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With almost 60% of Eight users sharing a bed, it's no wonder our smart mattresses were designed with couples in mind. Despite what some of us may think, sharing a bed with a partner does not cause significant sleep disturbances. Although some people may wake up due to snoring or a partner's toss and turns, the reality is that sleeping next to someone isn't a factor in bad sleep. Our data found that those who shared a bed had almost the same sleep score as those who slept alone. In fact, people who shared a bed had a slightly higher average score (71.24) than solo sleepers (70.48). 

If your partner is disrupting your sleep quality, there are two easy ways to resolve the issue (without kicking him or her to the couch): 

1. Upgrade your mattress 

You need a foam mattress that minimizes motion transfer. This way you won't feel your partner move as he or she switches sleep positions. 

2. Check the temperature 

It can be tough to agree on the perfect bed temperature. The Eight Smart Mattress solves the biggest issue when sharing a bed by offering dual-zone temperature control. One person can warm up their bed while the other can keep it as is. In addition, it's important to set your bedroom thermostat to a cool temperature of 60-67 degrees. This is the ideal temperature for good sleep. 

Some sleep experts are now saying the sharing the bed with someone improves sleep quality. A 2009 study found that women in long-term stable relationships fell asleep quicker and woke up less during the night compared to single women. The researchers also hypothesized that shared sleep in healthy relationships may lower levels of cortisol, a stress hormone and boost oxytocin, the love-hormone that eases anxiety. If you share a bed, it's also recommended to have sex right before bed - it may be the key to a good night's sleep. Oxytocin, which is released during an orgasm, influences sleep processes and dreams. 

If you're single, don't fret! Good sleep is still possible for you. Many people still find sharing a bed too be annoying and uncomfortable. In a survey by the University of Leeds and Silentnight, 29% of people said their partner was an obstacle to their sleep. And poor sleep could hurt everything -- from your mood to your weight. Likewise, 60% of couples polled by The Today Show reported sleeping better alone. 

Since there seems to be data supporting single sleepers and couples, it's really up to you. Both types of sleeping are great, as long as you are comfortable. 

 

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No matter how tired we feel, we've all had that one night where we just can't fall asleep. The reasons why we occasionally struggle to fall asleep vary - from too much coffee during the day to anxiety and stress. 

In order to fall asleep quickly, you need to be in the right state of mind and body. This means calm and controlled breaths as well as a clear mind. Simple breathing exercises can combat anxiety and help with insomnia. Harvard trained doctor, Andrew Weil, believes the 4-7-8 trick will help you fall asleep in 60 seconds. That's right - 60 SECONDS! 

HOW IT WORKS

The method is described as a natural tranquilizer that reduces tension in the body and promotes relaxation. For it to work, you need to breathe in counts of 4, 7, and 8. Doing so, your lungs and brain will properly fill with oxygen, which helps catalyze a good night's sleep. 

HOW YOU DO IT

1. Exhale completely through your mouth making a 'whoosh' sound

2. Inhale through your nose for 4 seconds

3. Hold your breath for 7 seconds

4. Exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds, making another 'whoosh' sound 

5. Repeat 3 times 

The technique is based on an ancient Indian practice called pranayama, which means "regulation of breath." If it doesn't work at first, don't worry! It will take a some time to master the rhythm. It also helps to not focus too much on the end goal. If you put too much pressure on yourself to fall asleep fast, your mind will be unable to relax. 

Have you tried this 4-7-8 trick before? Does it work for you? 

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Super Bowl LII was a big night for lots of people, especially those in Philadelphia. The Eagles upset the New England Patriots with a stunning 41-33 victory. 

When the game ended at approximately 10:17 PM EST, thousands of Eagles fans swarmed the streets to celebrate. Based on our sleep data, we know that many fans sacrificed sleep to party. 

In fact, Eight's users in Pennsylvania pushed their average bed time 1 hour and 19 minutes later than usual. However, it was a different story for the losing team, with Pats fans only going to sleep about 3 minutes later. Perhaps they were all sad, like Tom Brady, and just wanted to be in their beds. 

Winning the Super Bowl also affected how long people slept, with Eagles fans sleeping 22 minutes less than their state's average (6 hours 15 minutes compared to 6 hours 37 minutes).

The game was held at the US Bank Stadium in Minnesota, so we wanted to look at Minnesota's sleep stats as well. Our users slept 20 minutes less than average on Sunday night. 

Overall, we noticed significant deviation from normal sleep activity in Pennsylvania, which we can only speculate was caused by the Eagles' victorious championship. 

