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Sleep procrastination: 5 tips to avoid going to bed too late

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Instead of turning off the lights and closing your eyes, do you prefer to scroll through your social networks or phone a friend? If so, then you may be suffering from procrastination of sleep. You think you’re increasing your productivity by killing sleep, but in reality, it might be the other way around. Nevertheless, do not panic; we can give you some tips to fix it.

We do not necessarily know it, but procrastination – the tendency to put everything off until later – does not stop at night. Indeed, a study done in 2014 by a group of scientists revealed that some people suffered from procrastination even in their bed, and that is called sleep procrastination. In other words, rather than closing their eyes and dropping into Morpheus’s arms, they tweet, launch a new episode of series, or decide to tidy up and organize their wardrobe. In other words, they delay the time of bedtime without any particular reason. The researchers explained: “We thought it was not so much a question of not wanting to sleep, but rather a question of not wanting to stop other activities”. But then, how to overcome the procrastination of sleep?

6 tips to help you stop sleep procrastination

1. Put a notice on your phone

It’s a stupid thing but that could help the enemies of sleep. Every night, when we come home from work, we set an alarm at the time when we want to close our eyes. As soon as it starts ringing, we have to stop what we were doing, then turn off the lights and finally let ourselves gently relax and fall asleep. 

All you need to be able to achieve that is to have a little motivation and stick to it. Nowadays, there are several Android and iOS phone apps that do this for you. Actually, there are even smart beds that do it nowadays. Have you heard about the Sleep Number 360 Smart Beds? They have something called ‘Sleep Tracking’ technology that helps you not only go to bed on time, but also to track the quality and quantity of your sleep. You can read more about it on our Sleep Number Bed Review where we compare and contrast the different pros and cons of different models of Sleep Number adjustable beds.

2. Set up a routine

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According to a research, following the same sleep rituals every night helps to prevent insomnia and also helps falling asleep faster. The scientists explain that it is important to have an early and light dinner (so that digestion is facilitated and one falls asleep better) and that one must avoid having a nap when going back home from their office (or wherever they work). Then you are free to add little things to your routine, such as:

  • a comforting herbal tea,
  • a bit of dark chocolate,
  • a hot soup etc.

The following video also talks about the same principles on stopping sleep procrastination.

3. Immerse yourself in a book

Binge watching series on Netflix may be fun, but did you know that reading helped to find sleep? A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic in the United States, revealed that by reading a few pages of a book every night, a ritual was introduced. Suddenly, our brain basically rings the alarm and our body understands that it is time to go to bed. Be careful though, we are talking about books and books only. Reading on your smartphone, on your computer or on your tablet is definitely not an option. Quite the contrary, that simply alters the quality of sleep. Moreover, be careful which books you choose to take to bed with you. Not all books promote sleep. If you read a thriller or a book with a very interesting plot and a lot of suspense, you might achieve the opposite of what you wanted at first, which is staying up all night. Go instead for fluffy romances and books you’ve already read before in order to doze off and fall asleep fast.

4. Being active and dynamic

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Once the dinner has been eaten, it is better not to go back straight to your couch and laze around. Indeed, according to specialists, when you move around after eating, you avoid thinking too much and overthinking (which usually prevents you from falling asleep fast). Doing the dishes, taking out the garbage cans, doing your laundry, all of those are activities that can be helpful for your body as well as for your brain. The goal here is also to go to sleep thinking that you have “finished” doing all of your tasks. Thus, you will fall asleep with your head hopefully empty.

5. Playing sports and exercising

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According to experts, the best time to play sports is in the morning because the body is in a good shape and ready to work. Nevertheless, a physical activity in the evening allows you to let off steam after a big day of work. It also regulates appetite and weight. Only drawback? The schedules. Indeed, specialists and doctors all agree that doing exercise two or three hours before bedtime can affect the quality of sleep. It is therefore better to prefer the 6PM fitness class to the 8PM one.

If you’re struggling to come out of sleep procrastination, don’t worry… you’re not alone on this. Read this encouraging story on how one individual turned her whole life around by conquering the sleep procrastination demon!

18 PROS and CONS of Adjustable Beds

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Everything under the sun has a bright side AND a dark side. Adjustable beds are no exception to this rule. While there’s plenty of awesome qualities about them, there are also a couple of noteworthy drawbacks that you need to be aware of before buying one. Let’s discuss all of them below.

After you finish here, don’t forget to check out our 12 BEST Adjustable Beds – Reviews, PROS, CONS

Before you go to our 10 PROS and 8 CONS of Adjustable Beds, we want you to watch this video that underlines the 6 Most Critical features of adjustable beds. Once you finish this video, the Pros and Cons section will make much better sense.

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Adjustable Beds – PROS (Adjustable Bed Benefits)

Before jumping on to the 10 Pros, here’s an adjustable bed review we received from an adjustable bed user on a particular brand of adjustable bed.

“… this xxx adjustable base has completely transformed how we use our bed. Before this bed came into our lives, I have never slept with my head elevated; but now that I have, I can breathe considerably better and my girlfriend says she has not seen me snoring since. We use it as a bed, as a couch and even as a lounger. It has helped my girlfriend with her heartburn and she too sleeps much better now. This xxx bed frame has given life and interaction to an ancient concept and we’ll never go back to a conventional bed..” Anthony Hubert, WI

Since the above described benefits can be obtained from any brand of adjustable bed, we have blocked out the brand name.

OK, here are the 10 benefits of adjustable beds as promised

1. Relief from pain

Users of adjustable beds consistently report relief from pain resulting from back problems, arthritis, neck problems, frozen shoulder, and cramping. People with spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative spondylolisthesis have found adjustable beds particularly beneficial. In addition, adjustable beds are also known to relieve people from insomnia, breathing/sinus/allergy problems , snoring, swollen legs, asthma, heartburn/acid reflux, heart/circulation problems, and restless leg syndrome (RLS). The beauty of adjustable beds is that you don’t need an expensive or advanced model to reap most of these health benefits. A high-quality, basic adjustable bed like this model priced under $500 is all you need to get started.

2. More comfortable than conventional beds

Inclines of no more than 30 – 45 degrees (semi-Fowler’s position) are most popular. Best rated models nowadays have programmable memory positions as well. That way you can reach that favorite sweet spot with the touch of a single-button instead of having to long-press up and down buttons.

