Category: Sleep Aids & Tips

Pick the Right Pillow for Your Sleep Style

By now you should already know that sleep quality can be affected by a wide variety of factors ranging from what you eat and drink during the day to room temperature, medication use, shift work, stress levels, jet lag, and how much light seeps through your bedroom blinds at night. After reading this article, you […]

How to Practice Early Rising

There are a myriad reasons to rise early each morning. For one thing, you can take a more leisurely approach to getting ready for work instead of just throwing on some clothes and rushing out the door. For another, you can prepare and eat a healthy breakfast at home instead of grabbing an overpriced coffee […]

Foods to Help You Sleep

Good nutrition is essential not only for maintaining high energy levels throughout the day, but also for facilitating deep, restful sleep at night. That’s because the nutrients you consume help stimulate the body’s production of a variety of hormones—including melatonin, which regulates your natural sleep and wake cycles. So it should come as no surprise […]

Don’t Give Up on CPAP Therapy

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is one of the most prescribed methods of treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for a simple reason: it works for a majority of patients. When used as directed, a CPAP device helps prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep, which eases breathing and eliminates snoring. For some folks, the […]

Rejuvenate with a Sleepcation

You’ve heard of a “staycation,” that money-saving measure in which people spend their vacations at home or visiting local attractions instead of traveling. But have you ever heard of a sleepcation? This is a somewhat more recent trend that sleep-deprived folks are turning to in an effort to get some much needed rest and to […]

Latest Study: Family is Key to CPAP Compliance

Interesting fact for people who use CPAP: the people who most likely complained that your snoring was out of control and nagged you to do something about it are actually the most important people when it comes to whether or not you continue to use CPAP to manage your sleep apnea. Those are the results […]

Summer Daze: The Best Temperature for Sleep

Summer’s here and the time is right for sweating through the sheets. While getting comfy beneath a cloud-like comforter helps you sleep during the colder months it can be difficult to sleep soundly in the heat and humidity that kicks up in June and continues through August. While it’s tough to cool down during summer […]

Exercise and Sleep: Get Enough Sleep to Perform at Your Best

People who exercise on a regular basis are usually aware of the benefits exercise has on your ability to quickly fall asleep and sleep soundly throughout the night. Whether it be the pleasant soreness from a recent workout that you feel as you crawl into bed or simply the sensation of knowing you will fall […]

Tips: How Do You Co Sleep With Your Baby?

Just as breastfeeding fell out of favor before making a big comeback, co sleeping is back on the rise. This return to our species’ roots makes sense for a lot of families and will make sleep much more enjoyable. However there are some situations where you absolutely should not co sleep with your child. First off, […]

Sinuses and Sleep: Stop Your Sinuses from Interrupting Your Sleep

In most areas the weather has gone from cold to nice and warm, sometimes within the span of a few hours and back again. With spring finally making an appearance lots of trees and plants are in full bloom, which can wreak havoc with your sinuses. If you’ve experienced sinus problems you know how badly […]

Can Sound Machines Damage Your Baby’s Hearing?

A study that was published in Pediatrics a few months back alarmed parents by suggesting that sound machines can damage their baby’s hearing. Sound machines, which create noises ranging from white noise to the sound of crashing waves and pretty much any calming sound imaginable, have proven to be a very successful sleep aid. Sound […]

Alternatives to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

CPAP is the gold standard for sleep apnea therapy. However consistently using CPAP therapy has always been difficult for a large number of people with sleep apnea. Some struggle with getting comfortable and struggle to sleep well, while others just want a form of therapy that isn’t as obtrusive as CPAP. In recent years many alternative […]

Sleep Tip: Using White Noise to Sleep

You may have heard that white noise is brilliant for helping people fall asleep and wondered why. It turns out that white noise is the lone radio station that plays 24/7 for our first nine months from conception until birth. How do we know this? You can hear it when an obstetrician checks a baby’s […]

Children and Sleep: How Often Should You Nap?

Eat. Burp. Poop. Sleep. Repeat. Such is the life of the newborn. As your child ages, so does his or her sleep patterns. These changes are also apparent with the diet and hopefully, potty training starts to come together. Children still need lots of sleep, and we’re not just talking about a good nights sleep; […]

Amping Up Your CPAP: Accessories For CPAP To Make It More Comfortable

Does this sound familiar? You have your CPAP or BiPAP machine because you know they are the key to you getting a good nights sleep. However you have trouble putting them to the best use possible because of discomfort. The cruel irony is that you still can’t sleep through the night even though when you […]

How to Help Your Child Deal with Nightmares

We have plenty of ideas on why nightmares occur, however there is no consensus on what causes them. With no real understanding of why they occur, we certainly don’t have the ability to prevent nightmares. They are simply one of those exerpiences children pass through before eventually disappearing without a trace. What we do know […]

A Step by Step Guide To Sleep Training Your Toddler

Sleep training may sound like an impossibility when you have a newborn who wakes to nurse more often than you thought humanly possible. Newborns who are breastfed typically eat 8-12 times per day so the idea of sleep training them is pure folly.  Newborns will actually sleep plenty, in many cases 95% of their time […]

