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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.

How to fall asleep despite being sick?

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Imagine being extremely sick but unable to fall asleep? That sounds like a nightmare in itself, right? You are dead tired and all you wish for is a good night of sleep to feel better, but you just don’t seem to be able to fall asleep. Rather than that, all you do is tossing in your bed until sunrise, which does nothing to improve your condition. Which is why it is of the utmost important for you to find ways to fall asleep fast and properly despite being sick, so that you make sure to avoid dealing with insomnia during winter when you might catch a cold.

If you are struggling to fall asleep because of heartburn, you should learn about the best adjustable beds available for combating acid reflux. If acid reflux isn’t your problem, keep reading to learn about other other illnesses that can affect your sleep.

As soon as your immune system weakens a little bit, your whole body feels itchy and almost bothersome. This is true whether you’re a child or an adult. Especially when you lay down in order to sleep, your head feels fuzzy, your nose becomes stuffy, your throat muscles get swollen and you feel unbearably hot and uncomfortable. That in itself exceedingly hinders the quality of your sleep, hence why it is crucial for you to find ways to fall asleep fast despite the illness. Particularly since sleep is one of the most important things your immune system requires to strengthen itself and more generally your entire body.

Moreover, if you have noticed, usually, when you’re sick, it’s not just falling asleep that becomes hard to achieve, but it is also staying asleep throughout the whole night despite being ill. You definitely have experienced waking up several times a night to blow your nose or drink some water because of how sick you feel, which effectively throws your sleep off balance. 

So because falling asleep and staying so despite you being sick is so important for your immune system, we have found some ways for you to achieve that which hopefully will properly shut down all of your worries about not getting the sleep you need whenever you catch a nasty cold in winter.

Make your room more humid

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As we have evoked earlier, you definitely don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night with a dry mouth and throat, desperately looking for a glass of water to hydrate yourself, right?
Not only that, but you also for sure don’t want to get even more infections due to your sinuses that get too dry because of the winter air.

Well, in order to prevent and avoid that, you need to make sure to sleep in a humid room. You can for instance get yourself a humidifier that will enable you to breathe better without necessarily making your sinuses dry. Look for essential oils that are good for your throat and let the humid air help you heal while you sleep.
If you don’t really feel like investing some money in an entire humidifier, you could always try to increase the humidity in your room by putting some bowls of water everywhere in your house. You could also try hanging one or more wet towels in your bedroom so that once the water turns into vapor, the moisture contained in the air adds up.

Who would say no to a hot bath anyway?

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You know how uncomfortable you feel when you are sick? Your whole body is aching and it feels like you have pulled all of your muscles, right? So when you get into bed and try to sleep, you have such a hard time doing so as everything hurts.
If you want to feel better, then take a hot bath. A steamy bath will soothe down your muscles and make them less sore. It will as well make you more drowsy, and less cold, which will tremendously help with your sleep. Funnily enough, not only will you feel relaxed after the bath, but you also will feel tired and sleepy, which is exactly what you want.

And of course, before getting out of the bathroom, make sure to clear out your nostrils well so that you have no problem breathing while asleep.

Chicken soup makes miracles

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Another grandma recipe.

You probably have always been fed chicken soup back when you were a kid and you caught a cold. It is no wonder that that seems to have its own benefits on your body’s condition as it has been discovered that chicken soup contained many anti-inflammatories. Anti-inflammatories reduce infections and improve your immune system, helping it to get rid of the illness faster.

So now, if you want to sleep better and you are anxious because you caught a cold, no worries! All you have to do is make yourself some chicken soup – it doesn’t have to be some sort of delicacy, even bought soup is good enough for you to feel better, and eat it before going to bed!

No more sore throat

Grandma recipe, yet highly effective.
If your throat feels too sore, try gargling some solution of diluted salt in warm water the way you would with a mouthwash. Do it 4 to 5 times in a row and each time you will do it, you will feel your throat getting slightly better, which will help you fall asleep faster and easier.

You can also try gargling a solution of diluted apple cider vinegar in water but make sure to spit it out! Remember, this is especially important during a cold winter where you’re really vulnerable for developing a sore throat.

Don’t lay down completely

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No, this isn’t a joke, not laying down your whole body is actually a good way for you to sleep more comfortably despite being sick. It is because that way, as your muscles get a bit more contracted, especially the muscles in your throat, it becomes much easier for you to breathe. All you have to do is elevating your head while the rest of your body lays down. You can do that either by putting some extra pillows under your head, or, if that is too uncomfortable for you, you can get yourself and adjustable bed and adjust it to the position that suits you the most.

If you are interested in adjustable beds, we have talked plenty about them on our website. You can for instance check our article called « the pros and cons of adjustable beds »  in order to see if those fit your expectations and taste or not.