3. Convenience factor

Lets you sit-up in bed at any incline/angle you want (infinite number of ergonomic rest positions). This makes watching TV, playing video games, reading a newspaper/book, typing on a laptop, having breakfast in bed, nursing/breast feeding, and even jumping in and out of bed a whole lot more convenient compared to a conventional bed

4. High ‘intimacy factor’

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5. Independence

Move without disturbing your sleep partner. Especially with split-queen and split-king types of adjustable beds, one partner can raise/lower his/her bed independently of the other. Your favorite position may be 20 degrees elevated and his/her may be 12 degrees; no problem! You can have your own elevation without annoying your partner

6. Built-in massage

Many adjustable beds come with a built-in massage feature nowadays. Higher-end ones come with advanced features like different modes of massaging, timers etc.

7. Low maintenance

No pumping air; no changing water, no greasing… just assemble and hop on…

8. Up to 25 years of limited warranty (full warranty generally <5 years)

The steel frame, upholstered parts, motor, mechanical components etc. etc. have different warranty periods

9. USB chargers for phones, tablets

Don’t make your purchasing decision based on the number of USB chargers, however, if you can get one without having to spend extra, it’s certainly worth it because you’re likely to use them on a daily basis

10. Lumbar Support

Some models of adjustable beds like this one has something known as Lumbar support. As the name suggests, these beds have a separate bar jotting out to support your lumbar area; can be very helpful to those of you with lower back pain

“This is the best investment I did within the last decade. My wife has lower back problems and I’m told that I snore; I’m pretty sure I don’t 😉 . We ordered two twin XL’s for a split king; her back pains are gone just like my snoring. All this, with the same old spring-hybrid mattress we bought 6 years ago.” Bob W

Adjustable Beds – CONS (Drawbacks)

Below we discuss 8 drawbacks of electric adjustable beds.

1. Your current mattresses may not work

This type of adjustable mattress works best with adjustable beds while certain other types don’t

2. More expensive than conventional beds

3. Time consuming

There isn’t a pre-set miracle position that is the perfect sweet spot for every person on planet earth. You’ll need to play with it a few days (or nights) to find those custom angles that soothe you (and your partner) the best. With these adjustable beds, the angles matter more than the size! In contrast, conventional beds are ‘plug and play’

4. Mechanical failures

Whenever there are motors/electronics involved, there’s always the possibility of them failing. TVs, radios, cars, KitchenAid mixers, air conditioners, you name it… all of above can have mechanical failures at some point. Adjustable beds are no exception. However, the popular consensus is that, if they fail, they fail within a short period of you starting to use it. Because most adjustable bed manufacturers provide at least 1 year of comprehensive warranty, those defective units that are bound to fail, will likely fail within the warranty period. So, even though adjustable beds are not fail-proof like conventional beds, you have little to worry about because of the warranties offered by their manufacturers.

5. A touch of danger

If you poke your hand between the bed foundation and the frame while it’s being lowered, potentially, your hand can get injured. This won’t happen with a conventional platform bed. However, many modern adjustable beds have built-in safety features
to prevent your hands getting caught.

6. Heavy weight

Especially the high-end adjustable beds can be pretty heavy (over 100 pounds). This can be a problem during setup. Imagine your bedroom is upstairs and your delivery man leaves the bed on the curbside. You may need help to carry it upstairs and to twist and turn it until you get everything set up the way you want.

7. Aggravate back pain

If you buy the wrong adjustable bed, it can even aggravate your back pain! If you have seen the video above, you know how important wall hugging can be (video: 4:32 to 5:40 minutes). When the head is elevated on the typical ‘non-wall hugging’ adjustable bed, your whole body moves forward away from the headboard and away from the nightstand. So if you have to reach for something on the nightstand, you have to twist back awkwardly which can potentially give you back aches. This is why it’s important to be aware of what wall hugging is and to buy a bed with wall hugging if you use your nightstand often.

8. Making the bed

Most adjustable beds have mattress retainer bars; some have just one at the foot while others have as many as four on the four corners. These do a great job by preventing the mattress from slipping and holding it in place. Unfortunately, these mattress retainer bars can get in the way when you’re tucking the bed sheets under the mattress. This can bug you a tad bit; but I don’t know anyone that didn’t buy an adjustable bed because of these mattress retainer bars 🙂 Newer adjustable beds come with self-sticking microhooks or nano-beads that are supposed to ‘stick’ to the underside of the mattress, a bit like Velcro. But not all of them do a good job at holding the mattress in place. Their ‘stickyness’ also depends on the material on the mattress cover!

Does sleep increase productivity?

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Dozens, if not hundreds of studies have proven that sleeping increases productivity. Below we highlight 6 reasons why you should not neglect sleep, for better productivity and better overall health.

Sleep is really not to be taken lightly. This seems trivial and yet it’s often the first thing you forget when you’re energized and accumulating an increasing workload. What’s more natural in this case than sacrificing a few hours of sleep, thinking that that way, you will be able to be more productive? Or more than that, what’s better than having a sleepless night in exchange for a lighter tomorrow?

If you’re still not convinced, you have to know that many studies have shown the benefits of a good night’s sleep. You too will end up believing it: sleeping more is not the habit of slackers, but a guarantee of success.

6 things about sleep and productivity

The night brings advice

We tend not to listen to this saying, but know that it is no myth nor legend. Do you have a complex problem to solve? Give it all your attention before you fall asleep and let the night enlighten you on the track to follow. Indeed, your brain, when it is in full relaxation, starts to establish new connections. Neurons, even when distant from each others, begin to get connected to each others, which leads to more creativity … And all while you are asleep!

How ever, be careful and don’t forget to reap the fruit of your sleepy thinking by waking up the next morning.

Recommended Reading: iDealBed 4i Custom Adjustable Bed Review

“Sleeping on it”

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Your brain needs rest to incorporate all the information and new events to which it has been exposed during the day. This is especially what the night is useful for!

Researchers have been interested in our brain’s ability to memorize all the knowledge acquired through the day while we are asleep. The participants in their study had to memorize songs, one of which was repeated to them while they slept. Their memory score of the latter was significantly higher, compared to the other pieces.

Students would do better to review their lessons for their exam of the next day just before going to sleep, the memorization being facilitated during sleep. This is also valid for an important professional presentation.

A night in the sky against a day of productivity on the ground

Night flights are particularly “productive”, it seems. As long as you meet all the conditions to take full advantage of it (comfortable clothes, choice of the appropriate place, not too much sleep the night before, etc.). Sleeping in altitude would be equivalent to winning a day’s work on the ground. That leaves you puzzled? Try the experience, you’ll see if it works on your body!

