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How to Deal with a Spouse Who Has PTSD Nightmares

Night terrors and nightmares can be scary for the person who is experiencing them. But they can be especially frightening for a spouse or bed partner who finds himself or herself a helpless bystander. Anyone can experience nightmares or night terrors, but as many as 96% of people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suffer from vivid nightmares that can feel overwhelmingly real. And unlike garden-variety bad dreams, those nightmares are more likely to involve physical thrashing or other bodily movements. For some, that can make sleeping in the same bed difficult, if not dangerous. Nevertheless, there are things that you can do to support your partner during the day that will set you both up for…

Spouse Have a Different Sleep Routine? Here’s How to Deal

The majority of Americans—60 percent—sleep in a bed with someone else. While sharing a bed is a natural part of being in a relationship, there is a downside: Your partner’s habits can wreak havoc on the quality of your sleep. And it isn’t just loud snoring or tossing and turning that can cause problems—you and your partner might also have completely different circadian rhythms. In fact, women and men often have different sleep cycles. Women tend to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than men—and the difference can be up to two hours. Unfortunately, this can cause issues not just in the quality of sleep that you get (it can…

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…

What to Know About Hormones & Sleep

  How your age will impact your sleep As women age, many aspects of their bodies will change, and those changes can affect how they sleep and how much sleep they need. Read on to learn how to handle all the hormonal swings that life will throw at you. Puberty A teen girl’s changing hormones cause a shift in her sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm. This means that during this age range, she is naturally wired stay up later at night, get up later in the morning and need more total hours of sleep (about night hours a night). PMS The regular rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone during the week before a woman’s period sometimes disrupts…

Don’t Let Post-Partum Zombies Eat Your ZZZ's

  A humorous look at the trials and tribulations of new parenthood The past few months my house has been filled with zombies.  My three-year-old learned about zombies right around Halloween, and since then, as part of his bedtime routine, he has been inventing stories about them.  Zombies coughing. Zombies fighting. Zombies marching. Zombies fishing. And, of course, zombies eating brains. I’m not sure why zombies appeal to him so much. Maybe it’s because they shuffle around and grunt. Maybe it’s because they are clumsy and silly-looking. Or maybe it’s because after his little brother arrived in late October, his mom turned into one. My adorable newborn boy needs to eat every two to three hours, and as…

Sleep During Your First Trimester

The secrets to sleeping well with your growing baby bump Thanks to your changing body and raging hormones, your sleep patterns may feel out of whack in early pregnancy. You may feel sleepy during the day and have trouble getting comfortable or sleeping well at night. Don’t despair. You can take some easy steps to reclaim sound slumber during the first trimester. Opt for Daytime Napping During the first months of pregnancy, high levels of progesterone will put you in the mood to snooze during the day and disrupt your sleep at night. Your best bet is to sneak in a brief nap whenever you can to compensate for your less-than-sound slumber at night. Just try to…

Sleep During Your Second Trimester

How to deal with pregnancy changes so you can rest easy The second trimester is like the honeymoon phase of your pregnancy, where the morning sickness from the first trimester has (hopefully!) eased up, and you’re not as big or as uncomfortable as you will be during your third trimester. This makes it a great time to catch some zzz’s by practicing smart sleep hygiene habits‚  such as going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, and starting a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down, such as listening to calming music.Below, find out what you need to know about sleep during your second trimester: Ease Your Aching Back. The…

The Difference Between a Man and Woman's Sleep

The battle of the sexes starts in the bedroom. You and your partner zonk out the minute that your heads hit the pillow—but that’s where your slumber similarities end. In fact, the way that men and women get their zzz’s, the amount that they require, and the sleep challenges that they face are quite different. And, unfortunately, women have more hurdles to a great night’s sleep than their male counterparts. Take a look at some of the discrepancies.  Women… Need More Slumber. Women require about 20 more minutes of sleep than men do. That’s because they expend more mental energy each day—in other words, they multitask and use more of their brains. Sleep is the time…

The Perfect Bedtime Routine During Your Period

Ensure great shut-eye with these pre-sleep techniques. A consistent bedtime routine is essential for getting quality sleep—and it’s even more crucial during your period, a time when 67 percent of women experience disturbed slumber. Try these tactics to ensure great shut-eye during that time of the month. Stop Sipping Early Drinking lots of water during the day can help to ease menstrual bloat, but chugging liquids too close to bed can result in bathroom runs later in the night. It’s better to slow down your intake a couple of hours before bed. Take a Warm Bath Soaking in a tub can improve menstrual sleep in two ways. First, warm water relaxes muscles, which eases cramps that can keep you…