Congrats Eagles! 

 

 

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We've all struggled with a bad night of sleep before. Tossing and turning all night can leave us feeling seriously lethargic and anxious the next day. However, a sleepless night doesn't have to set you off track. You'll be surprised at how well you can function if you use these strategies to power through your day. 

1. Stay optimistic 

Don't underestimate human resilience. One night of poor sleep isn't catastrophic. If you keep the right attitude, you may find your focus and energy levels are consistent with your normal days. Working yourself up over a rough night will just drain your energy more. It's important not to stress about your night because obsessing over not sleeping can lead to more trouble sleeping the next night. 

2. Take it easy 

With your energy already compromised, it makes sense to take it easy the next day. Skip your planned evening workout, and spend your night unwinding before bed. If you don't get enough sleep, your workouts will be significantly less effective. Restorative sleep is needed to repair and build muscle tissues. Gentle exercise is fine, but don't exert yourself too much. Try doing some yoga or light exercise in the morning to promote blood circulation and increase alertness. 

3. Let there be light 

Get exposed to as much bright light as possible, especially right after waking up. Morning light energizes us and improves mood by boosting serotonin levels. It also helps regulate our circadian rhythm, which will contribute to better sleep in the future. When there's little or no sunlight in the AM, use artificial light during the daytime. 

4. Stick to a healthy diet 

Even though you'll be tempted to reach for a sweet pastry and coffee in the morning, sugar and caffeine will only provide a short fix. You should also avoid large meals and simple carbohydrates like pasta for lunch. These foods will make you more likely to crash later on. Try eating protein-rich foods like nuts and lean meats to keep you energy levels up. Remember to stay hydrated and drink a lot of water during the day as well. 

5. Go outside

Tiredness peaks from 1 pm - 3 pm. If you can't squeeze in a 20-minute power nap during this time, get some fresh air. Research shows that spending time outside increases energy in 90% of people. 

Sleepless nights happen to the best of us, but we can overcome their negative effects. Remember, it's just one day we have to get through. Bed is only a few hours away. Go to sleep slightly earlier the following night and you'll feel totally rejuvenated the next day. 

 

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Eight by Carlie Dobkin - 3w ago

We spend at least a third of our lives sleeping, so it's important we make our sleep count. A good night's sleep is just as important as a healthy diet and regular exercise in maintaining good health. Several studies show that poor sleep can negatively effect the brain and body from impaired memory and cognitive function to increased risk of heart disease or weight gain. 

If you want to lead a healthy life, quality sleep should be made a priority. Since everyone sleeps, it shouldn't be that hard to sleep well. Here are 8 evidence-based tips to sleep better at night. 

1. Go into night mode

Light, especially the harsh blue light emitted from screens, can disrupt sleep. Put your devices in night mode and try to limit your use of phones, tablets, and laptops in the evening. The blue light impacts your circadian rhythm by stimulating the brain and tricking the brain into thinking it's still daytime. 

2. Unwind before bed

Many people have trouble falling asleep when they have a lot on their minds. Stress and anxiety will keep you up at night, so it's important to unwind before bed. Do some breathing or meditation exercises to calm you down. You should try and stop working at 30 minutes to an hour before going to sleep.

3. Write everything down

If you are worrying about work, remove those thoughts from your head by writing them down. According to research from Baylor University, people who wrote down their to-do lists fro the next day were able to fall asleep faster. 

4. Optimize your bedroom environment

In order to get the best sleep of your life, you need to create an ideal bedroom environment. Your bedroom should be quiet, dark, and organized to get a good night's sleep. Noise, external lights, and clutter have all been shown to affect sleep quality. One study found that around 50% of participants noticed better sleep when reductions in noise and lighting were introduced.  

5. Keep your bedroom cool 

One of the primary reasons for tossing and turning at night is temperature regulation. The idea temperature of sleep is fairly cool, between 60-68 degrees. Temperatures in this range help facilitate the decrease in core body temperature that initiates sleepiness. 

6. Exercise regularly 

For those who have trouble falling asleep, your solution may be found at the gym. Regular exercise during the day is a great way to ensure a good night's sleep. One study found that exercise nearly halved the amount of time it took to fall asleep and helped participants sleep 41 minutes longer at night. 

7. Keep a consistent schedule 

This is one of the most important rules to follow if you want to sleep better. Waking up at the same time everyday, even on weekends, will synchronize your circadian rhythm and help you wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested. Maintaining a regular schedule, specifically wake up time, will ensure that all the proper hormones are being released at the right time. 

