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Binge-Watching TV Leaves Us Too Excited to Sleep

Binge-Watching TV Leaves Us Too Excited to Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Back in a simpler era, we watched TV shows one episode at a time. Sometimes, sure, we'd luck into a double dose of something during sweeps week. But, for the most part, we got to know the precocious teens of primetime soaps and the neurotic yuppies of must-see-TV in single servings. Then Netflix and its ilk came along and gave us the option to watch entire series of old shows, and full seasons of new ones, however we wanted. And we did what (I have to assume) our predecessors did when the first all-you-can-eat buffet cropped up: We binged. 

The limited body of research on binge-watching, vaguely defined as watching multiple episodes of the same show in one sitting, suggests that more than 60 percent of American households use a streaming service and that somewhere around 70 percent of people who watch TV indulge in the occasional binge. In a 2015 study conducted by Tivo, almost one-third of viewers admitted to sacrificing sleep to continue binge-watching a show.

And, according to a new study, binge-watching may clash with sleep even for people who cut themselves off at a reasonable hour: Two researchers from The University of Michigan and KU Leuven in Belgium, Jan Van den Bulck and Liese Exelmans, found that binge-watching is associated with poor sleep in a way that traditional non-binge watching isn't. The sleep link, they believe, has more to do with the immersive nature of the binge-viewing experience than the amount of TV that binge-viewers consume. 

"Overall," explained Exelmans via email, "sleep research has concluded that TV is not that harmful for sleep, but we have to take into account that TV-viewing has changed dramatically over the past years."

Binge-viewers become strongly immersed in the story, identify with the characters and experience increased difficulty to stop viewing.

This study is the first to investigate the possibility that binge-viewers are especially vulnerable to sleep problems. Why, exactly, would it matter if someone watched three episodes of "The Affair" in a row vs. three hours of different shows over the course of a day? Because, researchers wrote, binge-viewers "become strongly immersed in the story, identify with the characters and experience increased difficulty to stop viewing." Sleep issues subsequently arise, they hypothesize, because binge-watching leaves people in a heightened state of arousal before bed.

To test their hypothesis, Van den Bulck and Exelmans asked 423 young adults, recruited via Facebook, to fill out questionnaires on binge-viewing habits, sleep quality, insomnia symptoms, fatigue and pre-sleep arousal. The arousal questionnaire covered both symptoms of somatic arousal, such as a racing heart, and cognitive arousal, such as mental alertness. And, without a fixed definition of binge-watching, researchers settled on "watching multiple consecutive episodes of the same TV show in one sitting on a screen, be it a television, laptop computer or tablet computer screen." 

Here are some of their binge-viewing findings: 

  • About 80 percent of participants identified as binge-viewers. Of that group, about 20 percent admitted to binge-watching at least a few times in the previous month. Forty percent said they'd binge-watched once during the same period; 7 percent said they'd binged nearly every day of that month. 
  • The average TV binge lasted just over three hours. 
  • Men binge-watched less frequently, but for longer periods of time, than women. And, across the board, the more often participants binge-watched, the less time they spent on each binge. 

And here's what they learned about sleep: 

  • More frequent binges corresponded to lower sleep quality, higher levels of fatigue and more insomnia. The duration of binges wasn't significant. So the twice-weekly, three-episode-at-a-time binger would be more likely to struggle with sleep than someone who goes on a 10-episode TV bender twice a year.
  • Cognitive — but not somatic — arousal explained the binge-watching-sleep link.
  • Regular pre-bedtime TV-watching was not associated with negative sleep outcomes or increased arousal.

The narrative complexity of "bingeable" shows, researchers reasoned, leaves viewers thinking about the episodes they've watched, as well as what's coming next. So it takes more time to cool down after a binge session than a stand-alone episode, leaving people unable to fall asleep as quickly, or get the same quality of sleep, as they otherwise would. 

While the study proposes cognitive arousal as the mechanism linking binge-watching and sleep issues, it doesn't prove that binge-viewing actually causes poor sleep. "How technology affects sleep is still a black box," said Exelmans. "The study results just highlight that, if you have trouble sleeping, you might want to consider that binge-watching contributes to that issue." 

There are plenty of questions about TV-viewing habits and sleep that remain unanswered, such as the degree to which the young adults in this study represent binge-watchers in other age groups. Exelmans, who says he's fascinated by the phenomenon of bedtime procrastination, plans to keep exploring our pre-bed technology use in future research.

Using media as a sleep aid is a documented practice.

"We've documented that sleep deprivation is partly our own fault," Exelmans said. "We fail to go to bed in time because of the lure of TV ... if we know that part of the problem is self-control (which we tend to have little of when the day comes to an end, which is exactly when we need to decide to go to bed), then we could develop intervention strategies aimed at improving self-control."

As a binge-viewer himself, Exelmans isn't above the lure of TV. "For me," he said, "it offers an escape from daily worries."

And many people likely incorporate Netflix into their bedtime routines for a similar reason. "Using media as a sleep aid is a documented practice," he said, "and it's also well-known that we tend to seek out media to alleviate negative mood. Even though research to date has not indicated positive effects of technology on sleep, it could be that people think they will sleep better after watching TV." 

To be fair, I'm pretty sure science has proven the solemnifying effects of Frasier and Niles' transatlantic-inflected repartee. But many people who don't use TV as a sleep aid still spend their nights consuming shows in bulk — reports suggest that most binge-watching sessions happen unintentionally.

So what should you do if, somehow, you're eight episodes deep into a new show when the clock strikes bedtime? Well, based on the notion that cognitive arousal mediates the binge-watching-sleep relationship, Van den Bulck and Exelmans suggest not turning in if you feel wound-up. And, to help yourself calm down, consider practicing mindfulness or relaxation techniques. Then go ahead and put your Netflix-addled brain to bed. After all, what's the point of bingeing a show tonight if you won't be well-rested enough to debate fan theories tomorrow?

 

This story has been updated. 

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Some Scientists Eat Chocolate Every Day, and Other News in Sleep

Some Scientists Eat Chocolate Every Day, and Other News in Sleep

by Jessica Pei @ Van Winkle's

You mean you don't take depression naps?

Depression naps (n) are naps that people take to escape the emotional distress of the waking world. And, apparently, they've become a meme. Some people feel that the growing popularity of depression naps on social media can help destigmatize mental illness. Others think lol-sy tweets about sleeping the sads away make too much light of a serious issue. (As a side note, depression naps would be considered a form of "emotional napping," which is a behavior linked to impairments in sleep, psychological functioning and physical health.) [The Outline

But what about fear naps? 

Fear naps are on the same matrix as depression naps. When deadlines, family drama, unread texts and the rest of life's stressors become incapacitating, some people hit the snack drawer. Others...fall asleep. Passing out might seem like an odd response to stress, but it's not, according to experts. Both bingeing and napping allow the brain to replenish glucose that might’ve been sucked dry after periods of extremely taxing tasks (physical, cognitive or emotional). As clinical psychologist Curtis Reisinger explained to "Science of Us," "'The classic “fight or flight” binary is oversimplified; there are actually a number of evolutionarily adaptive ways human beings might respond to stress or danger." 

So it's more like: fight or flight or say goodnight. [Science of Us]

In case you need to validate your chocohol-ism 

The Italian scientists behind the latest pro-choco-study say they've started “eating dark chocolate every day.” Why? Because their results depict chocolate as a brain-boosting solution to our sleep deprivation woes. Even among research subjects who were mildly sleep-deprived, consuming chocolate lead to mental perks including improvements in focus and overall cognitive functioning. [Inc]

Is it too soon to use the phrase "night-lover gene"?

Preferring a later bedtime could be written in your DNA. To test this idea, scientists observed a sleep-challenged woman sleeping in a room without clocks or windows for 18 days. And, not only did this woman release the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin five to seven hours later than the average person, but the study results also showed that she also had a mutated Cry1 gene, which is known to suppress the action of proteins that contribute to wakefulness. The same mutation was also present in her family members with sleep problems. [Scientific American]

Dogs are bed-partners, too

Over half of pet owners welcome their furry family members into their beds. And yet, we haven't welcomed them into the co-sleeping conversation. Psychologists at Central Queensland University argue that it's time to study human-animal bed-sharing in a more serious way. So stay tuned to see what science says! about three-dog nights. [Van Winkle's]

Untangling the Alzheimer's-sleep connection

A study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found a convincing association between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers analyzed the spinal fluid of 101 older healthy adults to look for markers associated with the common neurodegenerative disease, including damaged brain cells and tangled tau proteins. Study participants who'd reported worse sleep, researchers found, were more likely to exhibit spinal-fluid abnormalities. The connection persisted after researchers took into account factors including depression, age and cardiovascular disease. The study offers some evidence that people can reduce their risk for Alzheimer's through vigilant sleep health. [CNN

Fight devices with devices 

In hospitals, nighttime disruptions from noise and light can make it tough for patients to get the sleep they need. Studies have linked patient sleep issues with poor health outcomes including delirium in the ICU and elevated blood pressure. Disruptive sounds come from, among other sources, the alarms on medical devices. The devices' repetitive beeping sounds are supposed to stand out against background noise to grab the attention of doctors and nurses. But, obviously, that means patients hear them, too. Joseph Schlesinger, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, wanted to find a way to make hospitals better sleep environments. So he created a new device that filters out the noise created by existing devices, without distorting human speech. [CNN]

Pagar para dormir

The pay-to-nap trend continues its global spread with the recent opening of Siesta & Go in Madrid. Patrons of Spain's first "nap bar" can pay $16 per hour, or 26 cents per minute, to sleep in temperature-controlled napping facilities, outfitted with things like noise-canceling headphones and armchairs. [Business Insider

Did Owls and Larks Evolve Because Sleeping in Shifts Promoted Survival?

Did Owls and Larks Evolve Because Sleeping in Shifts Promoted Survival?

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

In a recent study, anthropologists at the University of Toronto and the University of Nevada monitored sleep in a modern-day hunter-gatherer tribe and found that, no matter the time of night, some portion of the tribe was always awake.

The study, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, marks the first time that researchers have tested out the sentinel hypothesis in humans. The gist of the hypothesis is that, in dangerous situations, a group of people (or animals) only goes to sleep if sentinels (watchdogs) take turns staying vigilant. The hypothesis explains variations in chronotype (larks and owls) as a mechanism that evolved to allow early humans, who slept in groups, to fall into a deep, defenseless sleep without making themselves too vulnerable to environmental threats. 

The psychologist Frederick Snyder floated the sentinel hypothesis back in 1966 to explain group-sleeping behavior in humans and other species. There are plenty of situations in which people are required to stay up for part of the night so that the rest of their group can safely grab shuteye. In the military, for instance, troops take turns with nighttime guard duty. But the sentinel hypothesis doesn't suggest that a group of sleepers actively appoints sentinels. Rather, the idea is that natural variations in sleep-wake timing, as well as the occurrence of nighttime awakenings and periods of light sleep, function as adaptations to "increase group-level vigilance and survivability as a way to counter outside threats." Someone is always alert enough to detect danger. And "alert enough" could either mean being fully awake or being in a light, easily disturbed state of sleep.

In the current study, researchers wanted to investigate the sentinel hypothesis in humans. Since pills, screens and alarm clocks have changed how and when the Western world dozes, researchers sought out people whose sleep behavior remains untouched by technology and other modern-day conventions, such as the 9-5 workday. They zeroed in on the Hadza hunter-gatherers of Northern Tanzania, whose non-industrialized lifestyle is as close to that of ancestral humans as it gets in 2017: no artificial light, storebought food or EOD deadlines.

For nearly the whole time it was dark outside, at least some people were always awake.

Researchers predicted that "only rarely will all individuals in a group be identified as asleep during night-time periods." To conduct the study, researchers outfitted 33 Hadza participants with actigraphy watches (e.g., fitbits). Actigraphy isn't the most reliable method of collecting sleep data because it assesses sleep and wakefulness based on movement. As a result, someone who is lying awake, but motionless, might register as asleep, while a fitful dreamer might be deemed awake. Even so, misinterpreted wakefulness would most likely reflect a light sleep stage marked by partial responsiveness to sounds, sights and smells in the environment. 

At any given minute-long interval during the night, researchers found, about 60 percent of the Hadza were asleep while 40 percent were either awake or close enough. Researchers also identified a 12-hour-long "group sleep time," which is the amount of time between the first person falling asleep at night and the last person waking up in the morning. The group slept for about twice as long as individual members did. This means that, for nearly the whole time it was dark outside, some people were always awake.

Chronotype varied across the Hadza, but only one variable predicted sleep timing: age, specifically old age. Based on this finding, researchers came up with the "poorly sleeping grandparent hypothesis" as an alternative explanation for the sleep changes that people undergo later in life. It's possible, they argue, that we've jumped to the conclusion that older people who find themselves sleeping less, and on an earlier schedule, have sleep disorders requiring treatment. Maybe they're just "wakeful grandparents" carrying out their evolutionary mandate to work the sentinel shift. 

Maybe "wakeful grandparents" are just carrying out their evolutionary mandate to work the night shift.

Overall, researchers found that variations in chronotype and periodic awakenings spared the Hadza from needing to implement any formal sentinel system. Animal behavior studies have widely reported an inverse relationship between group size and vigilance. And research has shown that smaller groups of hunger-gatherers actively rotate sentinels. These insights, taken together, suggested to researchers that natural sentinel-like behavior may only occur in groups of a certain size.  

Based on the findings, researchers wrote, it would be worth exploring the possibility of an optimal group size and age-mix for naturally occurring sentinel behavior: If a group is too homogenous in age, or too small, then chronotype might not vary enough to support sentinels all night long. And, in small groups, people might be too anxious about surviving through the night to let themselves fall into a non-vigilant sleep state. This is consistent with the "First Night Effect," a protective mechanism wherein only half of your brain fully powers down on the first night of vacation. Once your brain accepts that your Ramada Inn suite is a safe space, then you're able to enjoy whole-brain shuteye.

It's easy to build on this study because it's relatively original. In the future, researchers could use more sophisticated tools and methods, such as a combination of EEG analysis and artificially controlled levels of threat, to take a more in-depth look at the relationship between threat detection and sentinel-like behavior. But, it's worth noting, evolutionary theories can be controversial. So, expect this study to generate a lively debate (in the sleep world, at least). 

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10 Best Places To Find Eco-Friendly Furniture

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Fall Asleep to Betty Who's Bedtime Playlist

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Betty Who falls asleep immediately almost every night. The Australian singer-songwriter, who's gaining a reputation for churning out synth-pop hits like her breathy cover of the '90s gem "I Love You Always Forever," didn't discover a secret trick or life-changing sleep aid. She's just utterly exhausted. 

Since the March release of her sophomore album, "The Valley," Who has been on the go: She headlined her own "Party in the Valley" tour before kicking off a series of concerts that she's calling her "Beautiful Summer Pride" tour. And, without hitting pause, the newly minted New Yorker will embark on the second leg of her "Valley" tour in August. With such a busy travel schedule, Who has no problem nodding off. 

But, when she does turn to music to help her power down, Who prefers instrumentals (or a Harry Potter movie, turned down low) over songs with lyrics. For her bedtime playlist, Who chose a mix of "relaxing and transportive" songs "to ease you into slumber then maybe even take you on a journey." 

Here are six songs that Who hopes "will put even the most serious insomniac out like a light."

  

 

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Sleep-Deprived People Are Less Socially Desirable

Sleep-Deprived People Are Less Socially Desirable

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

It might be harder than usual to make friends when you're underslept. Or, at least, that's my somewhat hammy interpretation of a recent Swedish study in which sleep loss corresponded to people becoming less socially desirable. Researchers from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm also found that, after two nights of restricted sleep, people were perceived as looking less healthy, less attractive and, perhaps unsurprisingly, more tired than they did when they were well-rested.

Why would the fact that someone is low on sleep cause their social stock to plummet? Well, for one thing, previous research suggests that sleep-deprived faces are perceived as less attractive than well-rested ones. We humans have a tendency to, as researchers wrote, "ascribe positive qualities, especially qualities related to social competence, to people who are considered attractive." This is the third study (and the second from the Karolinska team) to associate sleep loss with perceptions of reduced attractiveness. 

There may also be evolutionary reasons the underslept among us haven't nailed down weekend plans. Poor sleep is associated with all sorts of health issues. "Humans, like many other animals, tend to be disease avoidant," researchers wrote. "Having an unhealthy looking face ... might thus activate disease-avoidance mechanisms in others and render one’s surroundings less socially inclined."

Not to mention, exhausted people notoriously struggle with social interactions — research suggests that reading facial expressions and picking up on sarcasm gets harder when you don't sleep. So, for the sake of putting ourselves in enjoyable social situations, we learn to leave yawning co-workers off happy-hour Slack chats.  

In the current study, researchers sought to look at the relationship between social desirability and sleep restriction. In real life, it's more common to be underslept than drastically sleep-deprived. So, while past studies have assessed how perceptions of people change after they've been up for two days straight, the Karolinska researchers wanted to explore the effects of more realistic levels of sleep loss. 

To do this, they set up an experiment: First, they took two sets of photos of 25 Swedish college students. The first set was taken after the students had undergone two nights of partial sleep restriction (about four hours of sleep per night). The second set was taken two days later, after the students had gotten normal sleep. Aside from the different sleep conditions, the two photo sessions took place under identical circumstances.

Researchers then asked a different group of participants to view the photos, one by one, and rate their willingness to socialize with the subjects (the students) depicted in them. The raters also had to indicate how attractive, healthy, trustworthy and sleepy the photo subjects seemed.

The raters didn't know anything about the photo subjects or their sleep habits. But, as researchers predicted, the raters were less inclined to socialize with the "underslept" photo subjects, who were also deemed less attractive, less healthy and sleepier than the well-rested subjects. Did the raters have less interest in hanging out with the sleep-restricted subjects because they looked ugly, ill and tired? To some degree, probably. But researchers' analysis suggested that something else about their faces — meaning a quality not measured in the study — lessened raters' desire to befriend them. But researchers don't know what that quality is. 

In addition to establishing a link between sleep restriction and decreased social desirability, researchers wrote, the study "adds to previous studies on facial appearance after sleep loss, showing that despite using a different scale, and a less substantial and more natural sleep-loss condition, the relationships between sleep, attractiveness and a healthy appearance still hold."

But it's still a small experiment on white (mostly young) adults that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. In addition to studying a more diverse group of people, future similar studies could:

  • Use photos of sleep-restricted friends or family members rather than strangers
  • Ask raters about their willingness to work with, rather than socialize with, sleep-restricted people
  • Study living, yawning people in real social situations, rather than still photos of strange faces

And here's one more question that we can't answer yet: Does decreased willingness to socialize with sleep-restricted people lead to "overt ostracism"?

I'd investigate the question myself, but I'm pretty spent and all my friends seem to have plans tonight...

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The Terra Cotton & Wool is a two-sided spring mattress appropriate for kids and adults alike. It’s even bunk bed-compatible. Featuring non-toxic, chemical-free cotton and wool for a natural, breathable sleeping environment.

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Map and Directions

by denverorganic @ The Natural Sleep Store

Map and Directions to the Denver Organic Mattress Showroom Our address: The Natural Sleep Store- Denver Organic Mattresses and Bedding 928 W. 8th Avenue Denver, Colorado 80204 1.303.623.2261 We are located in central Denver at 928 W. 8th Avenue on the corner of 8th and Santa Fe. Click for Driving Directions Directions from Fort Collins, […]

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One Week to Better Sleep!

by Emily @ Tucked In Organics

It’s here! The crash course to improving your sleep. Thanks to a seven day plan with tips from the Better Sleep Council, the following article can help you improve your sleep without even leaving home!...

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More Concern About Bed Bug

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

A USA Today article released recently brought more awareness to an already prevalent growing problem:Bed Bugs. Bed bugs are mostly found in hotel rooms and have been found to travel make it from a hotel room via luggage into your bedroom. The typical concerns with bed bugs are having to have them exterminated and then […]

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Traditional Japanese Bedding | Organic

by Francis @ Dream Tree Organic Beds

Ha!  Old school video from soaring heart!  Still awesome though.

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NATURAL FIBERS - Beds By Design

NATURAL FIBERS - Beds By Design


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Healthier sleep with natural fibers. Our hand-tufted, two-sided inner spring mattress with Wool, Natural Latex and Cotton is handmade in Harbor Springs, MI.

Keeping it Clean

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Keeping it Clean | Reducing microplastics in our oceans.Read More ...

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The Ingenious Design of the Raku Japanese Platform Bed

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Mattress Covers That Are Nothing to Sneeze At

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

Getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge – there’s so much still to get done, you have so much on your mind and you can’t shake the feeling that your forgot to do something important.  For allergy sufferers it’s even harder.  According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, dust mites are...

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Study: Let Your Dog Into Your Bedroom (If You Want)

Study: Let Your Dog Into Your Bedroom (If You Want)

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Dogs live in about 36 percent of American households. And, of the dog-owning population, almost 65 percent of people consider their canine companions to be part of the family. While experts in the human and animal medical communities tend to discourage sharing beds with furry family members, limited evidence suggests that many pet-owners — perhaps about half — do it anyway. And the truth is, we don't really know much about the way pets-in-bed affects human sleep. But a new study, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic, offers some insight into the way four-legged bedfellows affect their owners' sleep, and vice versa. 

The study involved 40 female, middle-aged pet owners and their dogs. Participating humans all slept with one dog (and no more) in the bedroom, but not necessarily in the bed. Participating dogs, who had to be at least six months old, represented a wide variety of breeds. Researchers collected seven nights of sleep data from both canines and humans by strapping activity-tracking bracelets on their wrists. Human participants also kept sleep diaries in which they recorded information about their bedtimes, use of sleep meds, sleep quality and bed partners, as well as where their dogs dozed. 

Humans got the highest-quality and longest nights of sleep when their dogs slept in their bedrooms, as opposed to in their beds or somewhere else in the house. Dogs slept like babes pups in their owners' beds, no matter where they curled up or how many human bed-partners they had. The data, per the study, "suggest that a single adult dog in the bedroom may not markedly disrupt sleep."  

This is the first study, to the best of researchers' knowledge, to provide objective data about the sleep impact of sharing a bedroom with a dog. In the future, expanded research should include pets other than dogs and owners who drift off alongside multiple pets. But the findings still provide a much-needed glimpse into a very common and poorly understood practice.

As a different group of researchers wrote earlier this year, in a paper lamenting the exclusion of animals from the co-sleeping conversation: "Given that sleep accounts for a large portion of human and animal life, and that interspecies co-sleeping impacts humans, animals, interpersonal relations, and interspecies relations," researchers wrote, "there is an urgent need for researchers to truly contemplate “who’s been sleeping in your bed?”'

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Do I Need a Box Spring for My Mattress? Your Top Alternatives Revealed

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

If you’re in the market for a mattress and wondering if you need a box spring, then this article is for you… The short answer is no, you don’t need a box spring for your mattress! What you need is a foundation, which doesn’t necessarily have to be a box spring. In fact, you’ll be happier […]

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Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?


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We spend close to one-third of our lives sleeping, yet for most of us it's on a mattress that turns out to be pretty toxic, let alone often uncomfortable. I wrote up this article all about the common ingredients in most mattresses — caution, it might freak you out — plus how exactly to pick the healthiest bed to your sleep and health go hand-in-hand like they should.

Get Some Sleep: Naturally

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Everyone needs to get a good night of sleep. This is no surprise to anyone I’m willing to bet considering a lack of a good, healthy night of rest is easily to recognize, and when the opposite occurs, easy to bemoan. Getting up after a restless battle of tossing and turning can have the same effect as operating in a nearly intoxicated-like state. Sleep deprivation is often caused by stress from your job, a long day of work, or just your mind struggling to keep the tasks of tomorrow straight in your head. Sleep aids are nothing new and we’ve...

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Screen Time

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Screen Time | How it's affecting your sleep schedule.Read More ...

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You (Probably) Can't Sneeze in Your Sleep, and Other News in Sleep

You (Probably) Can't Sneeze in Your Sleep, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

If you're snoozing, you're not sneezing   

Do we say "achoo!" in our sleep? Probably not, although there's not much research on this hot-button issue. When we go into deeper stages of sleep (Non-REM sleep), we generally become much less reactive to environmental stimuli, including things, like dust, that might give us a tickle in our noses. But that doesn't mean we're entirely impermeable to the outside world. "The beauty of sleep," as one expert explained, "is that it’s almost immediately reversible when there’s a dangerous situation." So, rather than sneeze mid-slumber, we'd most likely wake up in response to, say, smoke, and then sneeze.

We also probably don't sneeze during REM sleep, the vivid-dreaming sleep stage, but for a different reason: When we dream, our muscles become temporarily paralyzed so we don't act out our subconscious adventures. “A sneeze is a big coordinated muscular activity,” explained one sleep scientist, "and some of those muscles are semi-paralyzed.” [Popular Science]

So, about that sex dream...

Time to get Freudian: Dream about banging your boss? Don't worry, it says more about your own relationship with power than your desire to get busy during your next quarterly review. What about your best friend's partner? Eh, you probably have some general guilt to unload or a boundary issue to work through, not a latent desire to poach an SO. What about your best friend? "Because we spend so much time with our close friends," explained a psychologist, "it's not surprising that they might show up in our dreams this way — no matter how bizarre it can be to experience this." [NBC]

Location, location, location

In an ongoing research project, behavior scientists at the RAND corporation and Stonybrook University are taking a look at the relationship between where you live and how you sleep. They're specifically looking the impact of urban renewal efforts (in the form of new housing, public spaces and supermarkets) on sleep quality in two demographically similar Pittsburgh communities. So far, they've found that perceived safety and neighborhood satisfaction are the factors most directly linked to self-reported sleep quality. In other words, sleep has more to do with how you feel about your neighborhood than how it objectively measures up in terms of things like infrastructure, cleanliness and sidewalk condition. [Citylab]

Bleak question of the day: Does sleep apnea hasten descent into poor health? 

Researchers in Portugal are trying to figure out the relationship between the common sleep-breathing disorder and age-related health decline. Scientists believe that sleep apnea might accelerate the onset of later-life health issues by aggravating cardiovascular and neurogenerative diseases. But their hypothesis is controversial. And, at this point, they don't really know if the proposed links between sleep apnea, aging and age-related disease are correlative or causal. So, as usual, more research is needed. [Cell Press]

Burnt-out on the bottom bunk

If you need to de-stress and get away, you could go on a regular grown-up vacation. Or you could go to Camp Rahn, a sleep away camp for adults, and take the edge off with archery and color wars. No booze or screens, plenty of star-gazing and campfire togetherness. [Seattle Times]

Find the Best Mattress for Hip Pain

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn about reducing pressure points and how to find the best mattress for hip pain. Are you looking for a good mattress for hip pain? It can be hard to find the information you need to find the right mattress for your body. Here are some pointers to get you on the proper mattress and […]

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Mattress History, Part 2

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

In the late 18th century, as the experts at the Better Sleep Council tell us, a really important advancement was made when it comes to mattresses. Someone finally had the brilliant idea to make a bed that was a complete magnet for bugs and creepy crawly icky things. Not even kings and queens had been able to...

