Sleep Paralysis
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by jada
9M ago
Sleep paralysis refers to an inability to move the body just as a person is falling asleep or waking up. During an episode of sleep paralysis a person remains fully conscious and able to breathe, yet feels paralyzed and may experience hallucinations. While episodes of sleep paralysis are brief and not considered dangerous, fear associated with this condition can lead to anxiety and affect the quality of a person’s sleep. Fortunately, people who experience sleep paralysis can take steps to minimize the effects of this condition. We take a closer look at sleep paralysis, including causes, sympto ..read more
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How Do Later School Start Times Affect Sleep?
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by jodi
9M ago
Weekday mornings can be a challenge for teenagers and their parents. Instead of waking up early in the morning to get to class, many teens would rather resist the call of their alarm and stay asleep in bed. Since sleep is vital to the developing minds and bodies of young people, it’s natural for them to crave more of it. Experts believe that teens need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every night. However, nearly 60% of middle schoolers and more than 70% of high schoolers are not getting enough sleep. Insufficient sleep can translate into poor academic performance. It can also increase the risk ..read more
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Mattress Comfort Layers
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by jodi
9M ago
Mattresses typically use a layered construction to provide pressure relief and support. Arrangements vary based on mattress type and manufacturer, but most combine comfort, transitional, and support layers. Each component serves a specific function and affects the way a mattress feels. Comfort layers make up the top section of a mattress and are usually between 1 and 4 inches thick. A minimal design might have just one comfort layer, while other designs might have multiple layers. A design incorporating more than one layer is sometimes referred to as a comfort system. Manufacturers have differ ..read more
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Sleeping Without a Pillow
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by jodi
9M ago
Many sleepers consider their pillow an integral sleep accessory. For some, it can be as essential as a comfortable mattress. Different sleepers require different types of pillows to achieve their best sleep posture. Most use traditional pillows of the appropriate loft and firmness to help support their heads and necks, but that isn’t always necessary. It may seem counterintuitive, but the optimal sleep posture for some individuals may call for skipping a pillow altogether. We’ll discuss who should consider sleeping without a pillow, the potential benefits and drawbacks, and how to make the tra ..read more
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Employment Accommodations: Sleep Disorders
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by jada
10M ago
Individuals who struggle to get enough sleep may find it hard to come to work consistently or perform as well as they would like. A lack of sleep can also make it harder to stay alert on the job, remember important information, and respond quickly to workplace changes. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. The ADA definition of a disability is “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” The ADA does not maintain a list of conditions that are considered disabil ..read more
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Biphasic Sleep
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by jada
10M ago
Biphasic sleep is the practice of sleeping in two separate segments over 24 hours. Today, many people follow a monophasic sleep pattern and get all their sleep during one extended period, typically during the night. However, biphasic sleep was once common. Anthropologists and historians have described biphasic sleep patterns in many societies, from Nigeria and Brazil to Scandinavia and England. Biphasic sleep is still found in certain Middle Eastern cultures and in Latin America and the Mediterranean, where people may take afternoon naps called siestas. However, it has become less popular with ..read more
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Why Do You Drool in Your Sleep?
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by jodi
10M ago
Sometimes after a night of sleep or even a power nap, people find themselves waking up with drool on their face, pillow, or clothes. While the event may be embarrassing, drooling while sleeping is a common and normal occurrence. Drooling occurs when excess saliva spills out of the mouth. Our bodies produce saliva for a number of reasons. While eating, saliva helps with collecting food in the mouth, activating taste, dissolving food, and preparing the food for digestion. Saliva also defends the mouth from bacteria and protects it from damage. There are a few reasons for drooling in your sleep ..read more
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Healthy Sleep Tips
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by jodi
10M ago
A good night’s rest can improve your physical and mental health, mood, and overall performance. A healthy night’s sleep for adults means seven or more hours of sleep per night, although about 1 in 3 adults report not reaching that goal. The quality of your sleep is equally as important to feeling well-rested as the amount of hours you sleep. Better sleep can be achieved through behavioral and environmental changes, known as sleep hygiene. Good sleep hygiene combined with other lifestyle adjustments can help you get a good night’s sleep. Establish a Healthy Sleep Routine Building a sleep routin ..read more
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What To Do if You Can’t Sleep
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by jodi
10M ago
It is well established that restful, restorative sleep is important for physical and mental health. Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep and remain asleep, is one of the most common sleep issues. As many as two-thirds of adults report occasional bouts of insomnia. Others report chronic or ongoing insomnia, which can affect as many as 10 to 15% of adults. If you’re one of the millions of people who can’t sleep at night, you may benefit from our tips and suggestions for how to fall asleep faster or get back to sleep if you awake at night. Tips For When You Can’t Sleep It can be frustrating to ..read more
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How to Make a Weighted Blanket
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by jodi
10M ago
In recent years, weighted blankets have become increasingly popular as people discover their many potential benefits. Not only can they feel warm and cozy, but they’re also thought to relieve stress, calm the nervous system, and promote quality sleep. Purchasing a quality weighted blanket is quick and convenient. However, making your own increases your customization options and may save you money. We’ll cover the materials and steps necessary to craft a DIY weighted blanket. We’ll also help you decide if crafting a custom weighted blanket is right for you. What Is a Weighted Blanket? Duvet-sty ..read more
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