8. Get a comfortable mattress

Comfort is key when sleeping, and the right mattress can do wonders for you! You need a mattress that will provide the perfect amount of support for you back and neck. The Eight Smart Mattress was designed to align the neck and spine and cradle the body in all the right places. Remember that mattresses sag with time, so if you've had your mattress for more than 8 years - it's time for an upgrade. 

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At Eight, we're all about fueling your days. We want you to feel good when you're sleeping AND when you wake up. Our job goes beyond the bedroom, which is why we're using this blog to share helpful tips to make you happier, healthier, and more energized. 

While some people need a cup of coffee on the train to stay awake, we rely on something else: podcasts.  

When it comes to commuting, podcasts are your best friend. They are the perfect mix of information and inspiration to get you going in the morning. Whether you’re standing on a crowded subway or stuck in LA traffic, listening to a podcast will certainly help pass the time. Curious minds alike will tune into podcasts for cultural ramblings, success stories, and hilarious commentaries. There are loads of podcasts available today covering topics in business, science, entertainment, technology, politics, and more.

If you want to learn something new, laugh a little, or even become better at your job (yes, there are podcasts for that, too), check out what The Eight team is listening to right now. Here are our favorite podcasts to listen to on the way to work.

1. How I Built This by NPR

How I Built This is our top pick because it shares the incredible stories behind some of the world’s most successful companies. It’s an inspiring podcast for innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists like us at Eight.

2. The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds

The Dollop is one hilarious history lesson. Every week, the hosts explain events in American history with just the right amount of mockery.

3. Pod Save America by Crooked Media

This is a political podcast for “people not yet ready to give up or go insane.” Its no-bullshit approach to politics makes the conversations genuinely relatable.

4. Reply All by Gimlet Media

Reply All covers all things Internet. The podcast, hosted by Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt, humanizes elements of Internet culture and shows how technology has permeated our lives.

5. The Limit Does Not Exist by Forbes

This show is for the career-driven, ambitious individual. Each episode is an inspiring take on expanding your creativity, your curiosity, your skill set, and your goals.

6. Death, Sex, and Money by WNYC

Host Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. It’s a nuanced foray into “things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more.”

7. Stuff You Should Know by How Stuff Works

Stuff You Should Know discusses topics you should know about. If you’re looking for conversation starters or interesting dinner party material, this podcast will give you surprising new knowledge to share with friends.

8. S-Town by Brian Reed

For fans of This American Life and Serial, this riveting murder investigation is an easy and addictive listen. The popular series is a poetic exploration of friendship, mental health, and life in the American south.

9. My Dad Wrote A Porno by Jamie Cooper

Need a good laugh? This comedic sensation is about a man whose father actually published an erotic novel. Each week, Jamie Cooper reads a cringe-worthy chapter from his dad’s dirty book.

10. Invisibilia by NPR

Invisibilia is a fascinating dive into the unseen forces that control human behavior. It fuses storytelling with science to explore the things that shape our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and emotions.

11. Note To Self by WNYC

This is one of our favorite tech podcasts because it’s all about making smart choices to live and think more productively. Host Manoush Zomorodi helps us become better informed in the digital era.

Ready to listen? Plug in and prep for your day with any of these free podcasts. Was your favorite not listed? Let us know in the comments. 

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Here at Eight, we’re a small team with big plans for the future. In order to optimize sleep, we need to maximize our productivity. This means we need to be efficient, effective, and ambitious when setting and achieving our goals. As a startup, we need to move fast and execute well. We’ve grown exponentially in the past year, and can attest our growth to our hard working team at Eight HQ.

At Eight, we believe good sleep is a mean to better health, happiness, energy, and productivity. Today’s post is going to focus on the latter. These are our 5 favorite tips for increasing workplace productivity.


1. The Two Priority Rule

This rule was invented by the CEO of Eight, Matteo Franceschetti, and we all use it in our daily work routine. The right way to prioritize is to work on only 2 tasks, projects, or goals per day. Once you understand what’s most important, focus only on that. Don’t get distracted with smaller tasks and learn how to say no to requests. The way you choose these priorities is by determining which ones will bring the most improvement and value to the company. You shouldn’t try to do more than two, because a third is not manageable. Peter Thiel is famous for pushing each of his team members to focus only on one priority at a time. Matteo believes we can stretch that to two.