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How to Flip a Mattress

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

If the idea of enjoying a more comfortable night’s rest isn’t enough to compel you to follow the standard advice, which calls for flipping and/or rotating your mattress at least two times every year, you may be interested in what the experts at Sleep Junkies have to say. “According mattress makers,’ they report on their...

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Sleep Experts Share Highlights from 2017 SLEEP Conference

Sleep Experts Share Highlights from 2017 SLEEP Conference

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

The 2017 SLEEP Conference wrapped up on Thursday, capping off five days of sleep-medicine panels, sleep-swag booths and research poster presentations. I perused booths, attended panels and oohed over my favorite posters. I know what caught my eye — stay tuned for my SLEEP 2017 research round-up — but I was curious to know which presentations, discussions and research trends stood out to experts. So I asked them. And, while a few people admitted that they weren't blown away by SLEEP 2017, others shared observations and highlights from the conference. Here's what nine Zzz-Listers said. 

 

1. "'I think one interesting ‘hot area’ this meeting was the interest shown about memory augmentation in sleep. Both [Northwestern University Cognitive Scientist] Ken Paller’s talk and the one on enhancing slow waves were well attended. Much interest was shown on the theme of boosting sleep to enhance memory. The science has been there for awhile but it was interesting to hear reports from trying to translate ‘proof of concept’ ideas into techniques non-experts can one day use to boost their memory. Very relevant in today’s short sleeping world’" - Michael Chee, Professor & Director Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore

2. "Sleep researchers are developing new tools to manipulate brain oscillations during sleep via sensory stimulations to improve cognitive functions" - Nicola CelliniPostdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Padova

3. "Dirk Dijk had a talk in which he had data looking at what objective measures predict when a person subjectively feels good about sleep. In other words, if you wake ‘feeling refreshed’, what was it about your sleep — more slow-wave sleep? Less fragmentation?  More REM? The answer was that (1) low number of awakenings and (2) high [amount of] REM both predicted a subjective report of feeling refreshed. To me the # of awakenings wasn’t surprising, but that SWS or total sleep time weren’t significant was. And that REM was important to that feeling.” - Rebecca Spencer, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

4."What impressed me enormously is the number of new methodologies for investigating the neural circuits involved in sleep and the very creative work that is being done especially by young investigators." -H. Craig Heller (SLEEP 2017 keynote speaker), Professor of Physiology and Biology at Stanford University 

5. "I was particularly excited about H. Craig Heller's presentation, [in which he explained that] the SCN gates neuroplasticity and successful learning depends on an intact circadian system." - Katie Sharkey, Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at Brown University's Alpert School of Medicine.

6. "We appear to be at the edge of some important circadian science and technological breakthroughs that will not only transform the assessment and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders, but also our ability to integrate circadian rhythms into health and well-being." - Peter ChengResearch Scientist at the Henry Ford Health System Sleep Disorders Center

7. "Increasing evidence supports the central role of circadian rhythms and sleep in all sorts of health outcomes, from diabetes and obesity to cardiovascular disease and depression. Our next step should be to translate our knowledge of sleep and circadian rhythms into interventions to improve health." - Daniel Buysse, Professor of Sleep Medicine, Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

8. "Amazed by how far we’ve come in understanding the challenges facing astronauts in their quest for sleep while in space, yet better aware of the tremendous work that lies ahead to counter the effects of extended spaceflights on sleep and overall performance." - Antonio Zadra, Psychology Professor at Université de Montréal

9. "One insight that I found particularly interesting was: While people with insomnia are often thought of as being chronically tired, insomnia actually seems to stem from hyperarousal and reactivity." - Garrett Hisler, Graduate Student in Psychology at Iowa State University

Find Your Best Mattress Reviews: The Top 10 and Worst 10 Beds of 2018

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If you’re shopping for a new bed, learning about the best mattresses of 2018 is a good way to make sure you choose a good one. It’s also helpful to know which ones don’t fare so well in order to avoid the duds. New mattress models come out every year from a growing number of […]

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Down Bedding: Why We’re Cozying Up to Down

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

If you’ve visited our store or website in the past, you probably know how we feel about down in comparison to other materials, particularly washable wool. If you don’t, let me tell you: We think washable wool wins, no question. It’s moisture-wicking, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter, naturally antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic, repelling […]

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13 Eco-Conscious Athletic Wear Brands To Keep You Moving

13 Eco-Conscious Athletic Wear Brands To Keep You Moving

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

Here at The Good Trade, we're always on the lookout for ethical fashion companies that employ responsible labor standards and environmental practices. With fair-trade and ethical labor practices, natural and recycled fabrics, USA made and limited and conscious production, these brands are doing their part to provide consumers with high performance activewear while protecting both people and planet.

Night Owl-ness Peaks at 19, and Other News in Sleep

Night Owl-ness Peaks at 19, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Looking to catch up on the latest discussions and research in the world of shuteye? I've got you covered. Here's this week's Nightcap:

Lark, owl, repeat   

It's normal for your chronotype to change a few times during your lifetime: We tend to start out as early birds, turn into teenage night owls and then rediscover the joys of the morning during adulthood. But, of course, circadian rhythms vary widely. Some teenagers still hit the sack at a reasonable-ish hour. And some adults never learn to love rising with the sun. And a new study, lead by Harvard researchers, showcases just how much chronotypes vary, both over time as well as between people. The study was based on data submitted by more than 50,000 people who responded to the American Time Use Survey between 2003 and 2014. Researchers used weekend sleep mid-point as a proxy for chronotype. They found that chronotype peaks in lateness around age 19 and that, in any given age group, chronotypes vary by up to 10 hours from person to person. [PLOS]

Are you the same person when you're asleep and awake?   

When Tanya, a woman with a dark past, listens to recordings of herself sleep-talking, she hears a giggly, innocent girl she doesn't recognize. To reconcile her contradictory dreaming and waking selves, Tanya tries her hand at "dream incubation," a technique used to guide dreams towards a specific topic. [NPR's Invisibilia]

Obsess the night away

Night owls appear to have less control over obssessive thoughts than their morning-oriented counterparts, according to a new study from SUNY Binghamton. For the study, participants with diagnosed OCD, and subclinical OCD symptoms, kept sleep diaries for a week. They also provided daily ratings of their (perceived) levels of control over obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Later bedtimes, researchers found, were significantly associated with less control over OCD symptoms the following day. The research was presented earlier this month at the 2017 SLEEP conference. (Check out this research recap for more studies from the conference.) [Neuroscience News]  

A refresher on dream science

Freudian's perspective on dreams — as the symbolic expression of repressed desires and fears — dominated psychology for the better part of a century. But in the past 30 years, researchers have largely left Freud behind in their efforts to understand the nature, function and content of dreams. Experts still don't know, with certainty, why we dream, but they've learned a lot about when we dream, what we dream about, what goes on in our brains during our REM adventures and how dreaming facilitates processes including memory and early cognitive development. [NPR

Saturdays are for sleeping in 

A new study from the University of Colorado found that sleeping in for two days helped un-do some of the damage from short-term sleep deprivation. In this case, the damage manifested as decreased insulin sensitivity (which is linked to diabetes risk) that researchers observed after participants had slept 4.5 hours a night, for four consecutive nights. But, after getting almost 10 hours of sleep for two nights in a row, participants' insulin sensitivity rebounded. "It gives us some hope that if there is no way to extend sleep during the week," said lead study author Josaine Broussard, "people should try very hard to protect their sleep when they do get an opportunity to sleep in and sleep as much as possible to pay back the sleep debt." [Reuters]

Sleep apnea contributed to Carrie Fisher's death

Last Friday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office revealed that sleep apnea played a role in the death of Carrie Fisher. The actor and outspoken mental-health advocate passed away last December at 60, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Sleep apnea was one of several contributing factors in Fisher's death, the official cause of which was "undetermined." It's not clear whether or not Fisher knew she had sleep apnea, a sleep-breathing disorder that is thought to be under-diagnosed in women. [Chicago Tribune]

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Weighted Blankets Should Have Been Popular a While Ago

Weighted Blankets Should Have Been Popular a While Ago

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Last week, a blanket became internet famous. The blanket in question is the 20-pound, Kickstarter-funded $279 "Gravity" blanket. Per its Kickstarter campaign, which exceeded its $21,500 goal by more than 10-fold, Gravity is "engineered to be 10% of your body weight to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation." 

Does the explosive popularity of a nearly $300 bed spread seem like a bit much? Yes. But weighted blankets, in general, are worth a shot for the anxious among us. They've been used as a therapeutic tool for decades. (Although the Gravity blanket itself has no clinically proven effects, despite any vague claims to the contrary.) And I can personally vouch for the calming effects of weighing down your body. I've been doing it for most of my life — I just didn't realize why until a few years ago. 

I like to lounge in high-waisted compression pants. I surround my body with pillows whenever I'm working on my couch. And I always hold objects on my lap — at restaurants, at work, during car rides. In fact, I have trouble concentrating at my desk unless my bag is on my lap. There's a pretty clear theme here: I'm most comfortable when I feel pressure or weight on my body. And this is nothing new. I started clutching my Jansport against my waist back in middle school.

But I only figured out why I liked binding clothing and tight, cozy spaces when I watched the movie "Temple Grandin" a few years ago and realized that my weird habit of holding my bag served the same anti-anxiety function as Grandin's hug machine. And her famous hug machine, I learned, had inspired all sorts of products designed to mimic the comforting sensation of being held tight. Dogs have Grandin-esque Thunder Shirts. Babies have Baby Bjorns and other swaddling gear. And for humans, there are weighted lap pads, belts, wraps and, of course, blankets. 

Healthcare workers, like occupational therapists, have been using weighted blankets as a therapeutic tool for at least 30 years. Originally, they were designed for kids with sensory processing disorders, a common symptom in Autism Spectrum Disorder (among other developmental and mental disorders).

But, at some point in the past few years, online weighted blanket retailers started to reach a wider audience of challenged sleepers. This isn't surprising, given that we live in an age of anxiety, insomnia and expensive, optimized sleep. People are shelling out money for napping classes and all sorts of sleep-promoting, anxiety-relieving doo-dads (wearables, smart pillows and so on). Fancy weighted blankets fit right in. 

"It is precisely that soothing “hug” sensation that a spate of online companies are selling," reported the Canadian news site Maclean's last year. Among other companies, the Maclean's article mentioned Arizona's Weighted Blankets Plus and HippoHug.  

Given their continued therapeutic use, you might assume that the sleep benefits of weighted blankets are backed by solid science. But the evidence that they improve sleep is actually somewhat thin. As I wrote last year:

Researchers have speculated that deep pressure stimulates mood-regulating neurotransmitters including serotonin. The leaden covers resemble bibs worn during dental x-rays. In one 2014 study, UK researchers assessed the value of weighted blankets for improving sleep in Autistic children, who often struggle with shuteye. Objectively, weighted blankets didn’t appear to do much. The children got roughly the same amount of sleep when they slept beneath weighted and airy blankets. But, both the kids and their parents reported a preference for dozing under heavy covers.

But anxiety is a driving factor in many cases of insomnia, particularly for women. And I know that I feel calmer and more focused when I feel slightly compressed. 

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online


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Review the best organic, natural and eco friendly mattresses and brands that have been designed by these top mattress companies so you can have a soothing night's sleep regardless of your income. Live and Sleep Eco-Friendly Mattress. Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress. My Green Mattress. Avocado Organ

Our Nectar vs. Purple Bed Comparison for 2018

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Gardner Mattress: The Unique Process of Manufacturing a Gardner Mattress

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Gardner mattresses are uniquely created to provide customers with a superior, restful sleep. Natural materials and tufting by hand make Gardner mattresses a great option for those looking to avoid unnatural materials and uncomfortable sagging. Listen or read more to hear from Kirk Forsyth, General Manager at Gardner Mattress, to find out why Gardner mattresses are so special. Katlyn Graham:...

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Dust Mites & Allergens

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

Sleeping With The Enemy Many people blame pollen or animal dander for their asthma and allergy problems, when in reality, dust mites are recognized to be the main cause for asthma, chronic rhinitis (hay fever) and other allergies. You cannot see them with the naked eye … but they are there! They are so small Read More

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How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 3

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

Lately on our blog, we’ve been exploring the process of wool – from the pastures to the finished product – to help you gain a better understanding of the wool we use to make our organic bedding products. Previously we discussed the first stage of wool processing, Selecting Wool Growers, and the second stage, Shearing. […]

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The 5 Highest Rated Latex Mattresses Reviewed - Our Top Picks For 2018

The 5 Highest Rated Latex Mattresses Reviewed - Our Top Picks For 2018


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Are you looking to find the best latex mattress? When it comes to durability, you can't beat a natural latex bed. We review our top 5 picks for 2018 so you don't have to!

The Need For Sleep

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

Sleep is a Basic Human Need Sleep is a natural part of everybody’s life, but many people know very little about how important it is, and some even try to get by with little sleep. Sleep is something our bodies need to do; it is not an option. Even though the exact reasons for sleep Read More

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Financing is Available!   Get your new organic mattress and bedding now, and pay later! No payments and 6 months no interest for qualified buyers.  Apply today!

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10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mattresses

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Change the way you look at your mattress with these ten odd and fun factoids. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your […]

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Mattress Purchase Helping Children

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

Children with terminal or chronic illnesses often spent more time in bed than their peers.  That is why at Beds By Design, we feel so good about donating our natural mattresses to children who are helped by Suite Dreams.  When you purchase our mattress, you are helping us donate a custom mattress to a child with [...]

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Terra Organic Cotton Wool Innerspring Mattress

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The Terra Organic Cotton Wool Innerspring Mattress is appropriate for kids and adults alike. It’s even bunk bed-compatible. Featuring non-toxic, chemical-free, certified organic cotton and natural wool for a breathable sleeping environment.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Latex Mattress

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

The makers of the Pure Talalay Bliss latex mattress offer some tips that will help ensure that you will continue to enjoy sleeping on the best mattress in Atlanta for years to come.  Among their suggestions: Dress your new latex mattress with cotton or breathable sheets. Choose a pillow that supports your neck in all of your sleeping positions....

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Holistic Wellness: 11 Ways to Change Your Health And Lifestyle

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Thanks to the age of information and an almost overwhelming amount of free educational resources on the internet, more people are discovering ways they can lead a healthy lifestyle and detox the body and mind. If you have wanted to revamp your life and start thinking holistically about your well-being, take it one step at […]

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Achieve Wellness for Body, Mind, and Emotions

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To achieve a state of wellness, one must take into account the whole person – body, mind, and emotions. Each one of these is interwoven so that if one area suffers, the other areas will be impacted to some degree. Stress is one problem that tends to strike wellness at the root, effecting the emotions, […]

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You're More Sensitive to Physical Pain When You're Sleep-Deprived

You're More Sensitive to Physical Pain When You're Sleep-Deprived

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

If you find yourself popping Advil after a night of no sleep, you're not alone. Research has shown that our ability to withstand physical pain suffers when we don't get the sleep we need. But, be warned: According to a new study published in the journal Nature, painkillers don't work their usual magic when we're low on rest. Stimulants, the study suggests, might be a more effective way to combat pain during periods of sleep deprivation. 

We know from experimental studies and clinical reports that the relationship between sleep and pain goes two ways: Chronic pain can make it tough to fall and stay asleep. And, on the flip side, people often demonstrate lower pain thresholds when they skip sleep. In one recent study, for instance, pressure on facial muscles only started to cause participants pain once they had been awake for 24 hours. And, in another study, researchers found that, when patients with burn injuries were discharged, those with insomnia were more likely than normal sleepers to develop chronic pain.

But the task of figuring out how sleeping and saying ouch interact has proven to be a tough one. We don't really know what poor sleep does to our brains and bodies that makes our pain receptors (technically called nociceptors) stand at attention. And there are plenty of other, more specific questions to dig into: For example, how do different sleep issues affect pain sensitivity, e.g., will your pain tolerance be lower after 24 hours without any sleep or after five days of insufficient sleep? Does poor sleep lessen your ability to withstand certain painful sensations more than others, e.g., being burned vs. being punched in the arm? And, to complicate things further, the answers to these questions probably depend on who you are; studies suggest that sleep affects pain tolerance differently for men and women.

But researchers are trying to make sense of the hairy phenomenon. In the above-mentioned study, researchers from Harvard Medical School and Boston-area hospitals used mice to investigate the impact of sleep loss on pain tolerance. While sleep-deprived mice aren't perfect stand-ins for their human counterparts, they do make for less complicated subjects. As researchers explained in the study, "both sleep–wake patterns and pain sensitivity are influenced by heritable traits, stress and the environment, making human experimental protocols that control for these factors almost impossible to achieve."

With mice, at least, researchers can manipulate study conditions to minimize the influence of additional factors. In this case, researchers devised a way to sleep-deprive mice in a non-stressful manner and ran a few different sleep-and-pain experiments. To look at acute sleep loss, they subjected a group of mice to two painful sensations (intense heat and mechanical pressure) at three different points: Before the mice were sleep-deprived, after roughly half a day without sleep and, lastly, after the mice caught up on their missed sleep. Researchers ran a similar experiment on chronic sleep deprivation, in which they partially restricted rodents' sleep for five days. And, finally, they looked at the impact of sleep fragmentation on pain sensitivity. So, rather than prevent mice from sleeping entirely, researchers just woke them up a lot so they were only able to get shoddy, disturbed shuteye.

Both acute and chronic sleep deprivation appeared to affect the rodents' ability to withstand heat and pressure (applied to the undersides of the mice's paws). In the chronic sleep deprivation experiment in particular, the mice grew increasingly sensitive to painful heat each day, whereas their sensitivity to intense pressure didn't show up until day five. And, in both experiments, pain sensitivity normalized once the mice got back to their regular sleep schedules. Sleep fragmentation didn't affect pain responses at all.

Researchers also tested the impact of drugs, both painkillers and stimulants, on mice's pain sensitivity.

First they administered ibuprofen and morphine to the acutely sleep-deprived mice to see if the drugs had the pain-relieving effects they typically would. No dice: Ibuprofen didn't reduce pain sensitivity at all and morphine did significantly less than usual.

Then they gave mice two different stimulants, caffeine and modafinil. The goal here was to see if the changes in pain sensitivity were a product of reduced alertness, rather than another aspect of sleep deprivation. And the results suggested that alertness is at least one factor. Both stimulants made the sleep-deprived rodents (but not the control group) less sensitive to pain, at least until their artificially induced alertness wore off. While the two substances work differently, they both target dopamine, suggesting that increased pain sensitivity from sleep deprivation has something to do with reduced dopamine signaling.

These findings expand researchers' grasp of the sleep-and-pain dynamic. They also have clinical implications for treating pain disorders. It's possible, for instance, that improving sleep in chronic-pain patients could make painkillers more effective.

Wallingford Extra Firm Latex Mattress

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For a pure and simple concept at a good value, look no further than the Wallingford Extra Firm. It has a simple, all-botanical latex core for comfort and breathability. The 100% cotton cover is zipper-removable for easy washing.

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The 6 Best Mattress Picks For Under $1000 – 2018 Edition

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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The Mattress Material Myth

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

Mattress companies make a lot of claims. The biggest one of all? The discovery of new and innovative materials that will revolutionize your sleep! Oh boy, here we go. You’ve heard that one before, right? I mean, how could you not? It’s in all the ads, commercials, the online customer reviews. This kind of claim […]

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Does Stress Affect Your Sleep Cycle?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Whether you’re a student or working back-to-back shifts at work, juggling multiple responsibilities can make you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes deadlines, children’s tantrums, and social events can snowball to a critical mass, negatively affecting your health. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, stress can affect your health these ways and more: Decreasing your energy level Reducing your attention span Triggering...

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Eight Things to Know About Summertime Sleep

Eight Things to Know About Summertime Sleep

by Jessica Pei @ Van Winkle's

When school's out, temperatures are high and ice cream truck anthems are playing on an endless loop, a new set of seasonally specific sleep considerations come into play. From escaping the heat to making time for time-off, here are eight commandments to guide your summer of sleep. 

1. Don't let hot nights become sleepy days 

Hot weather not only makes it hard to sleep it at night, it also leaves some people fatigued during the day. In one study, researchers surveyed participants about their fatigue levels in July, August and September. They found that hotter days corresponded to more fatigue — but only for participants with existing sleep problems. Good sleepers, on the other hand, maintained the same level of fatigue, regardless of the temperature. 

And, across the board, research suggests that temperature and sleep quality have an inverse relationship — as temperatures rise, sleep quality dips. Experts recommend keeping your bedroom between 65 and 70 degrees. Obviously, cool sleep environments are harder to come by in the summer. But, even if you don’t have AC, there are plenty of ways to keep the sweats at bay. For instance, consider placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan for a DIY cooling system. Or try one of these 11 other tips.

2. Stay cool and keep your cool 

In his 1942 novel the The Stranger, Albert Camus shed light on the impact of heat on a person's psychological state. And it seems like the French existentialist was onto something; there's scientific evidence that temperature can influence how we feel and behave. Higher temperatures, in particular, have been associated with increased aggression. In a study involving NFL football players, warmer weather led to more violence, as measured by penalties committed during games. 

And, while sleep, aggression and temperature haven’t explicitly been linked, researchers have found a significant association between high levels of hostility and subjective sleep quality. 

One study, for instance, found that the more hostile the individual, the worse they slept at night. In this case, poor sleep was characterized by difficulty falling asleep, poor sleep quality and high levels of tension. So, as you head into the dog days of summer, remember that age-old saying: Love thy neighbor and you’ll both sleep better. 

3. Stick to the status quo

Summer tends to be a time of year when responsible bedtimes fall by the wayside, especially for kids. Unlike adults, most of whom fall somewhere in the middle of the lark-to-owl scale, kids are generally morning-oriented. Nonetheless, their bedtimes drift later during the summer. This probably has something to do with the disproportionate number of evening activities that crop up during the warm months, from sunset Little League games to moonlit movie nights. But, despite the shift in bedtime preference, it’s best to keep kids' sleep schedules as close to normal as possible. 

4. Seize the solstice  

The Summer Solstice (aka the official start of summer) takes place on June 21. And, even though nighttime fun can make it hard to hit the sack on time during the summer, the sweaty season is actually a good time to get your sleep back on track. 

Light has an enormous impact on sleep. In one study, for example, office employees who were exposed to high levels of light in the morning fell asleep faster at night, as well as had more synchronized circadian rhythms and better sleep quality, than participants exposed to low levels of light. (The morning-light group also experienced reduced depression.)

Love thy neighbor and you’ll both sleep better.

Our body clocks are supposed to sync up with daily patterns of light and darkness. But many of us are slightly out of sync. Fixing this misalignment typically requires manipulating our exposure to light. And this is easier to do in the summer than the winter because it's easier to block out light (hey, blackout shades) than it is to create fake bright light that mimics the natural stuff.  

So take advantage of the summer solstice to reset your sleep-wake clock. Or use the extra hours of sunlight to squeeze in an outdoor workout. (Because nothing goes together like exercise and sleep). 

5. Mind the mood-altering impact of light 

Could mania, a mental illness marked by euphoria, overactivity and delusions, be seasonal? Well, according to a review paper, many studies have reported that bipolar patients experience more mania during the summer months and more depression during the winter months. The underlying mechanism is thought to be hypersensitivity to light. This ramps up suppression of the drowsiness-causing hormone melatonin, which, in turn, leads to increased alertness and hyperactivity. Two bipolar treatments, lithium and valproate, can work to mitigate these seasonal swings by increasing melatonin production and stabilizing circadian rhythms.

6. FNE happens. Move on  

Your hotel room seems primed for a great night’s rest: It’s quiet, dark, cool and equipped with the type of plush, expensive bedding you’d never buy yourself. But, for some reason, you have trouble falling, and staying, asleep when turn-down service is on the menu. At least you're not the only one. In the sleep world, this strange phenomenon is called the “First Night Effect” (FNE).

You feel uneasy on night number-one because your body is trying to stay vigilant in an unfamiliar environment. Your brain is divided into two hemispheres: left and right. On the first night, the two hemispheres take turns staying “awake." And this half-awake state is thought to be a protective mechanism that lets you detect any deviant noise and become alert at a moment’s notice. Although there’s not much we can do to avoid FNE, it can be comforting to know that researchers consider it a “typical sleep disturbance.”

7. Switch your status to OOO

Think of FNE as a hump to power through. Because, once you get over that initial night of rocky rest, being on vacation will most likely help you rest easy. Studies have shown that vacationing for more than two weeks comes with positive health outcomes, including reduced fatigue, better moods and higher-quality sleep. Researchers aren’t sure, however, if taking time off improves your mood, which leads to better sleep, or if being on vacation lets you get the sleep you need to exude positivity. 

Does it matter what kind of vacation you take? For the sake of your sleep, it wouldn’t hurt to spend some time in the great outdoors. There’s evidence that real nature sounds are more relaxing than fake white noise. This is the case, researchers believe, because it takes less brain power to process natural environments than man-made ones. 

So set your Slack status to “Out Of Office,” tell your boss you’ll be back in a fortnight and go find a babbling brook to fall asleep next to.

8. Stretch it out

Nocturnal leg cramps, also called rest cramps, are painful, involuntary muscle contractions in your legs or feet. And, during the summer months, according to one study, quinine prescriptions (to treat the pain) and internet searches for leg cramps are almost double what they are in winter months. To researchers, these findings suggest a summertime uptick in cramps. At this point, it's not clear why summer is the season for cramping. But stretching your muscles before bed, taking a warm shower and drinking plenty of fluids can help ease the pain

Watermelon

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Sleeping With Wool—Nature’s Natural Air Conditioning

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Our Leesa Bed Review For 2018 – Should You Buy It?

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Tufted Mattress 101

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Mattresses greatly vary in their materials and make. As you browse through mattress options, you’ll find yourself knee-deep in terms that relate to mattresses like softness, support, innerspring, memory foam, tufted, non-tufted, and many other attributes that define the product. On this list, hand tufting is an incredibly desirable feature. Here’s why. What is Tufting? Tufting is the process of...

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Fall Asleep to Tom Chaplin's Bedtime Playlist

Fall Asleep to Tom Chaplin's Bedtime Playlist

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

In the mid 2000s, Tom Chaplin found chart-topping success as the lead singer of Keane. After the Brit pop-rock band went on hiatus in 2012, Chaplin retreated from the spotlight. Four years later, with a hard-fought addiction battle behind him, Chaplin and his soaring tenor returned for a second act — this time, without bandmates. He released his solo debut, "The Wave," last October and kicked off a year of touring in January. Chaplin will head to Latin America in September for his final "Wave" tour. 

Between playing sets, catching flights and spending time with his daughter, Chaplin has tried to get on — and stay on — a shuteye schedule. 

"For me, getting a good night’s sleep is all about being in a routine," Chaplin told Van Winkle's. "Being a dad and a touring musician at the mercy of jet lag means that this is challenged the whole time! When I’ve got into the rhythm of 10pm bedtime, 7am wake up, I sleep like a baby. Sadly that doesn’t happen often enough." 