Medicine was invented to help you feel better

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If you really can’t stand the pain that comes with a cold, then don’t hesitate to take some medicine. It will not make the sickness go faster, that is true, but it will definitely make it more bearable.

If it is your stuffy nose and your headache that you can’t stand, then try taking anything containing paracetamol, as that will for sure relieve the pain and make you sleepier.
If it is your throat that is bothering you, then look for some syrup that will soothe it and make it less painful.

Of course, if you are not sure what to take, call your doctor and ask for their advice, they are here for that.

Doing so, you will be able to guarantee yourself the sleep you want and you need to feel better.

17 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 7 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

Below we discuss 10 benefits of adjustable beds.

  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).
  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’ – we’ll not go into details here and let your imagination run riot
  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

Adjustable Beds – CONS

Below we discuss 7 drawbacks of electric adjustable beds.

    1. Your current mattresses may not workthis 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.

    Attractive features you shouldn’t be fooled by

    1. Fancy fabric covers – be it fabric, leather, rexin, or wooden, DO NOT make your purchasing decision based on ‘outer looks’
    2. Sleek legs – legs can be seductive whether they’re of women or otherwise
    3. Elegant remote controllers
    4. Better mattresses – you don’t have to buy a bed + mattress combo. You can buy just an adjustable bed base and shop for that perfect adjustable mattress elsewhere

    The most important features to look for

    1. Wall hugging feature – so that you’re always lined up with the night-stand
    2. Programmable memory positions – factory preset memory positions may not suit you well
    3. Pillow tilting – most adjustable beds have only head tilting and foot tilting; only a handful of them have pillow tilting
    4. Anti-Trendelenburg position – especially if you suffer from acid reflux, back problems or you’re a senior citizen that deserves the best. Read our Glideaway adjustable bed review to find out more about this position
    5. Quiet motors – some motors are loud and must be avoided by all means
    6. Backlit remote controllers – Because you won’t have to turn on your night lamp every time you want to play with your remote. It’s also a good idea to go with a fairly large-sized remote controller. Smaller remotes can get easily lost among those pillows, bed sheets, and comforters. Yes, they do get lost quite a bit, that’s why most remotes come with the ‘locate remote’ feature these days.
    7. Lifting capacity – while some beds can lift up to 800 pounds (in addition to the mattress), others cannot ‘lift’ over 400 pounds. For a queen bed holding two persons, this can be a problem. Pay close attention to this feature
    8. Steel legs – steel legs are always recommended over aluminum legs when it comes to adjustable beds
    9. Battery backup in case of power failure – can come in handy especially if you live in an area with frequent power failures
    10. Compatibility with your existing bed frame – why spend for another frame if the base is compatible with your current frame?
    11. Customer support – not every adjustable bed manufacturer stands by their word. Given that this is a relatively delicate piece of equipment, it’s wise to go with a company that is tested and proven
    12. Reputed manufacturers – the market is full of cheaply manufactured adjustable beds imported from _________ (fill in the blanks). Their price tags are very attractive and they work just fine while their young! But these age very quickly and doesn’t take too long to have mechanical failures. This is why we highly recommend that you opt for an adjustable bed from a reputed manufacturer.

How to manage your sleep during winter

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Winter comes with not only lower temperatures, but also with a whole lot of changes that leave their own impact on our habits, especially our sleeping ones. 

So how to cope with the dryness and the cold that perturb your sleep? Keep on reading to find some answers!

A warm bed means a warm and peaceful night

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The more sheets and blankets, the better! If you’re the proud owner of an adjustable bed like the Prodigy 2.0, you need to make sure that your bed seems inviting and warm so that you set the mood for sleep as soon as possible.

In order to make your both fluffier and more breathable, try putting blankets one over another instead of covering yourself with only one big and large-sized blanket. That way, if you ever happen to feel too warm at some point during the night, you could always get rid of one or two layers.
Just like we said in our article about sleep and summer, try going for linen sheets rather than synthetic ones, as those first ones are much more breathable which is essential for keeping your body temperature under control. For winter, you can also choose sheets or blankets made out of cotton or even bamboo. Just make sure that the first sheets directly in contact with your body are soft and not scratchy.

Of course, it is impossible to talk about warmth in bed without evoking heating pads as those are highly effective, and fortunately cheap! If you want something more sophisticated, you could always invest in electric blankets which will help you effectively beat the cold weather.

