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Sleep Retreats - A New Type Of Holiday

Imagine going to a quiet, sunny beach where all you hear is the wind rustling through the palms and the waves crashing onshore. You spend your days doing yoga and getting massages. It sounds like the perfect holiday, right? Well, it gets better.  During this getaway, your primary goal is to sleep and sleep well.     That is the objective of a sleep retreat, one of the hottest travel trends currently being lusted after. The last 18months have been a challenge for everyone. Stress and burnout levels are at a record high, and people want a way to wash it all away. Sleep retreats are a new type of holistic travel. Holistic or wellness travel combines the pleasure of a...

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Sleep better during a thunderstorm? Here's why...

I look forward to a thunderstorm, especially at night. I love opening up the window and listening to the rain hit the pavement, the rolling thunder, and the wind rustling through the trees. The smell of the rain and the way lightning lights up the room adds to the experience, creating a sleepy setting.     Nature has a way of setting the mood for a perfect night’s sleep. Many people feel the same way about rain. Noise machines, sleep apps, and playlists all have thunderstorm sounds to help people sleep. It has been dubbed “thunder therapy,” and it really works!   Rain sounds became a massive hit in 2020, trending on streaming sites. For example, artist and musician Grimes revealed that her...

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Fatal Familial Insomnia: When Sleeplessness Kills

CNN called it a “family curse,” and an ABC documentary referred to it as "a poisonous fruit that hangs on to the family tree." They are both referring to Fatal Familial Insomnia, a genetic mutation that results in death caused by not being able to sleep.   The disease was officially named in 1986, but the medical field's knowledge of it goes back over two centuries. The book The Family That Couldn’t Sleep by D.T Max describes a family in Venice, Italy, who suffered from the disease for generations. According to Max, “You’d have 14 kids in a generation. Six or seven of them would die from the disease”. The family kept this secret for generations until one member, Silvano, decided to...

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14 Strange Sleep Tips

Garlic gloves in the ear to treat a cold or drinking sprite to cure a hangover – there is no shortage of strange remedies and cures for anything that ails you. Of course, sleep is no exception. There are an abundance of strange tips that are believed to help you fall asleep faster, longer, and get a more restorative sleep.     We typically prefer a comfortable buckwheat hulls pillow and a lilac linen spray to help us sleep, but the choice is yours! If you want to get creative with your bedtime routine, try the following 14 strange sleep tips:   Eat breakfast for dinner   When I make breakfast for dinner, it’s usually because I need to hit the grocery store and...

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How a “Sleep Divorce” Can Improve Your Marriage

If you were around during the era of I Love Lucy, you might recall Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz sleeping in separate beds. The duo had matching twin beds in their shared bedroom because television broadcasting rules forbid couples from sharing a bed – it was considered much too risqué and taboo!    Though they slept apart on TV, we don’t know if the real-life couple shared a bed at home or were like the 1 in 4 American couples that sleep in separate beds. Today, TV couples are almost always seen sharing a bed. It’s become the norm on television despite it not being an accurate representation of current society. With bigger houses, more bedrooms, and a priority...

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Rockabye Baby: Sway Yourself To Sleep In a Hammock

When you think of a hammock, it may trigger images of swinging under palm trees with a pina colada or deep in the woods, staring up at the forest canopy. We often view hammocks as a place to relax, rest in nature, or comfortably read a book.    Hammocks weren’t always used for leisure, though. The first hammock was used as a form of protection, dating back nearly 1000 years. It originated in the Mayan civilization and the word hammock roughly translates to fishnet in Arwaken. By suspending their bed above the ground and surrounding themselves in netting, the Mayan people could protect themselves from animals and insects while remaining cool and comfortable. Similar types of beds were used by...

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