The Secret (and Surprising) Power of Naps

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Need to recharge? Don’t lean on caffeine — a power nap will boost your memory, cognitive skills, creativity, and energy level. By Jennifer Soong | Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Naps help Constance Kobylarz Wilde, 58, recharge, especially if she takes them right after lunch. Wilde, a marketing manager and health blogger in Mountain View, Calif., is constantly juggling her schedule as … Read More

Relaxation Techniques: Breathing Exercises

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By Raising Children Network Need to relax, calm down or manage your emotions? Sometimes it’s as simple as relaxing your breathing. Learning how to do breathing exercises is useful because many relaxation techniques include breathing exercises. Breathing and relaxation If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you might notice that you’re doing shallow breathing (or chest breathing) – that is small, … Read More

Helpful Tips for Napping

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More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans. Young children … Read More

Relaxation and Other Therapies

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Relaxation and breathing Stressful lifestyles, working late, and watching intense television shows or the news, are some of the factors that can contribute to the mind racing and being unable to wind down. It’s important to know the importance of being relaxed before bed, and to have the knowledge of effective relaxation techniques to apply in order to experience deep, … Read More

Relaxation Techniques to Help Your Child Sleep Well

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Getting hyped-up little night owls to wind down at night can be a challenge for even the most patient of parents among us and can leave everyone frustrated and exhausted. One way to make your evenings a little calmer and help get your child ready for sleep is to include relaxation exercises in their bedtime routine. Below are some child-friendly … Read More

How to Sleep Better: Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

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Authors: Melinda Smith, M.A., Lawrence Robinson, and Robert Segal, M.A. Last updated: May 2016 When it comes to sleep, it’s not just quantity that matters—it’s quality. How you feel during your waking hours often hinges on how well you sleep. Similarly, the cure for daytime fatigue and sleep difficulties can often be found in your daily routine and lifestyle choices. … Read More

Better bedtimes: Easy tips to get your child to the land of dreams

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One of the greatest stressful challenges that most parents face is getting their child to bed. It is important to establish the new routine of earlier nights before your child gets too exhausted. So here are some tips for easy ways to get your child to the land of dreams… As bedtime approaches, prepare your child‘s body for rest by turning the … Read More

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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By Rick Ansorge Obstructive sleep apnea is a common and serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops for 10 seconds or more during sleep. The disorder results in decreased oxygen in the blood and can briefly awaken sleepers throughout the night. Sleep apnea has many different possible causes. In adults, the most common cause of obstructive sleep apnea is excess … Read More

11 Ways to Relax in College

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By in College Life on September 29, 2015 No matter your age or what school you attend, college involves a great deal of work. Long hours, strained eyes, and struggling to understand new concepts (*cough cough* especially in math, *cough cough*) can lead to stress, exhaustion, and burn out. Even for you nerds like me who love school, there comes … Read More

Sleep Disorders and Sleeping Problems

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Symptoms, Treatment, and Help for Common Sleep Disorders Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary, due to stress or other outside factors. But if sleep problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than … Read More