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5 Bedroom Plants for Better Sleep & How to Take Care of Them

You spend a lot of time decorating your bedroom. After all, it is your private space, your sanctuary. You want it to be a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your home. While it’s obvious to add accent pieces and artwork, you may be leaving out an important, and useful, decorating component: plants.

A warm bath, a cup of decaf tea with honey, and soothing music are all known to induce sleep. But did you know that certain plants can help add to your nighttime relaxation ritual?

Bed Bugs – The Topic Cannot be Swept Under the Rug (or the Mattress)

Bed bugs can leave many red bites all over your body and they are quite itchy and uncomfortable. When you scratch the bumps, they can become infected and you will need antibiotics to rid yourself of them and then you must remove them from your home to sleep peacefully. Read on to learn everything you need to know about bed bugs including prevention.

Is Your Mattress Making You Sick?

American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist, Mandisa loves her bed. She says, “I named my bed Rufus. It’s so good to me that I thought it deserved a name.”

We can certainly all relate to the love she feels for her bed. After a long day, nothing sounds better than crawling into your bed and snuggling under the covers, where you feel safe and secure. Even after a long vacation, what do most people want? Their own bed. Nothing is as comfortable as crawling into your own bed and knowing that you are where you belong. Whether you name it or not, you have special feelings for your bed.

Reduce Cortisol Levels For a More Restful Sleep

In 1942, gasoline cost 20 cents a gallon, people knew their neighbors, and Americans got more sleep than they do today. According to a Gallup poll, 40% of Americans get less than the recommended seven hours sleep. On average, we sleep 6.8 hours, down more than hour from 1942.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. The foundation “developed age-specific recommended sleep durations based on a rigorous, systematic review of the [world’s] scientific literature relating sleep duration to health, performance and safety,” said Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation, chief of sleep and circadian disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School.  Currently only 59% of American adults meet the sleep standards, while in 1942, 84% did.

Sleep Habits and Tips from Birth to 12 Years of Age

Understanding your child’s sleep habits can help you to understand them better. Older children have a Circadian rhythm that regulates their wake and sleep cycles based on light and dark. Newborns don’t have this development yet, and tend to sleep and wake throughout the day and night. The good news is that the wake and sleep cycles develop between three and six months so you can get some rest too.

How Stress Wrecks Your Sleep & Solutions To Help You Relax

Stress management strategies can help you to lower your stress levels so it is easier to go to bed and sleep at night instead of tossing and turning, having nightmares or waking up repeatedly.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can instantly reduce your stress levels. Some of nature’s scents help elevate your mood, concentrate better, promote focus and reduce your anxiety levels. The idea is for the scents to stimulate your limbic system, which releases the chemicals in your body associated with feelings of calmness, tranquility and relaxation. Lavender has a soothing scent that lowers your heart rate and regulates your blood pressure so you can relax and fall asleep. Cypress has a balancing and grounding effect to promote clear breathing and reduce the tension in your muscles to help you to relax. Rosemary can lower your cortisol levels, which rise in your body in response to stress. Rosemary can also enhance your memory, increase your mental clarity and relieve your anxiety.

How To Get Your Toddler To Sleep In Their Own Bed

You just get comfortable, all snuggled under the covers, when you hear the little voice.

“Can I sleep in your bed?”

Having a young child sleep in your bed can cause numerous problems, the most common being lack of sleep. You may end up lying in uncomfortable positions and waking up with aches and pains. Additionally, you are not doing your toddler any favors by continuing to allow her to join you in bed.

A healthy sleep pattern includes a consistent, personal sleep space. Angela Mattke, M.D. in Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic told USA Today that it’s important for Mom and Dad to find the right approach to breaking their child’s association of sleep with his or her parents.

How to Fix a Mattress That Sinks in the Middle

Let’s just get right to the point, most of us cannot fix a sagging, wearing mattress. It’s simple if you happen to have expensive mattress manufacturing equipment lying around your house and the knowledge and expertise of mattress assembly at your fingertips.  For the rest of us, the fact is when the padding materials used on the inside of a mattress dents in and breaks down, there really is only one way to repair it since they are sealed products that are sewn shut. The most effective way to fix that big dip is to open it up and replace all of the worn upholster layers and sew it back up.

Thinking of trying to repair it yourself? Here is a list of the 10 most popular tricks and advice that is suggested to increase the support under a mattress, make it more comfortable, and raise the places where the mattress is sagging.