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Common Reasons You’re Waking Up in the Middle of the Night

Waking up in the middle of the night is pretty common — and very annoying. Interrupted sleep can affect your memory and cognitive abilities, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) explains, not to mention making you grumpy as heck. So why might you be waking up in the middle of the night in the first place? Here are a few possible reasons. You’re overheated. Rachata Teyparsit/Shutterstock Your body temperature changes while you sleep. And according to the NSF, during REM sleep, your body actually [...]

International Pillow Fight Day Is April 7: How To Join The Battle

There’s something so freeing about a pillow fight. It brings back those carefree days of slumber parties and adolescent tomfoolery. No bills, no responsibilities; just full-on pillow warfare. For those of you anxious to reclaim the fun of your youth, we’ve got some great news for you. April 7 is International Pillow Fight Day. From Atlanta to Vienna,  the young at heart will get out that stored up aggression in one of the healthiest way possible: a good old pillow fight. What began [...]

Here’s Why Chronic Sleep Deprivation Is Linked To Car Crashes

It makes sense that you’re more likely to get in a car accident when you are tired. Sleepy drivers might struggle to keep their eyes open, miss turns or ignore traffic signs, react more slowly to sudden pedestrians, and have issues maintaining their speed. All of these things can cause crashes, which is why the National Sleep Foundation advises against drowsy driving. But something else to consider: Some people who are chronically sleep deprived don’t even realize how tired they [...]

Pacific Coast Down Comforter Review

Pacific Coast is a major online retailer of down and feather bedding. I reviewed the Pacific Coast King Luxury Comforter with 650 Fill Power Pyrenees Down. At $130, is this a good deal for a “luxury” comforter? Read on for my full review. You Will Like This Comforter If: You Want A Luxury Comforter At An Affordable Price– $130 is a good price for this well constructed, higher fill power comforter. You Want That True Down Feeling But Struggle With Allergies– Pacific [...]

Understanding Fill Power

When you’re shopping for a down comforter, you see many terms and numbers thrown around. One of the most confusing is “fill power.” What are the numbers associated with the fill power when it comes to bedding and what do they mean when it comes to your comfort?  Take a look at our guide to fill power. What Is Fill Power And How Is It Measured? Down creates warmth by trapping heat in its air pockets. The loftier the down, the more heat [...]

New Study On Infant Death Finds Unsafe Sleep Practices By Relatives, Babysitters, Others

Researchers from the Universtiy of Virginia studying Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) found that infants who died under the supervision of people other than their parents were more likely to be placed in unsafe sleep positions and environments not recommended by pediatric health and safety experts. The results, which were published in The Journal of Pediatrics, revealed that of the more than 10,000 infant deaths examined, just over 13 percent occurred when a parent was not present. Among that 13 percent, the study determined [...]

What Do Young Adults Think About Sleep?

If you believe the headlines, young adults and Millennials are ruining everything from golf to gold prices. But how do they feel about sleep? Technology company Royal Philips just released the findings from their annual sleep survey, where they asked over 15,000 adults in 13 countries (United States, the U.K., Germany, Poland, France, India, China, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Japan) about their sleep habits. The survey showed that 77 percent of respondents tried to improve their sleep in some [...]

Are New Doctors Sleeping Enough? New Study Highlights Concerns

It’s important to be well-rested and alert at work — especially when your job involves decision-making, operating any kind of machinery, or being responsible for people’s health. That’s why a new study suggesting that new doctors might not be getting enough sleep is a bit worrying. For a paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers studied 33 first-year medical residents (also known as interns) for eight months — two months before they started their residency, and for [...]

DreamCloud Vs Casper- Which Should You Choose?

Casper and DreamCloud are both mattresses sold online. Other than that similarity, the two mattresses are pretty different. This post will compare the two options so that you can better decide which is a better fit for you. Key Similarities Both are a little firmer than average. Both incorporate memory foam. Both offer free shipping. Key Differences Casper has 4 layers, DreamCloud has 8. Casper is all foam, DreamCloud incorporates coils. DreamCloud is thicker at 15 inches, to Casper’s 10 inches. DreamCloud is more expensive. ($550-$1,150 for Casper, [...]

What’s The Deal With Free Running Sleep Disorder (FRD)?

Have you ever heard of a non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, also known as Free Running Disorder (FRD)? Basically, it’s a rare sleep disorder caused by an issue with your circadian rhythms (circadian rhythms are essentially your internal “body clock,” telling you when it’s time to go to bed and wake up). According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), FRD “occurs when a person has a variable sleep-wake cycle that shifts later every day. It results most often when the [...]

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