How long is a sleep cycle?

On our journey to better sleep, we have discovered that knowledge really is power. One of the first things we delved into in order to understand how to improve our sleep was sleep cycles. Once you understand how they work, you can tweak your habits to ensure you are maximizing sleep effectiveness. Along with “How long should I sleep?” and “Should I nap?”, one of the questions many people ask is...

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Podcasts for Sleep

Sound plays a big part of sleep wellness these days. There are white noise machines to tune out external disturbances, and earbuds custom-designed for sleep, but for some, silence can be loud. For those people, these podcasts may be your key to falling asleep quickly.  Nothing Much Happens This podcast tells bedtime stories where nothing much happens. Stories you can listen t...

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Why Do Dogs Sleep So Much?

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably thought to yourself “must be nice” as your dog drifted off to sleep for the third time before noon. And while it’s easy to envy your best buddy’s sleep schedule, there’s actually a reason why dogs require more sleep than we do. Humans require about 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and ideally, around 25% of that will be deep or REM sleep—which breaks ...

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Eye Masks Unmasked

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been on a journey to optimize my sleep. I’ve gone from practical insomniac to sleeping an average of eight hours. My sleep journey has been punctuated by new additions to my sleep-enhancing arsenal, the most prominent of which was an eye mask. To begin with, I eschewed this addition because I was adamant that I couldn’t sleep with something on my face. ...

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How Long Should A Nap Be?

Sleeping outside of your regular schedule may seem counterintuitive to feeling well-rested, but all kinds of people sing the praises of a good nap—from sleep experts to entrepreneurs to new parents. The problem is that too long or short a nap can leave you more sleepy than you were before. If you're napping and not seeing the benefits, or you want to try it and ensure you wake up feeling fresh,...

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Sleep Resolutions for every type of resolution-er

There is always a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions this time of year and we certainly don’t want to just add to the chatter. However, we would hate to miss this opportunity to remind you of the importance of sleep in your day-to-day life and plug prioritizing sleep in 2021. So, we have put together a quick list of sleep resolutions for every type of resolution-er—from the resolution non...

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Combating Election Stress Disorder: Tips for Sleeping on Election Night

If your anxiety is through the roof in anticipation for this Tuesday’s presidential election, you’re not alone. Election night isn’t known for being the most relaxing of evenings. We’re super tuned in and nerves and tensions are often at max capacity as we await the results.Election stress isn’t unique to this year, but a recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American ...

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Early Birds vs. Night Owls: What does your sleep preference say about you?

Some of us are morning people and some of us are… exactly not morning people. But the time of day you prefer to get stuff done—also known as your chronotype—could say a lot more about your personality than you realize.There have been many studies on this topic over the years, with researchers examining the personality differences between self-proclaimed early birds and night owls. And while...

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Common Pregnancy Sleep Issues and How to Address Them | Tuft & Needle

Being pregnant is hard work. Is it exciting? Absolutely. But is it also exhausting and, at times, frustrating? You bet it is.Some pregnant women have it easier than others in certain aspects—not everyone experiences morning sickness or sciatic pain or unexpected complications. But one thing that seems to be standard across the board is the challenge of learning how to sleep comfortably and ...

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What is “Doomscrolling” and How Does it Impact our Sleep? | Tuft & Needle

2020 has us losing sleep for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest sources of restless nights is simply not being able to look away from the barrage of terrifying headlines and stories. Last week, most of us were probably nearly asleep when the current administration’s COVID-19 diagnoses started breaking—how do you shut off when important updates are rolling in incessantly?  We’re not en...

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