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Is it OK for Kids to Share a Room While Sleeping?

It turns out that kids can sleep together peacefully. Learn how to make it happen. Figuring out the best sleeping arrangement for your family can be the difference between waking up to a household of grumps and seeing smiles at the breakfast table. And just like decisions about co-sleeping, sleep training, and choosing a bedtime is unique to each family, deciding whether or not to have kids share a room is a matter of both practicality and personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re issuing room assignments. Do You Have the Space? Just because you have extra rooms doesn’t mean…

Sleep and Pain: Beat the Cycle and Improve Your Sleep Today

Prioritizing sleep helps people with chronic pain It’s no surprise that pain makes it harder to sleep. Whether it’s a chronic lower backache or a recent (no matter how minor) injury, pain can make it difficult to fall and say asleep throughout the night. It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario – sleep, which can give the body time to “heal” from pain, is tough to get when you’re suffering. But there’s hope. The National Sleep Foundation’s 2015 Sleep in America Poll found that pain is a key factor affecting how adults sleep. When asked how often they get a good night’s sleep, less than half those with acute pain and only 39…

How Sleep Affects Athletes' Performance

Find out why snoozing more will keep you on top of your game. Improving your athletic performance may be as simple as hitting the sack earlier. Why? Just as athletes need more calories to fuel their bodies for their sport, they also need more shut-eye: Lots of physical activity puts more demand on muscles and tissues, and the body repairs itself during slumber. Sleep not only helps your body recover, it’s also a surefire performance booster. How much sleep you need exactly depends on your genes and how much physical activity you channel into your sport (most adults need seven to nine hours a night and athletes might improve their performance with up to…