 

2. Follow A Schedule
In order to be productive, you need to be organized. Following a schedule is the best way to stay on top of all the things you need to do. At Eight, we use Google Calendar to keep track of meetings, deadlines, and reminders. Many of us also block off a chunk of time for a specific task. Our Growth Lead does market research every Friday from 3-5 PM. Our Social Media Manager monitors Facebook notifications every morning at 11 AM. And our Engineering Team plans weekly sprints every Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Having these tasks on the calendar helps us maintain focus throughout the workweek. Following a schedule is important in all aspects of life, not just work. The world’s best CEOs claim a consistent schedule is the key to success. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will leave you feeling refreshed each day, even on Monday mornings. Forming a daily routine will help you maximize your waking hours, develop discipline, and make you feel better.

 

3. Make To-Do Lists

You can’t be productive without making to-do lists. Create a daily or weekly to-do list and check the list every day to make sure you’re doing everything you need to be doing. And remember, you don’t need to have a million things on your to-do list. Keep it simple and prioritize your tasks. Try to be strategic about your energy. Don’t waste energy on small, menial tasks. Apply your energy to the two most important tasks that move your business forward. Also, be cognizant as to when you write these to-do lists. Alexandra Zatarain, Co-Founder and CMO of Eight, writes out her list every Sunday afternoon. She says writing it out on Sunday reduces the stress and anxiety of Monday morning. It also helps start the day with clarity. You’ll know exactly which item you need to complete by 10 AM the next morning.

 

4. Manage Your Time

A highly-efficient way to manage time is to make a chart based on urgency and importance. This is called the time management matrix, and it’s divided into four sections (Important + Urgent, Important + Not Urgent, Not Important + Urgent, Not Important + Not Urgent). The idea is to focus on quadrant 2. This is where you’ll add the most value to your company. It requires more high-level thinking and strategizing.

 

5. Sleep Well

Last but certainly not least, pay attention to your sleep. Insufficient sleep can compromise output and hold you back professionally, resulting in reduced efficiency and overall poor productivity. When you don’t sleep enough, you’ll get distracted more easily, you’ll make more mistakes, and your memory will falter. A Harvard research study found that, for the average worker, insomnia leads to the loss of 11.3 days’ worth of productivity each calendar year. In order to get better sleep and perform at your best, you need to identify a healthy sleep routine. This means first creating an ideal sleeping environment - quality mattress, cool bedroom temperature, and little to night. Once your environment is conducive for sleep, try to go to bed earlier and limit the use of electronics at night. Finally, don’t forget to wake up at the same time every morning - even on weekends. This will keep you well-rested and energized throughout the work week.

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Is a foam mattress better than a spring mattress? Are burgers better with ketchup or mustard? Are anchovies on pizza delicious or disgusting?  Are two food references in a mattress article too many?  The answer to all of these questions varies from person to person. There is no one standard, correct choice.

Mattress shopping can be overwhelming, and there are many questions to consider before purchasing. Eight is here to help. One of the most basic and important questions is whether you should invest in a mattress made with springs, foam, or something totally different. Deciding which mattress is best depends on many personal factors.  People are unique, and what type of bed works for one person might not be the best fit for another person.

While spring mattresses may have been the long time classic, foam mattresses like the Eight Smart Bed are quickly becoming the leading choice. 

Factors to Consider:

   -Age

   -Weight

   -Budget

   -Back pain, neck pain, and/or arthritis

Read below to see the benefits of sleeping on a multi-layer foam mattress like the Eight foam mattress versus sleeping on a mattress with springs.

Spring Mattress 

-Transfers movement easily

-Provide breathability

-Attracts more dust mites

-Typically cheaper, but the cheap ones are poor in quality

-Provides support

-More likely to sag

-More likely to attract dust mites

Foam Mattress

-Does not easily transfer movement, ideal if you are sleeping with a partner who tosses and turns during the night

-Provides proper posture support

-Contours to your body, good for all body masses

-Provides pressure relief, ideal for people with pressure points and older people with joint pain

-Does not attract dust mites

-Evenly distributes body weight which allows for increased blood flow

Hybrid Mattress

-Improved airflow making it more breathable

-Pressure relieving while still having bounce

-Ideal for sufferers of back pain and those with a heavier body mass

-Does not attract dust mites since the coils are boxed within foam

-Does not easily transfer movement

To ensure you get the best quality sleep, all the above factors must be taken into account. Overall, foam mattresses are better than innerspring, but deciding between a hybrid and a foam mattress is a personal decision. 

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If you struggle to wake up in the morning, keep on reading.