Recommended Reading: 10 Tips for Better Sleep

Improve the quality of your sleep

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What is more enjoyable than the feeling of falling asleep like a baby under his comforter? Know that it is still possible to do better …

Physicians generally focus on dietetics or sports, and sadly underestimate sleep in terms of work productivity, attention while driving, social skills and weight.

Now, you can really improve your nights by making your sleep experience even more profitable. How? by making use of modern technological advancements. While leaving our smartphones or computers turned on near us when we sleep is generally discouraged, a new generation of amazing applications is emerging. These are gadgets like a mobile phone alarms waking us up at the right moment of our sleep cycle and exposing ourselves to blue light before the sun sets in the evening.

According to researchers, this new technology also has the merit of developing our interest regarding this subject. Suddenly we become aware of the importance of sleeping well and its effect on our health, our performance, … And the thing is that, the more we do not sleep, the less we are aware of the “handicap” that lack of sleep generates, hence why these new applications will be revolutionary.

You can refer to our numerous articles on Sleep Science we have published on the Bedroom Solutions blog.

If you want to be an overachiever, take care of your sleep

To cultivate one’s body is to take into account one’s needs because, when you sleep, the body remains active. What are the incredible things your body does while you sleep?

  • In phase 1 of sleep: your muscles relax and your eyes start slow movements.
  • In phase 2: breathing and heart rhythm are regularized, your body temporarily collapses, you lose consciousness of space, your brain waves slow down, eye movements stop, your blood pressure decreases, your muscles are relax and your tissues repair themselves.
  • In phase 3: the energy is restored, your hormones are renewed, the brain waves are activated in slow motion, your brain is activated and you dream.
  • In phase 4: your eyes start fast movements, your muscles are paralyzed, your breathing and your heartbeat become irregular.

You now understand why your body loves to sleep. If you want to help it to rejuvenate, there are certain things that you should never do before bedtime.

Sleeping can increase productivity

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You also think you can steal a few hours of your sleep time without regretting it? As you have now understood, you will do more harm than anything to your body. Plus, you are basically lying to yourself if you think that will help you save time on your work. In fact, if you sleep more, you will be much more productive and effective. If you’re spending enough time in bed, yet not getting enough quality sleep, you may want to consider changing your mattress. If that too doesn’t help, we can only advice you to obtain medical advice from sleep specialists.

Last little advice, sleep again and again, but this time without regrets!

10 Tips for Better Sleep

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How much do you actually know about sleep, except the fact that you are supposed to sleep when it’s dark and wake up when it’s light? Sleep is a subject that fascinates and interests so many scientists. If there’s anything every child and adult needs, it’s sleep! It is said to be highly revealing of a person’s identity and personality, and studies are done to discover just how many secrets sleep hasn’t told us yet.

And because we seem to ignore so much about sleep, lethe’s try to learn things that you probably haven’t been told yet.

10 Tips to Help you Fall Asleep Faster

Ever heard about the “Maggie’s Law” in New Jersey that prohibits driving while sleep deprived?.

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We are all worried about falling asleep while driving – whether it happens to us or to any other person we know or may not know. The thing is that, of course, lack of sleep is extremely related to that. When we don’t get the amount of sleep we need, our neurocognitive functions are altered, which causes memory problems and sometimes even leads to attention and concentration issues,  which are all crucial and necessary for safe driving.

The worst is that some studies have shown that sometimes, some people who are sleep deprived are not even aware of being less successful at work. And thus, not only is the situation worse, but moreover, we do not realize it and our perception is very disturbed.

Recommended Reading: Sleep Number Bed Reviews

It is possible to sleep all night with your eyes open and feel totally refreshed in the morning.

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According to specialists, there are lots of people who sleep with their eyes open (some regularly, others from time to time) and even if we do not really know why that happens, it is somehow completely normal and it does result from any kind of sleep disorder.

 

MRI shows that certain areas of the brain may be more active during REM sleep than when one is awake.

Among the most active areas of the brain, there is the thalamus (the envelope of the brain that interprets and processes the information of the memory from the short to the long term) and the amygdala (which allows the process of emotions) and which makes scientists believe that during REM sleep, our brain is trying to classify all information it has absorbed through the day from our head thanks to dreams and get rid of what is useless

We tend to think that REM is essential for improving our memory skills and keeping our brain in check. And that by storing the neural connections made during the day or perhaps getting rid of the unused ones.

Sex and texting while sleeping exists, and these are two forms of slow sleep parasomnia.

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Sending text messages and making love while sleeping are sub-categories of slow sleep parasomnia (called abnormal nocturnal behavior), just like night terrors and sleepwalking are. And in either case, the person who is suffering from parasomnia does not even remember their texting conversation or trying to make love to someone, which can usually lead to either hilarious scenarios, or catastrophic ones…

A human being spends an average of one third of his life sleeping.

Isn’t it common knowledge that we all are supposed to get eight to seven hours of sleep every night? It is thus only normal for us to be spending a whole third of our lives sleeping and for most of us lost in dreamland.

No one can get their body and mind used to needing less sleep.

You absolutely shouldn’t expect yourself to get used to getting fewer hours of sleep every night. Studies have shown that we need as much sleep as our genetic predisposition has defined our bodies to, i.e. usually between seven and nine hours, and we can not train ourselves to work better and like we normally do while sleeping less. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot survive with less than 5 hours of sleep.

Let go of the idea that you can catch on all the sleep you have missed

According to research, once sleep is lost, you cannot get it back.
If you want to no longer feel tired at any moment, then you have to go back to getting the normal amount of sleep you need. And that is why rather than trying to sleep 12 to 15 hours in only one night to kind of get back all those hours of sleep you have missed, it is much more efficient and honestly more practical and less of a burden to get used to sleeping for seven to nine hours, and sticking with it.

All the people who are lacking a lot of sleep end up falling asleep while watching movies in cinemas, suffering from mood swings or downing countless cups of coffee every day. Because as it has just been stated above, nothing replaces sleep.

Recommended Reading: Common Sleep Myths and Facts

Despite common belief, humans sleep much better when alone.

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When you compare your nights sleeping alone with your nights sleeping next to someone else, and look at the amount of times your sleep was interrupted or restless in both cases, you realize that it’s a much greater deal to sleep alone. People can say they’d rather sleep when their partner is there but that is actually just and impression as we naturally sleep much better alone. And of course, people who have enough room for two (or more) and those who can afford having king-sized beds are not concerned by this.

