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Studying and Pulling an All-Nighter – Is it Worth It?

An age-old slumber party activity is pulling an all-nighter. Kids get together and see who can stay awake the longest. This may seem like fun at the age of twelve, but these all-nighters aren’t as exciting when we're older.   If you or your child hasn’t studied, yet they have an important exam the next day, going without sleep in order to study may seem like a good idea. An all-nighter is when you choose to skip sleep and time spent on your water pillow and instead stay awake. Essentially, it’s conscious sleep deprivation. Unlike insomnia, where you cannot sleep despite your best efforts, an all-nighter is when you consciously try to stay awake all night. For example, you may continue to...

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How to Overcome Sleep Anxiety

If you don’t have anxiety you likely know someone who does. Anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the United States. It is defined by the American Psychological Association as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. As a result, they may avoid certain situations out of worry”.    These particular situations can be performance-related, such as speaking in public, giving a presentation, or being called on in class.  Or, anxiety can be triggered during social situations, which is known as social anxiety. There are also certain situations that can trigger anxiety at home - like bedtime!   ...

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A Body Pillow May Improve Sleep Quality

When we talk about pillows, we often assume the one under our head, but many people also use them to make their body feel more comfortable.  For example, some people like to hug a pillow while they sleep, and others prefer one behind their back or between their legs. These “bonus” pillows aren’t just a weird habit some people have picked up but can actually help improve their sleep! Here are just a few ways a body pillow can enhance the quality of sleep:   Reduces snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea.     Sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans and has the potential to cause serious health concerns and significantly disrupt sleep if not addressed.   Positional therapy helps an individual...

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13 Techniques to Help You Sleep With Tinnitus

Sleeping with tinnitus can be challenging. The ringing in your ears can make it hard to fall or even stay asleep. While ringing in the ear can be less noticeable during the day when you're engaged in some activity and distracted by other noises, tinnitus can get annoyingly louder in the quiet of your bedroom, preventing you from falling asleep. The bad thing about not getting adequate sleep at night is that it can worsen your tinnitus, making it even more challenging to fall asleep. Not only can sleep deprivation affect your everyday life, but it can, over time, result in depression and fatigue. However, this doesn't mean you'll struggle with sleep for the rest of your life just because...

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Medical Alert Systems for Seniors: Types and Benefits

A medical alert system is a device that seniors wear that allows them to summon help in the event of an emergency. This could be a friend or family member, but it is usually 911. Medical alert systems can give seniors the peace of mind knowing that they can get help if they need it. There are different types of medical alert systems to choose from. Some systems are GPS enabled so that family members can track the senior’s whereabouts. Other systems come with a base station that stays in the home and will summon help if the senior falls or has an emergency. To help you decide which type of system is right for your loved one, we’ve put...

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You Need 7 Types of Rest to Truly Feel Rested

Last month, a Tweet went viral: "How to avoid burnout. Get 7 types of rest”. Like all viral tweets, it received mixed reviews. Some on Twitter agreed, and others said that advice was impossible, especially when working two jobs just to keep up. The original thread is lengthy, with good points on either side, but it’s hard to debate a mere 41-character statement.      The good news is there is an entire book on the subject. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, best-selling author and speaker, gave a TEDx talk on the topic in 2019. In her 9-minute presentation, she shared the real reason why we are tired.  She believes that as a society, we have wrongly combined sleep and rest into...

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How To Spot A Moldy Mattress And What To Do If You Have One

Mold and mildew are never welcomed guests in your home, especially in your bedroom! Yet, the two can find your mattress to be a perfectly hospitable environment to grow and spread. Even if you rest your head on your organic buckwheat pillow, a moldy mattress that lies beneath could have short and long-term effects on your health.   In order to know if you have mold on or in your mattress, it is important to first differentiate between mold and mildew. Mold and mildew are often used interchangeably, but they are distinctly different.  Mildew is a type of mold which is a type of fungus. There are over 100,000 different types of mold, some being relatively harmless and benign and others toxic and...

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How to Achieve the Infamous “Cloud Bed”

The latest trend in bedding is the fluffy, cozy cloud bed. A big mattress, ultra-plush duvet, and extra pillows make it feel like you are sleeping on a comfy cloud, transforming your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.      The “cloud bed” now seen all over social media and interior design blogs is inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Cloud Slip Covered Platform Bed. The bed features a low, footless frame that is entirely upholstered and features goose feather cushions around the sides of the bed. The bed is often made up with a fluffy duvet tucked in and plump pillows, all in a monochrome shade of off-white.   Restoration Hardware is known for its beautiful furniture - as well as its...

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Fall Asleep Faster with These 7 Tips

If you fall asleep shortly after your head hits your buckwheat pillow, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. For many people, no matter how comfortable and supportive their pillow is, they spend twenty minutes or more tossing and turning until they finally fall asleep.   According to Dr. Michelle Drerup, it takes the average person five to twenty minutes to fall asleep. And although falling asleep quickly seems great, in some cases it may be an indication of sleep troubles. If you fall asleep in under 5 minutes after crawling into bed it can mean you are sleep deprived. Falling asleep too quickly can be an indication that you aren’t getting enough sleep and can barely keep your eyes open. If...

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Autism and The Struggle To Sleep

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), often referred to as simply “autism,” is a developmental and neurological disorder that affects how an individual behaves, learns, communicates, and interacts with others. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), those with autism  exhibit challenges when interacting with others, repetitive behaviors, restricted interests and/or symptoms that affect their daily life. Autism can affect any race or gender and may be diagnosed at any age. In 2021, the CDC reported that an estimated 1 in 44 children in the U.S are diagnosed with ASD, and an estimated 5,437,988 (2.25) adults have autism.   Autism is considered a spectrum disorder which means there is significant variation in presented symptoms and severity of symptoms....

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Is There Fiberglass In Your Mattress?

If you were sleeping on glass, you would expect to know, but the truth is, many people are, and they don’t even realize it! I’m not talking about shards of broken glass but fiberglass. This material, which is more commonly used for roofing or between walls, may be in your bedding and is not suitable for your health or sleep.      Fiberglass uses glass fibers to make reinforced plastic, often arranged into sheets or cloth. It is more recognized as bright pink fluff that is used in the construction of buildings. Fiberglass is extremely strong, durable, and flexible, making it a popular building material. There is plenty of uses for the material, and it is also found in swimming...

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Cataplexy: A Rare and Complex Sleep Disorder

There are over 80 different sleep disorders, each troubling in its own way. The average person could maybe name a handful of these sleep disorders, but there are some that are often misunderstood or not known by the general public. One of these little-known sleep disorders is called cataplexy. Even medical professionals and sleep experts can misunderstand the disorder, leading to misdiagnosis or frustration on behalf of the patient.   Cataplexy is associated with narcolepsy but with some key differences. Narcolepsy is more well-known as it is often portrayed on television or in movies with a person suddenly falling asleep or becoming incredibly drowsy without warning. With narcolepsy, a person can lose consciousness as they fall asleep; however, with cataplexy, a person...

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