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Six Great Sleep Books for Adults

These top reads will help you get the rest that you crave. It’s no wonder that the sleep section of bookstores can be overwhelming: There are thousands upon thousands of books available on the subject! And while some are winners, others may keep you up at night wondering, “Why did I buy this?” To help you narrow down the selection, check out these top picks below. Whether you’re hoping to end insomnia, fall asleep faster, or simply get your baby to nap longer, one of these reads will be right for you. For Sounder Sleep: If you’re looking to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep, check out Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips…

Five Great Bedtime Books For Kids

Turn the nighttime into your favorite time with these books that are sure to put a drowsy smile on your kids’ faces. Wrapping up the day by reading to your children near a reading light doesn’t just create a comforting ritual, it also boosts their grasp of language, lowers their stress levels, improves their ability to learn, and gives them a positive memory of reading, which can turn them into readers when they get older. But what books are the best? These five titles—some classic, some newer—will settle your little ones down and get their eyelids drooping. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This…

The Sleeping Power of the Lovey

  To an outsider, a lovey seems like an ordinary blanket or stuffed animal. But to a parent and child, a “lovey” can be magic. When my son was a toddler, we were flying across the country to see my parents. I had diligently packed all the smart travel items—stocked diaper bag, Ziplocs, stickers, two dozen containers of snacks. I had debated carrying the lovey—the cherished object he’d been sleeping with for a year—and decided to do it so he could nap on board. He clutched the satin square and I wore him in a front pack through the terminal. I set my luggage down to adjust and headed towards the gate. When I realized the lovey was…

Interrupted Sleep: What Happens To Your Body

Waking up throughout the night does a lot more than make you exhausted. There are lots of reasons why you might spend a restless night waking up every few hours, checking the clock, and feeling disappointed that it’s still nowhere near morning. Maybe there’s a new baby who has to be fed regularly, a sick dog who needs frequent trips to the backyard, neighbors who have rocking parties, or just a racing brain that makes staying asleep tough. Whatever the cause, you’re bound to wake up tired the next morning. But that’s not all. There are a few other ways that waking up often throughout the night affects your physical and mental health. Your Brain Isn’t…

#GoodNights Bedroom Tour and Q&A With Lifestyle & Organization Blogger Meg Biram

  Meg shares how making #GoodNights a priority helped get her refresh her bedtime routine and ease insomnia conserns in this exclusive Q&A! Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram.   April’s Sleep Challenge It took a bit longer than usual…

#GoodNights Bedroom Tour and Q&A With Alison Vinciguerra of Long Distance Loving

New mom Ali shares how making #GoodNights a priority helped get her (and her family) through those all important first months in this exclusive Q&A! Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. April’s Sleep Challenge It took a bit…

Is it OK for Kids to Share a Room While Sleeping?

It turns out that kids can sleep together peacefully. Learn how to make it happen. Figuring out the best sleeping arrangement for your family can be the difference between waking up to a household of grumps and seeing smiles at the breakfast table. And just like decisions about co-sleeping, sleep training, and choosing a bedtime is unique to each family, deciding whether or not to have kids share a room is a matter of both practicality and personal preference. There is no right or wrong answer, but there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re issuing room assignments. Do You Have the Space? Just because you have extra rooms doesn’t mean…

How to Help Your Partner Get More Sleep

  You’ll both have a better night once you make these changes in the bedroom. Those grumpy grunts and groans that you hear from your significant other when the alarm goes off each morning are clear signs that he or she isn’t getting enough sleep. That’s bad news for you (since no one wants to wake up to a cranky husband or wife!) and bad news for your other half. Not only is sleep deprivation linked to obesity, heart disease, and other health issues, but it may also reduce productivity at work. In addition, lack of sleep negatively affects the area of the brain that’s responsible for creativity. While there are plenty of steps that your spouse…

Day in, Day Out – The Importance of Routine in Our Daily Lives

Waking up at 6 AM every weekend? There might be something healthy going on. Much to my dismay, at 6:00 every morning my Italian Greyhound Pip nudges me awake, so that I can feed him. Not at 5:55 or 6:05, but at 6:00, on the dot, every morning. His inner alarm bell starts ringing, and it becomes critical that he has his breakfast. Pip is nothing if not a model of regularity. He’s also a model sleeper, an excellent squirrel chaser, and, most importantly, is filled with joy every single day. What does Pip know that I don’t? Probably many things, but one in particular is how important routine is in our daily lives. As any…

Spring Clean Your Sleep Routine

Make over your bedroom to score sounder shuteye Ah, spring! It’s the season for flowers, maxi dresses, March Madness—and getting your hands dirty by scrubbing your home from top to bottom. This year, be sure to include your bedroom in your spring-cleaning plans. Start with the following four steps, and not only will your room look (and smell!) nicer, but you may sleep better, too. 1. Clear Your Nightstand of Tech. If you leave your smartphone next to your bed, it’s time to find another place for it to spend the night. Not only can a 1:00am text message wake you up, but the blue light that the phone emits may actually disrupt your circadian…