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9 Tips for Fixing Your Back-to-School Sleep Schedule

Summer is a time to relax and recover from the months of learning. It’s a time that can lead to wonderful memories of sunshine, vacations, new experiences, and late nights. However, sometimes those late nights and late morning wake up times can become habitual.  For kids, teens, and adults, lack of sleep has been connected to: Greater risk of depression, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease Irritability and impulsivity Problems associated with learning Since an integral part of learning is sleep, it’s crucial that kids, teens, and adults enrolled in school get back on a regular, healthy sleep schedule. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine claims that kids ages 6 to 12 need around 9 to 12 hours of sleep while...

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Why You Should Wash Your Pillowcases More Often

What do you do with clothes after you wear them? This is not a trick question: you wash them! You might wait to wash an article of clothing after you’ve worn it a couple of times, but eventually, clothes need to be washed. Clothes accumulate dirt, sweat, oil, and maybe the occasional spill, then they’re washed.  Pillowcases should be treated the same as clothing. They are another piece of fabric that you interact with for up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s around 56 hours spent with your pillowcase, which is plenty of time for your pillowcase to absorb dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and sweat. But how much can these elements affect your sleep? How...

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10 Proven Tips to Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

Nothing is worse when you go through a string of nights with low sleep quality. Your days drag on, you can’t focus, or you may exhibit signs of irritability. More importantly, a lack of quality sleep could lead to weight gain or other more serious health problems.1 On the other hand, better sleep may improve many aspects of your health, including mental health, normal hormone release, and overall physical health. We’re here to offer some strategies that could help you fall asleep faster or achieve better sleep. 10 Tips to Fall and Stay Asleep Take a Relaxing Bath or Shower Sometimes, that feeling of climbing into the sheets after a hot bath or shower just can’t be topped. There’s scientific...

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How Your Pillow Can Affect Your Allergies

When you’re trying to fall asleep, allergies can be a huge impediment to restful sleep. A runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and sneezing can all be signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction, but the trick is to know the cause.  If you suffer from allergies, your pillow could be exacerbating the effects and duration. We often forget that the things we interact with on a daily basis can have an impact on our health — in this case, our pillows. As you sleep on your pillow every night, your pillow can collect dust, molds, dirt, oils, and dead skin cells. Those trace particles, when exposed to over long periods of time, may have an effect on your allergies, such...

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How Often Should You Change Your Pillow?

Like anything else in your home, it’s important to take care of your pillow — an item that you interact with every night. As you sleep, you shed dead skin cells, sweat, produce oils, and put wear-and-tear on your pillow. All of the allergens, dust, and dust mites can affect your sleep and your health overall.  Pillows aren’t meant to last forever. That can leave some people with uncertainty about when is the best time to replace your pillow. In this article, we will remove the veil and discuss the benefits of evaluating whether or not to switch out your pillow.  Allergies Can Affect When You Need to Change Pillows If you suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, increased asthma...

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