According to some research, there are several ways to explain why it is better to sleep alone:

  • Partners don’t always have the same sleeping hours,
  • Partners don’t always have the same sleeping habits,
  • Some people suffer from snoring or being an hyperactive sleeper,
  • Some people having nightmares which can be very disturbing for the other person.

All this can disturb and hinder sleep.
So if that’s something you’re suffering from, it is advised to buy ear plugs or a sleep mask to make things easier for you.

It happens that we wake up in the middle of the night to realize that we can not move anymore.

It’s normal and actually very common among people who are lacking sleep. What basically happens is that while your body is completely rigid and paralyzed by REM sleep, your brain is fully awake and alert (that is how you realize that you are no longer asleep). It can be extremely scary to wake up in such a condition, but worry not, it is totally normal and not that dangerous.

This phenomena happens because, according to scientists and sleep specialists, during REM sleep, we are dreaming, and in order not to move while sleeping during our dreams, our mind has sort of developed a protective way for our body to stay paralyzed in order for us not to move during our sleep.

The opposite of this paralysis is the behavioral disorder of REM sleep: the person has dreams while sleeping but forgets all about it in the morning.

For some people, the muscles are not paralyzed during sleep: this is the behavioral disorder in REM sleep. That is why when such people are dreaming and they are having fights in their dreams, they might start punching and kicking int their beds, despite being completely asleep, which can be dangerous, especially if they are sleeping next to someone.

We all know that our dreams aren’t always about flowers and butterflies, but rather very stressful and dangerous, which is why people who suffer from this disorder have to find a way to avoid any catastrophic situation due to their condition.

How to make your child fall asleep

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Every night it’s the same story. Your child is dragging his feet to bed and can not fall asleep. We have talked about the importance of sleep to children in another article of ours where we also evoked the importance of adjustable beds, and we especially focused on why you should put your child’s sleep before anything else. So worry not! We are here to give you tips to help the sandman make an appearance in the middle of the night and send your child to dreamland!

Put your child in condition

Provide a moment for your kid to rest and relax between their activities of the day and bedtime. Starting from a specific hour (after bath-time for instance), no more little funny fights or hide-and-seek parties should be allowed. Same for video games that keep your child in a state of excitement. Instead, offer them quiet activities: they can for example draw, listen to music, read a book, make a puzzle, etc.

Make your child tell you about their day

Our children are exactly like us. A little argument with a classmate of theirs, a negative comment from their teacher, a little fight with their best friend, the feeling of an injustice…that is more than enough for them to keep on tossing and turning in their bed, unable to fall asleep. That is why you should always plan a little chatting time before bedtime. A few minutes are enough. You two talk about what is annoying them to let them pour his heart and feelings to you so that they can free themselves from them.

Create a ritual for your child before bedtime

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There is nothing more reassuring for a toddler than a succession of actions and words that they have to repeat night after night. Start by preparing your child for the idea that they will soon have to stop their fun activities. Remember kids hate to be interrupted in the middle of their games! That is why rather than stopping them abruptly from having fun, you should set some sort of countdown for them to get ready to stop. For instance, you could do something like: « In 15 minutes, you switch off everything » or «  in ten minutes, you tidy up everything », etc, until you give them the signal to stop once and for all: “It’s over, time to go to bed ».
Then you proceed on putting them in their pajamas, watch them brush their teeth and accompany them to their room. Now it’s time for the actual « go to sleep » ritual to start: a little story, cuddles, lullabies, dialogues with their teddy bears, getting the pillows and blankets ready, etc. And of course, no need to go on forever: ten to fifteen minutes are more than enough.
And if it’s mommy who is already in charge of this, it’s useless for daddy to go back and do the same – or vice versa. We have emphasized the importance of following a sleep routine in an earlier article as well.

Do not hold your child’s hand while they fall asleep

You might think you are reassuring them, but in fact, the opposite is happening. By entering this game of theirs, you give them the right to be scared and to think that night is full of threats. Your child must get used to finding within themselves that it is necessary for them to fall asleep. That is also what will enable your kid to fall back to sleep if they ever end up waking up in the middle of the night.

If your child calls you back, stay firm

Is your child crying while you are getting out of their room? Let them cry for a few minutes before coming back. Reassure them: you are right next door, they have nothing to fear. Renew this operation twice, while coming back a little later each time before going back to talk to them. At the third time, gently warn them that it’s over, that you will no longer come back because you also have to sleep. If your child senses that they are facing a solid, firmly decided boundary, they will be able to fall asleep by themselves.

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If your child gets up, go back to bed with them calmly

Your child has just lied down, yet here they come into the living room? Explain to them nicely more than, at night, their place is in their bed and take them by the hand to accompany them to their room, as many times as necessary. Avoid begging them or sounding desperate, do not yell at them, do not give away any signs of annoyance. What your child need from you is to feel your calmness and your determination.

Reassure your child that everything is okay

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Between the ages of 2 and 5, some children tend to develop the fear of the dark. If your toddler calls you with an anxious voice telling you that a monster is hidden under their bed or that there is a witch in the dark, do not make fun of their fears. Help them to no longer worry and reassure them that everything is okay, that there is no monster nor witch and that they have absolutely nothing to fear. However, make sure to not overdo it: no need to shake the curtains to show that no one is hiding behind them! You will appease your kid much more effectively if you just explain to them that they have nothing to fear, and that you are here to protect them from any harm.

To each child their own ideal hour for bed

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Have you ever asked yourself, why do some toddlers have trouble falling asleep?

Experts agree that before 3 years, in 10 to 15% of cases, there is a problem of physical or psychological nature that makes it hard for children to fall asleep (reflux, anxiety, etc.). But, more often, the difficulties are related to the fact that the child has not learned to fall asleep by themselves, alone. Sleeping has unfortunately already been conditioned to the pacifier, to the presence of dad or mom, to another bottle of milk, etc. It is also possible that the child’s schedules are available for the sleep / wake rhythm setting up. Finally, some children need to feel « safe » in order to fall asleep.

