Do You Have a Bedtime Routine?

Now that the kids are back to school, everyone is getting back into their routines.  We know that children thrive with structure and routine. That’s why so many of us have a bedtime routine for our kids.  It might involve a bath, reading stories and getting tucked in before the lights go out.  Well, it… Read more »

Blue Light Blues

After a year of many of us spending more time than ever on screens, it’s time to really examine the negative effects of blue light. Research suggests that the blue light emitted by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and many other electronic devices, is negatively impacting the quantity and quality of our sleep.  Darkness is a natural… Read more »

Sleep and Weight Gain

A recent study found that sleeping just five hours per night during the course of a week, as well as having unlimited access to food caused participants to gain nearly two pounds of weight.  Researchers suggest that sufficient sleep could help battle the obesity epidemic. Scientists were clear that extra sleep alone won’t lead to… Read more »

Reading Before Bed Improves Sleep

According to a recent study, reading for six minutes before bed can help you sleep better.   That’s right – just six minutes with a good book can improve your sleep quality.  How? Scientists believe that reading is the best way to help you relax before bed because immersing yourself into another world takes your mind off of… Read more »

Five Stages of Sleep

Sleep scientists estimate that most people should experience five sleep cycles per night, and, during these cycles, our bodies will move through different stages of NREM (Non-Rapid Eye Movement) and REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. In order to get good, restorative sleep, we need to accomplish all five stages of sleep throughout the night.  Certain sleep… Read more »

Five Reasons for Feeling Exhausted

Do you find yourself dragging throughout the day without enough energy to do the things you love? There could be an underlying reason for feeling so exhausted.  Here are five of the most common reasons you’re always tired: You’re Not Drinking Enough Water – Being even slightly dehydrated can take a huge toll on energy… Read more »

Four Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation

If you suffer from sleep deprivation, you could be facing some serious physical health effects. A startling study published in the journal Sleep found that nearly one quarter of people who sleep fewer than six hours a night have some kind of cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries, an abnormal or weak heartbeat, etc.). Worse – Harvard… Read more »

Five Strategies to Reduce Insomnia

We’ve all been there – lying awake in the middle of the night when we should be asleep.  It’s frustrating to say the least.  Do you turn the light on and read a book or watch some tv?  Or do you just lie there with your eyes closed wishing and hoping you’ll fall back asleep? … Read more »

Fall Back Without Feeling Exhausted

Saturday, October 31st daylight savings ends, and we move our clocks back an hour.  In theory, that extra hour seems like a great idea.  You go to sleep at 10:00, but now it’s only 9:00.  But in reality, that one hour can wreak havoc on our internal clocks.  Our bodies are extremely sensitive to changes… Read more »

White Noise for Better Sleep

When you’re sleeping, your brain continues to register and process sounds.  Noise can interrupt your sleep causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure.  It happens so briefly that you might not even remember it the next morning.  Whether a noise actually disturbs… Read more »