When he needs help drifting off, Chaplin turns to ambient instrumentals from artists like Nils Frahm and steers clear of anything that's lyrically engrossing. "I become very absorbed by great lyricists," he explained, "so trying to fall to sleep to something like "The Divine Comedy" would be a recipe for disaster."

For his bedtime playlist, Chaplin picked these seven sleep-inducing songs: 

But, sometimes, Chaplin prefers spoken words for his sleep soundtrack. "I spend a lot of the day thinking about, listening to or creating music," he said, "so I find podcasts very relaxing. When I was a kid I couldn't really understand how science applied to life; however, these days I'm fascinated by it."

Chaplin's go-to bedtime podcasts are The 5 Live Podcast featuring Dr. Karl and The Skeptics Guide To The Universe

 

This story has been updated.

Two Sided Handcrafted Mattress Better for your Back and Budget

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Do you remember when mattresses were two-sided? Two sided mattresses used to be common and they helped balance the wear and weight over time with a periodic turning of the mattress. Today, two-side mattresses are almost unheard of. The obvious downside of a one sided mattress is quicker wear. Quicker wear leads to uncomfortable sleep, a [...]

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Hand Tufted Mattresses: 7 Reasons Why They Are Better

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Hand tufting is almost always associated with luxury mattresses and yet few mattress companies in the United States employ this technique any longer.  Most mattresses today are secured only at the edges and layers are often glued together.  What sets hand tufted mattresses apart is the tufting's ability to securely hold layers in place while [...]

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7 Things to Know About the Sleep-Exercise Connection

7 Things to Know About the Sleep-Exercise Connection

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Exercise and sleep are two vital parts of a healthy lifestyle. In general, we know that working up a sweat and getting rest go hand-in-hand: Healthy sleep patterns often predict higher levels of activity. And, more and more, athletes and other people whose lives revolve around being in shape are making rest a priority. But, as a new review paper makes clear, the relationship between these two good-for-you behaviors isn't that straightforward. 

Researchers from UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System poured over sleep-and-exercise studies published between 2013 and 2017. Based on their analysis of 34 studies — including public health surveys and experimental research — they found that the degree to which exercise predicted better sleep depended on factors including the type of exercise in question, the reason for exercising and the age of participants. In other words, sleep and exercise do influence each other, but not always in a predictable or consistent way. Here are seven takeaways from the paper to help you understand how moving your body today could help you sleep like a champ tonight. 

Sleep comes to those who exercise for pleasure

It's important to examine not only how much you exercise but also why you do it. In one study, participants who got the best sleep reported getting (a lot of) exercise from leisure activities. People who were active for other reasons, e.g., due to occupational demands, reported worse sleep, as did people who didn't exercise at all. So, even if your job already keeps you on your feet, it's still worth your while to carve out time for exercise you enjoy. 

Timing is secondary

No sleep-and-exercise discussion is complete without dipping back into the time-of-day debate. The big question is: Does working out at night leave you too overstimulated to get solid rest? And if it does, is it better to exercise at night or skip it all together? We don't have any definitive answers yet, but the review paper suggests that sunrise and sunset exercise both improve sleep — just in slightly different ways.

In one study, researchers looked at various sleep and physiological measures (e.g., melatonin levels, rectal temperature and EEG activity) and determined that exercising early in the day improves the quality of nighttime sleep. But, in another study, exercising 90 minutes before bedtime was associated with increased deep sleep. And a third study found that, regardless of the time of day, resistance training improved sleep quality: Morning training reduced the amount of time it took for participants to fall asleep (a good thing), whereas nighttime training reduced the number of times participants woke up after they fell asleep (also a good thing). In summary? Don't be afraid of working out after work. 

Lie yourself to sleep

Maybe you're not running six-minute miles or toning your core like an instagram fitness model. But, regardless of what you're actually doing in the gym, believing that you're pushing your body to its limits could help you fall into a deeper sleep than usual. In the same study that said it's cool to get sweaty 90 minutes before bed, participants who perceived their workouts as being really hard exhibited increased deep sleep. Participants who reported lower levels of self-perceived exertion did not get the same deep-sleep upgrade. Sleeping is believing. 

Get fit, get sleep 

Exercise probably improves sleep for a number of reasons — the biological mechanisms underlying the relationship aren't fully understood yet. But the literature suggests that working out is beneficial to sleep in large part because it enhances fitness and protects against metabolic disease. For one thing, the link between exercise and sleep bears out more consistently for regular exercise than one-time workouts. This suggests that the longer-term health effects of exercise are the driving factor behind resulting sleep changes. Exercise also appears to affect sleep the most for people who aren't in great shape. In one study, participants had to complete a 15-week exercise regimen. The only participants who exhibited markedly changed sleep patterns were those who'd been classified as overweight or obese at the outset of the study and shed weight during it. 

If you're already in great shape, more exercise probably won't help you sleep

(Take a closer look at your diet instead.) Athletes aren't immune to sleep problems. But they're less likely than other people to reap the rest-enhancing benefits of exercise. This is probably because they're already working out at maximum capacity. If the uber-fit can't sleep because, let's say, they're dealing with performance anxiety or jet lag from non-stop travel, ramping up their training schedule probably isn't the answer. Instead, poorly slept athletes could try changing their diets by increasing their protein intake, avoiding high-fat foods and eating tryptophan-rich foods like pumpkin seeds. 

Exercise might make the biggest difference for older people 

Exercise doesn't have the same impact on sleep for young and middle-aged adults as it does for mature adults. Studies on older adults have linked both routine exercise regimens and single, intense workout sessions to improved sleep. Age and sex, researchers surmise, changes the way exercise and sleep interact. 

The mind matters, too

Yes, physical fitness is a big factor in the exercise-sleep link. But the mental effects of exercise also seem to play a role. In one study on older adults, both intense aerobic exercise and mind-body exercise (yoga, Tai Chi) lead to improved objective sleep, as measured by actigraphy trackers (e.g., fitbit). But participants in the mind-body group reported significant improvements in sleep, mood and mental health. The aerobic exercisers didn't. The emphasis on relaxation and emotional regulation in mind-body exercise might make it especially useful for people whose sleep issues are rooted in anxiety. And combining mind-body, aerobic and strength training might make exercise a particularly effective weapon against poor sleep. 

The Longer Immigrants Live in America, the More Their Sleep Suffers

The Longer Immigrants Live in America, the More Their Sleep Suffers

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Foreign-born US residents, with the exception of those born in Africa, are more likely to get a healthy amount of sleep than residents born in the States, according to a new public-health analysis. Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine and the University of Illinois looked at 10 years of nationwide data and found a relationship between birthplace and sleep duration. The study was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  

Previous research has revealed sleep disparities across racial and ethnic groups. But there's a lot to learn about the way race/ethnicity and immigrant status interact. How does being born inside or outside the US statistically affect sleep (statistically) for people who are, for instance, European, Korean or Mexican? The current study authors sought to dive deeper into the impact of birthplace on sleep duration. To do this, they used data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), a yearly CDC survey conducted through face-to-face interviews. The NHIS covers a wide range of health issues, including sleep duration, which is assessed through the question: "On average, how many hours of sleep do you get in a 24-h period?”

Participants who reported the healthiest sleep duration are part of immigrant groups that tend to live in "homogenous ethnic enclaves" after moving to the US.

The study took into account survey responses from 415,678 adults who participated in the NHIS between 2003 and 2013. About 16 percent of all participants were born outside the US, hailing from SE Asia, Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Europe, South America and, collectively, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. And, compared to those born in the US, they were more likely to be younger, be less educated and earn poverty-level incomes. They were also 19 percent more likely to get a healthy amount of sleep, defined as 7-8 hours a night — but the specific country of birth made a difference.

Participants born in Asia and on the Indian Subcontinent were most likely to report healthy sleep duration. Mexican-born participants were also slightly more likely (than US-born participants) to hit the sleep-duration sweetspot. Those born in Africa, however, did not report the same healthy sleep habits, and were significantly more likely to get too much or too little shuteye. Additionally, researchers found that living in the US for longer periods of time corresponded to less-healthy sleep across all foreign-born participants. 

The results of this study are somewhat consistent with trends reported in previous work. Michael Grandner, a psychologist at the University of Arizona who studies the relationship between sleep patterns and health, has found in his own large-scale analyses that, while low-income minorities overall tend to sleep poorly, low-income immigrants sleep pretty well. He calls it the "immigrant effect." And, across public health research generally, becoming an American tends to mean becoming less healthy. As Grandner told me last year:

We know that the more Americanized you get, the more unhealthy you become. It's something we see over and over. We start exporting culture around the world and all of the sudden, people start getting fat and having more diabetes and heart disease. There are benefits to the typical American culture, but one downside is that our culture is not very healthy.

The negative health impact of Americanization may help explain the results of this study: Participants who reported the healthiest sleep duration (those born in Mexico, India and Southeast Asia) are part of immigrant groups that tend to live in "homogenous ethnic enclaves" after moving to the US. This behavior may protect them against the poor health outcomes associated with American acculturation. Researchers, however, noted that they didn't specifically explore how the stress of acculturation affects sleep in foreign-born participants. But it's a worthwhile issue to take up in the future.

There's evidence that genetic ancestry influences circadian rhythms.

Study authors also considered how circadian differences, rooted in both biology and environment, might explain the results. There's evidence, they explained, that genetic ancestry influences circadian rhythms. In a few studies, for instance, people of African ancestry have exhibited shortened circadian cycles. This would manifest in earlier bed and wake times, as well as a decreased ability to adjust to seasonal periods of low light exposure and nighttime shift-work. "We argue that since Blacks on average tend to work longer days and are more likely to be nighttime shift-workers/forced night owls, they are therefore more likely to suffer from circadian misalignment which in turn affects their total sleep time," study authors wrote. 

Environmental circadian factors may also play a role in the healthy sleep duration reported by foreign-born participants from regions near the equator. As a result of exposure to high levels of sunlight, researchers explained, their circadian rhythms would be closely synched to daily dark-and-light cycles. This might make them resilient to the sleep-related effects of moving to the US.

But it's also worth mentioning the possibility of flawed data affecting the findings. A lot of sleep-health studies are based on self-report, meaning that participants rate how much and how well they sleep. In a formal research environments, Grandner suggested, foreign-born residents may feel pressure not to complain, and thus be less likely to rate their sleep as poor. The current study authors brought up the same issue, writing that "...foreign-born respondents may think it is more socially desirable to report more or less sleep duration and we were not able to adjust for these effects.

The Benefits of Sleeping with a Body Pillow

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Have you ever just wanted to cuddle up with a fluffy, oversized body pillow? That makes at least two of us. Body pillows are beneficial for so many reasons, not the least of which is coziness and comfort. Here are several other reasons why body pillows are an essential part of a good night’s sleep. […]

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You may have heard about the environmental benefits of shopping for natural latex mattresses. Since there are no coils or other manmade material, you’re creating less waste. You may not know that there are several health benefits as well. Latex conforms to your body and supports it well, cushioning your... Keep Reading

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At Beds By Design being transparent and natural is effortless.  Before the words transparency and natural began trending in the marketing world, we have been quietly making our mattresses by hand, behind large sliding glass doors. Our sliding doors from showroom to workshop Customers visiting our Harbor Springs showroom can peer in and actually [...]

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The rubber latex which is used for mattresses and toppers is all originally tapped from rubber trees. After tapping the rubber trees the latex is either manufactured into a consistent product through a Dunlop or Talalay process. Before the finished latex mixture is poured into the molds for these two processes, the latex can have […]

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Sleep and Health

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Try the Epworth Sleepiness Scale!

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

Are you sleepy or TOO sleepy? The Epworth Sleepiness Scale might help you know how sleepy you really are.

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Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 2): All-Natural Latex Mattress and Wool-Filled Topper

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

Previously, we discussed our most popular layered bed arrangement: the 5” Wool Mattress, 3” Wool Topper, and 4” Latex Pad. This setup showcases our wool bedding and all of its benefits while also providing an element of buoyancy from the layer of latex. This week we’re discussing another popular configuration: the Live & Dream Natural […]

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 The Summer My Sleep Fell Apart

The Summer My Sleep Fell Apart

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Perhaps I'm at that age, but I've noticed more of them cropping up on social media: photos of toddlers sleeping in weird places, with their Garanimals-clad bodies in anatomically confusing arrangements. On my facebook feed, there's a little boy folded in half like a dollar bill, a costume-bin princess casually napping on a bookshelf and all sorts of children planking in piles of toys and books. It’s a cute meme. But more than anything, it reminds me that I once knew sleep as a purely physical act. When little kids need to recharge, they flop down wherever they are and drift off, drool-side up. I did it too, and even through college, I passed between the waking and sleeping worlds with only occasional interference from my mind.

Then, I graduated and settled into a groove somewhere between endless summer and unemployment. I looked for jobs, went to the gym, got reacquainted with my good friend network television and fiddled with LSAT prep. But, in the process of keeping myself busy, I discovered the difference between having purpose and doing stuff for the sake of demarcating daytime hours. For the first time in a long time, I wasn’t waiting out the start of a new semester — I wasn’t waiting out the start of anything in particular. The inertia got to me. And, over that summer, I went from an optimistic post-grad to anxiety in neon leisure shorts.

The trials of adulthood — luckily for me — weren't life threatening. But, in my lonely, uncertain state, I'd gotten cozy with insomnia and anxiety, the couple nobody wants to hang out with.

The panic and why-me woes left me alone during the day. But then, I’d trade in my neon shorts for floral boxers, climb into bed and feel invigorated by worry. Falling asleep became something else I couldn't do. So I'd lie there, and indulge my paranoia in an adult-ified version of my childhood bedroom, where a queen bed with swiss-dot linens and wrought iron posts had replaced a twin bed outfitted in powder-blue everything.   

Upon hearing any nighttime sound — in an old house, rich in nighttime sounds — I’d assume the worst. In my mind, my parents' house was a magnet for old-timey crimes. Burglars and kidnappers and arsonists were coming for me. It didn’t help that the front door was usually open, or that I asked my dad to install an alarm system and instead received a Home Depot emergency ladder kit for all my window-escape needs. 

I didn't see my jittery, drained state for what it was until early autumn, when I realized that the link between feeling tired and falling asleep had fallen apart. Rest had become a psychological challenge rather than a source of comfort, a day-ending ritual or a natural response to exhaustion. The trials of adulthood — luckily for me — weren't life-threatening. But, in my lonely, uncertain state, I'd gotten cozy with insomnia and anxiety, the couple nobody wants to hang out with.

From what I recall, I felt anxious before I stopped sleeping. But, looking back, I'd guess the two issues reinforced each other. My swift, unwelcome lifestyle change — which a therapist compared to a human loss — disrupted my daily schedule and sense of self. The situation was ripe for both rest and mood problems to emerge. And the research suggests both anxiety and insomnia can be the chicken and the egg, simultaneously. Or, a third factor can underlie their onset. Parsing the relationship between mental health and sleep health is akin to untangling charm necklaces in the dark, with shearing gloves on. But, scientists are working on it. 

In navigating these fun new waters, I gained some perspective on sleep and the human way. I learned that my physical and mental states are linked: I felt less anxious when I exercised and feeling less anxious helped me sleep better. Eight years later, no piece of knowledge has proved as consistently true, and valuable, as this one. 

I learned that the same habit can hurt and help sleep in different ways. Watching medical sleuthing on "House, MD" helped me fall asleep by providing distraction and comfort. It also kept me up by sparking thoughts and suppressing the release of melatonin (well, I learned the latter truth more recently). Psychology and physiology often butt heads when it comes to sleep, and health in general. It's not always clear which one wins; sometimes I needed the company of Dr. Gregory House to tune out the upset. Sometimes I needed a break from the blue light more.

Feeling less anxious helped me sleep better. Eight years later, no piece of knowledge has proved as consistently true, and valuable, as this one.

And I learned that the world looks different through sleep-deprived eyes. I couldn't see the recession-era job search for the temporary rut it was until I got a week-or-so of normal rest. My experience seemed unique, but of course it wasn't. Young women are loyal members of the anxiety-and-insomnia club. 

This information, thankfully, is more available and discussed today. But in 2008, I didn't own any stimulating smart devices. And I'd primarily known sleep as a reliable daily visitor, a physical act that my body did without consulting my brain. Today, I intellectually understand that sleep isn't any one thing — it's a force of biology and behavior that's simple to identify but a chore to define. But I didn't intellectualize sleep until I couldn't do it. Re-learning how to fall asleep, amidst the mental racket, was my first adult victory. Then, I got a job.

This story was originally published in 2016

The Power of Napping

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

As most of us know, it’s very difficult to fit in the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. However, there is a great substitute for this that a lot of us tend to overlook: napping! This little nugget of luxury is something that gets thrown by the wayside upon adulthood. It’s unfortunate since adequate sleep provides so many benefits and even contributes to longevity. Research by NASA shows that naps escalate performance. Their pilots who took 25 minute naps were twice as focused and more attentive than those who didn’t. NASA also found that taking naps enhanced reaction times...

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Contact Us

by denverorganic @ The Natural Sleep Store

Contact Us at the Denver Organic Mattress Showroom Customer Service: 1.866.663.0859 toll free Denver Showroom Direct Phone Line: 1.303.623.2261 Email us: sales@thenaturalsleepstore.com Please feel free to contact us about any organic mattress or bedding questions.  If you are unable to visit our Denver showroom, The Natural Sleep Store’s knowledgeable sales staff is happy to help […]

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What’s the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn how to find the best mattress for a bad back. Are you trying to find a good mattress for back pain? One of the hardest medical conditions to cure and treat are those relating to chronic back pain, and it’s something that affects millions of people around the world every day. Over and over, […]

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SEEING YOUR MATTRESS PURCHASE AS AN INVESTMENT IN YOUR HEALTH

by Kera Dupree @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

When we purchase items for our homes, we usually don’t consider whether these items can affect our health and well- being. How would a choice of kitchen table or sofa or washing machine or carpet matter? Yet, with the rise of ‘conscious consumerism,’ we are learning that our purchases can affect our environment, other people...

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4 Ways You Can Help in Your Community

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

No matter where you live, there are likely things you love about your community and other things you wish were a little different. While one person may not be able to change the entire community alone, your efforts combine with the efforts of others around you can make a difference. If you are looking for […]

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Woodland Park Firm Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Woodland Park Firm has nearly 10″ of all botanical latex fully encased in wool and organic cotton. This creates a very breathable surface, allowing for abundant customization of the surface feel.

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7 Foods To Improve Sleep

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

Rory made us banana tea last night.  Boiled banana, skin and all, with a dash 0f cinnamon.  He slept like a baby, and I was up an hour past my usual 11am.  I know most of us on occasion have trouble sleeping.  To help, here's a quick list of 7 foods to improve sleep. Foods [...]

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The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Bunk Bed vs Loft Bed: How Do You Know Which One is Best?

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

Latex Resilience-How well does latex hold up?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

We often get the question How well does latex hold up over time?? and Will the latex eventually leave an indentation over time?? Below I have posted the results of our 100% Natural Latex resilience test showing just how well it holds up over time. I will attempt to break down these numbers so you […]

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5 Ways to Boost Your Bedtime Routine for Better Health

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

One of the most important things you can do for good physical health and your overall well-being, is to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends that school aged children get at least 10 hours of sleep daily; teens between 9 and 10 hours daily; and adults between 7 and 8 hours daily. Establishing a healthy bedtime Read More

Why Aren't Pets Part of the Co-Sleeping Conversation?

Why Aren't Pets Part of the Co-Sleeping Conversation?

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Co-sleeping is an extensively studied practice and a hot-button topic in the sleep world. But the term isn't always clearly defined. Co-sleeping can refer to bed-sharing between two adult partners or, as is most often the case, between parents and young children. In fact, co-sleeping may even be broader than bed-sharing: Some researchers have stipulated that parent-child co-sleeping occurs whenever a parent and child are "in close enough proximity to exchange at least two sensory stimuli, such as touch, smell, movement, sight and/or sound."

Different definitions of co-sleeping, however, are consistent in at least one way: They imply that co-sleeping is a humans-only activity. And that's a problem, according to psychologists at Central Queensland University, who made their case in a new review paper published in the journal Human Nature.

Humans have shared their sleeping quarters with animals for a few centuries, at least. And, today, roughly half of people who own pets let them in their beds. So it's time, the Central Queensland team says, to recognize that falling asleep with a puppy in your arms counts as co-sleeping — and to buckle down on studying the topic. "Given that sleep accounts for a large portion of human and animal life, and that interspecies co-sleeping impacts humans, animals, interpersonal relations, and interspecies relations," researchers wrote, "there is an urgent need for researchers to truly contemplate “who’s been sleeping in your bed?”'

To emphasize how naturally human-and-animal co-sleeping fits into the larger co-sleeping conversation, researchers used the same overarching factors that drive parent-child co-sleeping decisions to evaluate the debate over curling up with pets. It's not a perfect fit — SIDS and fur-covered-pillows are hardly comparable risks. But, there are similarities between the motivations for, and potential concerns about, co-sleeping with children and animals.

Social sleep and three-dog nights

In Western, industrialized nations, the prevailing view on parent-child co-sleeping is: Don't do it. But, in many non-Western societies, co-sleeping is the norm. And it was the norm in Europe leading up to the Industrial Revolution. Before Victorian austerity, urban over-crowding, artificial light and disposable wealth entered the picture, children learned to sleep alongside their parents, siblings, extended family members and even house guests. The rise of Industrialization subsequently coincided with the fall of "social sleep."And, with time, co-sleeping went from the presumed nocturnal arrangement to something derided as outdated, unhealthy and kind of weird. 

Unlike our extensive knowledge of parent-child co-sleeping, the historical record of human-animal co-sleeping is meager. There's some evidence that pet co-sleeping has been a thing for a few centuries. The phrase "Three-dog night," a common Australian idiom for a night so cold you need to sleep near three dogs to stay warm, is thought to have origins in either the Chukchi people, who lived in Siberia between the 17th and 19th centuries, or the Australian outback. The latter explanation jibes with limited accounts of Aboriginal Australians using dogs and/or dingoes to stay warm at night and ward off evil spirits. And, in preindustrial England, dogs and cats respectively hung out in and around sleeping quarters at night to keep people secure and keep rodents out.

The same psychological needs motivate people to give up pillow space for both furry heads and tiny bald ones.

Today, human-animal co-sleeping appears to be most prevalent in Western cultures. One 2011 study on 60 non-Western societies showed that pets (primarily dogs and cats) were equally as likely to sleep outside, inside away from people and inside alongside or near people. Most societies reported keeping dogs as pets. But only seven of them allowed dogs indoors; and only six let dogs sleep inside at night. By contrast, remember that half of pet owners have four-legged bed partners, based on the most recent estimates from media and consumer surveys. 

So, parent-child co-sleeping fell out of favor in the same societies where pet co-sleeping has become a widespread practice. We might know more about person-pet dozing duos if the topic received a fraction of the academic attention given to parent-child co-sleeping. But the limited human-animal literature that does exist, study authors argue, suggests that the two varieties of co-sleeping are analogous in several ways: Allowing babies and dogs into bed comes with overlapping (though not identical) considerations related to health, sleep quality, behavior and sex. And, in the end, the same psychological needs motivate people to give up pillow space for both furry heads and tiny bald ones.  

Health

Babies
Parent-child co-sleeping has become anathema in the US mainly because it's linked to infant injury and death caused by SIDS and accidental suffocation. Some experts argue that other factors, including the use of improper bedding and parental drinking and smoking, have thrown off the co-sleeping data.

Pets
Health risks associated with pet co-sleeping include transmission of zoonotic diseases, allergies, asthma and the general notion that having a dog in bed is unhygienic. These are principally human-centric concerns. But, given that two-thirds of human diseases are zoonotic and can infect animals, it's possible that bed-sharing dogs could catch their owners' bugs, too. Although, study authors explain, fear over disease transmission may be overblown. The risk of humans contracting zoonotic diseases from sleeping with animals is low, particularly when animals are clean and receive regular veterinary care. Fretting over brindle fur on pima cotton, on the other hand? Totally valid. 

Sleep impairment

Babies
Studies suggest that adults get worse, more disturbed sleep when they share their beds (with anyone). Daytime functioning may be affected as a result, depending on the extent and frequency of the disturbances. And babies appear to wake up more frequently during the night when they sleep with their parents. It's not clear that it's wholly negative, however, for parents to be privy to babies' nighttime awakenings, as they could signal health issues that would otherwise go undetected. 

Pets
Adults might experience comparable sleep disturbances from sharing beds with dogs and babies. For one thing, humans' sleep cycles are mismatched with those of their canine companions. Dogs, who are polyphasic sleepers, fall asleep and wake up more frequently than their monophasic owners. And, compared to humans, dogs remain more responsive to environmental sounds when they're asleep, making them potentially active bed-partners.

In one 2014 survey of Australian pet-owners, co-sleeping was associated with difficulty falling asleep and increased awakenings caused by animal noises. An American study from the same year had similar results: Nearly one-third of co-sleeping pet-owners said they were woken up by their pets at least once per night. Unfortunately, we don't have a great sense of how or how much sleep disturbances from human-animal co-sleeping actually impairs pet-owners' daytime functioning. The limited existing research doesn't go into that level of detail. 

Behavior

Babies
There are concerns that co-sleeping both leads to and reinforces poor behavior in children. Some studies do essentially say that co-sleeping kids become anxious, overly dependent poor sleepers. But, in other studies, co-sleeping has been associated with positive qualities like self-reliance. 

Pets 
Co-sleeping could also contribute to problematic behavior in pets. Dogs who sleep in their owners' beds, according to some research, may have more accidents and display more aggression towards other pets in the household. Co-sleeping may also cause or exacerbate separation anxiety in dogs. But, again, we don't have enough research on co-sleeping dogs to know if observed behavioral problems start before or after bed-sharing does.

Sex

Babies
Co-sleeping a) restricts parental opportunities for sex and intimacy, potentially affecting relationship quality, and b) exposes children to adult sleepovers, leaving them vulnerable to incest and psychological scarring. There is some literature to validate both of these concerns. In one 2008 study, parents who co-slept with older children reported more marital distress than parents who kept their doors locked at night. And psychologists have suggested that, by exposing kids to sexual activity without any understanding of the context, co-sleeping leaves could encourage children to imitate adult behavior. 

But there's also research to the opposite effect. In a 2007 study, there was no difference in relationship satisfaction between parents who made their beds adult-only territory and co-sleeping ones. And a study that tracked children from infancy through adolescence showed no connection between infant co-sleeping and subsequent sleep problems, sexual dysfunction or other residual psychological trauma. 

Pets
As for pets? Researchers have suggested that bed-sharing animals interrupt couples' sex lives, particularly when only one partner wants the pet in the bed. But there's not much in the way of evidence to support this belief. And, while co-sleeping with animals could potentially open the door for beastiality, researchers feel there's "little reason to link zoophilia among pet owners as a prevalent and normative motivation for co-sleeping." 