How This Showering Trick Can Make You More Energized for the Workday - YouTube

Instead of hitting snooze, hop in the shower. But this isn’t your normal morning shower. When we take hot showers (as most of us do), our body temperature rises. An increase in body temperature actually creates a bedtime effect, relaxing the body and preparing it for sleep. Luckily, there’s a 90-second trick that you can do to reverse this effect. At the end of your shower, simply blast yourself with cold water for 30 seconds, followed by hot water for 30 seconds, and then finish with cold water for a final 30 seconds.

The rapid change in temperature will open up the capillaries, increase blood flow, and stimulate the body and mind. Experts believe this hack can boost your energy and keep you alert all day long. Our Founder & CEO, Matteo Franceschetti, does it every day and swears by it.

"I started doing it a few months ago, and it's now part of my morning routine. The switch from hot to cold helps me feel more energized the minute I step out of the shower. It's so easy to do and you'll feel the effects immediately. Since I exercise in the morning, this cold water hack also helps my muscles recover. It's a win-win for me. If you combine this with the 8 minute work out before showering, benefits will be even more substantial."

Matteo also does a quick work out in the morning to boost his energy. Combining his workout with the shower hack is the ultimate energizing routine. He continued, 

"If you have a chance, I notice that having a sauna in the morning after working out and then taking the cold shower will help you even more. The key thing is expose the body to temperature shocks."

This shower technique is just a DIY-version of hot and cold hydrotherapy, which has been used for thousands of years for its natural healing and stress-relieving powers. Alternating between hot and cold temperatures increases blood circulation and detoxes the body. There are several benefits to taking cold showers, and we have scientific research to prove it.

Reduces stress

A study found that those who regularly swim in cold water were able to adapt and tolerate stress. The shock of the cold water hardens the body overtime and helps it respond healthily to stressful situations.

Strengthens immune system

Another study found that taking daily cold showers increases the number of disease-fighting white blood cells. In order to warm up, the body speeds up its metabolic rate, thus activating the immune system. A 2016 study also found that hot-to-cold showering reduced the amount of times people stayed home sick. Say hello to health!

Improves blood circulation

When exposed to cold water, your arteries and veins constrict. This temporary tightening allows blood to flow at a higher pressure, which is great for cardiovascular health. The increased blood circulation decreases inflammation and swelling, which is why professional athletes use ice baths to help their muscles recover after a workout.

Burns fat

Scientists have found that shivering from cold showers triggers the production of brown fat, which works to keep you warm by burning calories.

Battles depression

Cold showers could be a potential treatment for depression. One study found that exposure to cold activates the sympathetic nervous system and increases endorphins, which cold produce an anti-depressive effect.

Summary

Although cold showers aren’t the most enjoyable, they reap so many positive benefits. And we’re not asking you to take an entirely cold shower. All you need is a few seconds of cold at the end. Remember, it’s 30 seconds of cold - 30 seconds of hot - 30 seconds of cold. Try it out for a week, and see how energized you feel during the day.

>> Want more ways to feel energized throughout the day? Use light. 

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Eight by Carlie Dobkin - 3w ago

Well, kind of. 

But your Thanksgiving turkey isn't the only food to blame for your post-dinner nap. An ongoing myth is that the tryptophan in turkey is what makes you sleepy. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid needed for the body to produce serotonin. And serotonin is used to make melatonin, which is the hormone that helps you sleep. Although turkey and sleep are somewhat connected, the bird does not contain enough tryptophan to induce sleep, and it actually has less tryptophan than other poultry like chicken or even eggs. 

The "food coma" we experience after Thanksgiving is likely due to the large quantities of food consumed in general. That includes turkey, but also stuffing, mashed potatoes, booze, and pie. In 2016, our Eight users slept 29 more minutes than average after Thanksgiving. This year, we only slept 9 more minutes than usual, averaging at 6 hours at 31 minutes. We also got 19.5% of deep sleep, which is in the healthy range. 

People tend to overindulge during the holidays, and a typical Thanksgiving plate can be well over 2,000 calories. High-carb, high-fat, and high-sugar foods (like sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie) trigger a neural response that tells the body to slow down. Furthermore, researchers found that a group of brain cells called orexin neurons are very sensitive to glucose levels, which spike after a big meal. Those neurons produce a protein, orexin, which moderates wakefulness. 

As the quantity of food increases, so does the amount of insulin released during digestion. Insulin then increases the amount of serotonin and melatonin in the body, which are the two primary chemicals associated with drowsiness. 

The best way to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma is to eat earlier (around 5 PM), have a healthy breakfast on Thursday morning, and control your portion size. Remember, there's always room for leftovers! 

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