Focus on Sleep Without the Sheep: Dealing with Adjustment Insomnia

You may not be familiar with the term adjustment insomnia but there’s a good chance you have experienced it at some point. This type of insomnia can be induced by psychological, psycho-social, interpersonal, environmental, or physical stress as well as states of excitement and nervousness. Examples are things like stressing out about a big quantum […]

Night Terrors in Children

Night terrors in children are actually quite common, with up to 45% of children experiencing an episode at some time. They are most common, though, in those aged between 3 to 7 years old and can occur from a few times a week, to once or twice a month. So what happens when your child […]

Choosing the Best Sleep Mask

WHICH SLEEP MASK IS THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU? Sleep masks are designed in a wide range of designs to shield your eyes from unwanted light, ensuring you will be able to set a perfectly dark environment for you to get some shut eye. Beyond that they are each designed to address a particular need.Whether […]

Using Caffeine to Focus after a Short Bout of Sleep Deprivation

For anyone who has stayed up the previous night or pulled an all-nighter, they know that a drawback – in terms of sleep deprivation consequences such as memory and cognitive impairment – must be paid the next day. How Stuff Works put together a list of 10 sure signs you are sleep deprived and many […]

What You Didn’t Expect When You Were Expecting: Heavy Snoring While Pregnant

My wife and I am expecting our first baby in late June. There have been several amazing moments thus far along the path to adding to our family, from first finding out we were expecting, making that first trip to the doctors when you hear the heartbeat and see the blurry ultrasound images in the […]

1 Simple Tip for Sleep Training a Toddler

City of Sleep Mailbag: How to Sleep Train a Toddler? I’m in a bind – wondering if you can help me out?  I live in a small 2 bedroom apartment, and have 3 kids now sleeping in the same room (ages 5, 3 and 7 months).  They all, THANK G-D, sleep through the night…well minus […]

Getting Started With CPAP

So you just found out you need CPAP; now what? For most people, getting started with CPAP for the first time can cause all kinds of unpleasant emotions. That’s why educating yourself so you have a thorough understanding of what CPAP does and how it works is so important. Today we are going to focus […]

5 Ways to Promote Good Sleep Hygiene

What Does Good  Sleep Hygiene Mean? Sleep hygiene refers to regular habits and practices that are beneficial to maintaining a regular sleep and wake schedule for quality sleep. It is important to practice good sleep hygiene starting from childhood to adulthood because it promotes a normal sleep cycle that leads to daytime alertness. In addition […]

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms: Decreased Performance and Alertness

Sleep Deprivation: Decreased Performance and Alertness Sleep deprivation is a chronic or acute condition in which you are getting less than the average amount of sleep for your age group. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation also decreases brain activity and function, primarily in the thalamus, a subcortical area of the brain responsible for alertness […]

Getting Your Baby to Sleep through the Night

Written by Batya the Baby Coach Are you having difficulty with getting your baby to sleep through the night? This is almost always due to some type of attachment or dependency on something or someone. Babies are smarter than we may think, and can form habits very quickly and easily. By complying with their requests once […]

“Pillow Talk” at the Intercontinental Hotel

Providing a good nights rest is a must if you are in the hotel business. That is what we learned while vacationing at the Intercontinental Hotel in Prague. In order to ensure repeat business and loyalty in the fiercely competitive hotel industry, some hotels are offering pillow menus to their guests. Yes you read it […]

Sleep Deprivation in College Students

If you’re in college, especially the first year, chances are you’re getting way less than the recommended amount of sleep for a person your age. Whether you’re out all night partying, chilling, or studying for finals, there are plenty of reasons for co-eds to skip on sleep. An average college student gets roughly 6 hours […]

Can Walking For Exercise Benefit Sleep For The Over 50’s?

Written by Steve L Thompson for ezinearticles Walking for exercise is considered to be the most positive and natural sleep aid for the over 50’s. This is so, particularly if taken at the right time of day. But before we go into details about why walking is so effective, we should first look at both […]

Snoring Causes and Effects

You close your eyes and dose off after a grueling day. Your body is in dire need of some rest, and without the additional requirement of counting hundreds of sheep, you’re off to dream land, and find yourself on your first blissful cloud. The peace on your cloud is disturbed by a distant rumbling thunder […]

Diagnosing the Cause of Insomnia

I remember as a kid and even sometimes to this day, I’d lay in bed for hours trying to fall asleep, but to no avail. I would often ask myself, “Why can’t I fall asleep? My throat is becoming dry just by counting sheep in my head!”. The thought of seeking out treatment or even […]

Bedwetting in Children: The Causes and Tips to Manage Accidents

Bedwetting in children is not uncommon, what is uncommon is for it to continue and happen nightly. When it occurs frequently, then the child need to be taken to a doctor in order to determine if there is an underlying medical problem. Things such as stress, urinary tract infections, a hormonal problem or diabetes can […]