Motivations

Babies
Across the board, it's common for people who choose to co-sleep, with their children or partners, to say the practice provides comfort, emotional support and companionship. And, when it comes to children, researchers have identified two types of co-sleeping parent: early and reactive. Early co-sleepers embrace the practice from the get-go, often for philosophical or cultural reasons. But practical concerns (like lack of space) come up, too. 

Early co-sleepers are likely to report satisfaction with their sleep arrangement and see the practice as a form of bonding. Based on one 2002 study, researchers proposed that co-sleeping can help fathers, in particular, overcome feelings of distance with children. And working mothers have said that co-sleeping "can account for lost time with their infants during the day, validate their maternal role, and ensure that their infants know that their mothers love them and want to be with them."

Pets 
We only have a limited understanding of what motivates human-animal co-sleeping. But, "as in parent-infant co-sleeping," researchers wrote, "the decisions made by a pet owner about where their pet sleeps during the night are dependent upon philosophical, psychological, and cultural orientations, as well as emotional and practical factors."

Pet owners can be divided into the same early and reactive categories: Early co-sleepers want to be woken up by puppy kisses; reactive ones let their pets into bed to alleviate bad behavior, such as whining. For pet-owners who enjoy it, "co-sleeping may provide or enhance psychological benefits," explained study authors. "Yet the opposite may hold true for some owners. For example, those who are lonely may be more likely to sleep with their pets, and whilst this may be comforting, an unhealthy pathological level of pathological attachment may ensue." 

It's reasonable to assume that co-sleeping pet owners could be motivated by an unconscious desire to feel closer to their pets. One 2016 study on Dutch-speaking pet owners offered preliminary evidence that dog-owners who let pets sleep in their bedrooms show higher levels of global attachment than non-co-sleepers. Pet-owners who only see their pets after work, researchers posited, may feel a similar need as working parents to maximize quality time through shared sleep. What do we know about the emotional lives of pet-owners who let their animals, but not their human children, share their beds? Very little. It's one of many unexplored issues.

Is co-sleeping the same practice with children and pets? Of course not. Unlike kids, dogs don't age out of sharing their (pet) parents' beds. And, it's probably worth repeating, experts primarily advise against co-sleeping with infants to keep them alive and safe. With dogs, opposition is more about tracking dirt and hogging bed real estate. Regardless, it's worth learning more about a practice that millions of people do every night, and which likely affects humans' lives and well-being. Plus, sleeping dogs make for adorable study subjects. 

What do you really know about your baby’s crib mattress?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Fact: Conventional crib mattresses can contain a toxic mix of chemicals Parents everywhere go to great lengths to buy safe strollers, car seats, cribs and clothing to protect their babies but seldom consider the dangers associated with exposing their infant to toxic chemicals commonly found in crib mattresses. Most conventional crib mattresses are waterproofed with […]

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What’s Your Favorite Morning Ritual?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Morning routines. They can make or break your day before you’re even out of the bed – especially if something interferes with that first cup of coffee, or someone beats you to the bathroom. A morning ritual; however, is something different. It is deeper. It gives you the opportunity to start the day on a positive note – no matter what the rest of the day Read More

Organic Mattress Care Instructions

by Francis @ Dream Tree Organic Beds

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Do Founders Sleep Better?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

You may already be familiar with certain sleep patterns of high-profile businesspeople across the U.S. Bill Gates and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly get seven hours of sleep each night, though Cook is known as more of an early riser since he wakes up at 4:30 a.m. Anna Wintour, the longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, […]

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5 low resistance exercises for those with arthritis

by admin @ Natural Sleep – eCommerce

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DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

If you love the fresh, dewy glow of cream blush but not the slew of parabens and phthalates that are used to achieve it, I think you’ll love these simple DIY cream blush and lip tint recipes. They create a dewy finish that makes skin glow, and are made with 100% non-toxic, natural and/or organic ingredients. Also, […]

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How Posh & Lavish’s Obsessive Engineering Made them One of Our Most Popular Brands

by Admin @ New Living

If you’ve stopped by New Living Healthy Bedroom Store lately, you may have tried Posh & Lavish. It’s one of our newest brands that we carry and one of the most popular. If you haven’t tried out a Posh & Lavish you must! The mattress is cozy and of the highest quality. And their company […]

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Biosteel Sneakers

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

"Spider Silk" Sneakers? | Adidas debuts shoes made from biosteel.Read More ...

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Gardner Mattress Innerspring Vs. Pocketed Coil Mattresses

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Gardner Mattress can make a unique mattress for the customer’s needs. Innerspring and Pocketed Coil are two of the most popular types of mattresses. Listen or read more to hear from Kirk Forsyth, General Manager at Gardner Mattress, to find out the differences between Innerspring and Pocketed Coil mattresses. Katlyn Graham:  Hello. I’m Katlyn Graham, here with Kirk Forsyth, the...

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How do I customize my firmness level?

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your two (for Organic Tranquility), three (for Organic Serenity), or four (for Organic Serenity Pillowtop) layers of natural latex to be soft, medium, or firm.  Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to have different firmness layers.  After you have […]

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Adults Sleeping with Stuffed Animals is Totally Normal (or at Least Common), and Other News in Sleep

Adults Sleeping with Stuffed Animals is Totally Normal (or at Least Common), and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Sleep more, fight fair   

In an Ohio State University study on marital interactions and health, the most hostile married couples were also most likely to be under-slept. While all 43 couples in the study fought with each other, they didn't all fight in the same way. Some couples aired grievances constructively. Others resorted to nastiness. And the factor that differentiated the fair fighters from their negative counterparts was sleep: Hostility became likely when both partners were averaging less than seven hours of sleep per night. [New York Times]

Who's that doggy in the bedroom? 

... a doggy belonging to someone who read this study that says it's A-OK to share a sleep environment with your furry best friend. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that participants (middle-aged women who slept with or in the same room as one, and only one, dog) got the best shuteye when their dogs dozed in their bedrooms, compared to somewhere else in the house or, and this is kind of a let-down, in their beds. [Van Winkle's]

Growing up doesn't mean outgrowing stuffed animals 

Nearly half of American adults still sleep with, or right next to, stuffed animals. This factoid comes courtesy of the highly reputable research institution Build-a-Bear, which commissioned a survey of 2,000 people in order to gain more insight into the public opinion on plush toys. [CBS News]

Here's another op-ed calling for later school start times

Teens — who are wired to be night owls — shouldn't have to start school before 8:30am. Giving them more time to sleep in the morning, as well as sparing them the misery of finding the limit before 8am, is good for their health, cognitive and emotional development and academic performance. And it's good for our collective safety and economic interests. 

The increased cost of pushing back start times would be about $150 per kid per year, plus $110,000 per school, according to the Brookings Institution. But the economic benefits of later start times would more than offset these expenses. Because, according to the Rand corporation, later start times would amount to an $83 billion economic boost, on account of tired teen drivers causing fewer deaths and alert, engaged students going on to have more lucrative careers. [New York Times]

Money on the mind 

About half of Americans — 56 percent of men and 48 percent of women — wake up thinking about either work or money, according to a survey by the mattress company Amerisleep. These career-and/or-cash-minded risers were less likely than other survey participants to hit snooze and most likely to hold jobs in government or public administration. And the trend bore out across all generations; slightly more than half of millennials and Gen-Xers, and slightly less than half of boomers and Gen-Zers, reported starting their mornings with job-or-money-related thoughts. [NBC News]

It's all relative in REM 

A dream about a dog has no universal meaning. All sorts of people report dreaming about the same scenarios and topics. And, as the founder of the dream interpretation app UDreamed has found, dreams about the same things can hold wildly different meanings, depending on who the dreamer is and what associations they have with whatever's occupying their subconscious thoughts. Harvard Medical School psychologist Deirdre Barrett backs up this notion. But dreams don't need to have universal meanings to be meaningful. By analyzing both common and rare dreams, researchers are learning about how dreams are shaped by the world around us. [New York magazine]

Promotions and Discounts

by denverorganic @ The Natural Sleep Store

Promotions, Special Sales, and Discounts Available in store at The Natural Sleep Store’s Denver Organic Mattress Showroom Promotions: Get two free pillows with the purchase of any Green Sleep Mattress With every Savvy Rest mattress purchase (excluding the Savvy Baby) during the month of March, customers will receive two kapok pillows, a cotton mattress pad, […]

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Should You Nap?

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

The elusive nap goes by many names. Siesta, afternoon doze, a few short winks; whatever you like to call them, I think we can all agree that naps are awesome. But our modern lifestyles, brimming with excess stress, leave little room for taking a break mid-day. I would argue most people now see napping as […]

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Is Your Mattress Affecting Your Job?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

When you’re well rested you feel like you can take on the world. However, if you’re feeling groggy in the morning and sluggish at work, your professional life is likely to be affected. Are You Waking Up Feeling Tired? Starting your day feeling exhausted isn’t a great way to begin the day. In fact, scientific evidence shows that sleep deprivation...

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What are Bamboo Pillows Really Made of?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Bamboo pillows, bamboo sheets… Bamboo has recently taken over the bedding market, but why? In particular, bamboo pillow products seem to be the new rage   They’re advertised as a natural luxury-class pillow yielding a miracle sleep, but are these pillows truly a cool, healthy, sustainable, comfortable alternative to conventional pillows? To answer this question, we […]

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Insomniac Moms Have Kids With Sleep Problems, and Other News in Sleep

Insomniac Moms Have Kids With Sleep Problems, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Letting teens sleep later would boost the economy   

There's no shortage of evidence to support the push for later school start times. Experts recommend that high school classes start no earlier than 8:30am. Only about 15 percent of the country's public schools, research suggests, are actually following suit, citing logistical difficulties and financial burden as reasons to keep forcing teens to defy their biological clocks. But the RAND Corporation has released new report — the first to model the nationwide costs associated with school start times — showing considerable economic benefits to delaying the morning bell. The report estimates that later start times would save the US about $9 billion a year, mainly on account of improved academic performance and reduced rates of car accidents caused by drowsy teenagers. [Washington Post]

It's time to take snoring seriously

Snoring is often treated as an annoying behavior that's still sort of funny. Consider, for instance, the well-worn sitcom trope of the snoring husband. But now that we, as a culture, are taking sleep more seriously, isn't it time to acknowledge snoring as the debilitating health problem and "not-so-silent scourge of cohabitation" that it is? As one spouse-of-a-snorer put it, "snoring is considered too much of a minor and even comical issue, not even up there with ‘real’ marital issues like finances and infidelity ... I’m here to tell you that it is.”' [The Cut]

Night moves 

I love to run at night. And, yes, I know that people say it's hard to sleep if you work out too close to bedtime. But, actually, when it comes to the best time of day to exercise to get a solid night's rest, the research is somewhat hazy. And, since my body barely functions in the morning, it's evening exercise or naught (despite my best efforts) for this owl. I choose moonlit runs. [Van Winkle's]

Got it from their mommas 

Kids with insomni-moms fall asleep later, get less sleep and spend less time in deep sleep than the offspring of healthy sleepers, according to a new study from the University of Warwick and the University of Basel. For the study, researchers analyzed sleep data from almost 200 healthy children, age 7-12, and their parents. But, while clinical-grade sleep problems in mothers predicted poor sleep quality in children, researchers found no connection between dads' and kids' sleep struggles. [University of Warwick]

Napping may inhibit learning in children with Down syndrome

It's become dictum in sleep science that naps boost learning and various cognitive skills. But Jamie Edgin, a psychologist at the University of Arizona, has a hunch that, for children with Down syndrome, naps actually inhibit learning and memory acquisition. Her hypothesis hinges on the notion that Down syndrome children continue to take regular naps through later stages of development than typically developing children, who usually transition out of daily naps around 3 or 4 years old. Afternoon naps after that age may make it hard for Down syndrome kids to get the deep nighttime sleep necessary for language development. Edgin is gearing up for a novel research project to see how eliminating naps affects learning in kids with Down syndrome. [Green Valley News]

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After 3.5 years of purchasing a Natural Latex and Organic Mattress

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Benefits of Good Sleep

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Importance of the Right Sleep System A truly restful night’s sleep rejuvenates your entire body. The more your sleep is disturbed, the more your heart is unnecessarily taxed. A conventional bed’s harder surface causes you to toss and turn more keeping your heart beating harder than it should. Too much mattress pressure on shoulders and Read More

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What is Natural Latex and What is a Natural Latex Mattress?

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When most people think of latex, they think of synthetic latex. Synthetic latex, is completely man made from petrochemicals. It can be commonly found in rubber gloves, condoms, balloons, band-aids, medical equipment and surgical devices just to name a few. Some people can develop allergies to synthetic latex after just a few exposures. These allergic reactions […]

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Are You a Super Sleeper or Sleep-Deprived?

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Have you ever heard someone boast about being able to function normally on very little rest, or hear the phrase “super sleeper”? Before you get […]

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Classic Italian Design Meets the Platform Bed - A Match of Timeless Elegance

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Napercise is a Thing, and Other News in Rest

Napercise is a Thing, and Other News in Rest

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Looking to catch up on the latest discussions and research in the world of shuteye? I've got you covered. Here's this week's Nightcap:

The "young, thin, beautiful women's sleep disorder"

One exhausted writer discovers the source of her sleep struggles: UARS, a notoriously hard-to-diagnose form of obstructive sleep apnea. While OSA sufferers tend to be old(er), heavy and male, UARS largely afflicts young, lean ladies. Why? Slender frames have smaller, easily obstructed airways. [Elle]

Get off —> drift off 

Having aerobic, marathon-style sex before bed might not put you in a state of relaxation conducive to hitting the sack. But lazier, less sweat-producing sex is a wonderful addition to any couple's wind-down routine. Here's a list of six sex positions ideal for bedtime. [Bustle]

This is 30 

In your 30s, two-day hangovers become a thing and friends start moving back to the suburbs. And, according to a recent review paper from researchers at UC Berkeley, age-related sleep changes begin, especially for men, who may experience as much as a 50-percent decline in delta (deep) sleep. For women, that delta-decline seems to max out around 25 percent. At the same time, "neurochemicals that switch us from sleep to wakefulness are drying up," which causes daytime grogginess and "maddening alertness at night." Cheers. [Discover]

Do clock genes support weight loss?

Yes! Well, most likely. In male mice at least. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that (male) mice who'd been genetically engineered to lack a liver gene involved in circadian rhythm function lost less weight after a period of restricted food intake than mice who'd dieted with their clock genes intact. If you don't care about the microbiomes of male mice, that's totally fair. But the findings could have implications for humans: "We speculate that our findings may lead to solutions for people who are resistant to losing weight with restricted feeding as well as the opposite situation," said one study author in a press release. [Baylor College of Medicine]

Napercise? No.

Sleeping and working out are both important, separate parts of a healthy lifestyle. And now, in the tradition of peanut butter and eggs, they're being forced into an ill-conceived union: A UK fitness chain has begun offering an hour-long napping class targeted at exhausted parents. Some people are jazzed. Others are rolling their eyes. I'm saving my money and napping at home, without a room full of strangers surrounding me. [Van Winkle's]

Naper-diet? Eh, why not. 

There's a strong connection between sleep, diet and cardiovascular health. If you need a refresher, here's a list of five reasons why a good night's rest should be part of your weight-loss plan. This post hails from Time's special "Science of Sleep" issue. [Time]

Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 3): All-Natural Wool Mattress, Topper & Latex Padded Slats

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

So far on our blog we’ve discussed two popular wool bedding configurations: a wool mattress plus wool-filled topper and latex pad and our latex mattress with wool-filled topper. Both of these configurations exhibit the many benefits of wool and make for wonderful all-natural alternatives to conventional bedding. This week, we’re diving into one of our […]

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Caffeine & Sleep

by Thom @ Bedrooms & More

If you live in Seattle, odds are you drink coffee. As the birthplace of Tully’s & Starbucks, we like our morning buzz more than just about anything, except maybe our afternoon pick-me-up. But is this way of life affecting more than our energy levels? Studies warn caffeine can negatively impact our sleep. Is it possible to find balance? The […]

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Nectar Sleep: 'The Best Mattress Offers the Best Sleep' | Organic Newsroom

Nectar Sleep: 'The Best Mattress Offers the Best Sleep' | Organic Newsroom


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Getting good sleep isn’t easy; stress keeps your mind racing, chronic pain makes you body ache, and there’s always too much to do with too little time to do it! Many of us aren’t getting the restorative sleep we need each night. Natural sleep aids like melatonin, magnesium glycinate, and GABA all help but oftentimes fall short …

Cure Anxiety Naturally

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Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Joy

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The 8 Highest Rated Bamboo Pillows in 2018 – Our Review Guide

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Memory Foam, Hybrid Mattress: Luxury Beds | Unicorn Sleep

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8 Ways to Get Better Sleep and Wake Up Refreshed

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The search for better sleep proves a popular one these days, between busy work and social lives. And why not? Nothing beats the feeling of […]

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Jeanie,
My husband and I purchased the Rainforest bed to take with us to Brazil where we will be living for the next three years while my husband is on an expat work assignment. It, along with all our belongings, was shipped down here on an ocean freighter which takes 6 weeks. In the meantime we Continue Reading

Male (Flies) Pull All-Nighters to Hit on Female (Flies)

Male (Flies) Pull All-Nighters to Hit on Female (Flies)

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Sleep and sex are, for the most part, mutually exclusive activities.* If someone is simultaneously tired and horny, they have to choose between satisfying two competing drives. A new, surprisingly interesting study from Thomas Jefferson University sheds light on the sex-vs.-sleep battle in fruit flies. It turns out that male flies pull all-nighters in order to court eligible lady flies, much like nerdy protagonists in a '90s teen sex comedy. The study also unearths the biological basis of this behavior — researchers discovered a bundle of neurons, called MS1 neurons, that give male flies the jolt they need to stay up and flirt the night away.

Intuitively, it makes sense that there's a trade-off between sleep and sex — as well as between sleep and other waking activities. But the biology underlying these sorts of choices isn't well-understood. "To my knowledge," lead study author Kyunghee Koh said via email, "this is the first experimental study of the competition between sleep and sex drives. Our work provides a valuable entry point for research on competing drives by identifying specific neurons involved in balancing two essential drives."

Fruit flies (technically called drosophila) are often used as a model for human sleep because they appear to share certain features of mammalian sleep, such as circadian patterns. And the winged study subjects were particularly useful in the current study because the key brain chemical underlying their sex-and-sleep behavior, called octopamine, is analogous to norepinephrine, a wakefulness-promoting neurotransmitter in humans.

"Fly sleep is a lot like human sleep," said Koh. "It is already known that norepinephrine (which is similar to octopamine) promotes wakefulness in humans. Our work suggests that norepinephrine may be involved in balancing sex and sleep drives in humans." 

Octopamine, researchers found, is released by the aforementioned MS1 neurons, which basically function like Redbull-Vodka for flies. But MS1 don't work alone. They team up with a group of neurons, called FRU neurons, which regulate sexual behavior in flies. It's a joint effort to keep male flies awake (thanks, MS1) so they can spit mad game (thanks, FRU). 

"There is extensive mutual excitation between MS1 and FRU neurons," said Koh. "While FRU neurons are the key regulators of male sexual behavior, flies have to be awake for FRU neurons to do their job. MS1 neurons keep male flies awake under the right circumstances."

And what are those circumstances — after three glasses of wine? on the third date? Not quite, but male flies don't forego sleep for sex all the time. Researchers ran a few different experiments to gather intel on the late-night behavior of flies, as well as to elucidate the MS1-FRU mechanism.

First they monitored sleeping, waking and courtship activity in pairs of same-sex and opposite-sex flies. In general, they found, males suppressed sleep when two conditions were satisfied:

a) Males were hanging out with females. Male flies got far less nighttime sleep when they were in the presence of female flies than when they were with other males. And the males devoted most of their up-at-night time to courting females.

and

b) Males had a high sex drive. When male flies had low sex drives, they were able to sleep in the presence of female flies. Two things lowered their sex drives: being sexually satisfied and being severely sleep-deprived. This is similar to how humans work — when someone has just had sex or has been awake for 36 hours, they're probably going to choose hitting the sack over getting frisky. 

Then researchers looked at the brain activity underlying flies' sleep-vs.-sex decisions. They did this by both measuring natural MS1 activity during sleep and courtship and artificially manipulating MS1 neurons to see if and how flies' behavior changed in response. 

MS1 neuronal activity was always high, researchers found, when males suppressed sleep to court females. Basically, they needed active MS1 to go on the prowl at night. And, when researchers artificially activated MS1 neurons in males, they slept 75 percent less than male flies in the control group. By contrast, when they silenced MS1 neurons in males, they slept more and courted less than the control males did. 

Neither activation nor silencing of MS1 neurons, however, had any effect on sleep in females. It's not that MS1 neurons themselves are different in males and females, researchers explained in the study, but rather that MS1 and FRU neurons are connected differently. And this is where Koh and colleagues plan to pick up their work. "The next steps," Koh said, "will be to investigate how females balance sleep drive and their reproductive needs."

Additionally, Koh and colleagues are interested in pinpointing the specific FRU neurons that communicate directly with the MS1 neurons. Stay tuned for updates on the sleep-less sex lives of drosophila. 

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*If you're a parasomniac who walks, talks or has sex in your sleep, then you're arguably an exception to this rule.

Is Insomnia Really an Epidemic?

Is Insomnia Really an Epidemic?

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Just like obesity, suicideZika, loneliness, road rage, opioid addictionmanspreading, peanut allergies, fake news and autism, insomnia is routinely described as an epidemic. Technically, an epidemic "is the rapid spread of infectious disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time, usually two weeks or less." But, per the CDC, "non-infectious diseases such as diabetes and obesity exist in epidemic proportion in the U.S."

We're not too faithful to that definition in casual conversation. At some point, an epidemic became anything from a fatal, quickly spreading disease to whatever undesirable phenomenon ruffles someone's feathers. Is manspreading an epidemic? No, it's rude behavior that's probably been around as long as public transit has, but which recently got a catchy name and, as a result, more acknowledgement. Is autism an epidemic? No. Contrary to the claims of conspiracy-spewing ninnies like our president (and some perfectly nice, misinformed people, I'm sure), there is no evidence of a "tremendous amount of increase" in autism. Diagnostic-guideline changes in the '90s, coupled with increased awareness of the condition, sparked an uptick in the rate of autism diagnoses. But the actual prevalence has either stayed the same increased slightly. 

What about insomnia —Is clinical-grade sleeplessness a 21st-century scourge comparable to, say, obesity? Well, in 2014, the CDC declared insufficient sleep an epidemic, but that's not the same thing as an insomnia epidemic. Insomnia is a sleep disorder marked by frequent difficulty staying or falling asleep, or getting unrefreshing sleep, for at least a month — despite having the opportunity to get enough good sleep. If you're under-slept because of a screaming baby, an addictive Reddit-hole or a night-shift job, then you might be in the same sleep-deprived state as an insomniac, but for different reasons. 

It would be hard to say, with certainty, whether or not the prevalence of insomnia is much higher today than it was in past decades. But the data doesn't suggest that's the case, according to Michael Grandner, the director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona: "There is a general idea that we're all more over-scheduled and stressed than we used to be and we're sleeping a lot less and a lot more poorly, but there really isn't evidence for that." It's worth noting that much of Grandner's research focuses on sleep disparities as a public health problem, so he's surely not in the "quit whining about your sleep deficiency" camp.

We probably are sleeping a little bit less than our parents did, but not by much. "As far as sleep duration is concerned," said Grandner, "there may be a slight decrease in sleep time over the past generation, but honestly, it's probably in the range of 15 minutes or so."

Changes in population-wide sleep quality are harder to measure because of how much our assessments of sleep have changed, said Grandner. "But," he added, "it doesn't seem to be that different when you compare reports from as far back as the 1970s, which is about as far back as good studies on the topic were done, at least as far as I could tell. So we are probably not sleeping much worse."

But something has changed drastically since the early '90s: how we react to bouts of bad rest. In a 2011 paper, published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed the medicalization of sleeplessness from 1993 to 2007, meaning the "process by which formerly normal biological processes or behaviors come to be described, accepted or treated as medical problems." 

Until 2006, sleep-challenged patients were most likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness.

To do this, researchers used data from a national survey of medical office visits and compared three different measures each year: the number of visits scheduled due to complaints of sleeplessness, the number of visits at which patients received insomnia diagnoses, and the number of visits at which patients got prescriptions for sleep meds. The goal of the study was to see if the number of complaints, diagnoses and Rxs grew proportionally over the 14-year period. In looking at the use of Rxs for rest, researchers included two classes of drugs: fast-acting anti-anxiety benzos like Xanax and Valium and z-drugs like Ambien and Sonata. Ambien, the first z-drug to hit the US market, wasn't available until 1994. So the study covered one year in a pre-Ambien America and 13 years with z-drugs on pharmacy shelves. 

Researchers found that visits for sleep complaints more than doubled between 1993 and 2007, from 2.7 million to 5.7 million. Insomnia diagnoses, by comparison, saw a seven-fold uptick — 840,000 to 6.1 million. But the rise of sleep-aid prescriptions blew them both out of the water, less due to benzos than to the heavily marketed z-drugs, which became the go-to choice for medicating sleep: The number of appointments yielding z-drug prescriptions jumped from 540,000 in 1994 to 16.2 million in 2007, an average of more than one million new prescriptions a year. This staggering growth, said Grandner, has likely leveled off in the years since, although it's hard to measure. 

And while 65-and-over patients are far more vulnerable to aging-related sleep changes, they weren't the ones gobbling up sleep drugs. The young-to-middle-aged adults were. Their complaints, researchers surmised, were probably due to "non-biological issues, including stress, multiple social roles, increased use of technology, or targeted marketing of sleep-inducing drugs." 

So, at a glance: In 1993, sleep complaints far outnumbered both insomnia diagnoses and sleep-med prescriptions. But, by 2007, sleep complaints and insomnia diagnoses were relatively equal. And both were far less common than prescriptions for sleep meds — millions of people who weren't insomniacs started taking drugs for insomnia. If insomnia diagnoses alone had increased, or if diagnoses and prescriptions had increased proportionally, then, researchers wrote, the data might suggest a true increase in the prevalence of insomnia as a stand-alone disease. But, that wasn't what happened.

I think people see sleep disturbances as a nuisance that they would like to medicate away.

A number of overlapping factors explain the data. For instance, awareness of sleep health (which is a good thing) probably factored in to some extent: Doctors increasingly diagnosed insomnia in patients who made appointments about health issues unrelated to their sleep issues. This suggests that sleep became something doctors asked about in relation to other maladies. Also, doctors started to view sleeplessness as a disease in its own right rather than as a symptom of another problem: Until 2006, sleep-challenged patients were most likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness. Then, the scales tipped, and poor sleep became the affliction of insomniacs. Same issue, new name. 

