Top Sleep Tips for Moms-To-Be

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 78% of pregnant women experience sleep issues. Due to the changing hormones in the body, sleep can be disrupted and disturbed. It doesn’t mean, however, that not getting ample zzz’s is good for a pregnant woman. In fact, they even need to get more hours of sleep, possibly because of all the hard work their bodies are doing to make that baby.

But how do you get more zzz’s if your body is pretty much against it? Here are a few expert tips you should try:

Drink Lots of Water During the Day

The frequent need to urinate is one of the most common reasons why the sleep of moms-to-be are disrupted. Cutting down on your hydration is a big no-no, though, so why not just reschedule its intake in the daytime? This way, you can still keep yourself and your wee one hydrated without having to get up a few times at night just to go to the bathroom.

Take Naps

Banking and catching up on sleep may still be being debated by experts, but when you’re pregnant and you can’t get enough zzz’s, you should still strive to get it whenever you can. Naps are great for this, so go ahead and indulge yourself when you’re feeling that afternoon slump get to you.

Adjust Your Meals and Diet

Acid reflux is a common condition pregnant women experience, what with their babies pressing against their stomach. Some experts recommend taking antacids, but lots of moms aren’t just too fond of taking medications while pregnant, so doing some adjustments on your meals and diets may be better options to solve the problem.

First off, breakdown your three meals to six smaller ones. This way, your digestive system won’t have to work as hard every time you eat. Skipping spicy, fried, and acidic foods will also help manage this condition.

Install Night Lights

As mentioned above, frequent urination at night can be a big cause for sleep disruption in moms-to-be. Aside from actually having to stand and walk to the bathroom, turning on bright lights can also disrupt your sleep. It will wake you up so getting back to sleep can be more challenging. By installing night lights, your system won’t have to get a shock from the bright lights.

Exercise

Exercising is always good for the body and it really helps you sleep better. Just make sure to stick with routines that won’t be too tough for you, so you won’t overwork yourself.

Create a Bedtime Routine and Stick with It

A regular sleeping schedule is still the best way to help yourself sleep better as it conditions your body clock to get ready for sleep at a specific time of the day. By creating a bedtime routine, you’ll also condition yourself that you’re about to go to catch some shuteye so it will start to wind down and prepare your body for sleep. It might take a while to take full effect, though, so a little bit of patience will help you go a long way.

Make Sure Your Bed is Comfortable

Lastly, physical comfort is also important for pregnant women. With the bed being the most important furniture for sleep, it’s imperative that you find it comfortable and supportive to your body. With extra weight in your midsection, you’ll need better back support. It should also be soft enough for when you already need to sleep on your side.

Here at Salem Bed, we offer a wide range of products that can be be perfect for your needs. To help you pick a great bed for such a requirement, this guide can help.

Choosing the right pillows and bedclothes also help, so make sure to work on your comfort as well.

These, of course, are just a few tips that can help improve a pregnant woman’s sleep. If you have more ideas, let us know in the comments below!

Is Hot Chocolate a Good Bedtime Drink?

So last week, we’ve mentioned that chocolate is a great treat for those who need a good pick me up after a late night. Experts say that they can help boost your brain power, so even if you’re sleepy, dark chocolate can still help you focus on the task at hand.

But did you know that cocoa can also be a good bedtime drink? There may be some conflicting reports on it, but ccording to some experts, hot chocolate can be a good choice for a night cap. How? Here are a few promising explanations:

The whole act of consuming a warm drink before bed can be relaxing.

Sipping a warm drink slowly with your body in a relaxed position can be more relaxing than having to down a steaming cup with an actual meal. This also works with a warm glass of milk, though.

Drinking cocoa is a different take at having milk at bedtime.

Everyone knows that drinking milk at bedtime helps the body induce sleepiness which allows you to get better zzz’s in return. Its melatonin and tryptophan content help in triggering sleepiness, so it’s highly recommended for lots of folks. Prepping your hot chocolate drink in warm milk is a great alternative to just having some milk.

Hot cocoa can be good for folks at risk of diabetes.

