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These Apps Will Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions #WellnessWednesday

So you're halfway into the first month of 2018. Have you kept up with your New Year's resolution, or have your wellness goals already fallen by the wayside? Well, if you're like most people, you've already found it challenging to break those bad habits and form new ones. But that doesn't mean that you can't. You just might need a little bit of help to achieve your goals. Luckily, there are tons of apps out there that you can download to keep you moving forward. And I've rounded up a few types of apps for you to check out that can help you keep those New Year's resolutions all year round. 1.Habit tracker. In order to move forward with a new routine, you have to understand how you tick, so I suggest downloading a good habit tracking app like Habit-Bull, which tracks everything from exercise to reading and helps you to set goals and follow through with reminders. 2.Step counter. Your phone may already come with a step counter or Health app, but if your goal is to be more active, then think about getting an app like Stepz to track you when you're walking and/or running. 3.Fitness. As working out and eating right go hand in hand when it comes to fitness, why not get an app that helps you do both? And My Fitness Pal is an app that you should definitely consider, as it lets you set goals and helps keep track of what you're eating at home (and at restaurants) and track of your exercise efforts. 4.Sleep. For the iPhone lovers out there, you already have the Bedtime feature on your device to remind you of when to get to bed and wake up. But for those that don't, try using SleepCycle. This handy app actually analyzes you while you sleep and picks the optimal time to wake you up. 5.Meditation. And if you're looking to keep the positive vibes going throughout 2018, then an app like Calm can help you meditate and practice mindfulness on a daily basis. [Photo: Shutterstock]

Here’s How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep During The Winter #WellnessWednesday

We all enjoy a good night's sleep, but the changing seasons can mess with your nighttime habits. And winter can be a huge disruption to your cycle. That's why it's important to make sure you adjust your routine so that you can stay on track. But how? Here are a few tips to try right now that'll help you get a good night's sleep this winter. 1.Turn down the thermostat. While you first instinct may be to crank the heat all the way up, don't. Keep the temps somewhere between 68 and 72 degrees and make sure that you don't over do it. 2.Ditch the hot showers. In general, really hot showers aren't that great for your skin, but the same negative affects apply for sleeping. Go for a warm shower to help regulate you body temperature more before bedtime. 3.Invest in a humidifier. As the air is dry in the winter, it's important to get moisture. A humidifier is a great tool to help with that and provide a more comfortable sleeping environment. 4.Change the sheets. Silk and satin sheets may not cut it when the nights are cold. As soon as the weather changes make sure that you swap out your comforter for fleece and [Photo: The Viva Luxury]

6 Simple Ways To Get 8 Hours Of Sleep #WellnessWednesday

If there's probably one thing we're probably all guilty of, it's not getting enough sleep. Yes, there's so much to do and only so many hours in the day. Regardless of whether you're pulling all-nighters for work or just can't seem to fall asleep before 1:00am, being sleep deprived can have some serious side effects later on. So you need to kick the habit ASAP! And here are a few simple ways to help you unwind and finally get a good nights sleep. 1. Unplug from your electronics. We're all attached to out smartphones, but the harsh LED lights from your iPhone, tablet, and laptop could be the thing that's keeping you up at night. To make sure that the light doesn't mess with your circadian rhythm, try powering them down about an hour before bedtime. 2.Don't exercise super late. While it's important to get in that cardio a few times a week, make sure that you aren't getting in your exercise too late at night. You do get a boost of energy from working out, so hitting the gym later in the day could have you catching your second wind instead of sleeping. 3.Relax with some aroma therapy. If you're having trouble catching some zzz's, go ahead and use scents to help soothe you. There are tons of calming smell goods out there, but lavender has been proven to help lull and calm. Set a candle by your bedside to light at night when you're unwinding, or if you have a diffuser, you could also add a few drops of lavender. Sprays, scent jars and even lotions can also help. 4.Cut down on the caffeine and alcohol. Coffee and wine drinkers beware! If you're sipping a nice cup of java well into the afternoon, that caffeine is keeping you up later than you intended. And the same goes for wine, especially if you like a good glass of red before bedtime. Think about cutting down on the amount of caffeine that you consume in the afternoon and not drinking alcohol before bed at all, and you may see that you're able to get a better night's sleep. 5.Try a new pillow or sleeping position. Your pillow or your sleeping position could also be the culprit preventing you from getting enough rest, so switch out your current with a new option with your choice of firmness to see if that does the trick. If not, try sleeping in a new position to see if that helps. 6.Be consistent. One of the most important things that you can do is stick to a schedule. Don't go a few days getting in your eight hours, then be all over the place the rest of the week. That's a recipe for disaster. Get in the habit of getting ready for bed and falling asleep around the same times every day. [Photo: Shutterstock]

