Did you know that more than 85% of the mammal species are polyphasic sleepers? This means they sleep for short periods of time throughout the day instead of one long stretch at night. Humans on the other hand “are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness.” While many cultures set aside time each day for a nap, the United States is becoming more sleep deprived.
What’s your favorite bedtime outfit? Footy pajamas? An old T shirt? Nightgown? Perhaps you aren’t picky about your PJ’s and slip on anything that’s within arm’s reach. If this sounds like you, you might be surprised to know there’s a bit of reasoning behind picking the right pair of pajamas.
When you think of the dirtiest things in your house, what do you think of? Something that probably comes to mind is the toilet or toilet seat. You’d be surprised to know the toilet doesn’t even make the top 10 dirtiest items in your house. What tops the list? Dryer lint trap, dishwasher, bed pillows, cell phone, and others. Click here for a full list!
Coffee, tea and soda are drinks many of us find ourselves drinking at least once a day. I’m sure we all know a few friends or coworkers who live off coffee and become a little grouchy when their caffeine levels are low! While caffeinated drinks may help you function during the day, they could be to blame for your sleepless nights.
Sleep is important, we all know this. Have you ever been around someone who is tired or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed? We probably all have…can you say cranky? Yikes, steer clear! It’s no secret that sleep is good for our health and our relationships, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that couples who don’t get enough sleep, fight more.
Do you lie awake at night, tired, but you just can’t fall asleep? Or maybe you just don’t get quality sleep and find yourself tired all day long, no matter how many hours you had the night before. Lucky for you, we have a piece of advice that just might help.
Can you imagine sleeping on a bed made of ebony and gold, or a mattress stuffed with hay, wool or feathers? Believe it or not, once upon a time, beds were made of all of these things. While most people today take beds for granted, they were once thought of as luxury items, with the most elaborate reserved for royalty while commoners were relegated to more primitive accommodations like palm bows heaped in a corner.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite sleep position says about you? The most common positions include fetal, freefall (or stomach), back, log, starfish and yearner, although we know there are plenty of other positions out there. You might know which of these positions describe the way you sleep, but you might not know they can be an indication of your personality traits… let’s take a look!
Did you know dreams only occur while you are in the REM sleep stage? It’s true. However, the older you get, the less time you spend in REM sleep. According to the Better Sleep Council, infants spend up to 50% of their total sleep in REM, while adults only spend about 20% of their sleep in REM. This may have you thinking… do babies dream?
post by Jessica Hurwit of Michael Graves Architecture & Design (Marpac is proud to be partnering with MGA&D on several upcoming products!)
It’s always been evident that sleep has a profound effect on many aspects of our lives; our overall health, our productivity, and our general mood. In recent years, sleep has begun to be thought of as the third pillar of health, the first two being diet and exercise. Many doctors have published articles on the topic of sleep hygiene, which can be defined as the variety and practices and habits one can adopt that are necessary for good sleep. Overall, people have become more and more aware of the importance of sleep, and things like pulling all-nighters are no longer thought of as badges of honor. Beyond that, people are also starting to realize it’s not just about the quantity of sleep that you get, but the quality.
When was the last time you did a makeover on your bedroom? It seems more often than not, when we update our homes, bedrooms get left out. Maybe it’s because it’s a room that very few people see, but when you think about how much time you spend in your bedroom (sleeping or watching TV), remodeling your bedroom should actually be a top priority (yes, we know new granite would look beautiful in the kitchen, but a new mattress will take care of you even better).