One study has shown that hot chocolate can fend off diabetes. Testing show that mice on a high fat diet had less inflammation when given cocoa powder. The flavanols in this food item widens blood vessels so blood flow is not hindered, resulting to less inflammations. As insulin resistance is a common result of inflammations, better blood flow can easily prevent such.

Drinking the Right Hot Cocoa

It should be noted, however, that not all hot chocolate drinks are ideal for a good night’s sleep. Skip those with sweeteners and high sugar content as they will be unhealthy and won’t do much for your zzz’s.

Make sure to avoid those processed with alkali as well. These will have less flavanols which are the most important ingredients of chocolate, so you don’t want to skimp on that.

Unfortunately, chocolate also has caffeine in it, which is not exactly a good thing for your sleep. However, with ample research, you can find varieties with lower caffeine-content, so you can go for those.

A good sleep hygiene is still your best bet for better zzz’s.

Having a better sleep hygiene is still the best technique for a foolproof way in improving your sleep quality. So, make sure to work on that as well.

Here’s Another Reason to Love Chocolates If You’re Sleep-Deprived

Chocoholics might not find it surprising that scientists have found another benefit for their favorite superfood as dark chocolate has already lots of health benefits that you can take advantage of. It’s packed with fiber and minerals that’s good for your diet, it’s a fantastic source of antioxidants, can improve blood flow, as well as boost your skin and heart health among many others.

While all of these may not sound much, the fact that you’ll be eating chocolate, a.k.a. one of the best treats in the planet, instead of some soggy green stuff can really motivate you to eat better. And now, with scientific proof that dark chocolate is also a great addition to the diets of those who don’t get enough zzz’s, you have more reasons to snack on these to keep yourself awake on your midday slump.

As 50% of Filipinos are deemed to be sleep deprived, getting only six hours of zzz’s nightly, looking for ways how to cope is essential. While improving one’s slumber is still the best solution to sleep deprivation, you will still need to manage the effects of the problem while you solve it. As improving your sleep doesn’t really happen overnight, you will need remedies to handle sleep deprivation’s consequences. And dark chocolate may just be one of the best examples of such.

According to a study conducted by Italian researchers, dark chocolate can boost brain power. By consuming the compound commonly found in cocoa and chocolate known as flavanols, proficiency on cognitive tests are seen to have increased in test subjects, heling scientists conclude that eating chocolate can help people focus better, react faster, and retain information better.

Chocolate and Sleep

But what does all of these have to do with sleep or the lack of it? With sleep deprivation often resulting to poor concentration, slower response, and poorer cognitive functioning, chocolate might just be the perfect instant remedy if you didn’t get a solid night’s sleep.

The study actually helped prove this as well. They’ve discovered that ingesting cocoa after a night of total sleep deprivation counteracts cognitive impairment effectively. They have also discovered that the bigger the cognitive challenge is, the more chocolate help.

Through the study, researchers discovered that chocolate can be a potential remedy to those who are chronically sleep deprived and that daily consumption can have a positive effect on one’s cognition over the long run.

A Word of Caution

While dark chocolate can be packed with lots of health benefits, you should also remember that it has high calorie and sugar content, so to prevent weight gain and other health complications from regular consumption, you should do so moderately.

Sleep Deprivation: Actual Solution vs. Remedy

It should also be noted that snacking on chocolates is still just a remedy for sleep deprivation. If you really want to have your cognitive functions in full swing, you’ll want to solve your sleep deprivation problem head on. To do that, improving the quality of your slumber with a solid sleep hygiene is still the best and most effective way to enjoy the benefits of getting ample shuteye. A regular sleeping schedule, less stress, good diet, ample exercise, and a Salem Bed can really help you go a long way.

This isn’t to say that eating dark chocolate for better cognitive performance while sleep deprived is something you shouldn’t try. If you feel like snacking post-lunch to perk yourself up, some dark chocolates can really be some of the best options as they will also fuel your brain and maybe even make you more productive for the rest of the day. What we’re saying, however, is that you shouldn’t be reliant on chocolates to keep you awake, alert, and capable.