You Should Be Sleeping In A Cold Bedroom– Here’s Why

You Should Be Sleeping On Your Left Side — Here’s Why

Everyone wants to rest their mind when it comes time to fall asleep at night. However, you should actually think about the position you're about to fall asleep in before you get some shut eye. It turns out, there are many health benefits to sleeping in certain positions, and other positions actually have a negative impact on your health. We've got the scoop on the best sleeping position you should try to adapt to, if you don't already sleep in this position. Are you ready to find out the answer? You should be sleeping on your left side, read on to find out why. You're not alone if you sleep on your side, in fact almost half of Americans do so. According to The Better Sleep Council, 47 percent of Americans sleep on their side in a fetal position. And before we dive into why you should choose your left side, let's see why Dr. Josh Axe recommends this side sleeping pose, and more specifically why you should sleep on your left side. According to Dr. Josh Axe, the best sleep position for most people is a side posture fetal pose, with legs curled and pillow between knees. He says that this position helps comfort and prevent any back pain, and it also prevents loud snoring too. He notes that sleeping on your left side is extra beneficial since it tends to help acid reflux. Dr. Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep, further explains why you should sleep in this left position to Shape. "Sleeping on your right pushes on blood vessels, preventing maximum circulation," Breus said. When this happens, you move around more in your sleep to make up for the lack of circulation, which disrupts your quality of sleep. That's yet another reason why you should pick your left side to sleep on instead of your right. While it may be difficult to adapt your sleeping habits to fit this new position, you should at least avoid the sleeping positions that can actually be detrimental to your health. WebMD reveals the worst sleep positions for your health: 1. Freefall: sleeping on your stomach with your hands tucked under your pillow on either side of you can cause lower back and neck pain. 2. Soldier: sleeping flat on your back with your arms stiff at your sides can lead to snoring. 3. Starfish: sleeping flat on your back with your legs and arms spread apart in what looks like a starfish position can lead to snoring and aggravate sleep apnea. Luckily, we've got you covered on all of the sleeping and wellness tips that you need to know so you can get a better night's sleep ASAP. Believe it or not, following just a few points can make a huge difference in the quality of your sleep. For more sleeping tips, make sure to check out why you should never sleep without socks on, the one reason why you shouldn't sleep with an iPhone, and the one cheap sleeping product you need to help you fall asleep at night. [Photos: Shutterstock]

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Once And For All, How Quickly Should You Get Out Of Bed After Your Alarm Goes Off?

Let’s be clear: most people don't like getting up in the morning, whether you had a good night's sleep or not. However, once our alarms go off, we really should just get out of bed instead of hitting snooze. Here's why. We should all do our best to get up immediately after our alarm sounds. Snoozing (and falling back asleep) can actually make us feel ultra groggy. In order to ease into the transition of sleepiness to wakefulness, use a relaxing song to wake you up. Also, try setting your alarm away from you so that you have to actually get up to turn it off (don’t you dare go lie back down, you’re only hurting yourself). Don't forget to check out the one thing to never put on under eye circles and why you should be putting on chapstick before bed. [Photo: Shutterstock]

The Scary Reason You Shouldn’t Read Your iPhone In Bed

The 60-Second Trick For Curing Insomnia

Not getting enough sleep is the absolute worst. Not only does it put us in a crummy mood, but it also puts us at risk for a multitude of diseases like obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. In order to prevent putting your health in danger, Dr. Weil, an American Sleep Expert, came up with a simple deep breathing trick to put us all to sleep in under one minute. This technique is called the 4-7-8 method and it works by calming your breathing (similar to what people do in yoga) and relaxing your muscles. As specified by Dr. Weil, “ You breathe in through your nose quietly and blow air out forcefully through your mouth making a whoosh sound. It takes all of about 30 seconds so there is no excuse for not doing it. It produces a very pleasant altered state of consciousness. The trick is holding the breath for four seconds, breathing out then holding for seven seconds. After that exhale completely for a count of eight. The steps are then repeated between two and four times.” With any luck and a few nights of practice, you should be getting to sleep in no time (literally). Don't forget to check out: the one thing you should never do when you can't sleep and how to stop getting sick in the winter, according to a doctor [Photo: Shutterstock]

The One Thing You Should Never Do When You Can’t Sleep

Have you ever had insomnia? I know it's happened to me. Sometimes it can be tough falling asleep when you want to, whether it's because you're dealing with anxiety, a bad case of jetlag or just not tired enough. Not getting enough (or any) sleep is the worst! That’s why it’s important not to use any piece of technology that emits bright, blue lights--like your smartphone, computer, television or tablet--when you are trying to catch some z’s. According to Sleep Education, these devices may help you pass the time, but they actually work against your sleep cycle. The light tricks your body into thinking it should be awake when, in fact, you are trying to get some shut-eye. Instead of torturing yourself with late night Instagram scrolling, pick up a book! Hopefully you will be on your way to a much more rested night. Don't forget to check out:  Kendall Jenner's Insane Daily Workout and 8 Sleep Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Skin and Hair. [Photo: Shutterstock]

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This Weird Lamp Actually Helped Me Fall Asleep

When I moved into my new apartment, my mom surprised me with a housewarming gift. I excitedly opened the box only to find the world's ugliest rock lamp inside. It looked like a relic you might find in a hippie's basement. Or maybe a crystal stolen from a middle school science lab. It was not something I wanted in my meticulously decorated room. However, my mom insisted that I keep the lamp, claiming it had many "health benefits." She sent me article after article about how amazing effects of Himalayan rock salt lamps, so I begrudgingly put the hideous rock light in my room. Despite being ugly, the lamp actually provided nice ambient lighting for my bedroom. I started sleeping with the lamp on the lowest setting, using it as a sort of night light (because yes, I still sleep with a night light). After a few nights of falling asleep with the lamp on, I realized that I was consistently sleeping throughout the night. I've always been a restless sleeper, so this was a big deal. I casually mentioned this to my mom and she proudly proclaimed, "The lamp is working!" I was still pretty doubtful of my mother's claims until I started reading all the articles she has sent me about Himalayan salt lamps. Apparently, the electronics we use everyday product positive ions that can cause problems like allergies, insomnia, and mental heath issues. Over-exposure to positive ions can effect your quality of sleep. Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions, which neutralize the positive ions. This process is supposed to improve the air quality of your home and improve the quality of your sleep. In fact, it turns out that the pink salt that has many healing properties and the light is not only supposed to improve sleep, but actually purifies the air in your home (you can read more about this process here). As a result, the lamp can reduce asthma and allergy symptoms. To be completely honest, I'm not sure if this is hippie nonsense or not. However, I have noticed a significant improvement in my sleep and breathing since putting the horrendous looking lamp in my room. To my mom's credit, Himalayan salt lamps are actually pretty popular these days. I've seen them in a lot of stores, like Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Urban Outfitters even sells them as decor, so you know they are trendy. I will admit that the lamp can look cute in a hipster, boho chic kind of way (if that's your thing). Regardless of what I think about it's appearance, the lamp has earned a spot in my room. It might be ugly, but if it helps me relax and sleep through the night, I'm sold. READ MORE: Once And For All, Is It OK To Sleep With A Fan On? [Image: Urban Outfitters]

