10 Ways to Make Time for Sleep & Why it Matters

A woman once asked me if I think the recommendations for appropriate sleep durations of 7–9 hours of sleep are totally unrealistic (with much emphasis on the word totally). I explained how very few people are truly “short sleepers” —about 3% of the population by some estimates. Many are short-sleeper wannabes, trying to function on less than they need—which usually does not yield good results. The woman insisted, “no one I know can afford to spend that much time sleeping.” My response was that … [Read more...]

Sleep Strategies to Start Every Day with a Good Night’s Sleep

As we close out May is Better Sleep Month, Terry Cralle gives us 32 sleep strategies that will help us all Start Every Day with a Good Night’s Sleep all year long. Visit BetterSleep.org for more tips and information on how you can sleep well and be well! 1. Prioritize and safeguard your sleep 2. Manage sleep just as you manage diet and exercise 3. Be protective of your sleep needs 4. Schedule adequate sleep time 5. Prioritize daily tasks, delegate and avoid … [Read more...]

A Sleep Oasis for Clean Sleeping

Spring cleaning time is here! Many of us see spring as an opportune time to clean our homes from top to bottom—ensuring our living environment is conducive to the overall health and well-being of our families. And for that reason, bedrooms need to be at the top of our spring-cleaning project lists. A clean sleep environment can promote and support what is now coined “clean sleeping,” a healthy, natural regimen of consistent sleep in adequate amounts that serves as the foundation for a healthy … [Read more...]

Sleeping Through the Ages–Overcoming Sleep Challenges at Every Age

As human-beings we all need sleep. Just as every living animal does. But the amount of sleep we need, and the challenges that prevent us from getting the sleep we need, changes as we age. Let’s start at the very beginning; newborns sleep from 16 to 20 hours a day. Of course, not all of the hours a baby sleeps are in a row – as new parents know very well! It can be challenging to get your little one into a sleep routine so that they sleep through the night, and their parents can, too. After 4 … [Read more...]