Yes, There are Best and Worst Days for Sleep

Most people have weekly routines. Lots spend time with the family on Sundays, while Saturdays are practically for chores. Friday evenings are for date nights or night outs with friends and then there’s also a night in, whenever the car’s coding. Of course, things can vary occasionally, but for most people, their routines tend to help them keep their lives in order and easier to handle.

Despite sticking to your routine, though, there are just a few things that you may find to be a challenge to control. Sleep is the best example as you really can’t just force yourself to catch some zzz’s.

However, scheduling your sleep can still be a good idea. According to some studies, there are nights that are just more conducive for a solid night of zzz’s, but there are also nights that are worst for your shuteye. Scheduling some efforts to ensure your sleep can be done more easily by knowing which days it will most likely work and which days you have to get creative and take other steps.

So, what are the days of the week when you get better sleep? According to one publication, Tuesday is the best night for zzz’s. It’s considered as the night that can give you the most restorative sleep possibly because Tuesday evenings already give you a sense of satisfaction that you’ve already conquered the first two days of the work week and that you’re not as beat and trying to recover from all the activities you’ve had over the weekend as you were on Monday evening. Experts also theorize that you don’t usually take alcoholic beverages on these evenings, so such substances won’t have any effect on your zzz’s.

Other studies, however, say that Thursday is the best night for catching some shuteye. Experts explain that while most people are horrific in keeping proper sleep schedules, a lot of those with day jobs at least try to sleep on weekdays so they can function better at work. So by Thursday you may already have had slept at around the same time for the previous days that your body is already a bit used to the routine. This allows you to fall asleep easier and get a pretty solid night of shuteye in most cases.

Better sleep on Thursday evenings can also be a reason why everyone’s so happy about Fridays. Because a good night’s sleep can also affect your mood, the solid evening of zzz’s could contribute to the elation you feel about Fridays. That and the fact that most folks don’t have to wake up early the next day can really be lots of folks are thanking the heavens for these days of the week.

As for the worst night for sleep, it’s none other than Sunday. As most people sleep late on Fridays and Saturdays, Sunday evenings will have you still wired a few hours after dinner because you’ve been up on those times on the previous nights. Your body is just adjusting to a later sleeping schedule by the third day (Sunday) so you’ll still be wide awake around your usual weekday bedtime. Add to this the stress you’ll get by watching the clock and knowing that if you don’t fall asleep right now, you’ll practically be a zombie at the office tomorrow and you got yourself a recipe for disaster. Sleep will even come later and you’ll have another case of the Mondays the next day.

How do you deal, though? It’s still best to just to try and stick to a regular sleep and wake up schedule, experts say. This way, you won’t have to mess with your internal body clock and then suffer from the consequences later on. If you want to sleep in or hit the hay later than usual, stick to just an hour around your regular sleep and wake up time.You might also want to take advantage of Tuesday and Thursday evenings

You might also want to take advantage of Tuesday and Thursday evenings by doing something more relaxing befor hitting the hay. It can be an extended bedtime routine like drawing an actual bath instead of just showering or getting a massage earlier in the evening. Small things that can really relax you might just give you better quality sleep on these nights.You can also work on improving your Sunday zzz’s by skipping afternoon naps and those catchups over coffee with friends.

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Having a Sense of Purpose Might Just Help You Sleep Better in Your Later Years

It’s a fact that the older you get, the less sleep you tend to get. Seniors experience sleeping problems due to change in one’s sleep architecture. This doesn’t mean that sleeping less is okay, though. Seniors still need to get about 7 to 8 hours of zzz’s nightly to give them ample rest and energy for the next day.

If you’ve been trying to look for ways how to remedy this issue, you might be glad to know that a new technique has been discovered by experts. Apparently, according to a new study, having a sense of purpose can really help you sleep better.

In a study led by neurologist Jason Ong from the Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, they found out that people who have a good reason to get up in the morning tends to sleep better at night. They also have lower risks of experiencing sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome, boosting the quality of their zzz’s.