Kendall Jenner Opens Up About Her Anxiety And Sleep Paralysis On ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’

On the most recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kendall Jenner admitted that she was struggling with sleep paralysis, which is typically caused by anxiety. "I'm freaking out because recently I wake up in the middle of the night and I can't move," Kendall tells Kris Jenner. She continues to explain to her mom that it mostly happens on planes. Kris says she thinks Kendall has "incredible anxiety about traveling" and that she "can't have a fear of getting on a plane." Kendall quickly becomes frustrated with her mom's dismissal of the issue and says, "But it's not...no I'm done arguing with people because everyone says I'm fine, but I don't feel fine. And I promise you one day when I'm rushed to the hospital then you guys are gonna wake up." While Kendall's reaction might seem a bit extreme, she's totally justified in her fear of this health condition. Sleep paralysis is the temporary inability to move or speak while falling asleep or waking up. It usually occurs with the sensation that there is an intruder or supernatural force holding you down. "Sometimes people describe a sense of chest pressure, choking, and gasping for breath," Jennifer Haythe, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center tells Women's Health. Scary! Luckily, there are ways to stop and prevent sleep paralysis. Getting eight hours of sleep a night, setting a bedtime and creating a stress-free sleep environment without distractions (aka, your phone) are some ways to do it. And if it's happened to you, you're not alone. Board-certified sleep medicine doctor and neurologist W. Christopher Winter, M.D, tells Women's Health, "a lot of people will describe it at some point in their life" and "it happens when you're stressed, traveling a lot or have a sudden change in your schedule." For Kendall, she found that meditation helped get her anxiety under control. We have to give the model props for opening up about her anxiety struggles. Hopefully her honesty helps others going through the same thing! Don't forget to check out: Kylie Jenner is obsessed with this healthy snack and what Kim Kardashian always keeps in her fridge [Photo: Splash News]

Why You Should Never Sleep On Your Stomach

Why Sleeping Next To Your iPhone Is Dangerous To Your Health

If you ask a roomful of people who sleeps next to their iPhone, there's a decent chance almost all of them will raise their hands. Those who don't will probably have a story about how they once missed a super important call in the middle of the night and how their significant others made them promise to change their ways. We may think resting our heads within a few inches of our iPhone is the responsible, adult thing to do so that we're always around during an emergency. But health experts say sleeping beside your iPhone can actually be dangerous to your health. Here are 6 reasons you should reconsider: 1. You might "sleep text." Believe it or not, sleep texting is a new phenomenon--one that isn't going to do you any favors if you're attempting to keep yourself from contacting an ex. "Because people are spending 24/7 attached to their phones, the phone has become an extension of themselves," says Tom Kersting, a psychotherapist and the author of the upcoming book, Disconnected: Why and How We Should Rescue our Kids from Electronic Devices. "In other words, texting has become so pervasive, so normally ingrained in our subconscious, that there are many stories of people sending text messages while they are asleep, and regretting what it is they sent after they find out about it." 2. Your FOMO can cause sleep problems. Just one more glance at Instagram often leads to 12 more glances and a few text messages thrown in for good measure. "People have become so addicted to the attention and interaction via texting and social media that they become compulsive to the point where they feel the need to respond to every post and text," Kersting says. "This can go on until all hours of the night, causing major sleep deprivation issues." 3. Microwave radiation. "Although mobile phones emit small amounts of microwave radiation, which should be harmless, researchers now believe that because the phone is always so close by that the exposure year after year will lead to brain tumors," Kersting says. "They fear that the younger generation may develop brain tumors in their 30s as it takes many years for tumors to take root." 4. Your cell's blue light disrupts the body's melatonin. The blue light emitted from a cell phone disrupts the body’s ability to produce melatonin, says Dr. James Rouse, sleep expert and author of more than 13 books on sleep and personal wellness. This disruption can seriously compromise your sleep and health. "Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep cycles," Rouse says. "As a result, the blue light signals the body that is is daytime. Give yourself a digital sunset — about an hour before bed, give yourself the permission to power off." 5. Your cell phone could start a fire. If you love your cell phone so much that you actually charge it and keep it under your pillow or blanket, you are risking your life, according to the New York City Police Department, which issued a warning about the practice this year. Reports about cell phones exploding after being sandwiched between a pillow and the mattress began emerging in 2014, reminding us to keep our phones on a flat surface at all times so that they can stay ventilated. 6. Your skin can suffer — The blue light emitted by your iPhone, also known as high energy visible light, penetrates deep beyond skin’s surface, says Kristen Robinson, Murad Director of New Product Development. "It creates damage by causing our cells to produce reactive oxygen species," Robinson says. "This process causes premature aging called photo-aging. Signs of photo aging include loss of the skin’s elasticity, dryness and also fine lines, which effects both short and long term damage." If, for some reason, you can’t un-plug during the evening, Robinson recommends using the “night shift” iPhone mode that casts a softer amber glow and reduces blue wavelength emission. "A great approach to love your skin while loving your phone/devices is to  consistently use a skincare regimen with potent antioxidants, ingredients to deflect or absorb blue light and/or detoxifying agents to help reduce the stressors or the impact of stressors our skin is regularly bombarded with/exposed to," Robinson says. For more health tips, check out should you brush and floss after every meal and do you need to shave less in the winter?  Follow me at @lisacfogarty on Twitter.

