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Body Temperature and Sleep

By Courtney Sant On June 24, 2017 No Comments

If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night overheated, sweaty and kicking off the covers or cold, shivering and reaching for a blanket to keep warm, you know all too well how body temperature can affect your sleep. But did you know that in addition to keeping you comfortable, your body temperature plays an important role in helping your body figure out when it’s time to go to sleep and wake up? Body temperature and sleep go hand-in-hand in regulating your circadian rhythm.

What’s a Circadian Rhythm?

A circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle of physical, mental and behavioral changes. This rhythm, or “body clock,” tells your body when to sleep, wake up, eat and other physiological processes, and is affected by such factors as sunlight, body temperature and lifestyle habits. Normal body temperature is, of course, the standard 98.6 degrees. Throughout the 24-hour cycle, your body temperature goes

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Daytime Habits to Change for Better Night’s Sleep

By Courtney Sant On June 20, 2017 No Comments

sleep habitsAs with so many things in life, the better prepared you are the better the outcome. And when it comes to getting a restful night of sleep, the steps you take during the day, can go a long way in ensuring you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to roll. Try incorporating the following daytime habits into your daily routine for your best sleep ever.

Cut the Caffeine

It can take up to six hours for the stimulating effects of caffeine to works its way out of your system. Keep your caffeinated beverages for the morning and eliminate drinking anything with caffeine 6 to 8 hours before bed.

Get Into the Sunlight

Several studies have shown that exposure to light in the morning helps reset your circadian rhythm

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What is the Ideal Temperature for Sleep?

By Courtney Sant On June 16, 2017 No Comments

Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Check your thermostat, stat! If your nights consist of tossing and turning, watching the time slip by or staring at the ceiling just waiting for sleep to come, you know who frustrating it is to suffer from insomnia. While there are many causes of insomnia — stress, sleep-related disorders, gastrointestinal issues such as reflux and chronic pain — another lesser known cause is sleeping in a bedroom that’s too hot or too cold.

Why Does Room Temperature Matter?

Our body’s temperature naturally fluctuates throughout the day and night, with our internal temperature being the highest in the late afternoon and the lowest early in the morning. During the evening, the body’s core temperature naturally drops, bringing on that feeling of sleepiness. Ideally, one’s body temperature starts cooling down one to two hours before going to sleep. It’s been found that those who have

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The Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

By Courtney Sant On June 12, 2017 No Comments

sleep deprivationSleep…it does the body a whole lot of good. Everyone suffers from a lack of sleep from time to time. But did you know that approximately 10% of adult Americans experience chronic insomnia (three times per week for at least three months?) While many are aware of the obvious signs of lack of sleep — feeling sluggish throughout the day, excessive yawning and irritability — most aren’t aware of the more serious effects of sleep deprivation and just how much of a negative toll it can take on your mind and body.

Brain Function

Your brain is a highly sophisticated organ and sleep helps it function properly. As you sleep, the brain rests busy neurons (specialized cells designed to transmit information to other nerve cells, muscles, or

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Tips for Overcoming Menopausal Insomnia

By Courtney Sant On June 8, 2017 No Comments

Menopause is a four-letter word for many women. In addition to mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes, cold feet and hands, and dry skin, many women experience insomnia. The cause of sleepless nights is primarily due to hormonal changes. Fortunately, you don’t have to resign yourself to living with the tossing and turning. Follow our tips for overcoming menopausal insomnia so you can get that peaceful night of sleep you thought wasn’t possible.

Hormonal Changes

During the transition from perimenopause through menopause, a woman’s production of estrogen and progesterone decreases. One of the many roles these hormones play is helping you sleep. When these sleep-promoting hormones drop, women find their ability to fall asleep and stay asleep to be negatively impacted.

Hot Flashes

A hot flash is caused by a surge of adrenaline in response to your body dealing with a drastic decrease in hormones. As a result, you experience an intense feeling of warmth

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Create Your Own Bedtime Routine

By Courtney Sant On June 4, 2017 No Comments

In addition to getting the kids ready for bed, picking out the next day’s outfit, brushing your teeth and setting your alarm, do you carve out some “me time” where you unwind and relax before heading off to bed? Establishing a nightly relaxing bedtime routine can work wonders in helping get your mind and body ready for a night of calming, restorative sleep, and is especially beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia. How you choose to decompress after a long, hectic day is up to you, as long as it’s relaxing and enjoyable. Read on to learn some of our favorite tips.

How Long Should My Routine Be?

The amount of time it takes to unwind varies from person to person. Obviously, the more time you spend just chilling out, the better, but shoot for at least 30 to 60 minutes each night. If you only have 15 minutes, that works

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5 Tips to Fall Asleep Faster

By Courtney Sant On May 30, 2017 No Comments

sleepfasterYou hit the sack after a long day of juggling family, work and social obligations and are ready to drift off into dreamland. Fast-forward one hour later, you’ve counted all the sheep you can count but you’re still awake. Sound familiar? You’re not alone! Everyone suffers from nights of tossing and turning. In addition to being frustrating, a lack of sleep can take its toll on your physical and emotional well-being. Fortunately, there are 5 tips you can try to help you fall asleep faster so you can get the recommended restorative sleep so many experts urge all of us to get.

Chill Out

According to research conducted by the University of South Australia, the body’s core temperature needs to drop in order for sleep to naturally initiate.

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Privileged discovery of France curated especially for the discerning traveler

By Jen Jenkins On May 23, 2017 No Comments

French GourmetIf you love food and would like to see France in a very intimate way, we have discovered an incredible new tour company called “French Gourmet Escapades”.  Their tours offer a privileged discovery of France curated especially for the discerning traveler. Experience a way of life “where living is an art” with French Gourmet Escapades.

As their privileged guests, in intimate groups of no more than 8*, you will be immersed into the treasures of France. Far from crowded tourist areas, you will have time to savor the charms of daily life – pausing for coffee on a sunny terrace, wandering the outdoor markets, sampling the local cuisine.

Their culinary partners,  whose products and creations you will savour on your tour, are recognized as Meilleur Ouvrier de France. This prestigious award is bestowed upon professionals

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Why Is My Pillow So Hot?

By Courtney Sant On May 22, 2017 No Comments

Why Is My Pillow So Hot?

Ah, that sweet, sweet feeling of flipping over your pillow to the cool side in the middle of the night. Is there anything better? Sleepers love the cool contrast of the underside of the pillow because the top portion can tend to trap in heat that emits off the head and body — making you feel hot and sweaty — as you sleep. Your pillow may be extra-susceptible to collecting and trapping in heat, depending on the materials and your environment, but luckily you can address this with a fresh new set of cooling pillows from Cool-jamsÔ.

Factors that Contribute to Hot Pillows

Your pillow and pillow case are made of porous materials, but they may not permit enough airflow to keep your face and neck cool while you sleep. Some bedding materials are more breathable than others, so you want to make sure you’re choosing highly

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Why Do I Get So Hot When I Sleep?

By Courtney Sant On May 19, 2017 No Comments

hot flashesWhy Do I Get So Hot When I Sleep?

Even in the middle of winter, you may wake up covered in sweat, with your blanket or comforter hanging off the bed. If you’ve been wondering why this occurs, you’re not alone. Interestingly, your body has a unique set of systems that help it regulate throughout the day and while you sleep. Thermoregulation, the process of keeping the body at optimum temperature, is one reason why you may wake up feeling overheated or sweaty. Brain temperature rises during REM sleep, which can affect the temperature of the body and its surroundings.

Other Factors that Cause Hotness During Sleep

In addition to the natural body functions that cause a boost in sleeping temperature, there are a variety of other factors that

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