We spend an average of a third of our lives sleeping and yet we extend relatively little attention to keeping our bedding in good, clean order when compared to other areas of the house. As an example, think about how often you clean your kitchen countertops, compared to how often you wash your sheets or pillowcases. For a spot you spend about eight hours a night in, keeping it orderly and stocked with good quality bedding and textiles isn’t a luxury: it’s a necessity.
While napping can’t take the place of a good night’s sleep, it does offer numerous health benefits when done right. The Sleep Foundation points out that over 85% of mammals “are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day.” Humans are not in that category, but perhaps they should be.
Most adults require around eight hours of sleep each night, with children and teenagers needing even more. However, some people, specifically those with a variant of the BHLHE41 gene, may be genetically predisposed to a resistance to sleep deprivation effects.
The condition is known as FNSS (Familial Natural Short Sleepers) or SSS (Short Sleepers Syndrome), and individuals experiencing it tend to get by with fewer than six hours of sleep each night with no adverse side effects. They do not require as much sleep as an average adult and can function normally with less downtime at night.
While in the womb, your infant tends to sleep while you are awake. The motion of your movements as you go about your day are soothing to your little one, similar to the sensation of being in a rocking chair. When you fall asleep at night, and your body is still, your baby often awakes to entertain herself.
New mothers can recognize the irony in this predicament, as suddenly they are faced with a baby who sleeps throughout the day and is wide awake all night long. This becomes particularly difficult when there are older siblings who must be attended to during the daytime and a little one awake at night.
So how can you teach your newborn healthy sleep habits that she can take into her toddler years and beyond?
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 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.
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.
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.
Insomnia can be caused by both medical and psychiatric conditions as well as unhealthy sleep habits, substances, or biological factors. Oftentimes, insomnia is a state where your brain is unable to “turn off,” meaning that there is a problem with your internal sleep cycle and wake cycle.
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.