6 Questions With The Genius Founder Of The Game-Changing NIGHT Beauty Pillow

Chances are you've probably read or been told about the importance of good sleep habits when it comes to the look of your skin and hair. Heck, we've definitely covered our fair share of sleep mistakes. But what if, instead of just spending a few bucks on a softer pillowcase, you actually really committed to investing in bedding that is better for you? Allow us to introduce you to the NIGHT Pillow. Yes, we know it's $150. But don't get hung up on that because this isn't just any ordinary pillow. To prove it to you, we chatted with the founder so she could tell you all about this amazing new beauty invention in her own words. SHEfinds: Tell us why you decided to create the NIGHT Pillow? Bottom line: after a decade in the bedding industry, I was sick of waking up looking like a hot mess. Sleep is supposed to be a time of rejuvenation! I questioned my seemingly innocent bed pillow. What was it doing for me? Answer: nothing. In fact, resting my face and hair on such absorbent material was killing my beauty game. If you know me, you know I love efficiency, so I thought by adding benefits to a pillow, we could maximize our hours of shut eye and wake up feeling and looking like our best self. And there you have it--the NIGHT pillow promotes deeper, better sleep while also introducing hair and skin benefits! On a personal level, my time in the bedding industry left me with the feeling that it was a “good old boys club.” I had so few women role models to look up to. This is extremely ironic when research points to women being the decision makers on all home goods purchases. No wonder the industry hadn’t thought about maximizing beauty benefits while sleeping! SF: What were you doing before you invented the pillow? I started in the bedding industry shortly after college graduation and worked in a variety of roles including product development, sales and merchandising. My work brought me from North Carolina up to NYC where Discover NIGHT is headquartered. SF: Why is the pillow black? First and foremost, the NIGHT Pillow is black for functionality. Black negates light, promoting a more restful sleep. We can finally say adios to sleep masks! Also, I think we can all agree that black matches everything. Whether the NIGHT Pillow is out on display as part of your décor, or tucked away under the covers as your secret sleep enhancing tool, it always looks good. Lastly, for anyone who has ever woken up to makeup stains on their pillow case (no judgment), the black hue allows you to do you, sans morning shame. Did I mention we like to stand out? ; ) SF: Is the pillow beneficial to both women and men? Absolutely! Sleep with benefits for all! Some of the most common feedback we get from our early female adopters is that their boyfriend or husband stole their NIGHT Pillow and they are ordering another to minimizing the fight over it! In fact, the NIGHT Pillow is one size fits all making it the perfect gift item for an individual or a couple. We allow for customization around the border of the pillow (alligator, woodgrain or stripe), so you can rest easy knowing that you won’t confuse your pillow with your sleeping mate's. SF: Can you explain a little about why the pillow is priced at $150? Sure! The price of the pillow relates directly to the high quality of materials it is made of. Our TriSilk™ pillowcase is 95% mulberry silk sourced from couture wedding gowns suppliers and has never been used in bedding. We made a proprietary blend, adding 5% spandex to increase the durability and maintain a smooth sleep surface. The memory foam is made right here in the US and is lighter, airier and fluffier than anything else on the market. To keep this unique foam feel, we keep the production runs small. Quality is at the heart of everything we do and we won’t settle for anything but the best. Considering you spend a third of your life in intimate contact with this product, spending 13 or 14 cents per night to sleep on the highest quality pillow seems quite reasonable (assumes changing pillow every 3 years). Just google stats on how much the average American spends on coffee or beauty products every year…it’s time to treat youself to the sleep you deserve! SF: Any plans to add more products beyond the pillow? Of course! In founding Discover NIGHT, our mission is to create luxury products that work harder for the consumer. People who want to crush life know that surrounding themselves with ordinary products will not take them to the next level. The NIGHT Pillow is only the beginning. There's more to come so stay tuned by subscribing to our email list! SHOP THE NIGHT PILLOW NOW Be sure to check out the right way to air dry your hair and the mistake women make when getting a manicure.

The One Thing You Should Never Do If You Have Insomnia

Raise your hand if you've ever spent hours tossing and turning in bed trying to get to sleep when your brain just won't shut up or after you've had one too many cups of coffee. It happens, but that doesn't mean it isn't awful - not to mention a night of insomnia can seriously wreck your day when morning finally does roll around. So what's the one (surprising!) thing you should never do when you can't sleep? If you've been tossing and turning for a half hour or more, you should actually get out of bed. While it seems counterintuitive, lying awake and freaking yourself out about not being able to sleep will only make you less likely to sleep. Not only that, but you want your brain to associate your bed with feelings of sleepiness - and lying awake in bed definitely won't help. Instead, get out of bed, turn on a dim light, and allow yourself to do something calming and slightly boring, like reading a few chapters in a book. Your phone and computer screen are off-limits, though - since they emit certain kinds of light that can keep you up, they'll only make the problem worse. The bottom line? Next time you can't sleep, don't force it - you'll only frustrate yourself. As crazy as it sounds, you're much more likely to finally fall asleep when you're not so focused on, well, falling asleep. Also check out: The Biggest Mistake Almost All Women Make When Working Out and How To Stop Your Stomach From Growling, Once And For All [Photo: Shutterstock]

Do You Really Need To Sleep With A Top Sheet? The Answer, Once And For All.