So the question would be:

  • What can you do to help your child fall asleep?
    First of all, make sure to see with your pediatrician that everything is okay with your toddler. Once you are sure that no medical reason is present and causing your child sleeping issues, there are several things you can do. First of all, you can make your child feel safe. In order to do so, you could for example change their bed: placing it in an angle or against a wall is much more reassuring than in the middle of the room. Or you can do that by always telling them the truth (“Daddy is not here tonight”). Another tip for you is to prepare them gently for their separation from you. This is actually the whole point of the bedtime ritual. Finally, the last essential point is to put your child to bed when their body seems to be asking for it it.
  • And now you may probably be wondering: How am I supposed to know that my child’s body is asking for sleep?
    Right? Well,  some signs happen to always be 100% true and accurate: the countless yawns, your child rubbing their eyes, they become very grumpy or very agitated – and yes, a child who becomes super excited and agitated in the evening is not necessarily a night owl. The hyper attitude can also mean that they are needing to fall asleep.
    Just remember that every child has their ideal bedtime. In a reasonable range, of course. Around 3 years old, we can say that this range is between 8PM and 9PM.

How to wake up early

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In most of my previous articles, I have been talking about psychological tricks to fall asleep fast, why it is bad to suffer from sleep deprivation, how to get the amount of sleep you need, etc etc. However, rather than the processes of getting into your bed at night and falling asleep, how about we talk about getting out of your bed and waking up to start your day?

As you may already know, recently, being an early riser has become so popular that it almost turned into a cliché. And to top it off, the way the world itself functions happens to be in the favor of early birds: school starts early, work starts early, administrations start early as well, etc. Which means that you are supposed to condition yourself to waking up early if you still wish to be part of the world’s current societies. But as you are not used to that at all, you probably feel like there is no hope for you, right?

Well worry not! There are actually plenty of tips to get you out of your bed in the morning despite you being a night owl!

Keep reading to see how you can achieve what may seem impossible for you!

Here are the tricks to help you wake up early

Find your own motivation that would get you out of your bed in the morning

Telling yourself that you would get up at the crack of dawn just because you want to do so is more of a lie than anything else. You can’t just tell your brain that you want to be up early and expect it to wake you up in the morning. Just like you can’t tell your brain you want to sleep and expect it to take you off to dreamland. In both cases, there has to be a trigger.

So when you get into your bed at night, all ready to sleep, try wondering why would like to be up early the following day. Try looking for that specific something that fuels the fire in your heart and gives you motivation to not even consider sleeping for five more minutes the day after. That way, you will for sure get up as soon as your alarm clock starts ringing because you will realize that you actually do want to wake up early.

Leave it to your pets to change your sleeping schedules

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Now this is a cute one. If you can’t change your own habits, then you may want to change your pets’ and then leave the rest to them. All you have to do is for instance set your pets’ feeding time very early so that they wake you up to eat. And even if you may find this irritating at first, you will definitely get accustomed to it and start finding it endearing, maybe even look forward to waking up early.

Buy an adjustable bed with a gentle wake-up alarm function

You could purchase an adjustable bed like Leggett & Platt’s Prodigy 2.0 which has a gentle wake up alarm. It will start vibrating or massaging you at the time you set. It feels great, but it would also wake you up gradually, but thoroughly to make sure you get a head start for the day!

Naps are your biggest enemy! Avoid them at all costs!

If you want to start waking up early, then napping is going to be your worst enemy. Regardless of how sleepy you may feel throughout your day, make sure you don’t give in and prevent yourself from taking a nap. Otherwise, that will just disturb your body clock which will throw you back to the endless cycle of waking up late and going to bed late.

Follow your night routine without fail

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Having a night routine is similar to triggering your mind to put you asleep. That is why it is of the utmost importance for you to keep following your routine. Common routines can be as simple as including:

then going to bed. But as you keep on doing these things, you will definitely find it easier to fall asleep early and thus wake up early just like you wish for.

Gently change and fix your sleeping schedule

It probably sounds impossible for you to turn into a morning person, right? All those people and blog articles talking about shifting your sleeping time from 7AM to 9PM or whatever sound simply like people who can’t share your struggle, right?

Well there is something that you haven’t been told yet, and that you still may not know. Something that can actually enable you to start sleeping early – early as in 9PM and wake up early. It is a fairly easy method, and all it requires is consistence and discipline. What you have to do is to first talk yourself into sleeping 15 minutes earlier than usual and waking up 15 minutes earlier than usual. As this isn’t going to be a major change in your sleeping habits, it won’t be difficult for you to achieve. And everyday, go to bed 15 minutes early, and wake up the following day 15 minutes early. Naturally, at one point, you will find yourself going to bed at 9PM and waking up at 7AM just like any other morning person.

No more Emails and self-improving books, only light novels

One thing that could help you sleep early and thus wake up early is reading before bed.

However, it has to be specified that you don’t read your emails or new or self-learning books, as those will only stimulate your brain, which is very counterproductive at that moment of the day. Try going for fiction or light novel that you have or haven’t read before in order to empty your mind and fall asleep faster.

Camping might be the solution for you!

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This one may sound fun and almost weird, but it really works! It has been discovered that if you go and spend your nights outside under the moonlight, far away from your blue light emitting devices, then your body’s clock will naturally set itself according to sunrise and sunset. As that may require some time, we recommend you to go for at least a week, until you feel like you have set your sleeping back in place and under control. And of course, make sure to leave all of your electronic devices at home so that you don’t have to look at them. Or maybe simply force yourself not to look at them after the sun sets so that your body isn’t disturbed by the blue lights.

Heavy lunch? More like light dinner and good sleep

This one is easy and also very logical. Eating a heavy lunch will for sure prevent you from eating a heavy dinner, which will enable to sleep light, fast and better, and wake up in a good condition.

Fool your brain

This one is a bit tricky and also funny in the sense that you basically fool your brain.
What you have to do is to force yourself to stay up for only 10 minutes after hitting the snooze button. Only 10 minutes, and then you will allow yourself to get back to sleep. But during these 10 minutes, you have to make sure not to approach your bed, and simply do something else until you are ready to go back to bed. 10 minutes is a short time, right? You can do that for sure.

However, you will realize by yourself that once those 10 minutes will pass, you will be way too alert and awake to go back to sleep, and that’s how you would have successfully fooled your brain!

Fool your brain, but don’t let it fool you in return

We have just seen how it is possible for you to fool your brain, right? But keep in mind that your brain may fool you as well! So when in the morning your alarm goes off but your brain finds any and every excuse for you to sleep for « just 5 more minutes », you should absolutely not listen to it. Because if you do, then you will fall right into your brain’s trap which is the deeper sleep it will put you into during those 5 minutes. So every time you think « 5 more minutes », try seeing it as « time to get up for real ».

Sleep with your curtains open to wake up gently

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Have you ever tried leaving your curtains open instead of closing them when you are about to get into your bed? If so, then you must have had noticed how well you feel in the morning when you are woken up by sunlight. It is much softer and simply better than waking up because of an aggressive alarm clock.