The introduction of z-drugs contributed to the medicalization of sleeplessness. There's nothing wrong with using effective treatments to, well, treat diseases. But, as sleep experts almost uniformly argue, z-drugs are not as effective on a long-term basis as behavioral (non-drug) insomnia therapy. And, Americans' love affair with sleep drugs doesn't necessarily translate to any deeper investment in sleep health. Grandner said he hasn't seen data to support the idea that we've grown more likely to pathologize sleep problems, meaning view them as abnormal enough to qualify as a disease.

"Anecdotally," he said, "I think people see sleep disturbances as a nuisance that they would like to medicate away, like a headache. Not a result of a set of lifestyle choices. So maybe we are more willing to recognize it. I don't know for sure whether we are more likely to take it seriously, though."

This story was originally published in February 2017

A Natural way to a better sleep

by Francis @ Dream Tree Organic Beds

You’ve tried a warm bath, a hot, milky drink and even counting sheep, but you’re still lying wide awake wondering why you can’t fall asleep. Now, one scientist claims he has a way of getting insomniacs to slip into a slumber in just 60 seconds – and it doesn’t involve prescription drugs or strange lighting. […]

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Wallingford Firm Latex Mattress

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For a pure and simple concept at a good value, look no further than the Wallingford Firm. It has a simple, all-botanical latex core for comfort and breathability. The 100% cotton cover is zipper-removable for easy washing.

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Bella Sera Firmness Guide

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your three layers to be soft, medium, or firm. Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to be a different firmness level. For more detailed information, please read about customizing your mattress.  After you have slept on the mattress, if […]

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Avoiding Harmful Chemicals

by ecosleep @ ECO Sleep Solutions

One of the criteria we use in selecting the products we sell is that they be as free as possible of man-made chemicals ie: no chemical flame retardants, no formaldehyde, etc. Here are some tips to avoid potentially harmful chemicals.  Citation is given to the great website https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com for the tips we summarize here. Eat […]

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The Truth About Blankets and Dream-Cheaters, and Other News in Sleep

The Truth About Blankets and Dream-Cheaters, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Only in dreams  

It's (beyond) fair to get angry with your partner for cheating on you, unless the two-timer is caught in flagrante in your dreams. As one writer discovered, however, infidelity dreams can lead to real-life distress (as we've reported) — especially if they become a recurring experience. But experts say infidelity dreams generally have more to do with your personal issues and stressors than what's going on in your relationship. And you can use a nightmare treatment technique, called Image Rehearsal Therapy, to edit the adultery out of your dreams. [New York

Weighed down and out cold 

Weighted blankets have been used as an anti-anxiety tool for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Processing Disorders for decades. But they're having a mainstream moment. And they're being touted as, among other things, an insomnia fix (but not a clinically validated one so far). So one writer-slash-insomniac tested out the weigh-your-body-to-sleep method. Her verdict? It's worth a shot — but probably not worth the $100 price tag (on hers). "But really," she wrote, "I'd just recommend any form of stress relief ... even if that just means noticing those "I'm going to be up forever" thoughts." [Glamour]

What's the deal with blankets? 

Most people don't enjoy sweating the night away. But most of us still crawl underneath the covers come bedtime, even during the summer. And this ritual isn't culturally specific: Anthropological research on equatorial societies revealed that only nomadic foragers regularly slept sans blankets. Everyone else fashioned some sort of blanket for themselves. Why are blankets so ubiquitous? Well, there may be a few reasons. For one thing, we learn to associate bedtime with blankets from birth — they're "transitional objects." Not to mention, we lose the ability to regulate body temperature during REM sleep, leaving us dependent on external heat sources. [Atlas Obscura]

Have you found the secret to a good night's sleep?

Seriously, The Guardian wants to know about the small changes people have made to improve shuteye. So, if you ditched blue light or discovered sleep masks or made any kind of tweak that helped you conquer sleeplessness, go forth and share your knowledge. [The Guardian]

Parents just don't understand (about teens' circadian rhythms)

Many studies have touted the health-and-performance benefits of bumping back school start times for teenagers, on account of their delayed circadian rhythms. But about half of the 554 parents who participated in a University of Michigan survey on the issue said they opposed later school start times. The survey also suggested that many parents underestimate the amount of sleep teens need (hint: seven hours won't cut it.) [University of Michigan]

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Nectar Sleep: ‘The Best Mattress Offers the Best Sleep’

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Getting good sleep isn’t easy; stress keeps your mind racing, chronic pain makes you body ache, and there’s always too much to do with too little time to do it! Many of us aren’t getting the restorative sleep we need each night. Natural sleep aids like melatonin, magnesium glycinate, and GABA all help but oftentimes fall short […]

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9 Sleep Disorders that Seem Spooky

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

A high-pitched scream breaks the silence of the night. A zombie stalks the streets as the clock strikes midnight. You wake unable to move away […]

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Tips to Improve Sleep

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

Improve sleep Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to sleep. Tossing and turning as your mind is racing, going over everything that happened today. Night noises keep you awake. What can you do? There ARE things you can do! Here are some new tricks to sleep well. Sleep on a proper mattress A Read More

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Sleep Loss Makes the Brain Cannibalistic, and Other News in Sleep

Sleep Loss Makes the Brain Cannibalistic, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Looking to catch up on the latest discussions and research in the world of shuteye? I've got you covered. Here's this week's Nightcap:

Is ADHD actually a sleep disorder?  

After finding that a new narcolepsy drug, called Mazindol, managed ADHD symptoms better than stimulant meds, French researchers are wondering if we've misclassified the common disorder. Like the smart drug Modafinil, Mazindol works by mimicking the effects of the wakefulness-promoting brain chemical orexin. So a drug intended to keep people awake also helped them focus. How does this make ADHD a sleep disorder? Well, it's possible, researchers suggested, that circadian rhythms are misaligned in those with ADHD, leaving them sleepy during the day and wired at night. [New Scientist

Would you hire a sleep coach?

A mom of three talks about hiring a sleep coach to help sleep-train her infant daughter after round-the-clock parenting turned her into a forgetful zombie. [Washington Post] And, over at Refinery29, a fed-up insomniac looks back on the three months she spent working with a sleep coach. With her coach's help, the author worked to improve her sleep hygiene and escape the "anxiety-insomnia feedback loop" fueling her long, sleepless nights. [Refinery29

The sleep-starved brain is a cannibal 

In a study on mice, researchers from Italy found that sleep deprivation triggered a type of brain cell, called astrocytes, to go hard on pruning unnecessary brain connections. In the short term, cleaning shop might do the brain a solid by protecting its healthy connections against wear and tear. But, in the long term, Konmari-ing the brain might pave the way for neurodegenerative disease. This finding might help explain why chronic sleep loss appears to increase one's vulnerability to developing dementia. In sum: Too little of a good thing (sleep) —> too much of a good thing (brain waste management). [New Scientist]

Let's call it the "Larry David Sleep Syndrome"

Neuroticism, a personality trait marked by fun things like negativity, over-thinking and anxiety, has consistently been linked to poor sleep quality. Now, researchers are examining the particulars of the relationship between being a nervous nitpicker and struggling with shuteye. [Van Winkle's

Put the phones down, kids (vol. XXX)

Teens who Snap the night away get worse sleep than good kids who relinquish their smart devices at bedtime, according to a recent study. Researchers from Griffith and Murdoch Universities in Australia spent three years tracking late-night phone use and mental health in Aussie teens. They found a direct link between nighttime phone use and poor sleep quality. And, in turn, researchers found that crappy sleep lead to crappy outcomes, including reduced self esteem and increased moodiness. [Hindustan Times]

This is what insomnia looks like

Rather than stare at the ceiling all night long, Michael Massaia, a photographer and chronic insomniac, fled to Central Park in the wee hours of the night. There, he snapped photos of the empty urban sanctuary in order to capture the loneliness of insomnia. He compiled the images for a photo series intended to call attention to the can't-sleep disease. [Huffington Post]

You know you want to read this list

Of the most interesting people in sleep — 15 researchers, writers and cultural figures who are shaping our resting lives. [Van Winkle's]

Why You're Most Likely to Take Risks When You're Only a Little Bit Tired

Why You're Most Likely to Take Risks When You're Only a Little Bit Tired

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

If you're trying to curb a gambling habit, then you should stay away from casinos when you're moderately tired. It will be easier to pass by the blackjack tables, emerging research suggests, when you're either wide awake or exhausted. Why? Well, when you're just a little bit tired, you're low enough on self-control, but still have the oomph you need, to follow through on risky urges. 

Severe sleep loss has been associated with risky behavior, such as drug use, unsafe sex and doing the cinnamon challenge. This phenomenon is thought to be rooted, at least partially, in two brain changes: 1) increased activity in the amygdala, a tiny almond-shaped structure that fires up in response to emotionally arousing cues in the environment, and 2) reduced connectivity between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex, the brain's center for rational thought. Typically, the prefrontal cortex regulates amygdala activity, thereby tempering emotional reactions. But, in the sleep-deprived brain, the amygdala is hyperactive and unrestrained. As a result, people are more sensitive to siren calls and less able to control their impulses.  

But engaging in risky behavior may take more than being in an emotionally volatile and impulsive state. In some cases, taking risks takes effort. And, in an upcoming study from Iowa State University, effort emerged as a key factor in the sleep-risk equation.

Researchers, who presented their work at the 2017 SLEEP conference in June, chose to look at the relationship between risk-taking and sleepiness, which is a measure of your current propensity to fall asleep. Your level of sleepiness, at any given time of day, reflects sleep-wake factors other than how long you've been awake. Circadian rhythms also come into play. "For most people there is an increase in sleepiness in the afternoon, often colloquially referred to as the "post-lunch dip," study co-author Garrett Hisler told Van Winkle's

The study involved 130 college students who assessed their levels of sleepiness immediately before performing a computerized task, called the BART. It's one of a few tools psychologists use to study impulsivity and risk-taking. And, in previous research, BART performance has accurately predicted real-life behavior related to gambling, drug and cigarette use, car crashes, unprotected sex and stealing.

The BART works like this: Participants earn real money by pumping (virtual) balloons. Each round, participants can choose to pump one balloon between 1 and 64 times, earning more money with each pump. But, the balloons will burst at some point before the 64th pump, and participants don't know when. If balloons burst while participants are still pumping, they lose all their money from that round. If they move on to the next round before their balloons burst, they keep their earnings.

In other risk-taking situations, such as staying put when the fire alarm sounds or saying yes to unprotected sex, you can flirt with danger with relatively little effort.

BART has predicted all sorts of risky behavior. But the task of pumping a balloon to obtain money most closely resembles real-life risky activities that are effortful, such as playing blackjack or using slot machines. Both of these, Hisler said, involve "taking a risk to acquire a (usually small) reward and repeatedly putting effort into continuing to gamble to obtain more reward."

In other risk-taking situations, such as staying put when the fire alarm sounds or saying yes to unprotected sex, you can flirt with danger without expending much effort.

Hisler and his team proposed two hypotheses for how sleepiness would affect risk-taking on the BART. Based on a slim and inconsistent body of previous research, they first predicted that sleepier participants would take more risks. Alternatively, they floated the possibility of a curvilnear pattern, meaning that moderately sleepy participants would take more risks than participants who were either peppy or exhausted. The idea here is that, when people start to feel tired enough to fall asleep, they "disengage from pursuing rewards in the environment." 

And that's what happened. Moderately sleepy participants spent more time on the BART, pumping and exploding more balloons. And, in this case, more time amounted to higher earnings. (Gambling doesn't always work out like that in real life, of course.) Researchers took into account other factors that might influence the risk-sleep relationship, including chronotype, time of day and propensity towards sensation-seeking. But, moderate sleepiness predicted risk-taking regardless.

While the study results make sense theoretically, this is actually the first study, to the authors' knowledge, to report a curvilinear relationship between sleepiness and risk-taking. But the idea that very sleepy people shy away from effortful risks is supported by other ongoing research: Researchers at Wayne University and Henry Ford Hospital are in the process of writing up a study on night-shift workers, who, on account of their wonky schedules, may keep hours that don't match their body clocks. This is called circadian misalignment, and it's likely to be correlated with sleepiness. 

In this study, researchers found that, the sleepier participants were before beginning a risk-taking task (not the BART), the less likely they were to take risks. And, when very sleepy participants did take risks, they were less likely to succeed than their alert counterparts. The findings, according to study co-author Philip Cheng, "add to the literature that sleepiness does not always increase risk taking, but does impact how effective individuals are achieving success through their risk behaviors."

Both studies challenge the notion that sleepiness and risk-taking are associated in a uniform way. Cheng says his team will keep studying cognitive processes affected by shift-work-related circadian misalignment. "One avenue of continued research," Cheng said, "would be to see if manipulating circadian phase (e.g., improving circadian misalignment) would also show improvements in the success rate of risk-taking."

Hisler's team doesn't have any immediate plans to expand their risk-taking study, due to commitments to other projects. But, if they did explore the issue further, Hisler said, they'd try to replicate the findings to make sure they weren't a statistical fluke. Additionally, Hisler said he'd want to see if the same trend would emerge for less effortful risky behavior.

But, as it stands, the study already has real-world applications. Based on the findings, it would make sense to consider sleepiness as a factor in efforts to curb risky behavior, such as addiction therapy or initiatives to promote safe sex among teens. "Times or situations in which individuals are likely to be moderately sleepy (e.g., when the time-of-day does not match chronotype)," study authors wrote, "may be indicators of when individuals are the most likely to engage in pursuit of risky rewards or cave to appetitive impulses." 

In other words? You may be more likely to take risks, and succeed at them, during your afternoon slump than after pulling an all-nighter. 

"I'm not sure what kind of risky behaviors are most likely to occur during the middle of the day," said Hisler. "Perhaps more social risks such as lying or stealing office supplies may be more relevant in the afternoon." 

Guard those Post-it notes.

Maintaining Innerspring Mattresses

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

Sleep Junkies, who pursue a mission to educate, raise awareness and let people know that sleep is not, as Jim Butcher said, “a criminal waste of time“,  it’s a life-giving, life-changing activity, one that makes you fitter, stronger, smarter, happier and healthier, as you can imagine have paid a lot of attention to the best ways to get a good night’s sleep. When it...

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Brentwood Home Oceano Mattress Review

by Jessica Jones @ The Sleep Judge

Is a Sense of Purpose the Way to Solid Sleep?

Is a Sense of Purpose the Way to Solid Sleep?

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

In my experience, it's easier to get up in the morning when you feel like your life has purpose. And, according to a new study, a purpose-filled life also makes it easier to fall (and stay) asleep at night. Neurologists at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine explored the relationship between purpose in life and sleep issues in older adults. More meaningful, goal-oriented lives, researchers found, were associated with better sleep quality and lower risk for two sleep-related disorders, sleep apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Psychologists make careers out of defining and measuring unwieldy feelings and concepts. The squishy notion of "purpose in life," for instance, is defined as "a sense of meaning and directedness in their life, essentially having aspirations and goals for the future and feeling that experiences in life are meaningful." And, in past research, purpose in life has emerged as a protective factor against various diseases and health snafus, including cardiac disease, depression, early death and, of course, shuteye troubles. 

The association between living a non-hollow existence and logging top-notch Zzzs has been the focus of a few different studies. And, in general, fulfilling lives and restful nights appear to go together. In one 2004 study, for instance, older women whose lives were brimming with purpose exhibited less body movement at night, suggesting high sleep quality. And another study, in which researchers tackled the purpose-sleep issue from the other direction, reported a link between lower levels of purpose and unhealthy sleep duration (meaning either too much or too little sleep). Those were both cross-sectional studies, meaning they examined the relationship between two factors at a single moment in time. But in a 2010 longitudinal study — meaning a study based on data collected on the same people repeatedly over time — those who reported higher levels of purpose at the outset of the study were least likely to experience disrupted sleep later on. So, the purpose-sleep link has held up across different types of research.

Authors of the current study sought to build on the sleep-and-purpose literature by examining both overall sleep quality and sleep disorders that are especially common in older people. The study involved 800 participants, 60-99 years old, who were recruited from Chicago-area senior living facilities. Because studies have found a higher incidence of disturbed sleep, as well as greater susceptibility to sleep-disordered breathing, in black Americans (compared to white ones), researchers intentionally recruited both (and only) black and white participants. But the results didn't show any race-based differences. 

Participants filled out questionnaires on sleep, sleep disorder symptoms and life purpose at the outset of the study. For the life-purpose questionnaire, participants had to determine the extent to which they agreed with statements such as "I feel good when I think of what I’ve done in the past and what I hope to do in the future” and “some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.” 

Researchers also followed up with patients one, two and three years after the study began to track any changes in sleep. Overall, higher levels of purpose predicted better sleep quality, both at the outset and one year later. High-purpose participants were also less likely to develop sleep apnea, as well as report RLS and sleep apnea symptoms, one and two years later.  

The findings could be interpreted in two ways, researchers wrote. First, it's possible that people with purpose-filled lives reported better, less disordered sleep because people who lead purpose-filled lives also lead happier, less disease-ridden ones. Less disease --> fewer sleep complaints. Alternatively, people who live for something meaningful might be more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices and engage in good-for-you behaviors, such as exercise, regular medical visits and relaxing recreational activities. In turn, these healthy behaviors might lead to a lower risk of developing sleep apnea and RLS. 

Scientists Discovered Sleep in Jellyfish

Scientists Discovered Sleep in Jellyfish

by Sophie Yeo @ Van Winkle's

To some, Cassiopea jellyfish may appear constantly sleepy. They rarely swim, instead opting to lie on their backs on the seabed and gently pulse. But it hasn't been clear whether or not these "upside-down" jellyfish actually sleep — until now. A group of scientists from California recently made the surprising discovery that the listless creatures really do sleep at night. And, if they don't get enough sleep, they become groggy and sluggish the next day.

The findings are significant. They prove, for the first time, that animals without brains need sleep. The study, published in the journal Current Biology, reveals new possibilities about sleep’s evolutionary origins.

“We went for the simplest animal that we thought might sleep," said study co-author Ravi Nath, a graduate student at Caltech. "Going to jellyfish, we pushed this back to the root of sleep. It shows sleep must be rooted in an ancient and important function.” 

Academics have long been intrigued about which animals need to sleep. In some creatures, like humans and cats, the signs of sleep are unmistakeable. But as animals become more primitive, the necessity of sleep becomes more of a puzzle.

Scientists often study sleep in invertebrate fruit flies, and have found evidence that roundworms sleep, too. But these simple animals are still an evolutionary level above jellyfish, which have a "nerve net" of neurons spread around the body rather than a centralized nervous system.

“Humans and jellyfish are almost as distant evolutionarily as you can go," said co-author Claire Bedbrook, a graduate student at Caltech. "This really emphasizes how important the sleep state is, and gets you thinking about why something as simple as a jellyfish would even require sleep."   

Scientists from Australia had previously shown that deadly box jellyfish exhibit certain signs of sleep. But no one had demonstrated that jellyfish could fall into a full slumber. 

Biologically, sleep is a carefully defined term. To prove that the jellyfish were actually asleep — rather than simply tired or comatose — the scientists had to carry out a number of experiments.

First, they measured how frequently the jellyfish pulsed at night, compared to during the daytime. After analyzing their tank of 23 jellyfish for six days, they discovered that the pulse rate declined by around 32% at night.

Then, researchers had to find out if the jellyfish could be woken up easily — to prove they were experiencing sleep rather than paralysis or coma — which the researchers achieved by sprinkling a little food into their tanks.

Another element of the sleep test was finding out if the jellyfish became less responsive at night. 

They did this by measuring how long it took the sleepy jellyfish to move to the bottom of the tank, their favorite spot, at night compared to during the day. And, just like humans, the jellies were sluggish after being woken up. But they recovered quickly when scientists made them do the same task a second time.

The final task was to figure out whether the spineless study specimens displayed evidence of sleep deprivation. In what was surely a brutal night for the jellyfish, the researchers squirted them with water for ten seconds every 20 minutes. And, the next day, the sleep-deprived jellies were lethargic and inactive.

So what can we understand from a tank of sleepy jellyfish? Their behavior suggests that, at its essence, sleep might be a more basic process than scientists had previously realized. It's possible that the complex functions achieved by our eight hours in bed are merely the window dressing on a simple biological requirement.

“If sleep is found in such a basic and simple animal, it's likely the original function of sleep is also basic and simple," said Nath. "That means that the complicated sleep [features], like memory [consolidation] and sleep stages, were added on as decoration later on, as sleeping evolved." 

“It is pretty surprising that something as seemingly simple as a jellyfish has a sleep-like state,” said Dion Dickman, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, who wasn’t involved in the study, but who researches sleep in flies.

The study, Dickman explained, supports the idea that sleep may have originally emerged as something distinct from the vital process for memory and learning that it's become in higher-order organisms. 

Mattress Shopping: Value Versus Perceived Deal

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

Value Versus A Deal Last week, Beds By Design founder, Rory Karpathian and I were at a favorite restaurant near our showroom in Rochester, Michigan.  Our waiter, familiar to us, shyly told us he had just been mattress shopping elsewhere. Then his face lit up in great animation as he described the awesome deal he got [...]

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How Essential Oils Can Help You Sleep Better

by Admin @ New Living

Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to the body, mind, and soul. For most people, it’s easy to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep throughout the night. However, many struggle with falling asleep and resting soundly. Often times it’s difficult to shut off the mind from all the day’s thoughts and stresses and […]

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5 Healthy Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

by Admin @ New Living

Day should be enough for your work or even a little TV shows binging. Night is meant to sleep. If you are not sleeping properly every night, then you could feel run down and it could lead to health consequences. Even tossing and turning at night can be unhealthy and can leave you feeling drained. […]

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Should You Buy a Bed with an Adjustable Base?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

If you’ve been looking for a more comfortable way to sleep, you should consider both the quality of your mattress and your sleeping position. Sleeping on a bed with an adjustable base can provide you with health benefits and unequaled comfort. These kinds of bases allow you to sit upright or sleep with your legs raised. While they’re ideal for...

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How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 5

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

At Shepherd’s Dream we work closely with Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California. Woolgatherer supplies all the wool we use to make our natural and organic wool bedding. Over the past several weeks we’ve been exploring how our wool is processed – from the pastures to the ready-to-use […]

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What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?

What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?


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What Is The Best Eco-Friendly Way To Clean Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Is It Important To Clean Your Mattress? You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to keep it clean and fresh. Cleaning your mattress, in the best eco-friendly way, may seem complicated. However, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Many people don’t realize the importance of cleaning their mattresses regularly, even though there may be dirt, dust Read More

Wool Bedding Compression 101

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

One of the most important considerations in caring for your all-natural wool bedding is compression. Being mindful of compression ensures that your wool-filled bedding withstands many years of use. At Shepherd’s Dream, all of our bedding is made with wool batting which experiences compression within the first 6 months of regular use. The explanation for […]

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Real Men Sleep on Rocks

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

Rich? Powerful? Part of the ruling elite? Sleeping on a rock pillow is for you.
...At least if you lived thousands of years ago it was.

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6 Natural Sleep Aids And Remedies To Treat Insomnia

6 Natural Sleep Aids And Remedies To Treat Insomnia


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Drug-free sleep is possible. Here’s how to get those eyelids to finally close.

Organic Mattresses Inc (OMI)

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Committed to purity, Organic Mattresses Inc. known as OMI offers certified organic and pure products. The Natural Sleep Store carries the Rossa pocket coil organic mattresses unsurpassed in price and quality. Sale OMI Rossa Pocket Coil Organic Mattress Free Shipping! The Rossa certified organic pocket-coil mattress offers customizable comfort in the popular combination of latex […]

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Back to School

by Kera Dupree @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

It’s that back -to-school time of year where both children and parents are getting used to different schedules and activities. During summer vacation, parents occasionally let their children stay up past their regular bed times or sleep-in later in the morning. But the demands of the day care, pre-school or school schedule require that children...

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Organic Mattress | Latex Mattress | Green Dream Beds | Durham NC

Organic Mattress | Latex Mattress | Green Dream Beds | Durham NC


Green Dream Beds

Green Dream Beds. Your best choice for an organic mattress, non-toxic mattress, bedding, pillows, nontoxic children's beds, Savvy Rest, Naturepedic, Ergovea

Candace

by admin @ NaturalBed

I have already bought the heaven and earth bed, I love it!!! I sleep great every night. I also bought the solid latex pillows. they are wonderful. I called Jeanie and asked her if they had dog beds, and she said they were coming out with a new pet line. I ordered the x-large one. Continue Reading

Health Benefits of Using a Natural Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Did you know that “going organic” isn’t just limited to the food you eat? You can incorporate other organic products into your lifestyle as well. One important way to go organic is by choosing a natural mattress. Since you spend as much of a third of your life in bed,... Keep Reading

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Organic on a Budget

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Organic on a Budget | Eat organic without breaking the bank.Read More ...

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Natural & Organic Handmade Mattresses | Gardner Mattress

Natural & Organic Handmade Mattresses | Gardner Mattress


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Based out of New England, Gardner Mattress is devoted to crafting our classic and organic mattresses by hand in the USA to give you the best night possible.

Pesticides in the bedroom

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Imagine this: You spend months picking out the perfect mattress. You pay a sum that should have been a deposit on a Ford Mustang. And you take your new investment home for your first night of pure bliss. You wake up the following morning to itchy running eyes, a congested head, a minor wheeze, and […]

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DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Inside: My two-ingredient DIY dry shampoo recipe, which I carry in my purse for those days when I don’t get to lather up my coconut oil shampoo bar and then realize I’m going to run into every single person I know.   In my dreams, little elves clean my house every night while I’m sleeping, and […]

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Leesa vs Lull Mattress- What You Need To Know

by Frank Apodaca @ The Sleep Judge

Natural Mattress with Michigan Wool

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

A natural mattress with Michigan wool couldn't be a more natural choice for our handmade in Harbor Springs mattress company.  We use wool from a Michigan woolen mill that gathers fleece from Michigan sheep farmers.  We feel good buying and selling local.  Plus, farming sheep for fleece is sustainable as sheep regrow their fur.  We [...]

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Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 1): All-Natural Wool Mattress, Topper & Latex Pad

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

One of the advantages of all natural wool bedding is its versatility. Wool bedding greatly benefits from a layered approach which, in turn, provides many options for optimizing the bedding experience to the individual – rather than the other way around. Understanding the advantages of the different layers helps to identify which choices are best […]

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In-Store Discounts

by ecosleep @ ECO Sleep Solutions

We have started our Winter sale early!  Come in any time from now through the end of January and ask us about our large in-store discount.  It’s the largest we have ever offered.  Because of our agreements with vendors we cannot advertise the discount or apply it to anything other than in-store sales. Jim

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The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Let’s Celebrate! We’ve Created the First Certified Non-Toxic Sofa in the US

by Admin @ New Living

We’ve got big news that we are so excited to share! Our very own Tilly Sofa is officially the first certified non-toxic sofa in the USA! At New Living, we care about health and not only feature organic and natural mattresses from lots of health conscious brands, we also create pieces with our partners HTX […]

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When Sleep Becomes a Nightmare in Teenagers

by admin @ Green Dwellers

By now we all know that the body uses sleep to re-energize many of its cells and the brain uses it to enhance memories and solve problems.  Studies show you are more likely to remember something later when you get some zzz’s after learning it.  First to understand sleep — our Circadian Rhythm is an […]

Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

With almost 1/3 of our lives spent in bed, what we sleep on does affect us. Your mattress is a long term investment in your comfort and health. Organic latex mattresses are made of organic latex, organic cotton and organic wool. The components of our organic mattresses, cotton, wool and latex, are cultivated using NO […]

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How Local Business Philanthropy Works for You

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

It’s been said that a rising tide lifts all boats. At Urban Mattress, we choose to live by that philosophy with our focus on making local business philanthropy work for you and your community. Here’s how we do that, and why. How local stores, local sales staff, and local philanthropy go hand-in-glove We sell our […]

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The Sleep Envelope

by blake @ Bedrooms & More

The “sleep envelope” was introduced to us around twenty years ago. It’s the idea that not one single element of your bed is the key to a good night’s sleep, but rather that every piece works together to create the perfect environment to catch some shut eye. We must admit, we were skeptical at first. […]

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How Lack of Sleep Affects Libido

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

If you cut down on your sleep, you might find that you've lost that lovin' feeling.