Before writing this, I had no idea just how divisive the top sheet vs no top sheet debate was - you either fall into one camp or the other, and chances are, you'll vehemently defend your use of a top sheet (or lack thereof). Top sheet devotees say it keeps the comforter or quilt clean, while those of us who refuse to use one find it to be nothing more than a useless addition that provides no extra warmth and makes it take longer to make the bed. So once and for all, which is better? And should you sleep under a quilt or a duvet? It turns out that top sheet or no topsheet, it all comes down to what you sleep with on top. If you typically use a thinner quilt with no removable cover that can be washed separately, you're definitely going to want to use a top sheet. Since a quilt can't be washed frequently, a top sheet will keep it clean and stop it from directly touching your body while you sleep. On the other hand, if you use a duvet insert with a removable cover, feel free to ditch the top sheet - simply wash your duvet cover as often as you wash your bed's fitted sheet. The bottom line: there's no real winner in the great top sheet debate - it's actually what's on top that counts! Also check out: 7 Salad Recipes For Anyone Who Can't Stand Lettuce and This Is What To Wear With Slip-On Sneakers (Don't Go Sockless!) [Photo: Brooklyn Blonde]

5 Ways To Make Yourself Go To Bed Earlier

If you're anything like me, you "go to bed at 11," but between catching up on my favorite shows and checking email and social media one last time, you actually go to bed sometime after midnight - which probably means you're not sleeping as much or as deeply as you should be. So how can you actually make yourself get to bed at a reasonable hour? (Without getting up to check your phone every 5 seconds.) Keep phone use to a minimum I know, I know, you've probably heard this over and over again - but seriously, you'll have a much easier time falling asleep at night if you stop staring at screens an hour or more before lights out. If you really just can't resist the pull of Netflix or one last scroll through Instagram, try an app like F.lux, which is designed to dim your computer or phone screen throughout the day based on the time of day and the surrounding light levels. That way, an overly-bright screen won't leave you lying awake even after you've put your phone down for the night. Write it out If it's worries or extra work that keeps you from heading to bed at a reasonable hour, try taking 5 or 1o minutes each night to make a to-do list, write in your planner or get your major sources of stress onto paper. When you have your to-do list tucked away in a place where you can deal with it in the morning, it won't keep you lying awake at night. Sleep with your phone across the room If you're sleeping with your phone under your pillow or on your nightstand, you're probably not doing yourself any favors. Ever gotten up after 10 minutes of trying to fall asleep only to check your phone one last time? Yeah. When you sleep with your phone off or across the room you won't allow yourself to push back your bedtime any further. Move your workout to the morning If you're feeling overactive at night, all it may take is a simple switch to your workout routine to make falling asleep easier. Try squeezing your workout in in the morning, or at least 4 hours or more before bedtime. Studies have shown that working out earlier in the day can cause you to feel more ready for bed at night, but that working out too close to bed can keep you awake. Create a routine Bedtime routines aren't just for kids. If you create a routine for yourself at night and start getting ready for bed sooner (personally, I love putting on my PJs and doing a face mask), your body will gradually associate your before-bed routine with being tired. You'll fall asleep faster and won't be able to use the excuse, "I'm too tired to get up and take out my contacts," to stay up later. Also check out: Once And For All, Is It Actually OK To Reuse A Plastic Water Bottle? and How To Stop Saying "I'm Sorry" All The Time [Photo: Barefoot Blonde]

Once And For All, How To Fall Back Asleep When You Wake Up In The Middle Of The Night

You wake up. It's still dark outside. Your clock reads 4:26. UGH! You toss and turn, close your eyes, open them, close them again - you just can't go back to sleep. There's legit nothing worse. I personally once wasted 2 hours just lying in bed, hoping, wishing, wanting so badly to go back to sleep. I tried turning on the TV (bad idea) and looking through my phone (bad idea) - clearly, I couldn't seem to figure out how to quickly fall back asleep. We know this is a universal struggle, so we looked up some easy tips to help you fall back asleep, fast! Get out of bed. It might sound counter-intuitive, but get up, walk to a different room, and try relaxing in there for 20 minutes. Look around, sit on the couch, read a magazine - anything! Focus on your surroundings and not your lack of sleep, and, hopefully, you should start feeling sleepy, Read. Dim the lights, and try reading! Sometimes I can just fall asleep in the middle of the day if I'm lying down and reading a book. Pick up something you've read before (you don't want to be reading your new thriller novel right now), and flip through the pages. Hopefully tiring out your eyes will put you back to sleep. Mood lighting. Make sure it's not too light in your room. Turn off the lights coming in from the hallway and close your shades to their fullest to block out outside light. Extra stimulation from brightness can keep you up, so make sure it's dark enough so you can get back to sleep! Get relaxed. If you've ever meditated or done yoga, this is your time to shine! Try some deep breathing techniques and relax your mind. If you focus on your breath and stillness, you'll be less likely to focus on the fact that you can't fricken' sleep. Don't look at the clock. This is a no-brainer, but I've fallen victim to it once or twice. Staring at the clock not only makes you realize how annoyed you are that you can't sleep, but the light from the clock can overstimulate your eyes. This goes for the TV, your phone, iPad - you name it. Don't. look. Listen to a podcast. Plug in those headphones and just listen. Taking your mind off of sleeping, and just listening to someone is basically like having someone read you a bedtime story, right? But don't listen to anything too exhilarating! For tips from SHEfinds founder and CEO on which podcasts to check out, read this now! For more tips, check this out! Make sure to check out These Sleeping Mistakes That Are Ruining Your Skin and Hair and Why You Should Sleep In A Bun [Photo: Shutterstock]

