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Chronotypes: Much More Than Early Birds and Night Owls

Are you an early bird or night owl? When we talk about our sleep preferences, we often use these two animals, but did you know you could also be a wolf, lion, bear, or dolphin? The animal you are is your chronotype.    A chronotype is a classification system used to describe sleep schedules and your biological clock. It revolves around your natural inclination concerning the time of day you prefer to sleep and when you are most energetic, both linking to circadian rhythms.   Sleeping patterns vary from person to person. They are impacted by several factors, including physical activity, age, and sleeping conditions (like if you have a sobakawa pillow!).    Many of us admire the early-risers, wondering...

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A Good Night's Sleep: There's an App for That

You can have the perfect set-up for sleep and still lay awake at night. The temperatures low, your mattress is just right, and your head is lying comfortably on your buckwheat hulls pillow yet you still having trouble sleeping…           The mind is very powerful, and even with the perfect bedroom and sobakawa pillow, it can prevent you from getting a good night's rest. If you are having trouble falling asleep at night – don’t worry; there’s an app for that.           In fact, there are hundreds of apps for that! Millions of Americans struggle to fall asleep at night, and there are numerous potential reasons for this. However, an Iowa State...

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Mattresses: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The only thing worse than a lousy pillow is a bad mattress! Your mattress is so important to your quality of sleep as well as your health. The sad reality is, most people become accustomed to their soggy, lumpy, or springy mattress, so they don’t realize it is the cause of their lingering back pain or restless nights.   If this sounds familiar, it could be time for a new mattress. The Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your mattress every 6 to 8 years, although this can vary with individual needs and mattress type. A mattress's lifespan depends on a number of factors, including your weight, the type of mattress, quality (poor quality won’t last as long), and how well you...

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The Reality of Sleep Debt Repayment

How many times have you said you were going to “catch up on sleep” over the weekend? You push through the week and go to bed later and later, planning to spend some extra time with your millet hulls pillow Sunday morning.   Sleep debt repayment is the idea that you can make up for lost sleep by sleeping more later. This was one of the main pieces of advice my grandmother used to give me as a child, and for years, I dismissed it as being an “old wives tale.” But the reality is – there’s a small bit of truth behind it. Sleep debt repayment is a real thing, although not as simple as my grandmother made it...

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Are Allergies Keeping You Up At Night?

Sniffles, sneezing, itchy eyes, and a scratchy throat – these are just a few of the allergy symptoms that can leave you feeling lousy. If these symptoms sound all too familiar to you, you are in good company! According to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, the prevalence of allergies is on the rise. Up to 40% of the population is sensitive to foreign particles like pollen, dust, or dander.   Research has found that allergies could also be keeping you up at night. Some studies have found that those with allergies are twice as likely to have a sleep disorder and find it more difficult to fall asleep. In many cases, allergy symptoms tend to worsen at...

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