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Adjustable beds: Are They Worth It?

When adjustable beds first appeared on the market, the commercials and infomercials often showed elderly couples wearing matching pale blue pajamas. They would use the controller attached to their bed to sit up and lay down with huge smiles on their face. Unfortunately, these commercials, in addition to the steep price tags, didn’t make them a household item.     Though adjustable beds aren’t something you see a lot of, they have remained a staple on the furniture showroom floors and at many mattress retailers. In 2015 only 9% of Americans owned an adjustable bed, a 200% increase from 2011. Today, these numbers continue to climb, making many wonder if they are worth the hype (and the price).  To shed more...

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13 Foods to Help You Sleep Better

As the age-old proverb goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” For centuries people have known the power food. There are certain foods believed to ward off the common cold, boost your metabolism and even help you sleep.      Sleep, just like a balanced diet, is critical to your health and wellness. Sadly, many people struggle with it, finding it challenging to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night. Many factors can contribute to sleep difficulties, including certain foods and beverages. For example, coffee, alcohol, high fat, or spicy foods can disrupt your sleep and contribute to a number of health issues like cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and diabetes. However, just as there are...

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Overcoming Menopause Related Sleep Troubles

Women are at a higher risk for sleep troubles than men. About 12% of women experience disrupted sleep, on average, and this number increases with age. About 40% of women in their late 40s to early 50s experience sleep troubles, which worsens as a result of perimenopause, menopause, and even post-menopause.   Menopause comes with a range of unpleasant symptoms ranging from hot flashes to mood changes to sleep troubles. This is due to the hormonal and physical changes which begin up to 10 years before menopause. During the period of perimenopause, which lasts between 7 to 10 years, ovaries decrease the production of estrogen and progesterone, which can cause sleep issues. As a result, up to 47% of perimenopausal women...

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Co-Sleeping with Your Pet: Should You Do it?

For many of us, our fur babies are a part of our family. They are treated like spoiled children, likely with more privileges than our flesh and blood. For this reason, we often give our pets free range of the house, including our bed. You may find yourself waking up with a cat on your head or clinging to the edge of your bed as your Great Dane sprawls out, sacrificing your comfort for your pet’s.   Alternatively, you may believe that pets shouldn’t share your bed and your dog has their own dog bed. When you combine their fur and dander with the fact that they don’t wear shoes outside, they may not seem like the most hygienic bed...

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The Dark Side of Video Games: Gamers Prone to Sleep Disturbances

After a long day at work, do you switch on your PlayStation or Xbox to unwind? Or do you have a teen who plays games on their computer after school?  Odds are, you are someone you know is a gamer. Estimates suggest there are over 2.8 billion gamers in the world, with over 150 million in the U.S. In fact, video games are considered one of the largest entertainment industries, worth roughly $22 billion in the U.S. alone.   Video games can be a great way to disconnect, have fun with friends, and may even benefit critical thinking skills. However, although this popular pastime may seem like harmless fun, you could put yourself at risk for a sleep disorder.  ...

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Put Your Thoughts To Bed and Journal Your Way to Better Sleep

We’ve all had those nights where we lay in bed, staring at the ceiling as a million thoughts run through our mind. These nights are often restless and it’s difficult to fall asleep on our millet pillow. Fortunately, restless nights don’t have to be so common if you follow expert advice and put your thoughts to bed first.     Journaling is often considered therapeutic and is a beloved pastime for many. There is an abundance of different types and styles of journals, ranging from manifestation journals to emotion tracking to dream recording. One type of journal that is increasing in popularity is sleep journaling.   In its most basic form, sleep journaling involves writing down your thoughts and feelings a couple...

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