Music and Sleep: How to Improve the Quality of Your Sleep

Every person needs to get an average of seven to eight hours of sleep every day. However, it can be difficult to get enough sleep, let alone 7-8 hours of quality sleep. Getting a good night sleep has always been a major struggle for most people due to insomnia, side effects of medications, long working […]

Teens and Sleep

How Much Sleep do Teenagers Need? Sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. It is the only time when our body can recuperate from a day’s worth of activities. Sleep is vital to your physical as well as mental health. When it comes to teens and sleep, most teenagers need around nine […]

Bedtime Snacks to Help You Sleep

We all know that eating a heavy, spicy meal before going to sleep can interrupt sleep. We also know to avoid alcohol, coffee, and sugary desserts – basically the best kind of cravings – before going to sleep. While it is important to not eat unhealthy food before going to sleep, being hungry when you […]

School Age Children Sleep Needs

How Much Sleep do 5-12 Year Olds Need? One of the most important and pressing issue when you have school age children is making sure they get proper amounts of sleep. This can prove tricky since there are only general guidelines and no set rules when it comes to school age children sleep needs. Your […]

Sleep Paralysis: A Battle Between the Brain and Body

Picture this. You wake up, powerless to lift a single muscle and unable to utter a word. The room is empty, but you can feel someone or something’s presence around you –possibly sitting on your chest, depriving you of air. This condition is known as sleep paralysis. What Is It? Over the many centuries, sleep […]

Baby Sleep Schedule: What You Need to Know

Baby Sleep Schedule: How Much Sleep do Toddler’s Need? Toddlers between the age of one and three usually sleep anywhere from 12 to 14 hours a day. As toddlers get older, they usually take one long afternoon nap that lasts anywhere from one and a half hours to three hours instead of morning naps. Even though […]

How to Avoid Jet Lag

I’ve always taken jet lag seriously. Really I have. As ex-pats from England living in Los Angeles, our house is always inundated with sun-deprived Brits and close (and not so close) family members and friends, gleefully calling and announcing their impending arrival. No problem, we say, come on over, we say, here’s where you sleep, […]

Boosting Melatonin Production

Although not getting enough sleep for a night or two may not be a big deal, there is a close connection between a chronic lack of sleep and a whole host of health maladies. Human bodies are naturally predisposed to rest at night, when there is no light, and to awaken when the sun comes […]

Dialing in the best Sleeping Temperatures

With Labor Day being the official end of summer we are in an interesting time of the year when it comes to weather.  Each day can bring a wide range of weather, from hot days that remind us of summer to cooler nights that are a prelude to the cold, crisp weather that is on […]

Napping Your Way to Success

Napping is no longer associated as a practice for young children, the elderly or aimless slackers. Studies have shown that there are amazing benefits to a midday nap. It can improve your mood, memory, creativity, and your health. Many great leaders have attributed their success to the revitalizing effects of a nap. Some world famous […]

What Causes Insomnia? Here are a Few Major Culprits

Sleep is a basic human necessity, and yet so many people struggle to get the sleep they need. It’s no wonder why so many people are searching for answers during their many waking hours! Insomnia affects one in ten people and can be caused by a variety of issues. Figuring out what causes insomnia and […]

Caffeine and Sleep: What You Need to Know

Caffeine has been the most readily available drug in the world – it can be found easily in coffee beans, tea leafs, and be used in drinks such as coffee, tea, cocoa, and soft drinks. It’s the secret sauce in Red Bull that is purported to give you wings. Although 250 milligrams of caffeine per […]

Pillow Talk: The Fibromyalgia Pillow

In the wee small hours of the morning, many fibromyalgia sufferers like me would give anything to drift off into the land of nod. Countless nights’ sleep have frustratingly evaded me, but I know I am not alone. Even when I do get to sleep, quality often does not come with quantity. That feeling of refreshment […]

Good In Bed: The Full Body Pillow

We all recognize the importance of sleep. There isn’t one part of your mind, body and soul that does not thrive on a good night’s rest. We become acutely aware of sleep’s importance when we we suffer the next day after a night spent tossing and turning. The truth is, sleep is most beneficial if […]

How to Stop Bed Wetting

The Causes Behind Bed Wetting Bed wetting,or enuresis, is more common than most parents imagine.  You may be surprised to also learn that bed wetting is often inherited from one of the parents’ genetics. If you or your spouse was a bed wetter and you share this info with your child it can help them […]

I Can’t Sleep: What to Do and What Not to Do

Not getting a good night’s sleep?  You’re not alone.  The centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about million American workers daily cry out, “I can’t sleep!”  Sleep deprivation is a serious health problem.  According to a study done by the University of Surrey, lack of sleep directly causes over 700 genes to alter […]

Moisture Wicking Pajamas: Look Glamorous During Your Beauty Sleep

Movie stars do not wake up from on-screen “nightmares” with sweaty pajamas. Unlike real people who deal with night sweats, Hollywood will not show starlets in damp nightclothes, with flushed faces or hair stuck to their foreheads.  Out here in the real world though, is it possible to survive night sweats and stay ready for […]