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Will a Sound Machine Help You Drift Off?

The temperature in your bedroom is perfect. Your blackout curtains have been drawn shut. And you’ve just finished a cup of chamomile tea and novel that made you laugh out loud and forget about whatever was bothering you earlier in the day. You’re just about ready to drift off, and suddenly the air conditioner kicks on. Or a car alarm screeches through the night air. Or your partner sneezes. Suddenly, you’re wide-awake again. Your brain responds to noises when you’re awake and asleep. But if the interruptions wake you up, that can keep you from getting the restful shuteye that you need. When ambient noise is disrupting your sleep, white (or pink) noise can…

Alarm Clocks That May Help You Rise and Shine

The right alarm clock can make early mornings easier—and even fun. Whether you’re someone who bounds out of bed at the first beep or slaps the snooze button, there’s a gadget that suits your sleep style. If You’re a Sound Sleeper… Are you guilty of snoozing through the beeping? End the “I slept through my alarm” excuses with a louder clock. The extra-noisy alarms are also great for people who are hard of hearing. If You’re Not a Morning Person… Starting your day with a good dose of sunlight resets your circadian rhythm, sending an energizing “let’s wake up!” message to your brain. If you tend to feel anything but alert in the…

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…

5 Items That Will Help You Sleep Anywhere

While most of your nights are probably spent in a bed, there might be moments when you find yourself needing to sleep in a less-than-desirable location. Here’s a prime example: when you’re traveling and are forced to sleep while sitting in a plane, train, or car. What can you do so that you can actually sleep and feel rested in the morning? Start by stashing these five items in your bag.A comfortable eye mask: Light can reach your eyes even when they’re closed, which means that those dim, overhead cabin lights in the plane or headlights from other cars are no good. An eye mask can keep you in the darkness that…

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, you’ll be able to train yourself to grab a power nap or a long snooze in a loud setting.Block the sounds around you. Carry disposable, foam earplugs: Pop them in, and you’ll at…

How to Wake Up Without An Alarm Clock

Learn how to open your eyes naturally in the morning. There are two specific kinds of mornings. Some of them involve you coming to a sudden start from a deep slumber as soon as the alarm goes off loudly. In those situations, you groggily get ready for the day, wishing you could go back to bed. And then there are other mornings when you naturally wake up a few minutes before your alarm goes off. On those mornings, you start the day feeling well-rested and alert—the complete opposite of the first kind of morning. What if you found out that you can actually train yourself to have a lot more mornings where you wake up…

Travel, CPAP & Sleep Apnea

Six things to know so that your CPAP machine can become a trusted travel companion Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a common and very effective treatment for Sleep Apnea.   Some people on CPAP find the machines somewhat clunky and are reluctant to travel with them. As we head into spring breaks and summer vacations, you may be wondering how traveling with this equipment is possible. I’ve done my best to answer basic questions that will help you rest comfortably while on the road. Can CPAP machines be in carry-on luggage? Yes. In fact, it is recommended not to check your CPAP machine because of concerns that it could get lost or damaged. Fortunately, because CPAP…

The Sleeping Power of the Lovey

  To an outsider, a lovey seems like an ordinary blanket or stuffed animal. But to a parent and child, a “lovey” can be magic. When my son was a toddler, we were flying across the country to see my parents. I had diligently packed all the smart travel items—stocked diaper bag, Ziplocs, stickers, two dozen containers of snacks. I had debated carrying the lovey—the cherished object he’d been sleeping with for a year—and decided to do it so he could nap on board. He clutched the satin square and I wore him in a front pack through the terminal. I set my luggage down to adjust and headed towards the gate. When I realized the lovey was…

What Is A Cpap Machine?

Everything you need to know about this sleep apnea treatment.   After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, there’s a chance that your doctor may give you a CPAP machine as a form of treatment. It’s a little more unusual than, say, popping a pill, so understanding how it works may answer any questions that you might have and/or ease any concerns. Q: What is a CPAP Machine? A: CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The machines help people with sleep apnea breathe more easily and regularly every night while they are sleeping. A CPAP machine increases the air pressure in your throat to prevent your airway from collapsing when you inhale. It also decreases snoring (which…

How Sleep Trackers Work

Find out how these digital devices spy on you while you snooze. You might think that if you got eight hours of sleep last night, you’re golden. But that’s not necessarily the case. So much more goes into measuring a successful night of zzz’s than just the number of hours that you have your eyes closed. In other words, it’s not just about quantity of sleep—it’s also about quality of sleep. Other important measures that affect how well you sleep, for example, include how often you toss and turn, how many times you wake up during the night, how many cycles of sleep you get, and more. A bunch of new digital devices on the market…