A warm body means an even more peaceful night

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Nightfall should mean it is time for your daily hot cup of your favorite beverage (which doesn’t contain caffeine!) during winter. Not only does it help you get warm, but it also makes your brain realize that it is time to get ready for sleep. This will no doubt put you on track for deep sleep and sweet dreams. People usually advice:

  • Hot decaffeinated tea with honey as it helps soothing down your mind and your body
  • Hot lemon water as it warms your throat and your whole core
  • Hot cup of milk, preferably with honey
  • Coffee is not advisable unless it’s decaffeinated

Related Reading: Best and Worst Drinks for Sleep

To get your body warmer, you can also choose to wear several layers of clothing in order to keep the warmth inside and not let it get away from your body. Of course, don’t forget the cozy socks as those will make you feel all fluffy and comfy but also much warmer!

Last but not least, remember you could always ask your partner for some cuddles to keep each others warm at night!

Your house too has to stay warm!

Not just your bed and your body, but your whole house has to stay warm too in order for you to sleep better.
There are many ways for you to make sure that you will come back to warmth and not a stinging cold.

If you don’t want to waste too much money on heating while still respecting the environment, then try purchasing an electric thermostat that you can set by yourself. You could for example choose to keep your house warm only when you are inside and not in bed yet as your sheets and blankets will do their part of the job to keep you warm enough throughout the night. You could also get try to find ways to keep the cold, dry air out of your house by covering all of your windows and isolating your walls from the outside. Putting thick tape all around your windows is a good way to block freezing air from coming inside. You can also put tower under your doors and windows for the same effect. Moreover, if you really don’t feel like the temperature inside your house is rising, maybe opening your oven while it is turned on may heat up the air a little bit. Of course, if you want to try this tip, then make sure you will switch off the oven before you go to bed. And last but not least, let’s not forget about the miracles caused by space heaters as these can warm you up instantly as soon as you switch them on. And while it is true that they are quite useless when it comes to heating up the whole house, they stay remain very effective when it about getting your own space warmer – for instance near your bed.

Avoid catching colds!

There is no need to explain how it is more likely for you to catch a cold during winter than during the other seasons; people who have the flu tend to transmit it more easily as skin contacts between people increase during cold season.
And that actually may hinder the quality of your sleep, as when you are sick, you tend to lose some hours of sleep.

That is why you need to make sure you keep your immune system in check in order to avoid catching colds, so that you can be assured that you won’t have to deal with any type of sleep deprivation because of some illness.

Stay healthy

How can we forget about the whole « stay healthy » speech when we are talking about sleep?
During winter, we all tend to get lazy as we don’t feel like leaving the warmth of our house to go for a run or for a short walk. But you have to remember that it is essential for you to get your blood flowing in your body if you want to sleep well. If you really cannot stand the cold, sign up for some indoor activities so that you can exercise without having to fight off the freezing air. Even some work out sessions in your own house during your free time can have amazing benefits on your body.

Besides, winter makes you also sort of neglect your eating habits. You either loose appetite because of the cold, or eat much more than usual to fight off your low moods or to heat up your body. Nevertheless, make sure to stay away from alcoholic drinks and heavy, greasy meals that will badly affect your sleep.

Replace dryness with humidity

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The dryness brought by winter usually leads to many negative effects on your body: your skin is either painfully crackling or just straight up itchy, your hair condition is catastrophic, and all you feel like doing is getting out of your freezing body. On top of that, dry air also affects your throat and nose as your vessels clog up and your muscles become swollen, thus causing you to snore and making it harder for you to breathe comfortably, which worsens your sleep.

That is why it is necessary for you to humidify the air you sleep in. You can for instance get yourself a humidifier from a store or a pharmacy. Try leaving it overnight as well as during daytime when you are not home so that your house stays humid.

If you don’t wanna spend money on a humidifier, you could always try making your own by hanging wet towels or putting cups and bowls of water all around the house. Basically, just try putting as much water as possible indoors. Another way to do that could be by not closing the door of your bathroom when showering so that the humidity isn’t stuck in the bathroom only.

Get Enough Light

As we have talked about keeping your immune system in check before, it is essential to mention the importance of sunlight in this section. You may not know it, but getting your body exposed to sunlight is necessary for you to get the amount of vitamin D you need. Vitamin D helps strengthening your immune system and staying in a positive mood. So if you feel like you are not getting the sun exposure you need, make sure you get out for some time during the day and spend some minutes or even hours outside, basking in light. That way, you will find yourself feeling happy rather than gloomy at the end of the day, which enables you to sleep faster and much more comfortably.

Get yourself the right mattress

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If you keep on tossing on your bed, trying to find the right position to fall asleep but unable to do so, then you might think about changing your mattress. Even the best memory foam mattresses are often forgotten once they are bought, when in reality, they play a huge part in the quality of your sleep. Try to see if your mattress is too hard or too lumpy, and get yourself the mattress you feel the best sleeping on. If you are not low on budget, you could choose to invest some money into an adjustable bed and the proper mattress that comes with it in order to allow yourself to find the best position to sleep in. We have talked plenty about adjustable beds before, you can always check our other articles regarding them.

http://www.thebest-mattress.org/8-cold-weather-tips-better-sleep/

https://www.ahbeard.com.au/sleepcoach/conquer-the-cold-with-4-quick-winter-sleep-tips/

https://sleepbetter.org/tips-to-sleep-better-despite-the-winter-cold/

Want to know more about dreams?

