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Head banging—a behavior where children repeatedly hit their heads against their mattress, pillow, crib, headboard, or even wall—can be worrying for parents to witness. Surprisingly, the seemingly painful bedtime and naptime habit may actually...

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Most new parents crave the day when they put their infant down at night—and don’t need to return to the crib until the morning. Unfortunately, despite the fact that newborns sleep about 14 to 17 hours in a 24-hour day,  they don’t string many of those hours together during the first few months. What’s more, some babies reverse their day and...

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An infant in the house means normal routines are going to go through some adjustments. Feeding, burping, rocking, and changing take time, and that round-the-clock schedule can lead many new parents to experience sleep deprivation.  The low-energy state usually disappears with extra rest, but sometimes, a lethargic feeling isn’t due to sleep at...

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Whether they wake every two hours or nap like a boss all day long, one thing’s for sure: Babies’ sleep cycles are unique compared to adult sleep cycles. Discover a few of the differences—as well as similarities—between the way you and your baby sleep.

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Many adults assume that if they spend eight hours in bed, they are meeting their daily needs for rest and rejuvenation. What they fail to take into account, however, are the number of times they wake up throughout the night, or minutes spent tossing and turning under the covers, which can seriously cut down on both the quantity and quality of...

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The importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle is well-documented. Working out regularly can help you control your weight, fight heart disease, and boost your mood. Moreover, exercise can also promote better sleep at night and greater alertness during the day., To get the greatest benefit from the exercise-sleep connection, it’s...

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You know that getting to bed on time can do wonders for your health, both mentally and physically. Sleep can help improve your mood and energy level, and make you feel sharper and more focused. It can also help level out—or even lower—your blood pressure.  

But to gain these rewards, you need to do more than just log hours. You need to...

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Tossing and turning in bed is normal every now and then. It could be due to stress  or your diet: Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol and eating salty snacks and refined carbs (like bread or white rice) before bedtime can lead to sleep-interrupting fidgetiness.  But if restless sleep becomes a chronic problem, it’s best not to ignore the...

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Not all sleep is created equal. Learn how to evaluate the quality of your shut-eye.

It’s no surprise that the amount of sleep you get plays a role in determining your overall health. However, it’s not as simple as assuming that if you were in bed for 8 hours, your sleep is having a positive impact. The quality of that shut-eye also...

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In order to wake up feeling refreshed it’s important to focus on both sleep quantity—how much sleep you get each night—as well as sleep quality, which indicates how well you sleep. Poor sleep quality can cause you to feel groggy...

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It’s no surprise that the amount of sleep you get plays a role in determining your overall health.

However, it’s not as simple as assuming that if you were in bed for 8 hours, your sleep is having a positive impact. The quality of that shut-eye also plays a role in a person’s wellbeing; in fact, sleep quality relates more strongly to...

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Of the approximately 90 million American adults who occasionally experience snoring, many think of it as simply an annoyance, or a barrier to getting a good night’s sleep. In many cases, that’s true, and snoring is nothing more than its physiological components: the vibrations of your breathing against a narrow airway. However, for some people...

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Lack of sleep typically takes the blame for exhaustion, and if you’re logging less than seven hours of shut-eye each night, achieving the recommended seven to nine hours should be your first step to overcoming daytime tiredness. But if you’re already getting the target amount and still feel wiped out, you may have one of the following...

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A sleepless night can leave you cranky, lethargic, and feeling out of sorts in the morning. When those wide-awake nights starts happening more and more frequently, the idea of taking a natural sleep aid may seem like a reasonable way to cope. But while these aids are often promoted as safe, effective ways to treat...

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Everyone dreads those long nights of tossing and turning when sleep just doesn’t seem to come. The issue is more common than you may think: Approximately 30 percent of adults in this country experience some kind of disrupted sleep. 

If that sounds like you, you may wonder whether you have a case of insomnia, a complicated condition...

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Despite the fact that napping is commonplace in other cultures around the world, the activity in the U.S. is slightly less popular. Nevertheless, a national survey finds that one in three Americans takes a nap regularly.  If you feel a bit run down or unfocused in the afternoon, you may also have considered taking a nap, but worried that the...

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Your brain can’t catch a break. Long after your major muscles have drifted off to dreamland, the tissue between your ears is still hard at work finding ways to keep you healthy and happy. Wonder what happens in your head while the rest of you relaxes? Check out the contributions your brain makes during those after-dark hours.

It...

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Former National Sleep Foundation Chairman’s Perspective Article Published in The New England Journal of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine published the article, “Housing Immigrant Children – The Inhumanity of Constant Illumination,” by Charles A. Czeisler, PhD, MD, on June 22, 2018. In his article, Dr....

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AYO, A SleepTech® member of the National Sleep Foundation, has created a light-based wearable designed to boost energy, beat jetlag, and help you sleep better.  Check out NSF’s interview with the company’s co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer Aleksandar Dimitrov to learn more about the product, how it all started, and what’s next for the...

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ReST (Responsive Surface Technologies), a SleepTech member of the National Sleep Foundation, aims to perfect the sleep experience to help people sleep better, live healthier, and be more productive. Check out NSF’s interview with the company’s General Manager Lloyd Sommers to learn more about the ReST Bed™, Lloyd’s take on the SleepTech...

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As NSF's SleepTech program continues to grow, we thought it would be appropriate to share some insights with one of the industry’s first leaders, Christopher Lindholst, CEO and Co-Founder of MetroNaps.

 

Founded in 2003, and based on the then “crazy idea” of...

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In 2017, the National Sleep Foundation launched the world’s first innovation award for sleep technology. With so many companies developing exciting new technologies, NSF believes it is time to formally recognize these innovations. 

 

The 18 unique semi-finalists pitched their products to an expert panel of judges at the third...

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It is a great time to be at the intersection of sleep and technology. This innovative  space requires smart and strategic partnerships in order to address critical trends in innovation, globalization and regulation. 

 

An exciting example of collaboration is NSF’s work with the Consumer Technology Association and the American...

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New Tool to Measure Sleep Satisfaction in the General Population under Development

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened an international expert consensus panel to identify key elements of sleep satisfaction. As a result, the NSF is constructing a tool to measure this subjective reporting of sleep. The report...

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently released the key indicators of good sleep quality, as established by a panel of experts.

Given the precipitous increase in the use of sleep technology devices, the key findings are timely and relevant. This information complements the data these devices provide, helping millions of consumers...

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