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An Education in Sleep

RESEARCH HAS DEMONSTRATED that sleep is vitally important for everyone, much more so than previously thought, and especially for children. Sufficient sleep is critical to children’s growth and development, affecting their immune systems, learning, safety—just about everything that has a bearing on their overall well-being.

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Sleep guidelines
The National Sleep Foundation recently issued new guidelines for appropriate sleep durations. Included are recommendations for the hours each age group should receive nightly:

school-age children (ages 6 to 13): 9 to 11 hours
teenagers (ages 14 to 17): 8 to 10 hours
adults (ages 18 to 64): 7 to 9 hours
older adults (ages 64+): 7 to 8 hours.

Sleep deprivation, education don’t mix
Given that adolescents require about nine hours of sleep per night for optimal health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show that more than 90% of U.S. high-school students get inadequate sleep, which is troubling considering that the side effects of chronic sleep loss include:

poor academic performance
an increase in automobile accidents
impaired cognition, poor impulse control and violence
increased risk taking, stress response and substance abuse
an inability to focus
increased depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation
decrements in athletic performance
impaired self-control
irritability
increased risk of obesity and diabetes
impaired judgment.

Given our biological sleep requirements and the disadvantages of sleep deficiencies, it’s easy to see inherent problems in current school scheduling, with some high schools starting as early as 7 a.m. and bus pickup times starting as early as 5:15 a.m. These unusually early start times do not support consistent, sufficient sleep times for students, and likely not for the educators, bus drivers and others working within the educational system.

In response, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement (http://bit.ly/1LfbRBc) in 2014 advocating for school start times after 8:30 a.m. Start School Later Inc. provides Fast Facts (http://bit.ly/1v7HDGo) about sleep needs and school start times, noting that 33% of teenagers report falling asleep in class.

 

Sleep is fundamental
The most important lesson we can learn is that the prioritization of adequate sleep is the prioritization of quality education and quality of life. Sleep is foundational and, along with diet and exercise, forms the very basis of a healthy lifestyle. A lack of awareness of sleep science is the biggest barrier to safe and healthy school hours. This school year, let’s work together to educate and raise awareness—both in the home and in the classroom—about the importance of sleep, and find a way to make sufficient sleep a “mandatory prerequisite” for everyone.

This article was originally written by Terry Cralle and published on Sleep Savvy Magazine (Sept 2015). You can read the post, here.

 

Are You Sleeping Too Much?

You’re groggy, dizzy even. You can’t see straight and you sure as hell can’t keep your eyes (or your mind) focused on the screen in front of you. And you’re pretty sure your boss has noticed.

You want to assure her that you’re not drunk and you got enough sleep. In fact, you got more than enough. Could that be the problem?

The rumor: Sleeping too much is just as bad as not sleeping enough

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We’ve all heard how important it is to get enough rest, even though most of us don’t. Everything from obesity to cardiovascular disease to a weakened immune system have been attributed to a lack of sleep. The average person spends about 33% of his or her life sleeping.

So how much is too much? What if you just slept 2% more? What about 7%? Can oversleeping be as bad for our health as sleep deprivation? And if it is, why?

The verdict: Oversleeping can hurt your health

According to WebMD, the amount of sleep a person needs “depends on your age and activity level as well as your general health and lifestyle habits.”

Even though the average recommended amount of sleep is seven to nine hours, certain times in your life call for more.

According to Russell Sanna, executive director of the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine, people need more sleep than usual when they’re recovering from illness, major surgery or a radical time-zone change.

However, just because you can sleep for 12 hours on a daily basis doesn’t mean you should. According to Dr. Lisa Shives, director of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Illinois, grogginess from oversleeping is known as “sleep drunkenness.” Occasional oversleeping doesn’t pose serious health risks, but if you’re consistently sleeping too much and waking up groggy, you may want to consult a physician.

Prolonged daytime sleepiness or nighttime sleep is associated with a disorder known as hypersomnia. Instead of simply feeling tired, those with hypersomnia nap repeatedly throughout the day, usually at inappropriate times (such as at work or even in mid-conversation).

