Post-Holiday Slump? Here’s How to Deal

With the fun few days you’ve experienced, it’s either you’re already reinvigorated to get back on track to your daily routine or you feel extra groggy after not sleeping a lot due to the hectic itinerary you accomplished while out of town. Either way, the post-holiday slump is real and your sluggishness proves it.

How do you get out of your slump and perform better? Here are two surefire ways to feel better today despite feeling so sleepy.

Take a nap.

On your lunch break today, take a quick power nap to energize yourself and get the alertness you need to get through the day. The after-lunch hours will be brutal if you’re already sluggish to begin with, so get ahead of the game and sleep some of your tiredness away. The National Sleep Foundation says that 20 minutes will already let you enjoy the benefits of napping, so gun for that. If you have more time, you can also try the 26-minute trick used by air traffic controllers, as suggested by a NASA-conducted study.

Just don’t go overboard as sleeping more will transition you to deeper levels of zzz’s and you’ll come out of it groggier and more tired. Stick to these nap durations and you can be sure to get out of your slump without a hitch.

Drink lots of water.

Being all groggy and sluggish will want you to reach out for a few cups of coffee or some sweets to help you jolt yourself awake. While this is a quick solution, it’s also not the best. It will only postpone your sluggishness and may even affect other effective techniques (like napping).

What you should do instead is to hydrate yourself by drinking loads of water. Fatigue is a symptom of dehydration, so by feeling tired and sluggish, your body could be telling you that you need more water. By rehydrating, you also get to energize your body without having to worry about crashing later on, which is common with sweets and coffee. This makes it a great way to stay awake and alert on your first day back at work after a tiring long weekend.

Get back to your regular sleep routine.

Lastly, getting back to your regular sleep routine is the best way to recover from your slump. Doing so will help you get back on track with your regular sleep schedule, letting you reacclimatize with your daily routines faster.

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The first few days back to your regular routine may be brutal, but since you had a great time, it might all be well worth it. If you don’t want to experience the same thing the next time you go on a holiday, you should plan ahead with these tips and stick to your regular sleep schedule even while you’re away.

What Exactly is “Summer Sleep Slide”?

“Summer slide” is what experts call the slow down children experience in their reading and math progress during the summer months. Without school, some kids are not forced to practice their skills, making them fall behind.

Experts are saying that this goes the same for children’s sleep. Without the need to get up at a specific time in the morning, kids tend to sleep a lot later than what they’re used to. If they’re not capable of sleeping in, they’ll surely incur some serious sleep debt over the course of their vacation.

Because sleep is essential for kids’ development, make sure that your little ones are getting ample zzz’s even during the summer months. To do this, here are a few tips.

Enforce a Consistent Bedtime

Enforcing a bedtime, even when they don’t really have to get up early the next day, is a must. Some parents tend to become more lax during the summer vacation since kids don’t really have to go to school the next morning. If you’re letting them stay up late, make sure they get to sleep in a bit in the morning or at least they take naps.

It’s a common trend for some parents to wake their kids up early in the morning during the summer for no reason at all, mostly just to punish them for staying up late. If you’re worried about your kids’ health, though, please refrain from doing this. If you want to make them do chores, they can always do the ones that aren’t exactly time-sensitive and if they do, make sure to let them take naps afterward – even those teenagers of yours. This way, you can still be sure that they get the ample zzz’s they need.

Monitor their Schedule

It’s also essential to get them back on track on their school day sleep routine a few weeks before they go back to school. This way, they won’t have to feel sluggish on their first few school weeks because their sleep schedule is still out of whack. Getting them to follow their regular bed and wake up times at least two weeks before their classes start will help them perform better in the new school year right off the bat.

Kids may seem resilient and energetic at all times but it doesn’t mean that they don’t need sleep. In fact, they actually need more zzz’s than you do, so don’t expect them to sleep just an hour or two during their summer vacation. Make sure to help them get ample sleep, otherwise, their sleep debt will impact their development negatively and affect their performance in school.

New Techs for Sleep that will Wow You

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Sleep is the latest health trend that has been taking over the world today. From Arianna Huffington’s Sleep Revolution to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Clean Sleep, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of the world are now paying close attention to their zzz’s. The growing number of technologies for sleep is another proof that sleeping more is indeed the latest trend. The latest CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has definitely shown a large number of latest products designed to help people improve their zzz’s.

If you’re one who’s interested in using technology to help you sleep better, these latest innovations and offerings might tickle your fancy. However, their novel ideas might not exactly bring more slumber to everyone. Some might even just leave you encumbered with too much tech and data that you might not have use for.

