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Sleep News – April 2, 2015

The art of getting a good night’s sleep

31 - jennerSleep is like the roof of your house. If it’s working well, you never think about it. But when your roof leaks – or you can’t sleep – it’s all you can think about. This week, the business world is focused on sharing tips for a good night’s sleep while media outlets are handing out tips on how to buy the mattress of your dreams. We like the direction of this thinking – a good night’s sleep starts with a supportive, comfortable mattress.

Even celebrities are focused on their love of sleep.

Kendall Jenner, the reality television star from Keeping up with Kardashians, said, “My beauty secret is just getting a good amount of sleep. I feel like I at least need about seven hours, eight hours of sleep to function.” See, all you need to be beautiful, successful and filthy rich is a good night’s sleep…

If you’ve got sleep – or lack of it – on your mind, we’ve found some interesting (and some weird) sleep stories for you this week. They make for GREAT bedtime reading, natch.

For the workaholic – 6 secrets to better sleep

Stress is always going to be part of our daily lives, but in order to be as competitive and poised as possible, entrepreneurs should know the importance, for success, of practicing self-care. According to a 2014 National Sleep Foundation poll, more than 80% of respondents believed that not getting an adequate amount of sleep affected their performance. Those who work long hours reported greater impatience, lower productivity, difficulty concentrating, lapses in memory, mood swings and frequent sleepiness. Read more: Entrepreneur.com.

For the tree hugger – why we sleep better outside

There’s nothing quite like the brisk spring air floating through an open window. In fact, you could even argue that it helps you sleep better — and you’d be correct. That’s because when it comes to drifting off to dreamland, our brains simply prefer to do it in cooler climates, says Natalie Dautovich, Ph.D., an environmental scholar at the National Sleep Foundation. Read more HuffingtonPost.com.

sleep newsFor the sleep seeker – the truth about sleeping pills

Heavily advertised prescription sleep drugs such as Ambien and Lunesta are sold with the promise of a good night’s rest. For the estimated 25 % of Americans who occasionally struggle with sleep or the 10 percent with chronic insomnia (trouble falling or staying asleep at least three nights per week for a month or more), the drugs may seem like a quick route to relief. But new evidence suggests that they aren’t as useful as once thought. They can pose significant risks, especially for older adults. And new drugs keep coming; the latest is suvorexant (Belsomra). Read more: ConsumerReports.org.

For the mattress shopper – online shopping tips

Anyone who’s visited a mattress showroom knows the dizzying variety of options available: plush or firm, memory foam or innerspring, platform bed or box spring. Each store often carries mattresses with different model numbers, so apple-to-apple comparisons can be all but impossible. And, when you tally up the final cost – including delivery and setup, box spring and bed frame, accessories like a mattress cover and removal of an old mattress – it can easily stretch into the thousands of dollars. It’s more than enough to keep a budget-conscious consumer up at night. Read more: USnews.com.

For the germaphobe – 5 “EWE” reasons to get a new mattress

Most of us battle to get our 8 hours every night but we often forget to consider that what we are sleeping on may actually affect whether or not this sleep carries benefits. We overlook the fact that the quality of our mattress can actually have a great impact on our overall wellbeing. Studies have shown that what is lurking in your mattress may be a contributing factor in other health issues. Read more: KSL.com.

And if you ever find yourself in the middle of a tornado and don’t know what to do, steal this tip from a family in Tulsa, Oklahoma – they hid under the baby mattress. If that was us, we’d never throw that mattress out…

At Restonic, we’re seriously passionate about helping you get a good night’s sleep. If you’re eager to learn more about the art and science of healthy sleep, check out these recent posts:

The art of getting a good night’s sleep, according to Kendall Jenner and other sleep news this week. Read more…

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