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Perfect Pillows for Him and Her

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and let’s face it… chocolate and roses are a little overrated. But, don’t worry, we’ve found the perfect Valentine’s Day presents for you and your loved one.

Pillows!

Tossing & turning at night, and feeling super tired in the morning? Do you feel like you’re getting a good night’s sleep, but your body is achy and sore when you wake up? These could be signs that you don’t have the right pillow for your perfect night’s rest.

The right pillow can really make all the difference between an energized morning and a difficult start to your day. So, lets get to it, shall we? Here are some of our favorite pillows that you need to check out:

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How to Beat Insomnia with: Popcorn

We all know that you should never eat a big meal right before bedtime. Feeling too stuffed will make it difficult to fall asleep, and most likely keep us up at night. But a little healthy bedtime snack won’t hurt! Popcorn can be considered the king of all snack foods, it’s healthy and delicious! One cup of air popped popcorn is only 30 calories, what other snack can beat that?

Popcorn

But seriously, popcorn has some amazing benefits and can also help you sleep better.

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New Year, New Dreams—How to Stick to Your Resolutions


New YearParty hat on, bubbly beverage in hand, counting down the seconds to a clean slate; New Year’s Eve is one of those nights where you feel like you can reach out and touch the moon. Everything is within reach and anything is possible. The heat of resolution is distinctly in the air (especially at the gym in January)…until it’s not. Why do we commit to goals only to break them days or weeks later? It seems like a crummy way to embark on a new year, so we committed to finding out ways to help stick to those resolutions.

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Warm Up Your Winter

As Jon Snow said in last season’s Game of Thrones, “winter is coming.” And now, mid-January, it’s here. To escape freezing temperatures and chilling wind gusts, we created a few helpful suggestions on how to stay warm.

Hint: they all include your bed!

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Face-Slapping Alarm Clock Refuses To Let You Sleep In

Simone Giertz describes herself as a professional maker and robotics enthusiast. She also acknowledges a special expertise in crummy robots. Her latest project is the stuff nightmares are made of. It’s a mechanized alarm clock that uses a fake arm to smack the sleeper awake.

The Wake-Up Machine is a DIY wall-mounted robot that you position above your head. When the alarm goes off, a rubber arm whips around, slapping you until you get up and get out of the way.

Giertz posted a video on November 11 that follows along with the build process. There’s enough information there to get you started on making a robo-alarm of your very own if you already have some maker tendencies.

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Be Smart About Sleep

Small changes to your habits and lifestyle can have a big effect on sleep.

 

You might have heard some women talk about their biological clocks in regards to fertility; all living creatures have another type of internal clock, called the circadian rhythm. It refers to the 24-hour cycle of activity and sleep affected by the change from light to dark. A part of the brain called the hypothalamus manages the circadian rhythm, or pattern, by processing information (like when your eyes detect light) and creating sleep patterns. This sleep-wake cycle gives you the cue to go to sleep.

If you have trouble with sleep and insomnia, slightly adjusting your routine and habits may help.

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Teens and Sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.

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Oversleeping: The Effects & Health Risks of Sleeping Too Much

Setting the Stage for Healthier Sleep

The field of sleep science is still looking into the cause and effect relationship between oversleeping and health, but some habits and steps that promote better quality sleep and a healthy sleep duration are known.

While a small percentage of people naturally sleep longer, for many long sleepers (especially whose sleep needs have changed), there are certain conditions, behaviors and environmental factors that can increase sleep need or affect sleep quality (making you feel less rested on a normal amount).

To get an idea of how to avoid oversleeping and get healthier Zzz’s, we reached out a few sleep experts for their words of wisdom. Here’s what they had to say:

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How High Blood Sugar Steals Sleep Time

amerisleep diabetes and sleep

It’s probably far from obvious, but your diabetes could be the reason that you’re having trouble sleeping.

Type 2 diabetes affects nearly 30 million Americans—and the numbers are growing. Though most of us are aware that the disease has a serious impact on a person’s diet and blood sugar, fewer are familiar with the many related health woes that diabetes can cause—and how they can negatively impact sleep.

Take a closer look at the surprisingly intricate relationship between diabetes and sleep—plus how people with the condition can get a better night’s rest.

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7 Fitness Experts Share Tips on Balancing Exercise and Sleep for Better Health

7 Fitness Experts Share Tips on Balancing Exercise and Sleep for Better Health

When people think about fitness and getting in shape, the most common focuses are usually exercise and diet. We know that burning calories and eating right contribute to a better body, but what about rest?

Mounting evidence shows that sleep is a vital component of fitness as well, important not only for energy, but also for keeping muscles healthy and hormones balanced.

Research from Stanford found improved athletic performance when their basketball team slept more, and a Northwestern University study also found that people exercised longer on days following good sleep. Several studies also associate too little sleep with higher body fat and greater risk of obesity.

But not only does sleep boost your workouts and possibly weight loss, getting regular exercise also benefits your sleep quality, creating a symbiotic and complementary relationship.

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