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Four Smells That Will Change The Way You Sleep

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

Sniff sniff... is that the smell of sleep? These odors won't just help you sleep – they'll help perk you up in the morning too.

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Products on Display

by denverorganic @ The Natural Sleep Store

Organic Mattresses: On The Natural Sleep Store’s Denver Organic Mattress showroom floor, we are currently featuring organic mattresses from the following manufacturers: Green Sleep (Dolcezza and Ergo Concept 8), Bella Sera (Nove 3 and Nove 3 Pillowtop), Savvy Rest (Organic Serenity), Royal-Pedic (Natural Cotton With Wool Wrap), Suite Sleep (Little Pocket Spring), Naturepedic (2 in […]

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Health Benefits of an Organic Wool Pillowtop

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Choosing the right mattress is one of the most important keys to getting a good night of sleep. That, in turn, can help you stay healthier and feel more rested during the day. Organic mattresses are designed with your comfort and safety in mind, and are prized as a healthy alternative to... Keep Reading

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DIY Night Cream

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

DIY Night Cream | An all-natural recipe that won't clog pores.Read More ...

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Mattress Sizes

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

Mattress Sizes: Length Width Height Twin 75″ 39″ 10.5″ Twin X-Long 80″ 39″ 10.5″ Full 75″ 54″ 10.5″ Queen 75″ 60″ 10.5″ King 80″ 76″ 10.5″ California King 84″ 72″ 10.5″ Split King (2 Twin XL) 80″ 78″ 10.5″     Metric to U.S. Conversion: For measuring purposes, the exact conversion is as follows: 1 Read More

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A smart pillow and other sleep innovations

A smart pillow and other sleep innovations


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We aren't just sleeping in our beds; we are also working, eating, checking email and watching television. Companies have responded by creating innovative products for the bedroom.

Worry-Free Dreams, Environmentally Correct Bed

by Francis @ Dream Tree Organic Beds

As mattresses labeled “organic” and “natural” have become increasingly common, it has become harder for consumers to sort through manufacturers’ claims. The question of what’s really in a mattress is important, at least as some people see it, because, they believe, any product made with synthetic materials carries potential health risks. “You spend a third […]

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5 Things You Can Do To Be A Conscious and Ethical Consumer This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You have the power to make a meaningful impact on humanity’s greatest challenges, particularly during the holiday season. There are things you can do that will make your purchases better for the planet and humanity, as you shop. Shop Local and Small Businesses There are many benefits to gain when you choose to shop from local and/or small businesses. Local shops and small businesses tend to carry Read More

The Best Mattresses for Back Pain (2018 Updated Research)

The Best Mattresses for Back Pain (2018 Updated Research)


Ted & Stacey's Mattress Guides & Reviews

Many claim to be the best mattress for back pain. We stacked the 4 most popular models and evaluated their pros and cons. Click here for our findings!

Sleeping Through Pregnancy

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

Pregnancy is an exciting time in anyone’s life. From getting a nursery ready to shopping for all those itty-bitty baby clothes, nothing could be more thrilling. Unfortunately, growing and preparing for a baby is exhausting work, and many times the symptoms of pregnancy can leave expecting women unable to get the sleep they need to […]

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How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 4

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

In previous blog posts, we discussed the first few stages of processing wool: Selecting Wool Growers, Shearing, and Skirting, Grading & Baling. This process is overseen by Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California. Woolgatherer supplies all the wool we use to make our natural and organic wool bedding. […]

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Getting Better Rest on Vacation

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

Vacations are supposed to be restful, right? You don’t have to be at work. Most people don’t even have to set an alarm clock while they’re on vacation. You have long, peaceful days to spend in the location of your choice, whether you’re lounging on the beach, hanging out by a lake, or taking the […]

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Acacia Phillipe Bedroom Set

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

We stock products that are popular for all the right reasons We’re always excited when a product is impossible to keep in stock. So many of our bedding lines have their own following. For example, we’re one of the only stores in the area promoting washable wool as a superior material to down; we don’t […]

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Tips for Buying a Royal-Pedic Inner-Spring Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Royal-Pedic is a 71-year-old luxury organic mattress company, renowned the world over for quality and comfort that lasts for generations. They have created a pair of firm inner-spring mattresses exclusive to The Organic Mattress Store. Both beds are hand-crafted in the United States, using only the finest organic materials—Certified Organic... Keep Reading

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Natural Sleep Aids Archives | Dream Tree Organic Beds

Natural Sleep Aids Archives | Dream Tree Organic Beds


Dream Tree Organic Beds

Nature holds the solution to whatever is ailing you. If you’re looking to reach an extra level of relaxation, we’ve got just the thing.

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

14 Best Organic, Eco Friendly & Natural Mattresses Online

by Staff Guide @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Review the best organic, natural and eco friendly mattresses and brands that have been designed by these top mattress companies so you can have a soothing night's sleep regardless of your income. Live and Sleep Eco-Friendly Mattress. Layla Sleep Memory Foam Mattress. My Green Mattress. Avocado Organic Mattress and many more. 

Environmental Toxins May Contribute to Aging

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Chronological age is determined by birth date. Biological age is established by physiological and molecular cells within the individual. The latter is influenced by the exposure of damaging substances in the environment, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke, or even stress (gerontogens). Aging occurs when the body goes through a biological mechanism called senescence. During this process, healthy cells become impaired and they lose their ability to divide. Over a period of time, these impaired cells begin to compile, using resources and releasing hormones with inflammatory characteristics. This majorly contributes to aging and age related diseases. Someday, scientists hope that blood...

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Why It’s Important To Sleep On A Chemical-Free Mattress

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping in your bed. If you think about it, that’s a lot of time spent snuggling up to your mattress. Your bed should be your sanctuary, allowing you to get the rest your body and mind need, without putting your health at risk. Unfortunately, not all mattresses are healthy to sleep on. Today, all U.S. mattresses must meet federal Read More

17 Organic And Eco-Friendly Beauty and Cosmetic Products For Everyday

17 Organic And Eco-Friendly Beauty and Cosmetic Products For Everyday

by Mary Daniel @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Finding the best organic, natural and eco-friendly beauty products and skincare can be a challenge.  While we love to create our own personal spa days with a good DIY beauty concoction (probably involving coconut oil), we’re still very much product junkies that can’t get enough of our monthly beauty hauls.

Best Organic Mattress Reviews 2018

Best Organic Mattress Reviews 2018


The Sleep Judge

Natural and organic mattresses are just what they sound like. The construction of some or most of the materials is made up of natural components such as wool and cotton. If you are prepared to make a sizable investment in a product that will feature some of the best quality materials in the industry, I'm excited to walk you through the various types of natural and organic mattresses on the market. There is a lot more to consider than meets the eye to help you find the best natural and organic mattress to meet your needs, so let's jump right in! Comparison Table Why the Popularity in Organic Mattresses? Highly Durable What Makes an Organic Bed? Check the Expiration Date on Certifications Latex and Control Union Common Organic Components Organic cotton Organic wool Understanding the Manufacturing Process Adhesives, Flame Retardants, and Other Man-Made Materials You Won't Find Organic vs. Non-Organic vs. Eco-Friendly Pros and Cons of Organic Mattresses Understanding Volatile

The 11 Best Organic Bedding and Sheet Sources

The 11 Best Organic Bedding and Sheet Sources

by Meggan Knowles @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

You spend about one-third of your life in bed, so it's an important place to invest in clean, healthy, and beautiful products! These 11 makers of natural and organic bedding offer a range of designs to suit every taste and budget.

Politicians Who Don't Nap, and Other News in Sleep

Politicians Who Don't Nap, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

In the city that never sleeps, a mayor who [claims he] never naps  

The New York Post published a scoop with "scandal" written all over it: NYC Mayor de Blasio likes to nap. Quelle horreur. In response, Blasio called the allegation "absurd and untrue." Then, in a juicy follow-up story, the Daily News asked other politicians about their personal napping policies. And? No daytime Zzzs for them, either. In 2017, isn't it a bit retrograde for mayoral naps to raise eyebrows and for napping allegations to be dismissed as "absurd"? Don't we know enough about the benefits of napping, and the napping habits of geniuses, to write off napping rumors as no big deal? New York can do better than de Nap-gate. [New York Times]

If sucking up to your boss is getting you nowhere...   

...then try getting more sleep. Managers perceive their working relationships with employees to be of lower quality when the employees are sleep-deprived. And vice versa: Employees think they have worse relationships with their managers when the managers are low on shuteye. These findings come courtesy of field studies helmed by Christopher Barnes, a business school professor at the University of Washington who's studied how sleep affects workplace dynamics and behavior. Barnes previously looked at the impact of sleep on charisma in leaders. [Harvard Business Review]

Total eclipse of your Monday night Zzzs 

There is no research linking solar eclipses and sleep (believe me, I looked). But if you had trouble falling asleep on Monday, here are some possible (read: speculative) explanations: Your giddiness over the eclipse left you too excited to sleep, a la the kids in my favorite '90s Disney World commercial. Also, we know that, during totality, some animal species start acting as though it's nighttime. Perhaps solar eclipses make humans a little nutty, too? And, finally, research has shown that our sleep is influenced by lunar cycles, as research has associated full moons and sleepless nights. If a full moon throws off our sleep, then it's feasible that a full moon-covered sun in mid-afternoon would too, right? Maybe. [Bustle]

Schools stubborn about later start times 

There's so much evidence behind the campaign to push back school start times for sleepy teens. But, according to a survey from the National Center for Education Statistics, the majority of schools are smiling and nodding and doing nothing to change high-schoolers' schedules. Based on data collected last year from a nationally representative sample of school principals, only about 13 percent of US schools start later than 8:30 (per recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics). So what's holding schools back from moving start times back? Logistical challenges and money, they say. [Washington Post]

Our political nightmare, in our dreams 

Kelly Bulkeley, a dream-content researcher, analyzes the dreams of thousands of people to make sense of broader sociological and cultural trends. In one project, Bulkeley studied the way Obama was represented in dreams over the course of his presidency. Here, Bulkeley discusses a new book, "Dreaming in Dark Times: Six Exercises in Political Thought," in which a professor named Sharon Sliwinski "approaches dreaming as a powerful resource for political theory." Bulkeley goes on to recommend, and break down, the work of four other writers who "are trying to make sense of today’s frightening political and cultural trends by using dreams and dream-related modes of thought and reflection." [Huffington Post]

Gov't Says 'Nah' to Regulating Sleep Apnea Testing, and Other News in Sleep

Gov't Says 'Nah' to Regulating Sleep Apnea Testing, and Other News in Sleep

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Wireless sleep tests are almost a thing 

Clinical-grade sleep testing, called polysomnography, requires people to spend a night sleeping (or trying to) in a lab, hooked up to all sorts of sensors and monitors. But a team of researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have invented a way to track sleep remotely using AI and radio signals. A touch-free device — similar to a wi-fi router — bounces radio waves off a dozing body to detect subtle movements. Then, using machine-learning algorithms, the device analyzes those subtle movements to collect data about the sleeper's breathing rate and sleep stages, among other brain-and-body processes. To test their wireless system, researchers monitored more than 100 nights of sleep in study volunteers. The system tracked sleep patterns with an 80-ish percent accuracy rate — more or less the same as non-wireless sleep tests. [Science

Sleep to learn and unlearn 

In a new study, French psychologists asked study participants to listen to various clips of white noise interspersed with other sounds and identify distinct patterns. Afterwards, participants went to bed and researchers replayed the sound clips during different stages of their slumber. The next morning, participants had to repeat the pattern-identification task. And, compared to the first time, they did a better job picking out patterns in sound clips to which they'd (unknowingly) been exposed during REM sleep. But they forgot previously identified patterns in clips that had been replayed during non-REM sleep. The results aren't fully understood. But they speak to the stage-dependent way sleep influences memory. Just like the patrons of Hotel California, some (sleep neurons) dance to remember; some dance to forget. [Quartz

Moms-to-be with insomnia are more likely to have preemies  

UCSF researchers analyzed medical records from nearly three million births that took place in California between 2007 and 2012. They found that mothers-to-be with insomnia or sleep apnea were twice as likely as women without sleep disorders to deliver more than six weeks before their due dates. The data revealed that insomnia and sleep apnea increased a woman's risk of having a preterm birth by 30 percent and 40 percent, respectively. It's unlikely, according to the lead study author, that lack of sleep would directly cause a woman to deliver early. But it could indirectly contribute to prematurity through various processes. The study was part of a larger initiative UCSF initiative to study prematurity. [Nature]

A house fit for an insomniac 

A renovated house in Melbourne, Australia won an architectural award for sustainability — not because of its solar panels or Green-certified septic system, but because it was "intrinsically shaped" by the chronic, lifelong insomnia of one of its owners. The architect hired to renovate the house describes the challenge of having to balance aesthetic considerations with the insomniac-owner's need for soundproof, dark spaces. [Life Matters

All aboard: Gov't takes a hard pass on making sure train conductors don't have sleep apnea 

Last week, two federal transportation agencies said they were halting efforts to require train engineers and truck drivers to undergo sleep apnea testing. The pursuit of federally mandated screenings for the sleep-breathing disorder had come in the wake of several deadly rail-and-road accidents in which undiagnosed sleep apnea was thought to play a role. 

The agencies now say it should be up to individual transportation companies to decide whether or not to test employees. The agencies' policy reversal has been condemned by the National Transportation Safety Board and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said he will push the agencies to reconsider their choice to let businesses regulate their policies on this matter. [Associated Press]

Red-eye on the road

So many industry-disrupting startups, so little time: A new service called Cabin is trying to make overnight bus rides (aka 8-hour nausea) a trendy "travel experience." The basic idea is: Why spend two hours sitting on a plane when you can spend all night dozing in a private sleep pod on a double-decker bus? Here's what one reporter, intrigued by the prospect of sleeper buses marketed towards the Angeleno influencer crowd, thought of her Cabin ride from LA to SF. [NPR]

Can a Bed with an Adjustable Base Help Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Over 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea and nearly 80% of cases remain undiagnosed. Sleep apnea leads to restless nights and can be linked to serious health issues. In addition to conventional treatments such as CPAP machines or surgery, you may want to consider a bed with an adjustable base. Raising Your Head Reduces Throat...

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Rebekah

by admin @ NaturalBed

Dear Folks, We love our new Heaven and Earth bed. However, I have a favor to ask. We also received two pillows…a latex and a wool. The latex was to be for me as I like to sleep on my side. My husband prefers a softer pillow, so the wool was for him. However, he Continue Reading

Talalay vs. Dunlop Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Types of Latex: Organic Rubber Latex -Synthetic Latex -Or a Combination of the Two Organic Latex: Organic latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree which is processed (see manufacturing process for Dunlop and Talalay). A mattress made from organic latex does not contain any chemicals, synthetics, pesticides, herbicides, or other man-made products. […]

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Finding The Perfect Bed For Your Needs

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

Sleep is vital, both allowing your body to rest and recover and giving you energy. Getting good sleep is hugely important to your overall health, and good sleep starts with good beds. When you buy a new bed, thinking about all the choices and options you have can easily become overwhelming. But once you look for in terms […]

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One Personality Trait is Linked to Poor Sleep Around the World

One Personality Trait is Linked to Poor Sleep Around the World

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

The Larry Davids, Monica Gellers, Niles Cranes, Ally McBeals and Mitchell Pritchetts of the world might be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting rest. If it's not obvious from this list of (mostly) fictional over-thinkers and nitpickers, neuroticism is the personality trait most directly and consistently linked to insomnia and other sleep problems. 

It might not be surprising that being neurotic and sleeping poorly go together like a fever and chills. Neurotic people are, after all, prone to anxiety, depression, loneliness and other issues that interfere with easy rest. But the strength of the neuroticism-sleep link, across diverse groups of people, is noteworthy. Now, researchers are trying to figure out which aspects of neuroticism are responsible for poor sleep and what, precisely, goes wrong at night for those of us who have no chill.

In the world of behavior science, personality traits are thought of as "the relatively enduring patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that make people uniquely themselves." And, dating back to the early 20th century, psychologists have proposed methods for summarizing someone's personality. In the 1930s, Gordon Allport, the "father of personality psychology," identified 4,500 traits that play a role in making us who we are. But, today, most researchers rely on the much simpler "Big Five" framework, which breaks down personality into five essential traits: conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to experience, extraversion and, of course, neuroticism. 

This means that your personality is linked to your own beliefs about how you sleep rather than results from an objective sleep test.

Using the Big Five, researchers have found that personality traits are predictive of self-reported sleep quality. This means that your personality is linked to your own beliefs about how you sleep rather than the results of an objective sleep test. And, across a number of studies — involving both college kids and less-young adults, from different countries — researchers have identified high neuroticism as the strongest predictor of poor sleep. 

In one recent study, for example, sleep-and-cognition researchers from The Netherlands examined personality traits and insomnia. There’s more to the can’t-sleep disease than not being able to nod off; other features include difficulty staying asleep, unrefreshing sleep and poor daytime functioning. Here, researchers examined how specific insomnia symptoms were related to the Big Five traits. 

To do this, they analyzed surveys completed by 2,089 volunteers, aged 18-84, between 2012 and 2016. Their survey data came from the Netherlands Sleep Registry, a database that "assesses traits across the general population to facilitate research on traits that distinguish insomniacs and normal sleepers.” 

Of the Big Five traits, neuroticism had the strongest link to insomnia — especially to two symptoms: difficulty falling asleep and poor daytime functioning. Conscientiousness also predicted insomnia, but to a lesser degree and in a different way. Conscientious people said it was tough to stay asleep, but they weren't likely to say they had trouble getting through the day as a result. 

In another study, published earlier this year, a team of American and Italian researchers tried to figure out which aspects of neuroticism are responsible for its connection to poor sleep. For the study, 498 Italian adults filled out surveys on sleep quality and personality traits, as well as on three other individual differences: 1) positive and negtive affect, which (respectively) describe a person's tendency to experience positive moods and negative moods; 2) dysfunctional emotional regulation strategies, which are unhealthy styles of dealing with stress; and 3) hyper-arousal.

Personality traits will also shape how people cope with stress and likely relate to hyperarousal.

These individual differences have been associated with poor sleep in earlier work. And, like the Big Five, they appear to remain relatively stable across time, explained Nicola Cellini, a psychologist at UC Riverside who co-authored the study. "In a sense, they are components of personality traits," said Cellini. "And personality traits will also shape how people cope with stress and likely relate to hyperarousal."

As predicted, neuroticism was the best predictor of sleep quality. But, unlike in the study from The Netherlands, Cellini and colleagues found a link between poor sleep and low (rather than high) conscientiousness. And, when researchers added the other, non-Big Five individual differences into the mix, they found that low positive affect, high negative affect and hyperarousal predicted poor sleep quality, both on their own and when combined with personality traits. Based on these findings, researchers surmised that neurotic people suck at sleeping because pre-bed ruminating leaves them aroused and extra-sensitive to minor sleep disturbances, rather than because of the way they manage stress. 

The results overall suggested to researchers that individual differences help explain why neurotic people have consistently been the biggest sleep-kvetchers in studies on The US, Turkey, South Korea and Finland. "The distribution of the personality traits changes across countries. Similarly, sleep quality is affected by the country and culture you live in," said Cellini. "Despite this, individual differences predict sleep quality in similar ways."

You might be genetically predisposed to be hyperactive, and this biologically-driven hyperactivity can also be the cause your personality and sleep quality.

In fact, this study supports the idea that sleep quality and personality traits are shaped by the same genes for individual differences. "For example," Cellini said, "you might be genetically predisposed to be hyperactive, and this biologically-driven hyperactivity can also be the cause your personality (e.g., highly neuroticism) and sleep quality (e.g., you have difficulties relaxing, falling asleep and maintaining a continuous unfragmented sleep during the night."

It might also be the case, said Cellini, that people with certain Big Five traits or sleep habits "end up in the same kinds of situations repeatedly (e.g., staying out late at a bar), which might reinforce their personality traits and sleep quality across time, leading them to become more strongly correlated."

At this point, the dynamic between neuroticism (or personality traits in general), poor sleep and these ever-illusive individual differences offers a lot of questions to mull over. And who's better at mulling over unresolved situations than neurotic people?

4 Top Sleep Tips for Brand New Moms

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

The arrival of a new baby is such an exciting time in your life. You waited 9 months to meet your child, and now they’re here! If this is your first child, you should prepare yourself for some significant changes in your schedule for a season. You should also expect to let some things go while you adjust to the...

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Stanford Sleepiness Scale

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

This is a quick way to assess how alert you are feeling. If it is during the day when you go about your business, ideally you would want a rating of a one. Take into account that most people have two peak times of alertness daily, at about 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Alertness wanes Read More

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Help! I Haven't Been Able to Sleep Since My Cat Died

Help! I Haven't Been Able to Sleep Since My Cat Died

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

We asked three experts to weigh in on one reader's sleep problem. Here's what a neuroscientist and two psychologists had to say about losing sleep after losing a pet. 

The Problem

Sarah, a 31-year-old attorney in Brooklyn, asks:  

My cat Reggie died a few months ago. He was 20 years old, so it wasn't unexpected. But, even though I was somewhat prepared for his loss, I've had a really hard time dealing with it, and haven't been able to sleep well since he passed away. Reggie was a fixture in my life starting at age 11. And, especially towards the end of his life, he became intertwined in my bedtime and sleep routines. Every night, I got ready for bed, gave Reggie his meds, and fell asleep with him curled up next to me (and my now-husband). In Reggie's absence, I've tried to create new bedtime routines, such as diffusing an aromatherapy spray, to replace the routines that centered around him. But nothing's worked. Falling asleep remains a nightly challenge. Any suggestions?

The Advice

1. Rebecca Spencer, a neuroscientist who studies sleep and memory, says: 

I’m sorry for your loss of Reggie. You are possibly correct that his role in your bedtime routine is causing your insomnia after his loss. Creating new sleep routines, as habitual as you may be making them, nonetheless takes time to establish. So keep it up. I advise that aromatherapy doesn’t work for everyone, so perhaps replace odor cues with sound cues, such as low volume white noise, instead.

However, also consider that it isn’t the loss of a critical player in your routine that has left you sleepless. Perhaps you are still paying an emotional toll for losing what has been with you for 20 of your 31 years on this planet! It is understandable if you are depressed. You might feel fine during the day when you’re busy and distracted, but his absence becomes notable at bedtime, which brings out symptoms of depression leading to this insomnia. Seek help from a therapist or physician. Insomnia for a few months should be addressed. A brief clinical intervention may be necessary to get you back on track. 

2. Cori Bussolari, a psychologist whose research and clinical work focus on bereavement, chronic illness, the human-animal bond and positive coping, says: 

First of all, I am so sorry for your loss. Even when we expect and prepare for our pet's death because of their advanced age, it quite often can still feel incredibly difficult and disrupting.  

You stated that Reggie became "intertwined" with your bedtime rituals and, as he got older, how your sleep has been impacted by this loss. This is absolutely normal. He was part of your life, for what seems to be, for over half your life. We also have such a physical relationship with our pets. That is, we pick them up, hold them, and like Reggie, they curl up next to us. Our bodies sense their loss, even when we are not consciously thinking about it. Here are some suggestions to help with sleep:
  • Our bodies can experience trauma from a profound loss, which can definitely affect sleep. It might be helpful to try to get some exercise in during the day, whenever possible, even if it is just a walk around the block a few times.
  • Try to do some type of relaxation before bed, such as stretching, having a quiet cup of hot herbal tea, or even yoga. There are many good phone apps, such as Digipill, that specifically help with relaxation.
  • Stop engaging with electronic devices, including television, at least one hour before you go to sleep. Also, if you are reading, do that somewhere other than your bed. When you get tired enough, then you can move into your room. Sometimes people say that reading keeps them up, especially if it is work related. If this is the case, adult coloring books can work really well.  
  • Keep a Grief Journal, if that works for you, next to your bed. If you find yourself not sleeping because you are having feelings and thinking about Reggie, see if sitting up and writing in the journal for a bit helps. Sometimes, putting our thoughts on paper gives them less power and control.  
  • If a routine isn't working, do something different. It is okay to try many different things until you find one that works. So, if aroma therapy isn't helping, use a different scent or stop it completely. 
Most importantly, be kind and gentle with yourself. Sleep is the number one thing affected by grief. Know that you are grieving, this is normal, and that you will get through this. 

3. Doug Symons, a clinical psychologist who's studied pet bereavement, says:  

There are two literatures on pet bereavement rooted in attachment theory. [Ed. note: Attachment theory explains how people handle interpersonal relationships when they feel hurt, become separated from their loved ones, perceive threats to their relationships or manage distress in general.]

The first comes from research on pet attachment security, which essentially says the relationships we have with our pets can be structured in the same way as those with other human attachment figures, such as mother, father, intimate partner and best friend. The researchers who have done much of this work argue that pets can meet many of the same needs as other attachment figures.

The second has to do with pet loss. Attachment theory proposes that depression and complicated grief can arise in response to the loss of attachment figures, and the same thing can happen in response to the loss of a pet. [Ed. note: Complicated grief is that which impairs normal functioning beyond a six-month bereavement period.] Our own research found that attachment anxiety towards a pet relationship in fact was related to symptoms of complicated grief towards the loss. There are additional factors to this relationship, [such as] how important the pet relationship is to the person and whether the person has experienced other losses. In our study, we did not find differences between cat owners and dog owners, or between different circumstances of death (e.g., sudden, tragic, predictable from old age).

So how does all this relate to sleep? Complicated grief can be related to a form of depression, and one of the symptoms of depression is sleep disruption. This could be through ruminative thinking about the loss in the night. If you google symptoms of complicated grief, there are some examples of ruminative thinking such as guilt, bitterness, and non-acceptance. Finally, whereas we have attachment relationships with pets, we also have another one — that of a caregiver, as we meet the needs of pets. Your vignette reflects this very well.

 

Want experts to shed light on your sleep problem? Email your question to fisher@vanwinkles.com with the subject "my sleep problem."
 