All about sleep and dreams
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Today, we are back to talking about dreams! On a precedent article, we have written plenty about our dreams’ different characteristics and now we are back with many more of them!It is known that the more you know about your dreams and the more you get to learn about yourself, and obviously the more you get to know how to balance your life in order to sleep better!

Dreams are a vast subject. Indecipherable for some, words of the subconscious for others and revealers of the true inner self. Basically, few people know what they are talking about. So, as we are nice people, we took the time to delve into every corner of the world’s biggest encyclopedia, the internet, so you can sleep smarter tonight.

You dream on average 100 minutes per night

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Obviously, the frequency of dreams is determined exclusively by the memory that you keep. Overall, one person would average 4 to 6 dreams per night for a cumulative duration of 100 minutes. What’s interesting is that the further you get into the night, the longer the dreams go. Thus, from ten minutes for the first dream, we move to a good thirty minutes for your final one!

You are paralyzed during your dreams

No, you have not suddenly become paraplegic, do not worry. The phenomenon is called sleep paralysis and occurs more or less every night. This paralysis is muscular and takes place during the paradoxical sleep phase. Nothing works properly except respiratory muscles, blood circulation and your eyes. It’s a little unsettling and almost scary, but without this paralysis, the sleeper would imitate in the real world the movements he performs during his dreams, which could endanger him or even awaken him. Our brain is quite smart, isn’t it? Thinking about all the eventualities!

Recommended Reading: How to prevent nightmares from disturbing your sleep

You forget 90% of your dreams

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As you know, dreams are very futile in the sense that they belong to that part of your routine you pay no attention to, mechanically performing the tasks your are set to perform. Like the shower you take, toast you grill, your brain does not consider this information of paramount importance. Rather, your brain prefers to erase them very quickly, so as not to be congested. It will prefer to keep in memory everything that relates to your deepest desires. Who talked about having cheated with the neighbor’s wife? Whatever happens, within five minutes of waking up, half is forgotten. We even end up forgetting over 90% of our dreams 10 minutes after waking up. However, it is possible to partially remember dreams when waking during the paradoxical sleep phase.

You spend six years of your life dreaming

More like six years in a parallel world. When we told you that you were elsewhere, in the moon, we were not necessarily making fun of you or joking, eh. When you think about it, that basically means that there are six years that we have forgotten, since we hardly remember them.

Some people do not dream in colors

12% of the population would dream exclusively in black and white. It’s a bit confusing when you know that colors have an importance, perhaps relative, in the interpretation of dreams. Their presence would thus indicate the strength of the feelings and the vivid imagination of the dreamer. When dreams take place in black and white, they to convey a more intellectual or nostalgic aspect of them. After movies, author’s dreams.

You can not dream and snore at the same time

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If the person you have next to you is snoring at night, you can be sure that they are not dreaming, since dreaming and snoring are simply incompatible. We do not know why, but this is what is said on the internet. You might want to look more into it if you truly want to understand the why of it.

Blind people are able to dream too

It sounds all stupid, but it is. Even our blind friends have dreams, but there characteristics depend on the conditions and the gravity of those people’s situation. Those who are born blind never dream of pictures, never. Their dreams are expressed by sounds, tastes, smells and other tactile sensations. Those who have become blind in the long run, on the other hand, continue to dream in pictures, although the other senses may be more and more present.

Babies never dream

Contrary to popular belief, newborns do not dream like children, who spend much more time in their dreamworlds than adults do. Babies, when they do not have to deal with teeth growth, spend half of their sleeping time recording and writing in their brains all the novelties of the day. This is even what would explain the different face facial expressions like the smiles or the cries while they are asleep.

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Only people you know are physically in your dreams

Your dreams are obviously a matter of images first and foremost. Thus, it is impossible for us to create a face of any stranger during our sleep. Only the people that you know or that you already visualized and thus met have faces during your sleep. It is thus no wonder that you find yourself dreaming of the nosy old man who spends his day at home down the street.

Animals also dream

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Just like humans, animals also have a paradoxical phase of sleep, which is necessary for dreaming. This phase, would last 200 minutes for cats or for dogs, against a hundred minutes for humans. For birds, it would only be a few seconds. Which is quite normal when you consider how small their skull and thus their brain is. If their dreams are certainly not as advanced as ours, us humans, they exist and allow them to create memories. This is valid only in all warm-blooded animals. Snakes and other reptiles do not have the ability to do this.