When we think about the end of daylight saving time we probably only think of one thing… MORE sleep! That sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Well, not so fast. While more sleep is typically a good thing, the sudden change can also put strain on your body, as it throws your whole sleep pattern out of whack!
Social media has become a minute to minute, hour to hour fixture in modern day life. We love connecting with long lost friends, keeping up to date with breaking news stories and even the opportunity to start a career right from your personal page.
Most of us love our morning coffee, are we right? The smell of a fresh brew, the delightful creamy taste… mmm, so good! Some of us claim we just “can’t even” without our coffee, while some of us just really like the taste. Either way, coffee is an essential piece to many of our mornings. As if you needed any more reasons to drink coffee, Health Line gives us 13 health benefits on coffee that are based on science. Check out our top three favorites below and for a more complete list click here.
Summer is coming to an end and fall is quickly approaching. We’re looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, falling leaves and holidays with our family. And soon, we’ll be pulling out the blankets and bundling to stay warm. Most of us do not put much thought into it, but as the weather changes so does our sleep.
Not all of us are morning people. Let’s be honest, most of us probably hit snooze way too many times to count and drink a lot of coffee to try and cover up how exhausted we are. What if there were a few tips that you could follow to help you become a morning person? Would you accept the challenge?
Have you ever walked into a daycare and wondered how in the world the teachers get the children to listen so well and nap all at the same time? It’s hard enough to get your child down for a nap at home, yet they make it look so easy. You know what we’re talking about. Nap and bedtimes can be a real struggle at home. It’s a constant battle to get your child to lay down and stay in their bed and just sleep! This can be frustrating, especially when you see how well they sleep at daycare. Now, why is that?
You’ve heard it over and over again… the famous saying “don’t go to bed mad.” It makes sense, right? Life is too short to leave things unsaid. Why wait until the morning to resolve your issues, when you can resolve it before bed and have a peaceful slumber? Well, research shows that sometimes it’s okay to go to bed mad. Sometimes in fact, it’s the best decision!
It can be frustrating to wake up from a good dream, yet not fully remember it. You might remember bits and pieces of your dream such as who was there and where you were, but you might not remember the rest. You are so excited and can’t wait to tell your friends, but by the time you get around to it, you forget the whole thing…. What a bummer!
Summer is coming to a close, but something you might be wondering is how you can keep your children on a more consistent sleep schedule when they are not in school. Sleep schedules come (somewhat) naturally during the school year, as your family has a steady routine. Every day, Monday – Friday, you wake up at the same time, go to school and work and go to sleep around the same time every night, just to wake up and do it all over again. But what about when school’s out? If your children are old enough, they may stay home during the day and thus their schedules might be all out of wack. Why go to sleep early when you can sleep in the next day? Schedules are important, even in the summer, especially so if you want a seamless transition when school starts back up.
Sit down, close your eyes and envision your bedroom. Can you see it? Good. Now carefully, think about the sounds you hear while you are trying to sleep at night. Do you hear a train, cars, dogs barking, the TV? While you may not know it, “your brain continues to register and process sounds on a basic level. Noise can jostle your slumber – causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep, or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure.” These noise factors may be inhibiting your sleep, whether you are fully aware of it or not.
We’ve all had one of those nights where you can’t sleep no matter what you do. Maybe you’ve tried hot tea/milk, exercise, reading a book, over the counter sleep medications and you still find yourself lying in bed, wide awake! Now this might sound silly, but the missing piece to your bedtime puzzle could just be a nice, warm shower. Now hold on, hear us out…