Hypersomniacs don’t feel refreshed after they sleep, and often wake up feeling disoriented. Symptoms include anxiety, restlessness, loss of appetite and memory problems, as well as dysfunction in social settings. What causes it? Per WebMD, studies show it can be the result of “another sleep disorder… dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system… drug or alcohol abuse… (or) injury to the central nervous system.” It can also be caused by certain medications — or medicine withdrawal.

Oversleeping has been associated with thyroid disease, kidney and liver disease, depression and dementia. But don’t think you can catch a few winks and assume your health isn’t at risk because you were up before noon. People who get too much and too little sleep have a higher mortality rate. So don’t stay up late and set an alarm, OK?

This article was originally posted by CNN, you can read the full post here.

7 Tips on How to Nap Like a Pro

Countless adults are short on sleep, and naps are a great way to make up for some of those lost winks – not that you shouldn’t focus on getting better quality sleep at night!

Unfortunately, for many of us, napping is no longer as easy as passing out on a mat on the classroom floor between recess and arts and crafts.

Follow these expert tips in order to make the most out of your naps, and wake up feeling refreshed and ready, instead of groggy and unsure which galaxy you’re in.

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1. Keep Your Naps Under Half an Hour

Generally, the best way to feel well-rested and get some of your energy back is to take a nap that’s between 20 and 30 minutes long[1]. Any longer, and you’ll start to head into sleep cycles that can make you feel extremely groggy if you interrupt them, undoing all of the work of your nap.

2. Take a 90-Minute Nap

On the other hand, if you’re really sleep deprived and have time to commit to a longer nap, set your alarm for an hour and a half. Most people’s sleep cycles restart every 90 minutes or so, meaning that you’ll get the benefits of deeper sleep, but you’ll still wake up fresh, rather than disoriented or wanting to sleep for the rest of the day.

3. Don’t Discount Short Rests

Even if you don’t really have time for a nap, finding a quiet spot to shut your eyes for five or even ten minutes can help you to rejuvenate. You don’t even have to fall entirely asleep during that short period of time – you’ll still feel more alert.

4. Have Some Coffee Before Your Nap

Napping is better than coffee for actually restoring energy, rather than just masking a problem, but caffeine can help some people feel more alert after a nap. If you struggle to wake up once you’ve gotten some shut-eye, try having a cup of coffee before your half-hour nap. The caffeine should take some time to kick in, so you’ll still be able to sleep, but by the time you wake up it will be coursing through your body and telling you to wake up.

5. Give Yourself a 4pm Cut Off

The middle of the afternoon is generally the best time for naps, since your body will be in something of a post-lunch lull, or possibly suffering from work-induced exhaustion after concentrating all morning. That said, napping too late can interfere with your sleep, so make sure you finish your nap sometime between 3pm and 4pm.

6. Don’t Nap if You Can’t Nap

Napping isn’t for everyone. If you find that regardless of length and time of day, napping interferes with your sleep at night or leaves you feeling worse rather than better, don’t push it. Instead, find ways to perk yourself up throughout the day that don’t involve sleeping, like healthy snacks or light exercise.

7. Take a Stroll Outside Instead

If you don’t have time to nap, can’t nap where you work, or find that napping makes you more tired or interferes with your nighttime sleeping, taking a brisk walk outside might help to boost your energy levels. Getting into the sunlight will boost your core temperature and prevent your body from making sleep-inducing melatonin.

This article was originally published by Daily Health Post. You can read the original post here.

Anyone Who Has Trouble Sleeping Will Understand This Comic

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This article was originally published by Buzzfeed. See the original article here.

Sleepy’s Sleeps Out to Support Covenant House

Last night, over 75 Sleepy’s employees slept out so homeless youth don’t have to! Sleepout Group Picture

Sleepy’s employees grabbed their sleeping bags and slept in the parking Sleepy's Sleep Out2lot of our Corporate Office to raise funds and awareness for Covenant House. Sleepy’s is proud to support Covenant House and the work that they do to provide shelter, food, clothing, and educational and job readiness trainings for homeless youth who have nowhere else to turn.

Sleepy's employees take time in the morning to reflect on their time sleeping out.