So if you want to wake up early without necessarily dreading it because of the grogginess and frustration it causes, then try sleeping with your curtains open in order to get up peacefully.

Psychological Hacks to Trick your Brain to Fall Asleep

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We have talked many times about how to fall asleep fast, what to do before bed, what to avoid doing before bedtime, different sleeping personalities etc. etc. However, we haven’t been able to talk yet about totally natural, almost psychological ways to trick your body and mind into sleeping, and that is what we are going to talk about in this article. 

As some studies have shown, the main, almost only cause of sleeplessness and thus insomnia or sleep deprivation is anxiety. Whether it is caused by work, school, family issues or any other reason, anxiety is what keeps you awake and tossing in your bed all night. And what is worse is that the less you sleep, and the more anxious you get, which throws you within an endless loop that results in more and more anxiety as well as less and less sleep.
So how do you overcome that? Especially since all those tips involving not drinking caffeine or sleeping on the  most comfortable memory foam mattress in the whole universe won’t necessarily help you?

Well here are some scientifically-approved hacks involving playing some tricks on your brain to get yourself the amount of sleep and peace you need and you deserve in your life.

Main Psychological Tricks to Fall Asleep

Don’t let yourself fall asleep

Trying to prevent yourself from sleeping when that is the last thing you would ever think about is what makes this method so powerful. It is called reverse psychology, a very popular method in the world of psychology. It has been shown that people who are forced to stay awake on their bed actually sleep way faster than those who are ordered to fall asleep as soon as their back hits their mattress. And that is because forcing your brain to do something and trying to control to make it shut down and fall asleep is very counterproductive as the energy and thoughts you use to control your brain are what makes it stay awake. So better let go of telling your brain what to do and allowing yourself to stay awake in your bed: that will make you fall asleep.

Don’t look at your clock

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This is a basic, almost intuitive one. As you keep staring at your ceiling without feeling your eyelids getting heavy when they should, you start feeling slightly anxious. But then you turn on your side and you take a look at the clock and that anxious feeling spikes up: it is already 3AM and I am still wide awake when I should already be dead asleep.
But as we said, the more anxious you feel, and the less likely you are to fall asleep. So rather than checking the time every two seconds, get rid of your clock and prevent yourself from looking at any time indicator. That will for sure help reducing your anxiety.

Splash your face with cold water during a brief moment

When you are anxious and cannot sleep, a good way to soothe down the anxiety naturally would be by splashing your face with cold, freezing water. What happens is that, as you get anxious, your blood pressure rises and your heartbeat increases; your body is in its fight-or-flight mood. A good way to calm it down would be by immersing your face in cold water as that shuts down your fight-or-flight answer. Like that, your heartbeat and breathing get back to normal, and you can go back to bed.

Leave your bedroom for a while

Waking up in the middle of the night is much more common than you would think. However, when some people manage to get back to sleep in less than 5 minutes, others end up completely awake and everything but sleepy. When that happens to you, get up and leave your bedroom for a while. While making sure not to approach any device emitting blue light, make yourself busy and spend some time playing sudoku or reading a book. As time passes, your brain will less and less associate your bed with not being able to fall asleep. As you get into the habit of laying in your bed only to sleep (or have sex), your brain will no longer associate your bed with sleeplessness, and that is how you save yourself from worries and lost hours in your bedroom.

Blow bubbles

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Sounds weird? It is though highly effective. All you have to do is get yourself a bottle of bubbles and get into your bed. While laying down, take out your bubble bottle and start blowing bubbles in your room.
This will have a double effect on your brain: first of all, staring at bubble can be pretty calming; second of all, blowing the bubbles is similar to the deep breathing method, as you get outside breaths coming from deep within your core , which relaxes you tremendously. Besides, as you blow bubbles, you will probably have too much fun to think about anxiety-inducing things.

Close your eyes and imagine where you would want to be the most

In order to get your mind off your worries about sleep, it is quite effective to picture the place you would want to be the most. While you imagine that scene unfolding behind your closed lids, your brain gets distracted, and instead of making your body uptight and tense out of anxiety, it instead makes you drift off to sleep.

Lower your room’s temperature

Another way to trick your mind to get your body ready to sleep is to make your temperature drop before getting in bed. Because when you fall asleep, your core temperature lowers significantly, which has an influence on your biological clock.

A great way to lower your temperature is by cooling down your room, of course.
Another way to do that is by taking a hot, steamy shower so that when you step in your room that is cooler, your body temperature will get lower fast, which basically tells your mind that you are ready for sleep. Moreover, a hot shower is a good way for you to relax, and to incorporate into your daily nightly routine. Routines are also a good trick for your brain as they make your mind go « oh this person’s doing that stuff they always do before getting to bed, which means it is time to make them sleepy ».

Try a breathing method

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Breathing method are very popular when it comes to either calming your body down or getting to sleep. Its high effectiveness has been shown through several experiments. Basically, this deep breathing method consists in making slow your heartbeat down, and get enough oxygen to get you dozing off to sleep.
There is a specific way to do this, which you can achieve by following these steps:

  • Keep your tongue against your palate
  • Start by exhaling profoundly, until you can hear your breathe getting out of your system
  • Put your hands on your belly, and feel it rising while you inhale through your nose during 4 seconds
  • Hold your breath while counting from 1 to 7
  • Exhale loudly through your mouth while counting from 1 to 8
  • Repeat until you fall asleep

Muscle relaxation

Just like the breathing method, muscle relaxation is another way to trick your brain while laying down in your bed by focusing all of your thoughts on your muscles. It is called muscle relaxation because it consists in making your muscles tense then loosing them up several times until you relax enough to fall asleep. 

In order to do this, all you gotta do is to tense then relax your muscles starting from those at your toes and feet to those at your neck. You can do the opposite as well, of course.

Just make sure to focus your mind on the part of your body that you are working on, tense the muscles for 5 seconds then let them relax. 

The thing is that, while you do that, not only do you relax your body but you also take your mind off problems and worries, which enables to fall asleep fast.

Don’t Count Sheep

Contrary to popular belief, counting sheep is not recommended as a sleep aid anymore. According to a study done in 2010, you should focus on relaxing images rather than counting sheep if you want to fall asleep in quick time.