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Please note that the information provided in this article is not intended to replace professional help. If sleep issues are causing you mental or physical distress, or inhibiting your ability to function in any way, reach out to a doctor, therapist or other licensed health provider.

Organic Futons: A great match for almost any room

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These medium-firm futon mattresses are hand stitched and tufted to ensure the utmost in quality workmanship. Layered with GOLS certified 100% Organic Botanical Latex Core, wrapped in a GOTS Certified 100% Organic Cotton Case, 100% Chemical Free, USDA Certified Organic, Fair Trade Certified, and all made right here in the U.S.A. The best part is the longevity and overall value you receive with one of our high-quality futons- they are rated to have a 15-20 year life expectancy with daily use!

Ultra Modern Comfort: The New Organic Latex Mattress

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Organic Mattress | Kids Bed | Crib | Accessories | Natural Sleep

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Natural Sleep Mattress showcase the world’s most luxurious natural bed. We carry organic mattress, customisable mattress, kid bed, crib, accessories

Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 4): Understanding the Wool Mattress

by Renée Camila @ Shepherd's Dream

If you follow our blog, then you know we’ve been discussing popular wool bed configurations. Check out our previous posts for some of our more popular setups: wool mattress, topper & latex pad natural latex mattress and wool-filled topper wool mattress, topper & latex padded slats Today we’re diving into the advantages and limitations of […]

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Ken in 
Vancouver

by admin @ NaturalBed

Thanks for getting back to me regarding mattress pricing. I enjoyed talking with you this weekend. You know your stuff, and did a very good job representing your company. Ken 
Vancouver, WA

Haleakala Pillowtop Innerspring Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Haleakala Pillow Top is a 2-sided pocketed coil mattress featuring Botanicore™, our all-botanical latex, on both sides for durability and plush comfort.  This new model, released in late 2015, has quickly become a customer favorite.

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Stop Sleeping Hot

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

We’re smack in the middle of another Seattle summer, and the temperature keeps rising. Most of us don’t have air conditioning in the home, so it’s vital we know how to keep cool at night. If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep this time of year, you’re not alone. Below we’ve listed off […]

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Are There Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

What Are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are used, in the manufacturing process, of many items found in our homes. The term “volatile” means that these are chemicals that can easily get into the air that you breathe each day and end up inside of your body. “Organic” means that they are carbon-based. U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have discovered that VOCs Read More

Rise and Shine

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

We’ve all heard it – there’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. And experts tend to agree, advocating our sleep habits have a direct correlation with how well we think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. But what about our waking habits? Are we repeat offenders when it comes to that snooze button? […]

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Linda Baker

by admin @ NaturalBed

I cannot say enough good things about your organic cotton mattresses! Being chemically sensitive makes it difficult to order new products with confidence. I put off getting a new mattress for years, not wanting to risk getting a product I may not tolerate. But I was encouraged when I found your website and saw that Continue Reading

What Is Mattress Tufting?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

If you’re shopping for a mattress, you’re going to bump into a lot of jargon. You may see words such as coils, foam, firm, soft, quilted, and tufted. With so many different concepts swirling around, it can be hard to know what’s what. To help you become a more informed shopper, here’s a look at what tufted means. What Is...

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Where to Look to Find the Finest Quality Organic Mattresses in Pennsylvania

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Many factors will affect the quality of your sleep, and one of these is the quality of your mattress. To experience a comfortable and refreshing slumber, you may need to start looking for a high-quality organic mattress in Pennsylvania. Look up a reputable retailer that specializes in carrying a wide... Keep Reading

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How to Prevent and Treat Mastitis Naturally

How to Prevent and Treat Mastitis Naturally

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

Inside: The symptoms of mastitis and blocked ducts, plus home remedies that may help and tips for preventing mastitis.  Did you know that when you kiss your baby, your breastmilk changes as needed to combat pathogens? It’s true. “When a mother kisses her baby, she ‘samples’ those pathogens that are on the baby’s face – […]

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10 Ways You Can Give Back and Make a Difference This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

As we gather with friends and family during the holidays, we tend to look back on the year, reflect on our blessings and give thanks. This is also a good time to look for ways to give back to others and make a real difference for the holidays. You don’t need to look far to find meaningful ways to give back this holiday season. Here Read More

Latex Foam Mattresses | Classic Brands

Latex Foam Mattresses | Classic Brands


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Classic Brands Latex Foam mattresses offers comfort and luxury with layers of natural latex foam.

Wake Up Well: Brighten White Sheets Without Harsh Chemicals

by Madison Williams @ Urban Mattress

It is arguable that there are few things more euphoric than clean sheets. Waking up in bright white sheets helps us start the day feeling peaceful and energized. That means we want to keep our white sheets bright white and heavenly soft for as long as possible. At Urban Mattress we take the oath to natural […]

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Latex Mattress Support

by ecosleep @ ECO Sleep Solutions

Unlike an innerspring mattress, which contains an interior support structure, a latex mattress has no such support.  A latex mattress relies solely on the platform, or foundation for its support.  A foundation is different than a box spring.  A foundation will have a fairly rigid top surface, while a box spring will have its top […]

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3 Magical Breathing Exercises To Help You Sleep!

by admin @ Natural Sleep – eCommerce

Do you have trouble getting rest when you really need it? Do you find it hard to switch off? Often the reason we can’t sleep is because our minds refuse to wind down from the day’s events. According to the National Sleep Foundation, people who suffer from insomnia or struggle to fall asleep can often […]

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I Sleep Best When I Run at Night

I Sleep Best When I Run at Night

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Growing up, Sundays were for soccer. I wasn't a phenomenal player. I barely cared if my team won or lost. But I loved the game and looked forward to the 60 minutes I spent on the field each week — unless the schedule called for a morning game.

Like many people, I became a night owl when I became a teenager. And, once my circadian rhythms shifted, I began each day in an impenetrable fog. Soccer was a particularly punishing morning activity because it was my body, rather than my mind, that really succumbed to the AM sluggishness. I felt woozy and weak when I tried to exercise and even stepped off the soccer field to dry heave during a few early-morning games. (A charming sight for spectators, I'm sure.) Afternoon athletic endeavors were a different story: Around 1pm or so, my body woke up. 

Today, more than a decade later, I'm still a night owl. And morning exercise is still torture. So I've come to embrace nighttime workouts. Some people argue that it's best to avoid exercising late in the day because it interferes with sleep. But, while I don't doubt that there are benefits to breaking a sweat before breakfast, I've decided that exercising at night — running, specifically — is the right choice for me. What are my other options?

For the sake of calming down my mind and tiring out my body, I need to hit the pavement a few times a week.

I could force myself to endure tedious morning jogs. But I'd run twice as slowly, and for half as long, as I do at night. And running would become an activity I dread, rather than something I relish. I could also slack off and not exercise at all. But, putting aside the many other reasons to stay active, I've found that, when I sit around all day, every day, I don't sleep at night. So, for the sake of calming down my mind and tiring out my body, I need to hit the pavement a few times a week. 

That's not to say that after-work workouts never leave me feeling more stimulated than I'd like. Sometimes I do, admittedly, find it hard to wind down after I work out in the evening. But I do wind down eventually. When I skip exercise altogether, on the other hand, I feel sleepy during the day but anxious and restless come bedtime. Overall, not exercising screws up my sleep more than exercising near bedtime does.

The research on sleep and exercise is somewhat murky. My "ain't nothing wrong with a moonlit jog" philosophy may not bear out in every study on lying down and moving around, but it's as scientifically sound as most other positions on the best and worst times of day to work out. Consider a 2013 poll of 1000 people, conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, which found that people who exercised, at any any hour of the day, were between 56 and 67 percent more likely than non-exercisers to say they usually slept well. Poll participants were split into four groups based on how frequently they exercised, as Women's Health reported. And the highest-frequency group (vigorous exercisers) were least likely to report sleep issues; 72 percent of them reported never having symptoms of insomnia. 

And a recent meta-analysis (i.e., a study of studies) of the sleep-exercise relationship suggested that both sunrise and sunset exercise improve sleep, but in slightly different ways. As I reported in May

In one study, researchers looked at various sleep and physiological measures (e.g., melatonin levels, rectal temperature and EEG activity) and determined that exercising early in the day improves the quality of nighttime sleep. But, in another study, exercising 90 minutes before bedtime was associated with increased deep sleep. And a third study found that, regardless of the time of day, resistance training improved sleep quality: Morning training reduced the amount of time it took for participants to fall asleep (a good thing), whereas nighttime training reduced the number of times participants woke up after they fell asleep (also a good thing). In summary? Don't be afraid of working out after work.

I don't need studies to endorse evening jogs in order for me to feel okay about lacing up my sneakers after work. Because, while I absolutely trust science, I also know that there's no fixed formula for getting shuteye. Morning exercise has made me miserable since I was in middle school. And I've been enjoying, and falling asleep after, nighttime runs for the better part of a decade.

But I'm not swearing off morning exercise for the rest of my life. Chronotype (i.e., night owl or morning lark) can change several times over the course of a lifetime. I haven't shed my night owl rhythms yet. But, as I get older, my sleep-and-wake times will most likely shift earlier. It's possible that, at some point, I will naturally wake up with energy to burn. And that would be a welcome change. I'd love to squeeze in a run before work and have free time at night to do whatever I want. If anything, I envy people who start their days with 6am sweat sessions. But, for as long as my circadian clock runs late, I'll keep hitting the pavement in the PM. 

Ft. Myers mother and daughter for Savvy Rest Natural Latex and Organic Mattresses

by admin @ Green Dwellers

Can Practicing Gratitude Improve Your Sleep Quality?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Gratitude. It’s a simple word that often gets lost in the shuffle of trying to get through your daily life. When life weighs heavily on you, practicing gratitude can bring about bigger changes and benefits than you realize. According to Psychology Today, there are seven benefits to practicing gratitude that have been scientifically proven. One of the benefits is better sleep. The following are also Read More

What to Look for When Purchasing a King Size Organic Mattress?

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

The king size mattresses will be one of the most important purchases you will ever make, especially if you need to replace your current mattress. A cheap synthetic foam mattress may make sense to you and your budget now, but it will not be the smartest choice in the long-run.... Keep Reading

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5 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Loss

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

We all neglect sleep sometimes, whether for our jobs or for movie marathons, but many of us don’t fully understand the seriousness of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep obviously decreases vitality and makes you more irritable, but sleep loss can affect much more than that. Sleep loss can severely harm your memory, health, reasoning skills, and even ability to lose weight. Here are 5 reasons to get a good night’s sleep every night. 1. Sleepiness leads to serious accidents. Chernobyl – what some consider to be the world’s worst nuclear disaster – was caused by lack of sleep. Three Mile...

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8 Organic Charleston Restaurants Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

As an organic company who values sustainability, we care not only about the environment, but also about what we put in our bodies. Because it’s true what experts say about nutrition, you’ll feel much better day-to-day when you’re running on clean sustainable food as your fuel! But as a mattress store in Charleston, which is arguably […]

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Which Mattress Is Highly Recommended By Chiropractors and Orthopedic Specialists?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Restful sleep is essential for overall health and well being. It plays an important role in your physical health, mental health and quality of life. But, for many Americans, getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge, particularly for those with back pain, and particularly for those whose mattress is working against them, rather than for them. The American Chiropractic Association reports that at any Read More

Best-Rated Memory Foam Mattresses for 2018

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Compare the current top-rated memory foam mattresses and get tips for picking the right bed. Over a year ago, we conducted an in-depth analysis of […]

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Why we carry Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattresses.

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

When Does “No Flame Retardants” NOT Actually Mean “No Flame Retardants”? Many commonly used flame retardant chemicals are being connected to health and developmental issues. Want a mattress without flame retardant chemicals? Get one that’s certified organic from your mattress store. Otherwise, flame retardants will probably be in that mattress, even if greenwashing marketing suggests otherwise, and you’re going to need to guess what they are. It’s not easy to find out what flame retardants are in your mattress. Let me explain with a little compare and contrast. We say “Naturepedic mattresses meet all government flammability standards...

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What is a Vegan Mattress

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

A vegan is someone who refrains from consuming animal products, whether they be in food, clothing, or household items. You may have never considered the fact that conventional mattresses are manufactured with a variety of animal-based products. However, Sleeping Organic is excited to offer an alternative! Our vegan mattress is made of a natural latex […]

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Bella Sera Organic Materials

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Our mattress cover consists of a layer of carded organic wool quilted between two layers of organic cotton. Then we place natural dunlop latex between the organic cotton and wool quilted cover. Please email us with your name and address if you'd like a sample of our materials. Organic Cotton We use only 100% certified […]

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Woodland Park Plush Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Woodland Park Plush has nearly 10” of all botanical latex fully encased in wool and organic cotton. This creates a very breathable surface, allowing for abundant customization of the surface feel.

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A Modern Twist on the Classic Platform Bed

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Seven Things to Know About the Link Between Sleep and Academic Performance

Seven Things to Know About the Link Between Sleep and Academic Performance

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Good sleep habits correspond to academic success. The link between hitting the sack and scoring A's bears out in grade school, graduate school and everywhere in between. This general trend shouldn’t be surprising, given that the well-rested display a host of skills and behavioral tendencies relevant to classroom domination. Compared to sleep-starved people, they exhibit faster reaction times, sharper recollection, heightened focusing abilities and a higher threshold for working under stress. Here are seven interesting takeaways from research on students young and old(er).

1. For little kids, a little more sleep helps

A new McGill University study showed that kids (ages 7-11) who increased their nightly rest by 18 minutes (on average) for five nights showed considerable improvements on their report cards. Why would 7 year olds be underslept (given that they have externally imposed bedtimes and few or no responsibilities)? Well, even fun-sized humans undergo lifestyle changes. One 2014 study identified kindergarten as a sleep-health turning point. Kindergarten, and the loss of napping that comes with it, corresponded to less overall weekday sleep and earlier weekday bedtimes, particularly for kids who hadn’t gone to preschool. (Hey, universal preschool.)

2. Snoring sets students back

A lot of research on younger students’ sleep concerns sleep apnea. The condition, marked by shallow breathing and snoring, results in less, more-fragmented sleep. Children who have obesity and live in low-income households are at a considerably heightened risk for sleep-breathing disorders. And they tend to fare poorly in school, both during primary school and afterwards. Going back to 2001, a study found that 13 and 14 year olds who struggled in school were more likely to have snored when they were younger. By extension, kids from lower-income families fall behind in school. Seems pretty fair.

3. Early(ish) bedtimes yield higher GPAs

A large population survey in Norway showed that teens ages 15 to 19 who went to bed between 10p.m. and 1a.m. had the highest GPAs. Getting too little sleep increased students’ odds of having GPAs in the lowest quartile. It’s easy to use these sorts of findings to admonish teens for staying up too late. But teens are naturally night owls, at least according to the leading research. Their circadian clocks are shifted, making it especially hard for adolescents to keep early hours.

4. Experts really, really support later school start times

The campaign for later school start times is heavily rooted in the misalignment between teens' biological clocks and their externally imposed schedules. The big idea? Let kids learn when they're best-equipped to soak up and retain knowledge. Not to mention, forcing teenage night owls to rise at dawn robs them of Zzzs that set them up for academic success, support their cognitive and emotional development and protect their mental and physical health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start no earlier than 8:30a.m. And, in general, experts are all in on pushing back start times. 

The benefits of later start times aren't confined to teens: According to a recent report from the RAND Corporation, delaying the morning bell would save the US about $9 billion a year. These projected economic gains are primarily due, according to the report, to the impact of improved academic performance on future earnings and the reduction in car accidents caused by tired teens.

Researchers speculated that device use only further threw off teens’ circadian rhythms. Weird bodies, bad habits, can’t win.

But, despite the strong case for later start times, only about 15 percent of public schools across the country actually kick off the school day at or after 8:30, based on a 2016 survey of US principals. Why? Schools claim that postponing start times is too logistically difficult and expensive. And, in a study from The University of Michigan, only about half of parents supported later start times. But there are plenty of impassioned people involved in the campaign, so don't expect the conversation around school start times to die down anytime soon.  

5. Body clocks and bad habits are a dangerous pair  

A number of studies have linked Delayed Sleep Phase (a preference for keeping especially late hours) to lower academic performance. But, in several instances, researchers found another factor underlying the link. In one case, that factor was school attendance — students with DSP did worse in school, perhaps because they missed a lot of it. Would they show up if first period started later? Advocates for bumping back first period would probably say yes.

But, in other cases, research says low grades have more to do with teens' habits than their wonky bodies. The big culprits: caffeine consumption and late-night electronic use. All other factors aside, coffee drinkers and bedtime Snapchatters got less sleep and lower grades in one 2015 study. Even students who said they used TV and music for the express purpose of falling asleep carried out the trend. Researchers speculated that device use only further threw off teens’ circadian rhythms. Weird bodies, bad habits, can’t win.

6. Sleeping efficiently helps students score well

We can assess sleep using a number of measures. One such measure is sleep efficiency, the proportion of time in bed that people actually spend sleeping. (To calculate sleep efficiency, divide hours in bed by hours slept.) In one 2015 Italian study, sleep efficiency emerged as a key predictor of exam grades for students in their final year of high school. Researchers did not find a significant relationship between exam grades and other sleep measures, including total duration of sleep (amount of sleep logged, efficiency notwithstanding) and sleep midpoint (also called mid-sleep time). Here’s the formula for calculating sleep midpoint:

  • Take the average number of hours you sleep each night and divide that number in half. Add that number to your average bedtime on free days (meaning days on which work or school do not define your schedule). That’s your midpoint. So, if I sleep seven hours, and I go to bed at midnight, my midpoint is: 3:30 a.m. (that's 3.5 + 12).

7. Med school students are hard to predict

But MDs-in-training still perform better when they have healthy sleep habits. One study from Munich found a link between sleep duration and final-exam performance. But, so long as students got enough sleep, they fared okay. Neither chronotype (e.g., morning lark or evening owl) nor self-reported sleep quality appeared to affect students’ scores.

Another study on Sudanese med students found a significant difference in duration and quality of sleep between excellent and merely satisfactory students. On average, snoring afflicted 9 percent of the gunners, who averaged seven hours of sleep each night. By comparison, 28 percent of the hangers-on snored, and they only logged 6.3 hours of rest each night.

And a third study (med student sleep is well-documented) found, somewhat counter-intuitively, that “it is not the generally poor sleepers who perform worse in the medical board exams.” Students who slept poorly immediately before taking exams (during study periods) were most likely to choke, but those who struggled with sleep over the course of the semester still managed to crush it. 

This story was originally published in 2016. It has been updated since then.

Sleeping in Hotels

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Sleep Better in Hotels | Seven ways to get a better night's rest in a hotel room.Read More ...

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Our Voila Hybrid Mattress Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Kristie

by admin @ NaturalBed

Hooray….We finally have the ideal combination and heaven has come to earth with our new mattress layers until we found our perfect fit. We love our natural way to great sleep! I was skeptical of purchasing something as personal as a mattress over the internet but your promised customer service encouraged us. You have lived Continue Reading

9 Best Mattress Foundations and Box Spring Online

9 Best Mattress Foundations and Box Spring Online

by Karen Mulvey @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Review the best perfect memory foam mattress foundations from brands that have designed these smart foundations and platform beds for your needs. When looking for a foundation for your memory foam mattress you want one that can keep it comfortable and also help extend the life of the bed too. PlushBeds Orthopedic Foundation, Puffy Mattress Foundation, Keetsa Gold Brushed Steel Bed Frame, Brooklyn Bedding Simple Life Tri-Fold Foundation, The VersaBase by Nest Bedding, Platinum Base Foundation by Hyphen, Helix Foundation, Simple Foundation by Eightand many more.

The Gold Standard in Eco-Friendly Mattresses and Bedding

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Sleep-Eezzz Aromatherapy Spray Organic Essential Oil Blend

by Francis @ Natural Sleep Aids | Dream Tree Organic Beds

An aromatherapy sleep spray great for spritzing your pillow, or using as a room spray to relax and unwind, and promote restful sleep.  Is great for use with children as well.

A blend of organic lavender essential oil, organic chamomile essential oil, organic bergamot essential oil and organic clary sage essential oil in an amethyst gem essence.

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Think you like Firm? Think Again.

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

You might be mistaken thinking you prefer a firm mattress.  You are not alone.   Take Jillian who stayed at Crooked River Lodge on a recent trip to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area.  She wrote to us saying she had never slept better than she did on the nights she stayed at Crooked River Lodge and [...]

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The History of Mattresses, Part 1

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

According to the Better Sleep Council, which is the consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, the trade association for the mattress industry, our distant ancestors first realized there might be something more comfortable to sleep on than the bare hard ground. What they came up with wasn’t much better – it was just...

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Introduction – Stages of the Sleep Cycle

by admin @ Green Dwellers

Why do we sleep?  The answer  is short, simple and obvious…sleep is a necessary process to sustain life and sleep disorders at any level, rob a person of this sustenance.  Hundreds of thousands of people are dying each year in part because of undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders.  For the estimated 40 million Americans who […]

The Downsides of Too Much and Too Little Sleep, and Other News in Rest

The Downsides of Too Much and Too Little Sleep, and Other News in Rest

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Sharks nap in squads

Sharks don't sleep in the way we understand the vital neurobiological activity, but they do fit in restful periods throughout the day. Some larger, oceanic shark breeds practice "yo-yo diving," in which they swim to the water's surface for rest, descend back into the sea and then repeat this back-and-forth behavior for a few minutes at a time. But there are other shark breeds that huddle together on the ocean floor to get their pseudo-shuteye. And this type of shark sleep was caught on camera by scuba divers off the coast of Mexico. Check out this video of 20 or so whitetip reef sharks dozing in a pile. (Insofar as sharks can be cute, it's cute.) [National Geographic]

The United States of sleep inequality, vol. XII

In an effort to make sense of racial disparities in cardiovascular health, a team of researchers used actigraphy (e.g., fitbit) to monitor the sleep of 426 white and black men and women. Based on seven nights of data, researchers found that black participants got about 40 minutes less sleep per night than white participants. Black participants also exhibited less efficient sleep, meaning they woke up more during the night and took longer to fall asleep. The results jibe with other analyses of sleep and race. The study didn't go so far as to say what's causing racial differences in sleep duration and quality. But one of the study co-authors speculated that neighborhood crime or economic stress may be keeping people up.

Researchers also measured physiological markers of cardiovascular disease, such as blood pressure and waist circumference, and found a connection between poor health outcomes and sleep quality — but mainly for black women. Again, researchers don't know exactly why the findings turned out the way they did, but here's one researcher's guess: "Being a black female in the United States is inherently more stressful than being just a female or being just black." [The Atlantic]

Oversleepers, beware of 'mares  

More often than not, an "unhealthy amount of sleep" means "too little sleep." But it works the other way around, too. Getting more than 9 or 10 hours of sleep a night (for adults) has been linked to a number of health snafus, including increased diabetes risk and obesity. And, courtesy of a new study, here's one more: frequent nightmares. The study, which involved 846 people, was one of the largest-ever explorations of nightmares in the general population. [New Scientist]

Undersleepers, watch your waistlines

People who reported logging less than seven hours of sleep a night, in one UK study, had higher BMIs and larger waistlines than those who got their eight hours. What accounts for the extra pounds? Well, one study co-author implicated weight gain from overeating. “Some of it is that when people are sleep-deprived, they tend to go for high calorie, fatty, good tasting foods." The findings were based on sleep records and food diaries from more than 1,600 participants, as well as blood samples from roughly half of participants. [Reuters

Good sleepers watch their stories one episode at a time 

The ultimate modern-day indulgence is, without a doubt, ordering Seamless + bingeing five (or 10) episodes of a buzzy new show. But, sadly, binge-watching may be a recipe for poor sleep. A new study from American and Belgian researchers links sleep problems and frequent binge-sessions. No such link emerged for watching TV in a non-bingeing manner. Why would binge-watching, specifically, set someone up for rocky rest? Well, we don't know for sure, but here's what researchers think: Because binge-watching is such an immersive, mentally stimulating experience, it puts us in a state of heightened arousal that interferes with our ability to fall (and stay) asleep. In other words? Diversify your TV shows to avoid getting too invested in any one fictional universe. [Van Winkle's]

Today in sad and confusing phenomena: the nightmare-suicide link

A doctor recalls treating a suicidal teen and failing to inquire about one potentially relevant topic: the patient's dreams. Because, even for people who don't have PTSD, nightmares have emerged as a factor for suicide. The relationship between the two phenomena, however, isn't well-understood and hasn't born out in every study. In one case, insomnia, but not nightmares, predicted suicide risk. Part of the difficulty in figuring out what's going on lies in the fact that we don't have a firm grasp on nightmares in the first place. Some researchers believe they function like dress rehearsals for IRL threatening encounters, but that's really just a theory. [Science of Us]

Bedroom Pet Peeves

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

There are a lot of things that could be keeping you up at night. While some can have a bigger impact on the quality of […]

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Why Organic

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Going organic helps you avoid toxic and synthetic chemicals that are detrimental to human health and to the health of the environment. Going organic helps fight climate change, prevents damage to valuable water resources, promotes diversity and reduces your carbon footprint. According to Organicitsworthit.org, Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored system in […]

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10 Best Natural, Environmentally Friendly & Organic Pillows To Buy Online

10 Best Natural, Environmentally Friendly & Organic Pillows To Buy Online

by Mary Daniel @ Eco Friendly Living - Citrus Sleep

Finding the best organic, eco-friendly and natural pillow online is hard to do, but we are here to help.  We researched, tested, tried, slept on, crushed and even had a few pillow fights.  We completely love finding the pillows that are non-toxic and made without bad chemicals and toxic fire retardants. 

Customize Your Organic Mattress

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Three firmness options are available for each layer of latex: "soft," "medium," or "firm." You can then decide whether you'd like solid layers of latex, or whether you'd like it split down the center to allow for different firmnesses on each side of the mattress. The latex is wrapped in an organic cotton and organic […]

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The Advantages of Organic Innerspring Cross-Section Mattresses

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

There is an organic revolution happening across the United States. One such area you may not have considered is investing in an organic mattress! To pique your curiosity, here are some key advantages of organic mattresses over the alternative. Avoid Toxicity from Your Mattresses There is a growing sensitivity from... Keep Reading

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Nope, Sleep Restriction Isn't New

Nope, Sleep Restriction Isn't New

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

This week, my sleep-news feed has tipped me off to a “new type of sleep therapy” that says, per CBS Philly, “if you want to sleep more, try sleeping less." The counterintuitive therapy in question, called sleep restriction therapy, is indeed an effective way to combat insomnia — but it’s not new.

The renowned sleep researcher Arthur Spielman formally introduced sleep restriction therapy in 1987. It's performed well in many clinical trials and become a core component — as well as one of the most controversial components — of CBTi, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia. CBTi is a goal-oriented, drug-free approach to treating insomnia that surfaced in the ‘60s and has been recommended by very important medical authorities as a first-line defense against against clinical-grade sleeplessness.