Sleepy’s employees take time in the morning to reflect on the sleep out.

Watch coverage of the Sleep Out from FiOS1 News:

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Sleepy’s On Spotify – For Dreamers Everywhere

Whether you’re relaxing before bed, in need of a power nap, or ready to start dreaming until morning, our curated playlist will make your eyelids heavy and your eardrums happy. Cozy up to these dreamy ballads and let the mellow vocals of your favorite crooners sail you to sleep heaven…

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Check out “The Dreamer” playlist                        Listen Now.

 

 

 

TEMPUR-Flex® Is Now at Sleepy’s!

The all-new TEMPUR-Flex® Collection is now at Sleepy’s!

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TEMPUR-Flex: the perfect pairing
The TEMPUR-Flex® collection pairs all the sleep-transforming benefits of TEMPUR® material with a new, dynamically responsive feel.

Using hybrid construction, this new Tempur-Pedic® collection introduces an all-new TEMPUR material and Dynamic Support™ Layer. It’s the feel that only Tempur-Pedic can deliver.

  • We start with all-new TEMPUR-Response™ material, designed to respond more quickly to your movement (3 times faster than other TEMPUR formulations). It delivers TEMPUR’s adaptive support, pressure relief, and motion dispersal–all the benefits that make sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic uniquely rejuvenating—and real ease of movement.
  • Underneath, a new Dynamic Support Layer made of densely packed precision coils engineered to actively react to your body’s movement.

This perfect pairing of new technologies delivers support that more quickly responds to you, and all the benefits of TEMPUR material in a whole new feel.

Find a Sleepy’s near you to experience the all-new TEMUR-Flex® or shop now at Sleepys.com!

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Sleepy’s Mattress Professionals have the passion to know mattresses inside and out. Just ask their families!

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Sleepys on The Dr. Steve Show

I had such a fun time working with “The Dr. Steve Show,” on a segment that was all about sleep!  I love getting together with people to talk about all things sleep, especially since it’s a topic that affects each and every one of us.  I brought my friend, Dr. Robert Oexman of the Sleep to Live Institute, along with me for the show.  I’m letting my sleep geek-ness show a little bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to two doctors discuss sleep topics and how to find the perfect mattress.  In case you missed the segment from “The Dr. Steve Show,” which airs nationally, here is the clip:

I’d like to thank my friends at “The Dr. Steve Show,” and WPIX who reached out to me and made this opportunity possible!

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett, Snooze Director

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The Most Sleep Deprived Occupations

A recent study conducted for Sleepy’s has found the top 10 most and least sleep-deprived jobs.  This study comes in light of Daylight Saving Time which is less than one month away (Sunday, March 11th)!  As we all prepare to lose an hour of sleep in March, check out the list of the already sleep-deprived occupations:

  1. Home Health Aides
  2. Lawyers
  3. Police Officers
  4. Physicians, Paramedics
  5. Economists
  6. Social Workers
  7. Computer Programmers
  8. Financial Analysts
  9. Plant Operators
  10. Secretaries

I can see why home health aides top the list of most sleep-deprived job because many aides are working for more than one family and frequently work night shifts.  These sleep-deprived occupations can also be related to most stressful and most dangerous jobs rankings, which is no surprise why they are also sleep-deprived.  On the opposite end of this study, the most well-rested occupations were also determined.  Here’s that list:

  1. Forest, Logging Workers
  2. Hairstylists
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Bartenders
  5. Construction Workers
  6. Athletes
  7. Landscapers
  8. Engineers
  9. Aircraft Pilots
  10. Teachers

The theme among some of the well-rested jobs is that many are jobs that require working outdoors.  Getting additional time in the sun not only boosts moods, but also helps keep the circadian rhythm in order.  No matter if you’re in the most sleep-deprived or well-rested occupations, sleep is important for not only health, but also job performance.  So on Sunday March 11th when we all lose an hour of sleep, keep these sleep tips in mind, to make sure you get your quality sleep.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet & cool.
  • Make sure your mattress properly supports your body.
  • Avoid caffeine after 12pm.

For more great information about sleep and health visit Sleep.com.

 

Contributor: Emily Barrett

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