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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…

How to Sleep Better During Your Period

Don’t let your menstrual cycle get in the way of a good night’s sleep! If “that time of the month” brings along sleep deprivation, you’re not alone. In fact, 33 percent of women say that their slumber is negatively affected by their menstrual cycle. You can blame this lack of shut-eye on fluctuating hormones: When estrogen and progesterone levels drop right before your period, it’s common to have trouble sleeping. Luckily, it’s possible to stop menstrual-related sleep issues before they start. If you find that your period interferes with the quantity or quality of your sleep, try following these tips.  Get Ample Exercise.Working up a sweat makes it easier to fall asleep and promotes deep, restorative…

How to Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Four secrets to getting better rest when you are pregnant People say that getting a good night’s sleep ends once you have kids, but if you’re expecting, you know that disruptions in your slumber actually kick off during pregnancy. In fact, almost 80 percent of women have trouble sleeping while pregnant. It’s likely that your bedtime issues will change slightly as you go through the first trimester, and then the second trimester, and, finally, the third trimester, but there are certain steps that you can take to minimize the tossing and turning. Video production in partnership with

How to Get Better Sleep as a New Mom

Hey, new moms—you really can sleep better, promise! Though it can be hard, as a new mom, it’s essential to get your zzz’s. That’s because sleep loss can put you at risk for many health issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Plus, when you’re fully rested, you’ll have more energy to take care of yourself and your little bundle of joy! Although your former sleep hygiene routine may be a thing of the past, there are still some things that you can do to help ensure that you receive as much sleep as possible. Get Help Whether it comes from a sister, husband, best friend, or nanny, a little help with the night…

Don’t Skip The Gym (And Other Things to Know About Sleeping During Your Period)

Sleep well—even with pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms. Classic pre-menstrual and menstrual issues—such as headaches, cramping, bloating, and anxiety—can prevent a restful night’s sleep for somewhat obvious reasons: Pain and discomfort make it difficult to sleep well! And, it’s an unpleasant cycle. Lack of sleep can lower your pain threshold. This unfortunate pattern leaves many women tired and uncomfortable in the days before and in the days during their monthly periods. There are even additional, subtler ways that sleep can be harmed by the menstrual cycle. Biological changes like shifts in hormone levels can lead to increased core body temperature. Luckily, you can get ahead of—and minimize—many of these issues if you stick to some good daily habits…

Sleep During Your Third Trimester

Get the best sleep possible at the end of your pregnancy You may have thought that trying to get enough sleep during your first trimester was rough, but, unfortunately, the third trimester is even tougher. The quality of your sleep is generally the worst in the third trimester, since that’s when you’re most likely to wake up frequently during the night and have fewer periods of deep sleep. But don’t worry, because there are some simple ways to get sounder slumber. Q: Why Can’t I Get Comfortable in Bed? A: Blame your belly: At this stage, it’s too large to let you lie down cozily. Make sleeping as pleasant as possible by lying on your…

The Best Position for Sleep During Pregnancy

Choose a comfortable sleeping position that keeps you and your baby healthy and safe. One thing you can almost certainly expect when you’re expecting: understanding that getting to sleep—and staying that way—may be no easy feat! Women are accustomed to sleeping in whatever position feels most comfortable and familiar to them, but that tends to change in pregnancy. Not only do some moms-to-be experience tender breasts, frequent urination, heartburn, back pain, shortness of breath, or bouts of insomnia, but an ever-expanding midsection can make it very difficult to find and settle on a comfortable sleeping posture. Making slumber even more challenging: Some sleeping positions may not be as safe for pregnant women and the…