How To Get A Better Body While You Sleep

The One Thing You Should Never Do Before Going To Sleep

We know, we know, it's so tempting to lay in bed and stare at your phone. You just need to catch up on your Instagram feed and must check any new Snapchat stories... But, you could be harming yourself more than you know! According to Business Insider, research shows that looking at a blue-and-white light can harm your sleep, and also your level of alertness the next day. The light emitted from smartphones, tablets, e-readers and our other favorite electronics impact the amount of melatonin our brain releases when we go to sleep. Losing sleep is the last thing we want--we need our beauty rest! Some experts suggest that not using our devices for just an hour before going to bed could help us fall asleep faster and regulate our internal body clocks. So next time you're going to bed, try it out! Who doesn't love a little extra sleep? Be sure to check out the best no-line underwear and why you should be sleeping with your hair in a braid [Photo: Shutterstock]

The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Leave Between Looking At A Screen And Going To Bed

On a regular week night, I fall asleep in one of two ways: laptop open, left mid-sentence on a word document, or to the sounds of my meowing house guests on Neko Atsume Kitty Collector (a.k.a. the best pointless app in the world). If you ask any healthcare professional (or pretty much anyone), they'd tell you that my pre-sleep habits are ALL WRONG. They are. Engaging with the digital realm is basically the worst thing you could do before heading to bed. Not only does the digital "glow" hinder your ability to sleep, but it also affects your quality of sleep! But don't worry, you don't have to move to Amish country in order to catch a few Zzzzs. The answer is simple, you just need to "disconnect" 15-30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. Make your bedroom a strict no-technology zone during that brief pre-slumber period. If the buzz of a new email or text is too tempting to resist, try silencing your phone, or even turning it off. Take a few minutes before bed to reflect on the day, read a book (not online), ANYTHING that will get you away from that screen! Don't forget to check out: The Only Two Places You Really Need To Apply Eyeshadow and Lightweight Jackets That Belong In Your Closet [Photo: Shutterstock]

Want To Fall Asleep Faster? This Is The Best $30 Investment You Could Make

It happens to all of us. No matter how tired you feel or how many sheep you count, there are some nights when you simply can't fall asleep. And those nights are the. worst. But oh happy day, relief is finally here! And no, I'm not talking about a habit-forming sleeping pill. I'm talking perfume ladies! Well, sort of. This Aromaflage Botanical Sleep Fragrance is a complete and total game-changer. Just a few spritz and voila! you're well on your way to dreamland. Watch the video below to see how it works then stock up. And rejoice for no more sleepless nights! Find out how to remove your lipstick the right way and where to buy the best denim skirts. [Photo: Joyus]

Find Out What Your Sleep Position Says About You

Everyone has totally different sleeping habits, but, for the most part, we all sleep in roughly the same positions. Do you sleep on your side, your back or your stomach? Look at the chart below and keep on reading to see what your favorite sleep position says about you! A. Side Sleeper  You're a worrier and a quiet person, especially those who sleep curled in the fetal position. You may seem tough on the outside, but you're actually shy and sensitive on the inside. If you sleep in a log position (pictured above), you easily trust others and are very sociable. However, you also appreciate alone time, so order some takeout and start up Netflix! RELATED: Find Out What Your Fingernail Shape Says About You B. Back Sleeper If you sleep on your back with your arms and legs straight, you can be a little rigid and take yourself very seriously. You set high expectations for yourself and don't like breaking from a structured plan. If you sleep on your back with your arms and legs pointed outward, like a starfish, you're open and confident. Talk about an extrovert! You love to be in the conversation and trying new things with new people. RELATED: Find Out What Your Lipstick Shape Says About You C. Stomach Sleeper People who sleep on their stomachs are often referred to as "freefallers" and as the name implies, you have a very free personality. Most of the time, you're pretty much up for anything and you are quite adventurous. Although you are a free spirit, you don't like change and sometimes you may wake up feeling anxious about your tasks for the day. Which position are you?! Don't miss how to brew the perfect cup of coffee and why you shouldn't sleep with your cell phone!

Your Cell Phone Doesn’t Belong In Your Bed For 2 Key Reasons

Up until about six months ago, I used to sleep with my cell phone underneath my pillow. And no, it's not because I'm so attached to my phone that I can't bear to be away from it. I use my phone as my alarm clock and when it would vibrate under my pillow, I would instantly wake up. However, I stopped using this method because I didn't like the idea of sleeping with my cell phone. I know plenty of people who sleep with their phones under a pillow or next to their head, but is this really safe? First things first, let's get the obvious risk out of the way. By sleeping with your cell phone, you are risking a good night's sleep by keeping yourself awake. Cell phones give off blue light, which signals neurons in the brain that it's time to be awake. To make sure you don't give off any unwanted light from your electronics, cell phones especially, power down about two hours before going to sleep. This way, you won't deprive yourself of sleep and you won't be tempted to Insta-stalk or play a few rounds of CandyCrush. While there has been no scientific evidence that cell phones cause cancer, they do emit radiofrequency radiation (RF) that has been classified as a "possible human carcinogen" by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). If you're worried about the possible effects of RF, many health experts recommend keeping your cell phone away from your head. For instance, text instead of talk or use a headset so your ear isn't directly on the phone. Also, do not sleep with your phone next to your head or underneath your pillow. Without proper research, it's hard to tell what kinds of effects this can have but it's better to be safe than sorry! If you don't have another place to keep your phone while you sleep, like a nightstand, consider keeping it on the floor next to your bed on a loud volume so you'll still be able to hear it. Find out if the five-second rule is legit and 7 unusual ways to use lip balm! [Photo: Shutterstock]

