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The countdown to the beginning of the school year has begun for both parents and children alike. Kids are cramming in as much twilight playtime as possible and parents are rushing around fulfilling school supply checklists. … —→ Read more

Cooler temps help you sleepThe last thing you think of when trying to get the perfect night sleep 

If you are like most people, sleep is something that you continually strive for in a never-ending battle between your busy, time consuming life and the necessary reboot your body requires every night. The lack of sleep will build up, weighing you down like a load of bricks while making you less and less productive and more and more cranky.

Tonight, though, it will happen.

You have planned it just right. You exercised after work, made dinner, ran errands, and cleaned up the house early. The caffeine you had from this morning’s cup of coffee is long out of your system and the room darkening shades will block the sun in the morning. You have done everything right. Everything is in order so you will finally be able to go to bed early tonight.  But, after laying in bed you realize it is taking you a bit longer to fall asleep. You’re tossing and turning. You close your eyes and try to force yourself to sleep but find yourself taking a peak at the clock every 7 minutes. Maybe you fall asleep for a bit but wake up shortly after. Why can’t you fall asleep?

The one thing you forgot.

Of course, there are many reasons as to why you might not be able to fall asleep at night but one that not many people think about is temperature. Even though your body feels comfortable it could be too warm for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you’ve noticed, there are many new sleep products that have included new technologies to help cool the body when sleeping. Some of the technologies we, at Glideaway, use are Cool Response Gel, Feran Ice, and even aerated memory foam. More and more cooling features are being used with sleep products because studies show it does indeed help people fall and stay asleep faster and better.

There is a reason why cooler is better.

The science behind it is based on the natural occurrence in your own body. When sleeping, your internal core temperature dips a bit. This actually happens twice a day. The first time is around 2pm which is why some are prone to napping or feeling sleepy at that time. The larger drop is at night. By providing a cooler sleep setting you are effectively helping your body reach that lower temperature. There is a limit to how cold you want to get while sleeping. Having too cold of a sleep environment will have the opposite reaction and can easily disrupt sleep. Scientists are still debating on the exact temperature that is ideal for sleep, but most agree that between 68-77ºF is the sweet zone.

Do some tests.

Since everyone’s body is different it may take some time to find the perfect sleep temperature for you. Keep everything related to your sleep routine the same but every night change the temperature in the room by 1 or 2 degrees. Keep a journal next to the bed to write down how you feel when you wake up. After a few nights you should start to see the changes in temperature affecting how you are sleeping.

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Many of you may have been wondering why the sudden increase in “charcoal” products, especially among sleep products like pillows and mattresses. Did you ever have a fish tank when you were younger? Remember the little bag of black rocks in the filter system? Well, that was activated charcoal. It helped filter out the odors and impurities from the fish tank water, preventing your room smelling like a stinky fish tank and keeping the water clear for your fish.

The activated charcoal in sleep products works much the same way. The properties of charcoal allow it to absorb odors and impurities in the air. This works via chemical absorption. Adsorption is the adhesion of atoms, ions, and molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface. The pollutant molecule is trapped inside the pore structure of the charcoal, therefore removing it from the air. … —→ Read more

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With day light saving time approaching you may find yourself a little more tired than normal. Find out why…

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost six out of ten Americans report having insomnia and sleep problems at least a few nights a week. While many people treat sleep as a luxury, it is a vital component to leading a healthy life. There are so many things that can contribute to good or bad night’s sleep it could make someone dizzy just trying to keep it all straight. … —→ Read more

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You almost certainly won’t remember dreaming as a young child, however babies and children all experience long and vivid dreams. As we grow older, these dreams tend to fade, with some adults stating that they rarely, if ever, dream! This does not necessarily mean that they haven’t been dreaming, just that they are unable to recall them. The truth is that the majority of people will forget the majority of their dreams on waking, and will usually only remember a dream if they wake up whilst in the middle of it. … —→ Read more

406379_7319Sign #1: Daytime Sleepiness

Do you find yourself always drowsy during the day? Are you loading up on caffeine all the time? While you might just be overworked, it’s possible that sleep apnea is preventing you from getting the restful sleep you need.

Sometimes daytime sleepiness may present as fatigue, a lack of energy, or general “tiredness”. Some patients may even fall asleep at inopportune times, like in meetings or while driving.

Excessive caffeine consumption can hide the sleepiness associated with sleep apnea, so be sure to let your doctor know if you are making hourly trips to the coffee maker.

Sign #2: Snoring

You might think that everyone snores, but snoring can actually be a sign of sleep apnea. While not always the case, snoring can be caused by an obstruction that is causing turbulent air flow. With the restricted air flow comes a lack of adequate ventilation and a resultant hypercapnia.

Many people do not even realize they are snoring, so it is helpful to have a partner tell you if you typically snore or not.

Sign #3: Loss of Focus

People are quick to assume that any focus problems must be a sign of ADD. Not so fast. Especially in older individuals, it’s entirely possible that the lack of quality sleep due to sleep apnea is impairing your ability to focus properly. Especially if you feel like your focus or memory has been steadily deteriorating over time, it might be worth exploring the possibility of a sleep apnea diagnosis.

While sleep apnea is a disorder that ultimately requires a sleep study to diagnose, these top signs and symptoms can be early indicators that something is affecting your sleep hygiene, be it true apnea or another problem. Of course, sleep apnea and all sleep disorders are medical conditions and should be evaluated by a licensed physician. This article is not meant to replace the advice of a doctor, and Glideway maintains no responsibility for any action or inaction taken on the basis of this article.

This article was brought to you courtesy of selfPOWEREDhealth, a site dedicated to educating people about wellness, diseases, treatment, and more. Visit them at http://selfpoweredhealth.com/.

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If you are awake after 3 a. m., then falling asleep might seem quite impossible, but getting good sleep is under your control. If you follow certain good sleeping habits, instead of restlessness, you will enjoy a peaceful sleep. According to researchers, there are certain habits and practices referred to as “sleep hygiene” which can help anyone sleep for longer hours. Below are 7 simple tips to improve your sleep.

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