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Zzzzzzzzz … 12 simple steps to a good night’s sleep

Oct 31, 2017

A few years ago, I carried out a large-scale survey examining the lifestyles of people who sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed. The results revealed that the secret of a great night’s sleep is surprisingly simple, and comes down to the following 12 techniques. 1. Avoid the blues When your eyes are exposed to…

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5 Bedroom Décor Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Sep 29, 2017

It’s amazing how many people neglect bedroom décor when they think about decorating their homes. They rationalize, if I only sleep there, what does it matter what the room looks like? The fact is, the way you decorate your bedroom can help or hurt how well you sleep. Whether it’s too-bright lighting sources, a lack of…

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Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers

Aug 30, 2017

Within a week of my grandsons’ first year in high school, getting enough sleep had already become an issue. Their concerned mother questioned whether lights out at midnight or 1 a.m. and awakening at 7 or 7:30 a.m. to get to school on time provided enough sleep for 14-year-olds to navigate a demanding school day.…

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How weird sleep schedules can affect our mental health

Jul 31, 2017

Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock’s hands are spinning out of…

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Top 10 sleeping myths busted

Jun 30, 2017

Sleep, glorious sleep. Not only does it give our bodies the rest they deserve, it’s also the key to our ability to function at work and play. But when it comes to getting those Zzzs, there are so many opinions it’s hard to know what really helps and what doesn’t. Here we debunk some of…

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People Are Losing Sleep Over Tracking Their Sleep

May 30, 2017

The quantified-self movement is a multi-multi-billion-dollar industry; in 2015, the market was worth an estimated $123 billion, a figure expected by some analysts to grow to $612 billion by 2024. And yet the idea of keeping careful track of your steps (or your calories, or your carbs, or whatever) has taken some hits in the…

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How our circadian rhythms affect our mental health

Apr 24, 2017

Much like a clock on the wall, our cells have their own 24-hour timeline. When they’re in sync, our body clock may act as a protective barrier against mental and physical illnesses. But throw in some jet lag, a night shift or a bout of insomnia, and suddenly the clock’s hands are spinning out of…

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A Prop Stylist’s Secrets to Making a Bed

Mar 24, 2017

The beds on display in catalogues and home decor stores have a way of making you want to dive right in. The ultrafluffy comforters, perfectly plump pillows, and chic bedside accessories always seem to be arranged so effortlessly—and impossible to replicate in your own bedroom. Scott Horne is a pro at making spaces look welcoming…

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Simple Solutions for Getting to Sleep

Feb 24, 2017

You flop your head back on the pillow, silently cursing Mr. Sandman and the sleep he promised to bring. Your mind races with tomorrow’s to-dos as you glance at the floating red numbers from your nightstand—2:45 AM. Well aware of the bounty of beauty (and health) that a full night’s slumber can bring, you hoped…

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Why you shouldn’t bring your smartphone to bed

Jan 24, 2017

While we’re supposed to wake up energized and go to bed tired, ever notice it’s often the other way around? If you’re having trouble getting out of bed in the morning but wide awake in the evening, your late-night technology may be to blame. Oh sure, there could be other contributing factors – like anxiety,…

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