Try lavender oil

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This is another way to trick your brain into thinking that you are ready to fall asleep. All you have to do is put some lavender essential oil on your wrist and temple every night when you are about to go to bed, until your brain starts associating the scent of lavender to sleep. On top of that, as we have seen in another article about essential oils, lavender will naturally soothe you down and help you relax. So why not try this very natural way?

References:

  1. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/15-ways-to-fall-asleep-faster_us_55dde3e7e4b04ae497054470
  2. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21020/i-tested-7-natural-ways-to-fall-asleep-heres-what-actually-worked.html

Best Essential Oils for Sleeping Uninterrupted

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If you’re a light sleeper want to improve your quality of sleep, the following hand-picked, best essential oils for sleep may do the trick for you. During the recent years, essential oils’ popularity has dramatically increased as the many health benefits of essential oils – beside their heavenly scents – have been discovered and proven through scientific research.

Essential oils are amazing because they are completely natural yet offer the best assistance as supplements for your body. They are particularly effective when it comes to soothing down anxiety, calming your nerves and lowering your blood pressure. Hence why they are more and more used to treat insomnia.

Moreover, essential oils are quite fun in their own way as they can be used in different – and creative! – ways. You can either use a diffuser to spread their scent in your place, or put some drops of your favorite oil in your daily creams. You can even make sprays out of a mix of diluted essential oils, sprinkle them on your sheets and pillows, etc.

However, please note that I said « diluted essential oils » as they must be diluted or else you might expose yourself to serious damages! Essential oils are way too concentrated for your body to absorb them raw. You have to remember diluting them in water before using them! Now that we have made a brief presentation of essential oils, let’s dig into the matter deeper and see how those can help you sleep better!

8 Best Essential Oils for Sleep

  1. Lavender

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    Lavender’s sleep miracles are a cliché for a reason: they are real. Everyone actually already knows to a certain extent that lavender has something to do with sleep. However, not everyone knows how much and just how deeply lavender has been studied. Many studies have been done, and research has shown that lavender’s benefits aren’t just a myth.On the one hand, it has been shown that lavender’s aroma helped improving the quality of one’s sleep. On the other hand, it has also been proven that people who were
    basking in lavender’s scent while in bed fell asleep faster and slept better than the others.
    Which means that, just like the tales say, lavender can indeed help fight off insomnia.

  2. Roman Chamomile

    Just like lavender, Roman Chamomile oil is known for its tremendously beneficial properties when it comes to sleep. Not only does it have a very soft and tender scent that instantly improves your mood and makes you feel better, but it also helps soothing down your stress and anxieties, which makes your sleep quality ten times better.

  3. Vetiver

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    Known for its strong earthy scent, Vetiver oil is highly recommended for people who get more tensed and stressed out throughout their days, as it helps them loosen up and relax before getting in bed. Vetiver oil is extracted from the plant it shares the same name with.If you want to benefit from its advantages, you can mix it with a more fragrance-like oil such as lavender or lemon oil in order to improve its scent, and use it just like you would with any other essential oil.

  4. Bergamot

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    Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the fruit named Bergamot as well, or more accurately from its skin. It is a citrus fruit, just like oranges and lemons, but unlike these, rather than having an awakening effect on you, it will actually calm you down and make you less alert, which will help you fall asleep faster. It is very fruity, yet very soothing as well. Its influence on one’s mood has been discovered lately, and it has been shown that it was highly helpful to people who were too emotionally troubled as it helped them calm down and let loose.The one thing you should keep in mind though, is that you should never apply bergamot essential oil on your skin if your skin will be exposed to sunlight, as it will be much more sensitive to it with bergamot on top!

  5. Ylang Ylang

    Unlike Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang essential oil’s scent isn’t so light but rather strong in its own fruity way. Native to Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, Ylang Ylang’s plant has been used for its healing properties since decades. Now more frequently used as an essential oil, it has been discovered that it helps a lot against insomnia and may help improve the quality of your sleep.

  6. Sandalwood

    Essential oils with a scent of wood are very popular because of how light they smell. Despite being a bit more expensive that the other essential oils, their aroma is highly helpful when it comes to calming your mind down.

  7. Cedarwood

    This is yet again another woody essential oil. It is very effective when used with a diffuser as its scent helps calming your brain and relax. Nothing better for a good night of sleep!

  8. Marjoram

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    Marjoram is usually used in cooking, but it can also be used as a sleep inducer. It is also used as an antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic product. As it reduces muscles’ pain and relaxes your body, it sets the perfect mood for you to sleep.
    You can get it in any store, just look it up!

 

 

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How to Use These Essential Oils for Sleep

It is much interesting to know which essential oils are going to help you fight off insomnia, but that remains quite useless if you don’t know how to use them, right?

In order to make as much profit as possible from those essential oils, here are some ways to use them:

  • Applying it on your body

    Dilute your favorite essential oil in water or in a vegetable oil – as those are less strong while making sure that you can still distinguish its scent. Then apply it behind your ears, right at the level of your ankles, of your wrists, on your nape and on the back of your feet before getting in your bed.Massaging the solution into your skin is going to help you soothe your muscles and thus feel much more relaxed to sleep.

  • Using them for their aromatic properties

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    If essential oils are so popular, it is also because of their wonderful scents. So, naturally, the second way to use them would be so that you make as much profit as you can of their scent. In order to do so, invest in an oil diffuser that you would put next to your bed so that as soon as you get ready for sleep, you turn it on, and you let the heavenly scents take you to the world of dreams.

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Sleep Personalities: What Does Your Sleeping Position Say About You?

You didn’t know what was ailing your aching back and sore joints until you read about the diagnostics of sleeping positions–more importantly, the diagnosis of your own typically default sleep posture. Now you’re about to find out how your sleeping position speaks volumes about you. One only needs to watch understand one’s sleeping posture to figure out the kind of a person you really are during waking hours. Kinda weird… wouldn’t you agree?

How many sleeping positions are there?

First things first, how about going through the sleeping positions and finding out how many ways you could “pose in slumber”…that is, how many different sleeping positions Classifications vary, and some consider alternative complexities like sleeping positions for couples, the physically challenged; or by sleeping space: sleeping positions in a train/vehicle, in a small space, on a hard surface, just to dart a few examples.

One classification, the one used here is based on a scientific study that assessed how test subjects slept and whether their sleeping positions had any indications to their personality traits.

Here 6 sleeping positions are analyzed accordingly with research study results:

 

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1. Fetus sleeping position

In the study, a great number of test subjects were found to sleep in the fetal position, precisely, 41% of the study group. The Fetal sleeping position typically entails sleeping in a curled up fashion just like a fetus in the pregnant mother’s womb.
Fetal sleepers are usually women among whom the prevalence is twice more probable and even favorable especially when they are pregnant (it is also the ideal sleeping position for expectant women).