Still, they seem great, right? So we’ve rounded up some of the most unique and promising techs for sleep and see for yourself which ones may work for you.

Wearable Trackers

Wearable tech comes in a wide array of designs nowadays but the most popular ones are smart wristwatches that will monitor your nocturnal behaviors for you. It will then collate the data and present the information to you upon you wake up. Mostly, it will monitor your sleep-wake patterns, movements, breathing, and heart rate. Others might also be able to monitor your teeth clenching and snoring.

Are they worth it? Yes, if you have sleeping difficulties that you can’t detect. However, if you sleep fine, they might not be the best to help you get more zzz’s.

Sleep Apps

Apps that are designed to help you get more zzz’s also come a dime a dozen nowadays as well. They have different purposes, but since they’re stuck on your phone and you largely have to input data on them to work, they’re less handier than wearables in telling you what’s wrong with your sleep. They can still be very useful, though, if you already know what you need to work on.

Smart Pillows

Ok, so you might be thinking, how can pillows be smart? They’re just a bag of fluff or a block of foam? Well, you see, these smart pillows have special chips in them that can basically replace your wearable and work just like your apps at the same time. Most are designed to track your sleep and work as white noise players or alarm clocks at the same time. You can say that they’re quite handy but they can also be pricier as well.

Smart Bed?

The latest in the burgeoning sleep techs industry is the smart bed. It’s actually quite promising because it adjusts to what you need to sleep better. It automatically contours to your body to support your pressure points better and even moves when you snore so you stop doing so. The concept’s still very new, though, so we can expect to see more development in the future.

Is Tech Good for Your Sleep?

Experts have been quite adamant that tech in the bedroom can cost you your sleep. And honestly, we kind of agree. All those blue lights can really mess up your Circadian rhythm. However, if you have no clue what’s keeping you up at night, these techs can still be very helpful to you since we don’t have a lot of sleep specialists in the country just yet. If you think they can be of great help to you, though, you can always give them a try.

If you ask us, though, there’s always a high chance that your old mattress is messing with your zzz’s. If you toss and turn in your sleep, we suggest considering replacing your old mattress for a new one. That does the trick for a lot of people, so why not give it a try?

Want to Lose Weight in 2017? Add Sleeping More to Your New Year’s Resolution

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Losing weight is the the most popular new years resolution there is. However, not everyone gets to actually pull it off. There are so many factors to losing weight that a simple list of what to do doesn’t always cut it.

If you’re one of these folks who want to lose weight this year, all you really need is to actually exercise, eat better, and sleep more. Yes, sleeping more can actually help you shed some pounds off. How? Here are the top reasons:

1. The rest sleep provides helps your body heal and recuperate.

This helps you have more energy for the next day, letting you exercise more and harder the next day.

2. You can reduce your cravings.

When you’re overtired, your body’s reward center kicks in hard. This causes cravings, which can lead to eating more or pigging out on unhealthy food items.

3. You eat more when you’re tired.

Not sleeping enough and doing strenuous physical activities will require your body to compensate. This means that you’re hungrier and will be able to eat more. More food can cause a strain to a slow metabolism (which is very likely to be present in someone who needs to lose weight) and cause weight gain.

While more sleep alone won’t let you lose weight, doing so can trigger your body to function better and boost the effects of your diet and exercise. It’s often the missing ingredient in most weight loss regimens, so if you really want to slim down, you really should sleep more.

Gift Ideas for the Sleepy

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While some of you have already ticked off every item on your gifts list, there might still be some who are quite stumped with what to give to a friend, family, or co-worker. If they happened to love sleep (or you feel like they need more of it), you’re in luck because we have a few suggestions that might come in handy.

So, what should you give a sleepyhead or someone you think should get more zzz’s? Here are our picks:

A New Mattress!

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Perfect for aging parents, siblings, and even yourself, a new mattress will guarantee a good night’s sleep for the new year. Just make sure to check with them how firm they like their mattresses to be or better yet, let them pick something from our website!

Pillows

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If you don’t have the budget for going all out, you can also go small and get a nice pillow or two. It’s best to give decorative or huggable pillows since pillows for sleeping need to be the perfect fit for sleepers.

Air Purifier

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Struggling with allergies in the bedroom? An air purifier will help you get better zzz’s. The best thing here is, if you’re not too keen on getting an appliance, you can also opt to give a potted plant that can also get the job done.

Pajamas

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Cute and cozy pajamas are some of the best gift ideas for those who love to lounge around and catch some shuteye.

