (or uncomfortable) your temporary mattress is, being in an unfamiliar place can make it harder to relax. But there are some easy ways to make yourself feel like you’re at home—even when you’re not. BYO Pillow. Even the highest-quality mattress in the world won’t be comfortable if you’re putting your head on the wrong pillow. Getting the right fit under your head and neck helps keep your…

Keep Your Child on a Sleep Schedule During the Holidays

As cute as seasonal jammies are, the holidays can do a number on kids’ sleep routines. With school on a hiatus, migrating meal schedules, and family and friends pouring on exciting new toys and treats, it can be tempting to give up on getting your child to sleep until the New Year’s confetti settles. But unless you want the Grinch at your holiday table—not to mention major sleep wars when school starts again—it’s best not to throw all healthy habits to the wind. Learn how to help your little one get more zzz’s, while still letting him or her enjoy all the hoopla. Be Realistic With Your Plans. Kids can be adaptable—to a point. But…

Get Better ZZZs on Vacation

Vacation is supposed to be all about R&R. But the reality is that both itinerary-obsessed sightseers and beach loungers alike can wind up heading home drained, rather than rejuvenated. The reason: vacation-induced sleep debt. Below, check out some of the worst culprits—and find out how to avoid them, so you can cut loose, relax, and still get the sleep that you need. Resist Partying All Night & Sleeping All Day Whether or not your vacation involves a time change, there’s a good chance that some schedule-shifting may be involved. After all, since you don’t have to punch a clock each morning, you may be more inclined to explore the nightlife options at your destination….