 

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Variations to the Fetus sleeping position are:

1.1.   Full-Fetal sleeping position

Here the sleeper simply sleeps completely hunched up exactly like a curled up fetus in the womb.Fetal sleepers sleep on their sides, all curled up, knees very close to the chest, while the head is inclined forward.

Full-Fetal Personality Profile:

Full-fetal sleepers are said to be extremely emotional and sensitive beings, and therefore have intense, highly-charged relationships that are personal and one-to-one. Another interesting observation that was made is that women who are naturally inclined to sleeping in the full-fetal sleeping position have great potential to experience multiple orgasms during sexual intercourse.

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1.2.   Semi-Fetal sleeping position

The semi-fetal position may very well be the most prevalent sleeping position of all with the majority of people naturally falling asleep while in this position. Sleep experts also vouch for the semi-fetal sleeping position as the ideal and optimal positioning. It entails sleeping on your side while your knees are slightly hunched up towards the belly; and one arm may be stretched out above your head while the other arm comfortably rests above the other and cradling your head in a suitable angle.

Semi-Fetal Personality Profile:

Semi-fetal sleepers are seen to be very compromising and even have a conciliatory nature. They are peacable, pose no threats, and also seen to be non-shakers.

 

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Fetal Position General Personality Profile:

Fetal sleepers are touted to have a tough outer personality but are softies and very sensitive, even shy. They are however very personable and can easily warm up to others.

 

2.  Soldier sleeping position

The Soldier position entails lying on the back with one’s arms comfortably positioned beside the lying body. About 8% of the study subjects were found to sleep in this position. It is also noted that this position tends to present higher chances of snoring and this is because of the supine sleep position (lying on the back). While snoring may not necessarily cause sleep loss or sleep deprivation, it may lower the quality of sleep so that the Soldier sleeper is not well/fully rested when they wake up.

Soldier Position Personality Profile:

Soldier sleepers are considered to be less outwardly and are more internal characters, having a cool-calm-collected personality, without much fuss. Although a regular platform bed would work just fine, the Leggett and Prodigy 2.0, one of the best adjustable bed models of 2017, can be highly recommended for soldier personality sleepers.

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3.  Log sleeping position

Turns out sleeping like a log is not just a metaphorical expression… In fact Log sleepers accounted for 15% of the test subjects. It entails lying on the side while both your arms are also rested down as shown in the illustration.

Log Position Personality Profile:

Sleeping like a log implies that you are a sociable person that’s easy-going and one who trusts others with the tendency of gullibility.

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4.  Starfish sleeping position

The Starfish position is simply the Supine sleeping position (lying on the back) but with one’s arms “flinging up” just about the pillow or near the head. Some 5% of the test subjects were found to sleep in this way. Just like the Soldier sleeping position, the Starfish position also poses the risk of snoring while asleep due to the inclination when lying on your back. This further implies that the Starfish sleeper may not catch sufficient rest thus a good night’s sleep may become a constant desire due to restlessness.

Starfish Position Personality Profile:

Starfish sleepers are nice to talk to as they are good listeners. You shouldn’t have trouble starting a conversation with them or asking for assistance as they are also usually willing to help out.

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5.  Freefall sleeping position

To lie in freefall is simply an enactment of the Prone sleeping position, that is: Lying on the stomach, the head is turned over to either side, with one’s arms tucked underneath or snugly hugging a pillow. About 7% of the participants were found to sleep in freefall position.

Freefall Position Personality Profile:

Freefall sleepers have a extrovert personality, they are outgoing and can be brash. They also don’t take criticism too nicely and may be unnerved by it.

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6.   Yearner sleeping position

The Yearner sleeper lies on their side with their arms outstretched (as if beckoning with the arms or “yearning”). Study subjects who slept in this position were 13% of the test group.

 

Yearner Position Personality Profile:

Yearner sleepers have the tendency to be open-minded yet cynical. They can be obstinate and may harbor suspicions; they are rather rigid once a decision is made they cannot change their minds.

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Should you change your mattress?

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The ‘Ons’ and ‘Offs’ of Changing Your Mattress

You have a great mattress that has served you years and years or even decades, but there comes a point in time where you feel like it’s time you gave it a break… for good! This article will give you some tips on how to find out if the time has come to replacing your mattress.

What factors do you consider when buying a new mattress?

What would make you decide to change your mattress? Moving house, home renovation, a bedroom redo complete with upgrades, perhaps tardiness or infestation (mold, bugs—the ones that bite!), or seldom random but much welcome visit from the Judy Bloom team of “How Clean Is Your House?” Rather, if your sleep quality does not stir you to warrant a change in your sleep lifestyle, let alone the constant need to keep turning over your mattress like turning over a new leaf, only with a high turnaround time but no comparable turnover, more trouble is certainly looming large. If it’s not too late for one, a risk assessment (or collateral damage assessment – depending on the timing) could certainly reveal some scathing if not scarring truths….at least as far as your health (and by extension, your wealth) is concerned. So before the acute turns to chronic, or a matter of quick relief turns to somewhat of a life sentence with lifetime management, perhaps you need to read the tea leaves in your cup before a storm brews therein.

Your Internet search history may give tell-tale signs of what you’re working with—or what’s not working with you (or in your favor) which is not a problem—what you really need is to know and understand through which the real problem will be at the very least, half-solved.

If you wake up with these signs, a mattress change be on the cards

  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Aching or Sore Joints
  • Scapulae Pains
  • Cervical Pains
  • Lower Back Pains
  • Numbness and Aching Arms
  • Spinal Discomfort

It’s not just a sales gimmick, if your mattress is not for your comfort, it’s certainly going to account for many if not all of the above symptoms. Whether or not it’s the primary, secondary or tertiary causative, your mattress will surely contribute greatly to magnifying the symptoms instead of being your comforter it shall be for complaints. In conclusion, if you wake up with any of the above signs, the time may be ripe for a change of mattress. After reading this article, if you think you ought to change your mattress, the next decision you need to make is weather you want to buy a latex mattress, memory foam mattress, spring mattress or a different type of mattress altogether. Every type of mattress has its unique pros and cons. You can check out our mattress comparisons or directly go to our memory foam mattress reviews to check on the best mattresses out there. For more signs on how to find out if your mattress needs replacing, watch this excellent video.