Sleep restriction therapy is intended for people with middle-of-the-night insomnia who spend a lot more time in bed than they spend sleeping. The therapy, which tends to be grueling at first, requires you to, as the name implies, restrict the amount of time you spend in bed. So, let’s say you typically turn in at 11pm and get up at 8:00am, but only get six hours of sleep. Per sleep restriction therapy, you’d either wake up earlier or go to bed earlier so that you're only spending six hours in bed, total. 

Within a week or so, you should start to experience fewer, shorter late-night awakenings. And once the awakenings are under control, you can start to extend the amount of time you spend in bed by weekly increments of 15-30 minutes, so long as the awakenings remain at bay. The goal is to get your sleep efficiency (time spent in bed divided by time spent sleeping) to 85 percent. You should expect to practice sleep restriction for a few weeks, until you’ve worked your way back up to spending a full eight-ish hours in bed and being asleep (almost) the whole time. 

Hello Baby, Goodbye Sleep

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

We've got the skinny on baby sleep, so you can put your little one to bed – and get some rest yourself.

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Staying Comfortable while Traveling

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and the colder seasons are on their way. You know what that means, right? Lots of holiday travel! The best kind of travel, in my opinion. Mainly because tons of delicious food is involved. Staying comfortable during those long flights and hours on the road can be tough. […]

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Bioperine: Powerful Synergistic Compound

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Bioperine is the trademarked name for a powerful black pepper extract named piperine. This potent natural compound is manufactured by Sabinsa and now commonly found in many supplements such as curcumin, coq10, and resveratrol. Bioperine has been shown to increase the overall bioavailability of these compounds by as much as 20 fold. This remarkable herbal extract is […]

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Baby Mattresses & SIDS

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

For the first six months, newborn babies sleep 14-18 hours a day in their crib. SIDS, a terrifying acronym for mothers and fathers alike, is the sudden, unexpected and unexplainable death of a child under the age of 1. Ninety percent of SIDS deaths happen to babies who are under the age of six months. […]

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Best All-Natural Mattress Store | Wool & Latex | Shepherd’s Dream

Best All-Natural Mattress Store | Wool & Latex | Shepherd’s Dream


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Will Buying an Organic Twin Mattress Improve My Child’s Sleep?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

We could cite every scientific sleep study in the world and I’m sure you’d agree with that before even reading them… But how much sleep do kids need? And what else about their sleep environment matters? According to the University of Michigan Medical School, children need between 9.5 and 11.5 hours of sleep every night, […]

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Mattress Sales: The Best Reviews on Sale Priced Mattresses and Memory Foam Mattress Sales

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you looking for the best online mattress sales, including those on memory foam? Depending on the time of year, there are some incredible deals offered by various manufacturers that should help you narrow down your choices. If you plan on taking advantage of mattress deal prices, it’s also important to consider the overall value […]

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8 Beautiful Spots to Catch The Sunrise in Charleston, SC

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Yes, we all love sunsets, but there’s something special and different about watching a Charleston sunrise that you just can’t get from sunsets. It’s not only feeling of accomplishment from getting up early, but it’s the opportunity to take time for yourself to set your intentions for the day. With the summer months quickly approaching, the […]

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Best Reviewed Latex Mattresses 2017- Who's Best For You?

Best Reviewed Latex Mattresses 2017- Who's Best For You?


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Do We Need to Update Sleep Lingo to Reflect Our Nighttime Tech Use?

Do We Need to Update Sleep Lingo to Reflect Our Nighttime Tech Use?

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

"Going to work" at 9am could mean "going to do work" at 9am. But it could also mean "going to an office at 9am to drink coffee and watch clips of late-night hosts skewering Trump for half the morning, before easing into job tasks at 10:45am." 

In a similar manner, "going to bed" and "going to sleep" are two related but non-synonymous concepts that, thanks to our modern-day technology habits, are only becoming more distant. "Going to bed," in our screen-addled era, may very well mean getting under the covers to stream "Tiny House Hunters." (I'm not finger-wagging; I've logged plenty of hours in bed squinting at my cracked iPhone screen.)

And two researchers from The University of Michigan and KU Leuven in Belgium, Jan Van den Bulck and Liese Exelmans, argue that the existing concepts in sleep science don't account for the way electronic media has become woven into our bedtime-and-sleep regimens. It's not that sleep studies don't acknowledge the lag time between crawling into bed and drifting off to sleep. They do, which is why there's so much data on sleep latency, meaning the amount of time between going to bed and falling asleep. But Van den Bulck and Exelmans don't think sleep latency tells the whole story of our pre-and-post bedtime routines. 

"Until recently, sleep latency mainly implied the time it takes to fall asleep after having gone to bed," they wrote, in a 2015 editorial published in Behavioral Sleep Medicine. '"In the electronic media age, people may go to bed with or without the intention to go to sleep. Different definitions are therefore needed for “the time between going to bed and falling asleep” and “the time between ceasing all activities in bed and falling asleep.”'

Basically, there's now an extra chunk of in-bed leisure time that studies are glossing over. So, to reflect the fact that our bedtime timelines are a-changing, Van den Bulck and Exelmens propose both re-defining sleep latency and adding a new term, shuteye latency, into the mix. Here's a rundown of the terms:  

Bedtime: when you decide to go to bed
Shuteye time: when you decide to fall asleep
Actual sleep: when you actually fall asleep
Old definition of sleep latency: the gap between bedtime and acutal sleep
New definition of sleep latency: the gap between shuteye time and actual sleep
Shuteye latency: the gap between bedtime and shuteye time 

Equipped with their revised lingo, the duo studied bedtime electronic media use and published their findings last month in the Journal of Sleep Research. For the study, 338 Belgian young adults, recruited through Facebook, assessed their bedtime and sleep habits, sleep quality and electronic media use (meaning all device-dependent activities). In addition to using well-established sleep questionnaires, researchers designed a new scale to gain a more nuanced understanding of bedtimes, shuteye times and the activities surrounding them. 

On average, researchers found, participants went to bed around midnight and reported a shuteye latency (the gap between deciding to go to bed and deciding to go to sleep) of 39 minutes. What were participants doing before and after hitting the sack?

Before bed, they were most likely on their phones or laptops. Pre-bed electronic media use took up an average of nearly 18 hours a week. As for pre-shuteye activities (what you do after climbing into bed but before you decide to go to sleep), participants spent the most time on non-media activities, meaning personal hobbies, sex and social activities (like talking IRL or on the phone). That's not to say they steered clear of electronic media entirely — pre-shuteye, they averaged 3 hours and 41 minutes of weekly e-media use, predominantly spent on phones and laptops.

It might make sense for a study to include a shuteye-latency question, such as: "After going to bed, how long are you awake (doing things other than sleeping) before trying to sleep?"

But, regardless of how participants filled their pre-shuteye time, researchers found a connection between more pre-bedtime e-media use and longer shuteye latency. In other words, participants who spent more time with e-media before bedtime subsequently stayed up longer (doing whatever) before deciding to go to sleep. 

And, as researchers predicted, longer shuteye latency was associated with poorer sleep quality; those whose shuteye latency exceeded an hour were over nine times more likely than other participants to have sleep issues. In general, men came across as more cavalier about going to bed, going to sleep and indulging in late-night screentime. 

Why, exactly, does this all matter? Well, according to Van den Bulck and Exelmans, studies need to delineate between bedtime and shuteye time clearly so they don't produce flawed data. In the current study, for instance, sleep latency exceeded 30 minutes for almost half of study participants. Using standard sleep measures, these participants would be classified as having sleep-onset insomnia. The problem here is that insomnia would only be an appropriate diagnosis if participants spent that half hour actually trying to fall asleep. But, as the current study showed, they were using that time in bed to do things besides sleep. To prevent an error like that, it might make sense for a study to include a shuteye-latency question, such as: "After going to bed, how long are you awake (doing things other than sleeping) before trying to sleep?"

Researchers also point out that sleep hygiene guidelines mainly focus on what people do before going to bed. It's time, they suggest, to include best practices for post-bedtime behavior. A new rule might be something like: "'In order to avoid electronic media use after lights out, users should create a bedtime for their electronic media: Lights out should become synonymous for “media out,” a simple enough message."'

How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep

How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep


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Learn what to look for in a non-toxic mattress, the best healthy mattress brands, and why conventional mattresses are not smart to sleep on.

Signing Off: Van Winkle's is Saying Goodbye and Good Luck

Signing Off: Van Winkle's is Saying Goodbye and Good Luck

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

After almost two and a half years, Van Winkle's is calling it a night. We launched on June 9, 2015 to make sleep journalism a thing. And I think we succeeded, if I do say so myself.

We immersed ourselves in the world of sleep — and dreams and wakefulness and biological rhythms and relaxation and anything else related to the little neurobiological process that keeps us, and every other living species, chugging along — and discovered a wealth of stories to tell. 

We explored the history and culture of the waterbed, the murphy bedthe twin-XL bedthe pull-out bedbed clothesbedtime beauty routinesthe droopy nightcapthe nightlight, nightmaresuppersdownersunder-the-radar cults and, of course, the Ambien walrus

We dug in to parasomniasPost Traumatic Sleep Disorders, sleep deprivationsleep paralysis, sleeping beauty syndrome and all sorts of maladies and struggles related to insufficient and shoddy sleep. 

We provided accounts of, and insight into, sleeping in a triadsleeping in lovesleeping while adorablesleeping with siblings, babies and petssleeping in segmentssleeping in sockssleeping near fanssleeping on Ambiensleeping amid noise, sleeping with anxiety and depression, sleeping on the subwaysleeping upside downsleeping in the futuresleeping in the past, sleeping before a wedding, sleeping latesleeping in spandexsleeping on the job, and not being able to sleep, ever

We showcased the work of sleep experts and enthusiasts who are hacking sleep and dreams to boost creativity and performanceuproot biaseserase traumatic memories and generally get acquainted with trippy states of consciousness.  

We broke down data on sleep health and habits according to gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, incomeimmigration status, nationalitygeographic location, decade and chronotype, among other differences, both socially constructed and biologically essential.

We highlighted how sleep changes in the face of natural disasters, economic crisis, shifting social norms, growing technology dependence and evolving cognitive capabilities

We gave dreams their due, too, with stories on sociologically informativemeaningfulmemorableconfusinginfluential, scary, therapeuticdaytime and lucid dreams.  

I think you get the idea: We covered sleep exhaustively. And now it's time for VW's to hit the sack. But I'm not leaving sleep behind entirely. Starting today, I'll be working at Woolly, a brand-new website, also published by Casper, focused on comfort and wellness. It (almost) goes without saying that sleep is an integral part of getting comfy and being well. So, rest assured, Woolly will feature regular sleep coverage. (Please come visit me at my new editorial home!) 

Seeing Van Winkle's through each stage of its evolution has been a rewarding and exciting experience, due in large part to the many people who worked hard to keep the sleep-journalism machine running. I want to thank the sources who lent us their knowledge, time and perspective, the Van Winkle's staff members and freelancers who filled the site with thoughtfully written and thought-provoking #content, and Casper. 

And, most of all, I'd like to thank our readers. I hope Van Winkle's has helped you understand, appreciate and explore the science and culture of sleep. 

Keep on sleepin' on* 

- Theresa

*I've never been able to use this egregiously cheesy sign-off. This may be my last chance, so I'm taking it.   

Tips for Removing Mold and Mildew

by Francis @ Dream Tree Organic Beds

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How Sleepy is Petoskey and Harbor Springs?

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

Not very.  According to a new study, we are sleeping better than many in the State and even across the Country.  Most experts agree that you need seven or more hours of sleep a night.  So how much sleep did Harbor Springs and Petoskey get last year? In Emmet County, 69 percent reported getting at [...]

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Choosing the Right Wool Mattress Toppers for Winter

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

There’s a great deal of discussion in scientific circles about sleep, but generally, the experts agree that most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. They also tell us that we should make sleeping a priority. Sticking to a specific sleep schedule, practicing relaxing bedtime rituals, and exercising... Keep Reading

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How to Care for Your Latex Mattress

by James McCauley @ Natural Sleep Luxury & Organic Mattress

If you want to continue to experience pure latex bliss, the makers of the Pure Talalay Bliss latex mattress offer some guidelines to help you maintain your latex mattress. Among their recommendations: Keep your mattress flat, don’t roll it up or compress it for storage or shipping purposes. Latex mattresses have a long life, so you’ll also want to keep yours clean. Talalay suggests using...

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Debra

by admin @ NaturalBed

One nap and one night’s sleep on my new Rainforest Mattress and you can count on me to be a spokesperson for your product!!! Unbelievable – I slept without my usual hip and body pain – soundly & comfortably ALL night! Your recommendation of “2 mediums and a soft” was absolutely perfect! When I woke Continue Reading

Sunday Nights are Sleepless Nights, and Other News in Rest

Sunday Nights are Sleepless Nights, and Other News in Rest

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

[updated]

Looking to catch up on the latest discussions and research in the world of shuteye? I've got you covered. Here's this week's Nightcap:

The kids are going to be up all night  

Another week, another call for later school start times and increased acknowledgement that teens are wired to be creatures of the night. If we force the not-quite-adult set to keep early hours, explains Perri Klass, a professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU, then we're subjecting them to chronic tiredness and all sorts of related safety hazards and health problems. Raise your hand if you want to cruise down the interstate next to a sleep-deprived teenager who's prone to risky behavior and emotional volatility. That's what I thought. [NYT]

There's something about Sunday

...that ruins sleep. In a recent YouGov poll of 4,279 Americans and Brits, people were most likely to say they have trouble sleeping on Sunday, compared to other days of the week. Monday was the second-most sleepless, while respondents were least likely report tossing and turning on Thursday night. [Entrepreneur

Of course males pull all-nighters to hit on females

Fine, this isn't so much about humans as fruit flies, aka drosophila, which apparently act like exaggerated stereotypes of swinging singles. If male flies are around females, according to a recent study, they'll stay up all night to "court" the fly ladies. The fly ladies, however, do not give up sleep for the possibility of sex. Researchers were also able to pinpoint a group of newly discovered neurons that enable male flies to stay awake so they can flirt the night away. [Van Winkle's

But when exactly is shower-o'clock?

The AM-vs.-PM shower debate is a tale as old as time. (This is probably not true.) But, according to both a doctor and a self-appointed Sleep Ambassador, there actually is a right time of day to lather up and rinse off: At night. Why? Because it's good to go to bed clean. Also, a pre-bed shower = me time. "Call it an opportunity to shower yourself with mindfulness!," said the Sleep Ambassador. Care to offer a rebuttal, morning showerers? [Glamour]

Something to consider on career day

When you stand up for a living, you don't get a lot of time to lie down. At least, that's what a survey conducted by a German newspaper found. The survey looked at sleep habits across 100 different professions and found that security guards log the least amount of sleep. The best-rested worker bees were shop assistants, followed by journalists and actors. [The Guardian]

Yup, that's a crazy dream. Now, let's talk about anything else  

You think your dream is hilarious. Or miraculously strange — almost David Lynch-esque, right? As for me? I think I probably don't care about your dream, and it seems like Jim Davies, a cognitive science professor at Carleton University, is on the same page. In an anti-dream-sharing piece, Davies floats an explanation for why we're fascinated by our own dreams and other people aren't. For one thing, Davies suggests, dreams tend to be highly emotional. And, while our own emotional experiences feel significant to us, they will not resonate with our nearest and dearest in the same way. (If you do want to share your dreams, might I suggest following these guidelines.) [Scientific American]

Baby boxes, ftw? 

You remember the baby box, the (free) parenting starter kit that doubles as a newborn's first bed. In Finland, new parents receive complimentary baby boxes (provided they obtain prenatal care). It's a wonderfully sweet, 75-year-old tradition that's emblematic of Scandinavian health care. And, over the past two years, baby boxes have started to gain traction in the US. 

But not everyone's on the same page when it comes to the benefits of the box. On one hand, there's new research showing that distributing baby boxes to new moms, coupled with face-to-face education about safe sleeping practices, has lead to reduced bed-sharing, a behavior that's been linked to infant mortality. [NPR]

On the other hand, some experts caution against embracing baby boxes without sufficient evidence of their safety. So far, they argue, baby-box excitement is mainly based on their popularity in Finland. And, while the Finnish infant mortality rate is considerably lower than that of the US, there's no research that says baby boxes are the reason. Not to mention, we don't know much about the products we're using: US baby boxes aren't regulated by the same rigorous and objectively determined safety standards as other infant sleep products. It may turn out that baby boxes deserve the hype they're getting. But, at this point, experts say, it's too early to jump on the baby-box bandwagon. [NYT]

Best Soft Mattress for Your Needs

by Candace Osmond @ The Sleep Judge

Does Sugar Keep You Up at Night?

by SlumberWise @ SlumberWise

The idea that sugar wakes you up and gives you energy is one of the most common food myths around. The truth about sugar and sleep may surprise you.

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Find the Best Labor Day Mattress Sale in 2017 from Sears, Macys & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

See what major retailers have in store for Labor Day mattress sale events… This summer holiday seems synonymous with the end of summer, barbecues and a lazy three-day weekend, but as it marks changing seasons it also brings big deals in retail, including Labor Day mattress sale events. As one of the biggest shopping holidays […]

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Valentines Day Sale 2018

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

20% off full price merchandise. Use code: VAL2018. Excludes products already on sale. We are required by manufacturer to exclude Naturepedic, Savvy Rest, Sueno/Sleeptek, Royal Pedic, Green Sleep, OMI, Pacific Rim, and Austin Air. Sale ends February 14th at midnight MST. Not valid on any past purchases. Not valid with any other discounts, offers, or […]

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8 Easy Ways to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

See how to protect your investment and get the most out of your mattress. The average person spends anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more […]

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Memory Foam Mattresses: Are They Safe?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Memory Foam Mattress Ingredients: are the dangers real or exaggerated? Are the chemicals in your life freaking you out or have you found yourself wondering if products like memory foam mattresses are safe? If you’ve been looking into this type of mattress or any other, you may be wondering whether chemicals and odors could represent […]

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Our Aviya Bed Review: Is This America’s Favorite for 2018?

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Another Tempurpedic customer converts to a Natural Latex & Organic Mattress

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How Mattresses and Lower Back Pain Are Related

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Do you wake up feeling ready to take on the day or do you wince at the pain that shoots from your lower back? Waking up to pain doesn’t give anyone a good start to a day full of responsibilities. Whether you’re working a rigorous 9 to 5 or are up at the crack of dawn with the kids, you...

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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Wellness Strategies to Help You Stay Healthy This Fall

by urbanmattressadmin @ Urban Mattress

Fall is a great time of the year. The scents of cinnamon, cloves, and garlic fill the air along with crisp air, burning leaves, and pumpkin. The air is cooler, you’ve settled into your school year routine, and you’ve got a little breathing room before moving into the holidays. After the hustle and bustle of […]

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Shipping Troubles

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It's a nightmarish scenario:

You've spent weeks, even months, trying to find the perfect mattress, made your decision, and now you just have to wait for it to show up!  Excitement builds when you get a call from the delivery company to scheduled your appointment, you get rid of your old mattress, take time off work to make sure you don't miss them, and then you sit and wait...and wait.....and wait some more.

Unfortunately, the delivery company doesn't show up when they said they would and you've now wasted a few hours sitting around, or worse yet, they've showed up but your brand new mattress has been destroyed.

Sadly, this is a situation we have seen time and again when shipping mattresses with freight carriers, leading to disappointed and upset customers as well as lost sales.  Over the course of the last 7 years, I've learned more about freight, White Glove deliveries, and shipping in general than I ever thought I would, yet no matter how much we try to prevent problems that we see on a regular basis, they continue to plague us.  The troubles we face with freight shipping are based in the fact that these LTL (Less than Truckload) freight companies are not set up in the best way possible to deliver furniture to residential locations.  These companies typically deliver large shipments in a large semi truck to businesses with loading docks, forklifts and teams of people to help unload.  While there is an alternative, white glove delivery can cost upwards of $750 for one mattress, take as long as 2 weeks to deliver, and still doesn't guarantee a smooth and timely delivery.

Over the years, we have tried many different options to get our product to our customers as quickly and safely as possible, and the shipper with the best track record has consistently been UPS.  Over many years and thousands of shipments, we have had just a handful of shipments arrive damaged, or go missing.  This created a problem for us, as mattresses are quite a bit too large to put on a UPS truck!  The solution we came to, is to create a mattress that can be easily broken down into smaller pieces, shipped via UPS, and then quickly assembled in the customers home. 

There are many other benefits of constructing the mattress this way!  

Easier Installation

First is mobility - Latex mattresses can weigh over 300 Lbs., and have little structure to them, making them very difficult to move especially when stairs are involved.  By breaking the inside of the mattress into three smaller and lighter pieces we have made it exponentially easier.  

Customized Sleep

Another benefit is creating customized sleep and the ability to change the feel of your mattress.  As time goes on, our bodies change, our preferences change, and our mattresses don't adapt.  Instead of completely replacing your entire mattress, you can now change just the support layer to adjust the firmness to your liking!  Is your partner unhappy, but you still love the way it feels?  Great!  you can have different firmnesses on either side of your bed so you both sleep soundly. The support layer of the mattress is split right down the middle, and the top layer is kept whole so you will never notice the split below.  The cover is made with a zipper, so once you have laid the foam into the base, you can zip it closed and get a better night's sleep right away!  

Less Wear and Tear

Another problem we ran into is that when the latex foam layers are placed atop one another, movement can cause them to rub together and slowly break down.  To prevent this from happening, make sure your mattress will last as long as possible and make it easier to handle, we have wrapped each internal piece with a thin layer of organic cotton.

We've been shipping mattresses for more than 15 years and have seen it all. We've shipped on pallets, shipped in pieces and even embraced roll-packing technology. Roll-packing degrades the latex more quickly and pallets encourage the use of fork-lifts that inevitably end up spearing the mattress. But when it comes to all latex mattresses, we achieve the best outcomes when we ship them in separate pieces. We break it down into manageable components, box them, band them and send them to happy homes. We look forward to your business!

Hours

by denverorganic @ The Natural Sleep Store

The Natural Sleep Store Denver Organic Mattress Showroom Hours Please call 866.663.0859 or email sales@thenaturalsleepstore.com to make an appointment. Store Hours : Monday-Friday: 10:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 6:00pm Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday: 10:00am – 6:00pm We close on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Years Day. Denver Showroom Phone: 1.303.623.2261

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Neck & Back Pain

by Janna Pulver @ Classic Brands

Nearly everyone will experience minor back pain or problems in their lifetime. Nearly all of these problems are preventable if we just take the time to care for our backs properly. The majority of back stiffness and chronic back pain can occur while we are sleeping. Apply the following ideas to maintain a healthy back. Read More

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Mattress Maker Marks Milestone

by Dar Charlebois @ Beds By Design

HARBOR SPRINGS — For a decade, Beds by Design has helped people throughout Northern Michigan wake up refreshed and well-rested. The Harbor Springs shop provides customers with custom-made beds produced with natural materials. Celebrating its 10th year this winter, Beds by Design still resides in the original location along M-119 across from the Harbor Springs [...]

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Fall Asleep to Vulfpeck's Bedtime Playlist

Fall Asleep to Vulfpeck's Bedtime Playlist

by Theresa Fisher @ Van Winkle's

Vulfpeck, an LA-based funk jam band, is currently traveling around the world on a mostly sold-out tour. But, while the band is becoming known for their distinct sound, it was actually the sounds of silence that first put Vulfpeck on the map: In 2014, the quartet uploaded an album called "Sleepify" to Spotify. It featured 10 entirely silent tracks, cheekily titled "Z" through "Zzzzzzzzzz." 

Fans streamed "Sleepify" enough times — primarily during the night — to fund a free tour. Spotify, however, wasn't quite so charmed by Vulfpeck's subversive take on bedtime music. The streaming service ended up pulling the album (but not before Vulfpeck exposed a loophole in Spotify's royalties model).   

Since releasing the "most silent album ever recorded," Vulfpeck has returned to their roots in audible noise. Their third album, "Mr. Finish Line," is set to be released in November. Does the band ever play "Sleepify" when they need shuteye assistance? Nope, but Jack Stratton, the frontman, keyboardist and drummer, has a few tips for nodding off — although he's not sure they're worth following. "I'm not a great sleeper, so don't take my advice," Stratton told Van Winkle's. "But I am a good musician, so people value my opinion on any subject for no reason."

Stratton says that using the "calm" iPhone app, which requires keeping a bedtime gratitude journal, has helped him a lot with sleep. He also credits his diet for nights of solid rest, explaining that "becoming a regular bean eater (regularbeaneater.com) has stabilized my sleep more than any blackout curtain could." 

And, when it comes to his bedtime playlist, Stratton prefers not to mix artists. Instead, he listens to the collected works of Claude Debussy, the French impressionist composer. "This album is fully mind blowing," said Stratton. "It's Debussy playing into a highly advanced player piano, and they re-recorded it recently so you can actually hear Debussy playing in high fidelity."

Check out the classical album that's become Stratton's sleep soundtrack, here: 

 

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The "post-everything electronic-rock" project known as Ghost Against Ghost was quite literally the stuff of dreams for Christopher Bono. Back in 2007, the New York-based composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist dreamt of a "surreal socio-political concept album," as he told the blog TuneCore.
 
Soon enough, Bono turned his reverie into reality. In order to achieve his vision of "epic soundscapes and arrangements," Bono — who turned to music at 21, after an injury threw a wrench in his plans to play professional baseball — took up the study of classical music. He also recruited two other artists, including Thomas Pridgen, ex-drummer for The Mars Volta, to help bring his project to life. Now, a decade later, Bono has released four Ghost Against Ghost albums, the most recent of which, "Still Love," came out in April.
 
Bono generally ends his days at 10pm, after two hours in the studio. To turn off his busy mind and transition into sleep mode, Bono often does a short pre-bed meditation session. And, when he's traveling, Bono relies on reading or listening to music to "tune out the external noise." 
 
What music does Bono recommend turning on to help you nod off? It depends. "First," Bono told Van Winkle's, "[you need to] decide on what you intend to induce."
 
"I believe Bach on repeat encourages mathematical and structural neuron development in the mind," he explained, noting that he favors performances of Bach by the classical pianist Angela Hewitt.
 
But, if Bono wants to, say, "induce sleepy visions," he'll select early compositions by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, such as the "Rite of Spring," "Petrushka" or "The Firebird." "I believe 20th century composers are fantastic for inducing alien dreamworlds," he said. 
 
Drone music, by artists like Steve Roach, Stars of the Lid and Brian Eno, makes for ideal bedtime listening, Bono says, because "the lack of rhythmic punctuation tends to put the mind in a calm, floating state." 
 
And, if you're looking to put yourself into a grateful mood, Bono suggests transcendent jazz, such as "A Love Supreme" by John Coltrane or something by the nature-inspired pianist John Luther Adams, whose compositions, Bono says, "are great reminders of the beauty of existence on planet earth."
 
His final piece of advice for a sleep soundtrack? "Don't neglect the profound value of silence." 

Check out Bono's full bedtime playlist:  
 

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