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We don't have air conditioning, and with this hot weather its easy to get out of the house to cool off in the daytime, but at night it's really uncomfortable. How can I stay cool when I'm trying to sleep when the temperature is in the 90s even at night? Dear Overheated,It is hot out there, isn't it? Where some of us are, the temps are well into the hundreds during the day, and lows at night are in the 90s. Thankfully, you're not the first person to have this problem and there are great ways to keep cool when...

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Forget walking like an Egyptian. For a more restful night, try sleeping like one instead. The so-called Egyptian method is a nighttime technique that involves stretching out between damp, cool sheets in an effort to lower the body’s temperature and provide a cool, relaxing environment. (While there is some debate over whether ancient Egyptians actually practiced this style of sleeping, it has gained popularity on the internet as a way to stay cool on hot nights.) Learn more about the unusual technique, and how to try it at home. How It Works The Egyptian method requires holding the top and fitted sheets...

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Whether it’s because your schedule has changed and you need to start waking up earlier or you just want to sneak in more snooze time, sometimes it makes sense to move your bedtime earlier. The question is: How can you do that without setting yourself up to lie in bed counting sheep? It takes a little advanced planning, but it can be done. Here’s how. Give yourself a curfew. First, set a specific bedtime for yourself. Turn off all digital devices 30 minutes to an hour before you plan to turn in for the night. The reason: Exposure to light-emitting screens...

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Have you ever considered using a weighted blanket for sleep? Long used as a sleep aid and anxiety reducer for people with conditions including ASD, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders, weighted blankets have definitely caught the interest of the general public. I’ve had several patients ask me about how they work, and it seems like time to bring that conversation here. Anxiety is a major problem for sleep. There’s an abundant body of research that demonstrates the anxiety-sleep connection. I see anxiety wreaking havoc with my patients sleep and I hear from many of you how stress, anxiety, and a “wired...

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We love talking about sleep so much we can do it in our sleep – true! But believe it or not our SleepBlog isn’t the only blog to offer healthy, interesting sleep tips and advice. We’ve searched the web to bring you the best sleep-related news and advice blogs out there. Here they are for your reading pleasure and research. Enjoy! The Better Sleep Council. Ready to learn more about getting a good night’s sleep? The Better Sleep Council’s mission revolves around helping people understand how a quality mattress aids in sleeping more soundly. From choosing the right mattress to scientific sleep tips,...

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