The research surveyed 800 people with ages 60 to 100 to learn about their sleep and motivations in life. Those who have responded to have found meaning and purpose in their lives tend to have better sleep quality overall, which makes scientists think that one’s outlook in their lives can really aid in sleeping better.

We know this information can up the existential crisis some people may already be experiencing. But who knows? You might just find your life’s purpose one of these days and that might benefit you in your twilight years, so that’s another great thing to look forward to, right?

 

 

Using Allergy Meds to Help Your Child Sleep is Dangerous

Sending kids to sleep can be one of the most challenging things parents face on a daily basis. Sometimes, they just really won’t go to bed no matter how much you beg, threat, negotiate or even yell. There will be lots of crying, lots of trickery, but it might take hours before the little one really conks out and calls it a day.

For some parents, desperate times call for desperate measures. As allergy meds tend to get little ones sleepy in no time, some parents tend to turn to them to speed up the process and send their little ones to dreamland faster. Since most allergy medicines can be bought without prescriptions, it shouldn’t cause complications, right?

Wrong. According to experts, relying on allergy medicines can cause complications in your little ones’ systems. These medications have an active ingredient known as the diphendramine which causes a sedating effect and can also trigger an adverse reaction in kids younger than 5.

Kids sometimes suffer from hallucinations, tremors, and convulsions after taking allergy meds which can be very scary for both parent and child and especially dangerous for little ones. Acute antihistamine toxicity is also a possible dangerous result of such a practice.

So the next time you’re running out of options in getting your kid go to sleep, skip the allergy meds and opt for a more natural way to send them to bed. It might be easier to have them automatically conk out right around their bedtime, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of their well-being.

To Sleep In on the Weekends or Not, That is the Question

Experts have been quite adamant that sleeping in on the weekends isn’t the best solution to paying off your sleep debt. Especially if you intend to sleep the entire day away just so you can get back hours of the sleep you’ve missed during the weekdays, you won’t exactly be doing any favors to your body, but might actually make things even worse instead.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping in on weekends can throw off your body clock, which, in turn, can wreak your sleeping hygiene for the following week. This can actually be the very cause for your sleep deprivation issues, making the whole activity counterintuitive.

However, there’s no denying that sleeping in on the weekends is one of the most enjoyable and luxurious things that you can do without spending a lot of money. Lots of people may already know that they shouldn’t sleep in but still do it because of the sheer fun of it.

As we’re so fond of staying cozy, we’re also a bit guilty of doing this “bad habit” from time to time. This is why we’re a bit ecstatic to find an emerging research that shows some evidence that sleeping in on the weekends can be beneficial in terms of your BMI (Body Mass Index).

According to a study conducted by specialists in South Korea, those who doesn’t sleep too well during the week and compensates for it on the weekends tend to have slightly lower BMI compared to those who sleep little all week-long. The study has shown that every hour of extra sleep amounted to about 0.12 lower BMI, which can still be a good amount, given that all you have to do is sleep a bit more.

Another study has also shown that sleeping in on the weekends help those who are at risk of diabetes. As sleep deprivation can up your chances of contracting this blood sugar problem, not getting enough zzz’s can lead to serious complications that can even be life-threatening later on. So, a few healthy men were subjected to a few quick tests where they were sleep deprived for 4 days and then allowed extended sleep hours on the next two evenings.

Results have shown that their insulin sensitivity fell by 23% and their bodies produced more insulin to compensate. After the nights when they slept more, their insulin levels bounced back to their normal levels, making the experts theorize that sleeping in may also have its own benefits. However, data for long term practice is unavailable, so we can’t say for certain if the pattern can be an ideal setup for regular people.

So where do we stand in all of these? We’re all for a healthy sleep hygiene, so we like to promote a bit of sleeping in. It should still be limited to an hour or less, though, so you won’t damage your internal body clock and feel tired and sluggish when Monday rolls in. As sleep debt isn’t exactly paid off in increments and can only be handled by sleeping better in general, it’s best if you’ll make the effort to have a better relationship with your slumber to get rid of your sleep debt once and for all.