Blankets

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Blankets are also great gifts for those who love to snooze as they will always get reminded of you every time they get under the covers. There are also tons of options to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Eye Mask

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They’re cute, functional, and affordable, so why not opt to give them out as gifts? The best part is the fact that these items are very versatile. They can be taken and used anywhere, so you’re not only helping your loved one sleep better, but also get more zzz’s.

Linen Spray

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If nice scents relax the person you wish to give a gift to, a linen spray is an essential for their bedroom. These products are easily available and can even be DIY’ed so it’s easily one of the easiest gift options there is.

Candles

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This might seem like a cop-out gift, but anyone who knows how to relax will love a nice smelling candle for their bedroom. Skip the harsh smells and opt for these scents instead as they are the best for bedrooms as they’re relaxing and can enhance your sleep.

These are just a few examples of what would be great gifts to those who like to sleep and deserve to get more zzz’s. We hope we were able to give you a few good ideas to give out and make your holiday merrier.

New Year, New Bedroom? Get Some Ideas Here!

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Planning to revamp your cozy space by the new year? We’ve got some of the best ideas that might just tickle your fancy. Check them out below!

1. Starry night bedroom by Crispin Young Wilson

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Ok, so let’s start off with an amazing ceiling art made by Crispin Young Wilson for a young boy who’s struggling to sleep on his own in his first bedroom. The actual bedroom isn’t something to write home about, but the ceiling art will definitely help you relax. Especially if you love sleeping under the stars, this might just give you the relaxation you need every time you go to bed.

The best part about this work of art is it’s completely invisible when the lights are on! It makes the whole thing extra magical and easy to whip up in any kind of bedroom.

2. Use “scraps” as decor.

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There may not be a lot of these intricately detailed discarded fa├žades laying around, but if you’re lucky to find one, the bedroom is an excellent place to put it on display.

3. Let nature take its course.

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We love some quick and unusual ways to update the bedroom, so we’re throwing in adding some plants into your bedroom in this list. They can really change up the look of your space and make it feel more relaxing. Opt for plants that can clean the air, as well as varieties that don’t require too much sunlight, so they won’t wither and die in a few days.

4. Move your bed near the window.

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If your bedroom has a massive window and a nice view, why not incorporate the feature to your interiors? Use the great view to decorate your space by ditching the curtains (okay, you can still use them for privacy, but it’s best to keep them drawn open) and enjoying the marvelous sight from you bed.

5. Give your walls a fresh treatment.

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Covering your walls with a fresh coat of paint, a new wallpaper, or an entirely different treatment is another way to refresh your bedroom without doing anything major. You can get this done in a weekend, so it’s definitely worth trying out if you want a new look for your cozy space by the new year.

Give any of these five a go and you’ll surely enjoy a bedroom that looks fresh in no time. If you want it to really want it to feel different, grabbing a new Salem Bed also wouldn’t hurt.

Want to Look Smarter? Sleep More

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It’s no secret that sleep has a great effect on how you look. If you don’t get quality zzz’s, you’ll easily look tired and haggard. If you get to sleep more, you’ll most likely look nice and fresh. But did you know that getting enough sleep can also help you look smarter?

According to a study by the University of St. Andrews researchers, getting more sleep can actually make you appear more intelligent than your peers and even teachers because of the natural expression that they can make with a full night’s rest. The study notes that people with droopy eyes and a slight frown are perceived to be less intelligent by many. These are related to sleep because not getting ample zzz’s can definitely result in this facial expression in a person. So those who look alert with more open eyes tend to exude a more intelligent vibe to those around them.

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You might argue that all of these sound really circumstantial, but there’s more to the study, really. The researchers have collaborated on a trial with a team of researchers from the Swedish Karolinska Institutet. They took the participants’ photos after a full night of sleep and another after a night of restricted slumber. This resulted in the same individuals to have less openness of their eyelids, which made them appear to be less intelligent to other participants. So, in short, if you look sleepy and tired, you also look less intelligent.

The lead researcher of this study, Sean Talamas, explained why more sleep makes you appear smarter:

“People over generalise in judging those with droopy eyelids and a frown as being tired and having a low mood, both of which have a well-documented detrimental effect on cognitive performance.

“Therefore it should be no surprise that many of us find people who look less alert and who have a lower mood as less intelligent looking.”

So, if you’ll ever find yourself nearing a situation where you want to appear smarter, get some solid sleep the night before. This might just help you land a job, appointment, or a deal without a fuss.