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Wrap Up For Better Sleep: The Blanket is the Key

 

It isn’t just babies that like to be swaddled for a good night’s sleep.  The proper blanket can make a difference in adult sleep too! Especially when you’re sleeping away from home, the right blanket can make the difference between a relaxing vacation or a sleepless night.

 

Temperature

Whether you’re looking for the right choice to help you snooze in the passenger seat or on an airplane, a blanket is important because it helps your body regulate its temperature. It’s natural for your temperature to drop during sleep, and hit its lowest point during the early morning hours. If you’re too hot, or if you choose a heavy blanket, your sleep can be interrupted because it prevents the natural temperature dip from occurring. Similarly, when you’re too cold, you can have a hard time falling asleep..

 

Choosing the Right Blanket

When you’re away from home, it’s much more difficult to get the perfect temperature for sleeping. That’s why your blanket is your best friend, just like it may have been when you were a child. Choose a fabric that’s just the right size to cover your body, in a washable and breathable fabric.  Throws in cashmere or chenille might be great for throwing on while you watch television in the living room, but they aren’t ideal for a travel buddy. Cotton is a great choice because it’s easy to clean and is usually free from allergens.

 

Breaking in Your Blanket

Make sure to break in your blanket, just like you would a new pair of shoes.  If your body begins to associate that blanket with sleep, it will create a conditioned response in your brain to help you fall asleep faster. So make sure to start sleeping with your new blanket for several weeks prior to your vacation to help build the needed association between the blanket and sleeping.

If you have the perfect blanket and you’re still losing sleep, it may be time to consider a new mattress. Check out our mattress finder to start shopping for the right one for you today!

 

How to Get Sound-er Sleep

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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As the world around us continues to become busier and busier, you might find it’s harder than ever to relax and wind down at the end of the day for a good night’s sleep. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as you settle down, you are kept awake by noises such as the air conditioner, a ticking clock, or worst of all: your partner’s snoring. The use of ambient noise may be the answer to both helping you relax and keeping noises from keeping you awake.

What Is White Noise

White noise can best be described as the combination of all noise frequencies to create a steady “hum” that drowns out other sounds.  There are now entire streaming music channels dedicated solely to white noise for those who don’t want to listen to music, but that want to block out background noise!  While specialty white noise machines exist, you can get the same benefits by simply turning on a fan while you sleep, or using a white noise app on your smartphone.

There’s also a similar set of frequencies known as pink noise, which have also been found to improve sleep quality by regulating brain waves. Know that relaxed feeling you get when you hear thunder and rain beating against your window? Or hearing waves along the lakeshore?  That’s the effect of pink noise.

Benefits of White Noise

Aside from the obvious benefits of drowning out noises and helping you relax, there’s a few other reasons to consider using white noise while you slumber.  By masking the noises that keep you from falling asleep in the first place, white noise also prevents those noises from waking you up, along with other changes in the environment that may make sounds occur.

You may not realize just how many times you wake up in the night!  Without having your sleep interrupted, you’ll feel more refreshed in the morning.

Also, you can bring your white noise anywhere!  While you may not be able to control certain aspects of your environment when you’re away from home, such as the temperature or the softness of the pillows, you can simply turn on your white noise app and block out the noises may that cause you difficulty sleeping.

If you’re looking for more “sound advice” about getting a better night’s sleep, it may be time to consider a new mattress. Check out our mattress finder to start shopping for the right one for you today!

 

Don’t be (or take) a pill

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

A night without enough and good sleep can be a bad experience and one would often resort to taking sleeping pills to get some sleep. The question is how effective and healthy are these pills? And are there negative effects that come with taking sleeping pills? Agreeably, most medical experts discourage the taking of sleeping pills. The reason could be attributed to some negative consequences, which is detrimental to health. Insomnia is a sleeping problem among many people and they often resort to taking some pills. Medically, sleeping pills have been associated with problems as discussed in this article.

What are sleeping pills?

Sleeping pills usually referred to as sedative hypnotics by definition are a class of drugs which help bring about sleep and maintain it for a given period of time. However, as a natural process and in most cases involuntary, inducing sleep using pills may become detrimental to one’s health. The common problem associated with sleeping pills is the slowing down of breathing rate. The breathing also becomes less deep. This is not advisable for people with asthma as death can be in the offing. Asthma folks have lung problems and when breathing rate slows down, it becomes quite dangerous.

What are the side effects of sleeping pills?

Just like any other drug, sleeping pills too have side effects. Apart from slowing breathing rate as mentioned earlier, sleeping pills can cause drowsiness when overused. When taken in large quantities, they can cause oversleeping as one can feel sleepy for the better part of the day. This is closely associated with being inactive.
Another common problem associated with sleeping pills is dizziness. When taken in excess or in an overdose, sleeping pills can become detrimental to brain functioning. Slow breathing will consequently result in lack of enough oxygen supply to the brain. This may be a major cause for many cases of hallucinations associated with sleep sickness.

Constipation is another problem closely associated with taking an overuse of sleeping pills. This can also be linked to loss or changes in appetite. Further, sleeping pills have been scientifically proven to be a cause for headache especially when one oversleeps, dry mouth and throat as well as weakness. Oversleeping attributed to intake of sleeping pills would amount to general weakness of the body and consequently making one inactive for most of the day. Consequently, sleeping pills are not as advisable as having a good sleep for a healthy living.