According To Doctors, This Is The Best Position To Sleep In

Although there are pros and cons to each sleeping position, there is one way to sleep that doctors reign supreme. Sleeping on your back is seen as the healthiest position for your body. I mean, we all started out sleeping on our backs as babies, so why not continue it into adulthood? The reason doctors prefer this position as opposed to sleeping on your side or stomach is because the benefits outweigh the cons. Back sleepers experience less neck and back pain because their bodies are kept in a neutral position throughout the night. Also, sleeping on your back prevents wrinkles and breakouts because your face isn't being smushed against a pillow all night. Plus, you can precent sagginess in your breasts by sleeping on your back because you'll be fully supported. The best way to sleep on your back is with one puffy pillow. You want to keep your head supported but make sure it isn't propped up too high. Also, with your head elevated you shouldn't experience any acid reflux. It's important to take into consideration that sleeping on your back may increase your chance of snoring. Back sleeping is also closely associate to sleep apnea, but that is the only con to this sleeping position. Give it a try and see if your body feels any different! Don't miss 6 at-home remedies for insomnia and the reason why you twitch right before going to sleep! [Photo: Shutterstock]

Snoozing Your Alarm May Seem Innocent, But It’s Pretty Bad For Your Health

Most people probably consider the person who invented a snooze button to be a genius of sorts. I don't think my morning would be successful if I wasn't able to snooze my alarm. I've never been the type of person to just hop out of bed, so I snooze my alarm about three times before actually getting out of bed. However, I'm aware that is habit isn't the healthiest for my body. Here's why snoozing your alarm can mess up your day. Getting right to the point, snoozing your alarm actually makes you more tired. When you let yourself go back to sleep after hitting the snooze button and your alarm goes off for a second time, your body and brain are taken by surprise. "You're starting to put yourself through a new sleep cycle that you aren't giving yourself enough time to finish. This can result in persistent grogginess throughout the day," says Robert S. Rosenberg, medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona. The more you snooze your alarm, the more you're confusing your body and that's no good. This state of grogginess is called sleep inertia and it can really affect your performance throughout the day. What's more, it can take up to an hour and a half to get rid of the groggy feeling caused by sleep inertia. Let's just safe coffee cannot fix this problem. Instead of hitting the snooze button multiple times before waking up, set the alarm for the time you actually need to be up...and wake up. Little by little your body will get used to waking up at this time and you'll feel refreshed! Is this where the term "you snooze you lose" comes from?! Don't miss why women need more sleep than men and the reason why you twitch before falling asleep! [Photo: Shutterstock]

Get A Better Night’s Sleep With These 6 At-Home Remedies For Insomnia

I was never clinically diagnosed with insomnia, but I'm pretty convinced I have a slight case of it. I very rarely get a full night's sleep because I either don't sleep at all or I wake up a few times during the night. It's unfortunate, but luckily I don't need a lot of sleep to function. Anyway, I've tried just about every type of sleep aid from "sleepy" teas to melatonin and whatever else. On that note, here are six home remedies for insomnia. 1. Listen to music. Instead of listening to your own thoughts while trying to get some shuteye, turn on calming music and focus on that. It will take your mind away from constant thinking and (hopefully) allow you to drift off to sleep. A sound soother works just as well! 2. Shut off electronics. It's so important and truly helpful to take a break from any electronic devices at least one hour before going to bed. The light from your devices sends a signal to your brain that it isn't time to sleep. Instead of laying in bed looking at your phone or tablet, get some chores done! RELATED: This Is Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men 3. Stretch. Unwind your muscles before getting into bed by stretching. You'll loosen your muscles in preparation for a good night's sleep. 4. Don't lie around. If you find yourself lying awake in bed, get up and move around. Get a glass of water or just walk around your room for a bit. 5. Exercise in the morning/afternoon. Skip the nighttime workouts because it will stimulate your body too much. It's better to workout in the morning or afternoon. RELATED: 8 Tips To Help You Sleep Through The Night 6. Use essential oils. Scents like lavender, jasmine and chamomile will put you in a soothed state of mind. Dab a little oil on your wrists and temples before you doze off. I've recently started taking these sleep vitamins from Target called Olly Restful Sleep Blackberry Zen Vitamin Gummies. My doctor recommended them to me and she said a lot of her patients have had positive results, so I figured why not? The gummies are a combination of melatonin, L-theanine and botanicals like chamomile, passion flower and lemon balm. These work better for me than plain melatonin pills, but it's definitely not a solid "cure." Don't miss how long before bed you should stop drinking coffee and the benefits of being a morning person vs. a night owl! [Photo: Shutterstock]

Benefits Of Being A Morning Person Vs. A Night Owl

Do you consider yourself to be a morning person or a night owl? I like to think of myself as both. Some people seriously cannot handle the mornings and others loathe the dark nights. However, there are benefits to each. Check them out below! Morning Person  1. You truly appreciate (and savor!) a good cup of coffee. Since you're awake by choice, you don't need coffee as fuel for the day. 2. You're one of the few people enjoying the prettiest time of day. Watching the sun come up or sitting on the porch in the stillness of morning is gratifying feeling. 3. Say hello to a more proactive and happier day! 4. There's more time for a morning workout. Try going on a run, meditating or taking an exercise class. Considering you're already awake, there's no excuse to be too tired to go! 5. Your closet won't be torn apart because you'll have enough time to pick out your outfit. Plus, you'll never be late anywhere because there's no need to rush. 6. On weekends, you don't spend half the day away by sleeping. Night Owl 1. Considering most people are sleeping while you're still awake, you get to enjoy quality time with yourself. It's a nice break after talking with people all day. 2. Your day is instantly longer, which gives you more time to get work done, read a book or binge watch a TV show. 3. Obviously, your social life isn't taking a back seat. You come alive in the night and that means you're never the first one wanting to go home. 4. You can stay alert for a longer period of time. There's even a study to prove it! 5. Nighttime is the perfect time to prep for the following day. Lay out your outfit, prep the coffee maker or get ahead on dinner by putting together certain elements ahead of time. Don't miss 4 major health benefits to apple cider vinegar and the benefits of showering in the morning vs. at night! [Photo: Shutterstock]

