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Not Just a Housewife’s Stacy Risenmay Makes Over Her Bedroom with the #GoodNights Challenge

  Popular lifestyle blogger Stacy Risenmay takes the National Sleep Foundation on a tour of her gorgeous (and sleep friendly!) bedroom makeover Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.  March’s Sleep Challenge During our recent Sleep Awareness Week, we asked Stacy Risenmay of

#GoodNights Bedroom Challenge with The Glitter Guide's Caitlin Kruse

Go inside the bedroom of The Glitter Guide‘s Director of Content as she preps for spring (and a new baby!) Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.  March’s Sleep Challenge During our recent Sleep Awareness Week, we asked Caitlin…

Refresh Your Sleep This Spring

  Springtime can do a number on your sleep. Find out what to do about it. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and colorful buds are starting to pop from the ground. So why, when the rest of the world is so refreshed, aren’t you? For some people, spring can be a tough time of year to get a restful night’s sleep. But it doesn’t have to be. Below, check out some reasons that you might be tossing and turning during this time of year—and what you can do about it.   Sleep Stealer: Allergies How to Rest Easy: Allergies can crop up any time of year, but pollen tends to be at its peak in the spring….

What Does “Healthy Sleep” Mean To You?

How the medical field is changing the conversation around sleep in the community … and what you can do to help. As we adjust to daylight savings time, many of us lament our inability to “get enough sleep.” With work, family, health, and just general “life” demands, it can be challenging to meet our sleep needs. On top of this, many people remain unclear about how much sleep they actually need. I’m frequently asked questions such as “When should I go to bed?” “How long should I stay in bed?”, “Can I make up my sleep on the weekends?” and “Why do I feel tired all the time?” The field of sleep medicine is starting to…

What Sleep Does to the Body and Mind

How shut-eye is essential for wellbeing Humans spend a third of their lives asleep, so all that shut-eye must be doing something positive for the body and brain, right? Yes! It absolutely is. Find out, below, about all the various ways that your zzz’s are helping you stay healthy (both mentally and physically) and feel great.Video production in partnership with It Helps You Feel Refreshed Your brain is busy restoring itself while you sleep. While you’re awake, certain neurons in the brain are actively producing a chemical called adenosine, which is a by-product of cell…

What are Considered "Normal" Sleep Habits?

  Learn what to expect during sleep. It’s a common question that most people ponder when it comes to sleep: “Am I normal?” Well, there’s no one way that every person is supposed to sleep. (For instance, some people require fewer total hours of sleep than others to function optimally.) But these are some signs that you’re on the right track.You’re Getting Seven to Nine Hours Per Night.The number of hours of sleep that a person needs each night can vary depending on age, lifestyle, and other factors. But if you find yourself sleeping for seven to nine hours per night, then you’re a-okay.? If you’re sleeping less or more than that and you don’t…

Healthy Habits: Prioritizing Sleep

  Make sleep a key part of your daily routine to maximize the benefits of your zzz’s. As we begin the new year, many of us desire to make a fresh, healthy start to the year. So, we all make New Year’s Resolutions to change our lives for the better. Unfortunately, by mid-January, many of these resolutions remain unfulfilled or broken. How can we effectively harness the optimism and motivation we feel with the change of the calendar year? Research on how we create and break habits suggests that we need to target areas of our lives that have become automatic. Harness the Power of Habit As Charles Duhigg said in The Power of Habit: Why We Do What…

Your New Year’s Resolution: Better Sleep Starts Today

Prioritizing Sleep in 2015 and Beyond It’s that time of year again … the time when we make a promise to ourselves that we’ll finally hit the gym, lose weight, or spend more time with friends and family. Perhaps I’m biased, but it is always surprising to me that “improving sleep” does not show up on more New Year’s resolution lists. Sleep, along with exercise and diet, are part of the three “pillars of health.” Moreover, improving your sleep may help you to reach your other goals – eating better, exercising more and/or losing weight. This is because studies have found that losing sleep is associated with increased appetite (particularly for junk food!), feelings of fatigue (it’s hard to…

How to Get Your Child to Sleep on Sunday Night

Is your kid wound up from the weekend? These tips help little ones hit the hay For many families, weekends are a time to cut loose—from school, work, and even, ahem, bedtime rules. Friday and Saturday night fun often means kids get tucked in later than usual, but that’s okay as long as they can sleep later in the morning, right? Getting enough shut-eye is essential for your child’s mental and physical development, but too much sleeping in on the weekends can breed Sunday sleeplessness. And that means a less-rested start to the week for everybody. Irregular bedtimes even have been linked to lower test scores and behavior problems in grade-school kids. Wherever possible, try…

How to Sleep Less and Feel Great

Not everyone needs as much seven to nine hours of snooze time—find your personal sweet spot. If you feel refreshed after sleeping for seven to nine hours, then there’s no need to change your habits. But some people simply don’t need that much slumber. The key is to listen to your body’s needs. Suspect that you’re sleeping too much? Use the following tips to cut back and see if it helps you feel better the next day. For starters, try going to bed when you’re actually tired. And when you wake up in the morning, don’t just lie around in the sack—expose yourself to light and get moving. If you tend to wake up…