Do Women Or Men Require More Sleep? Here’s The Answer

Ladies, good news. You know have an official reason to extend your beauty sleep! According to a new study by Dr. Jim Horne, Britain's leading sleep expert, women require more sleep than men. In fact, Dr. Horne suggests women need at least 20 minutes of extra sleep than the average man. Why do women require more sleep than men? It comes down to the busy, multitasking brain of a woman. "The more of your brain you use during the day, the more of it that needs to recover and, consequently, the more sleep you need," Dr. Horne said in an article published on the Daily Mail. "Women tend to multi-task - they do lots at once and are flexible - and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater." Dr. Horne went on to say that even a male who has a complex job and thinks heavily throughout the day still doesn't need as much sleep as the average woman. "This is because women's brains are wired differently from men's and are more complex, so their sleep need will be slightly greater," he says. Although women need an average of 20 minutes more sleep, some women may need more or less. Any excuse to sleep longer is okay by me! Don't miss the pros and cons to the three most popular sleeping positions and 6 things every woman should do to her hair before going to sleep! [Photo: Shutterstock]

Does The Sound Of Your Alarm Clock Dictate Your Mood For The Day?

I literally hate the sound of any alarm clock. Ugh, the thought of that annoying (and loud) beeping noise is making me grumpy. Does awakening to a certain sound dictate your mood for the day? The writers over at Huffington Post had the same thought and did some research. According to their article, there haven't been too many studies conducted to give a definitive answer. However, sleep expert Michael J. Decker, Ph.D., says, "sensory input does create a physiologic response" and hearing is indeed one of the body's senses. Although it's not officially studied, he does believe that the more obnoxious alarm options on your phone can lead to feeling more grumpy in the morning. "Many people download a song to wake them up and cheer them up." His personal favorite? Elvis Presley's "Follow That Dream." "It's the first thing I hear, and it reminds me to get up and look forward to the day. I find myself much more positive when I hear that, versus other songs or tones I've experimented with." It would be really interesting to conduct your own test to see if certain alarm sounds make you feel better or worse when you wake up. Try experimenting with different sounds or even songs to see which one puts you in the best mood. After all, you want to start your day on the right foot! Don't miss why you should be sleeping with an eye mask and why you should sleep with your hair in a bun! [Photo: Shutterstock]

You Should Stop Watching TV An Hour Before Bed–This Is Why

If you're someone who doesn't have the best sleeping patterns, like me, then there are certain precautions you should take in order to get a good nights sleep. A common mistake most people make when they get into bed is turning on the TV. Watching TV in bed is a way of winding down after a busy/stressful day, but it is actually preventing you from having a well-rested sleep. When your body is exposed to light, even from a TV, a signal is sent to your brain saying it's time to wake up. On the other hand, when it's dark, your body is signaled to go to sleep. With that in mind, watching TV before bed is actually keeping you awake instead of making you sleepy. According to W. Christopher Winter, M.D., Men's Health's sleep advisor, "The bright light of TV stimulates the brain, which can affect the secretion of melatonin, a hormone necessary for quality sleep." The content of what you're watching on TV may also prevent you from falling asleep. "TV can also affect sleep quality if the content is particularly upsetting," Dr. Winter said. So if you utterly insist on watching TV before bed, don't make it a horror movie or television a show like Game of Thrones. You should give yourself an hour of uninterrupted time before going to bed. To make sure you don't watch TV or use a computer, cell phone, tablet, etc., give yourself an electronic curfew and stick to it. Don't miss the right way to sleep with wet hair and why you should always sleep with an eye mask! [Photo: Shutterstock]

A Satin Pillowcase Will Do A Lot More Than Making You Feel Like A Princess

It seems like everywhere I turn lately I'm hearing about stain pillowcases. I currently use a "regular" pillowcase, which I'm sure is made from cotton or something. Apparently, satin pillowcases are a game changer when it comes to the beauty world. Besides making you feel like the ultimate princess, here are the three main benefits to sleeping on a satin pillowcase. 1. It's better for your hair. Since satin is a smooth fabric, your hair won't get all tangled/bent while sleeping since your hair will "glide" across the fabric. What's more, your hair won't break and get frizzy because satin allows the moisture to be retained while cotton absorbs all the moisture from your hair. 2. Smoothes skin. If you sleep on your side or stomach, chances are you wake up with face wrinkles/lines. Unfortunately, as we get older our skin loses elasticity meaning it won't bounce back as quickly as it used to. You'll cause unnecessary wrinkles by sleeping on your side/stomach each night, so try switching to a satin pillowcase so your face can slide around and not get stuck in one position. Of course, you might wake up with sleep lines, but not nearly as bad! 3. Preserve your eyelashes. Believe it or not, when you sleep on your side/stomach you're actually crushing your eyelashes. Much like your hair, cotton pillowcases tug at your eyelashes causing them to crease or bend. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing. Don't miss the best eyeshadow colors for your eye color and this flat iron won't ruin your hair! [Photo: Shutterstock]

The Reason Why You Shouldn’t Drink Water Before Bed Might Surprise You

When it comes to bedtime, everyone has their own routine. Whether it's watching tv, listening to music, eating a small snack, reading, etc. Most people drink a lot of water before going to sleep, or keep a bottle/cup of water on their nightstand to quench a nighttime thirst. While many people say you should drink water before bedtime, there are many who say you shouldn't. There is one main reason as to why you shouldn't drink water before dozing off for the night. Drinking water before bedtime can disrupt a good night's sleep, and we all know sleep is extremely important. Depending on the person, drinking water before going to sleep can lead to waking up during the middle of the night to use the bathroom at least once. If you keep waking up in the middle then how will you ever get a good night's sleep? If you have a small bladder, stop drinking water a couple hours before bedtime so you have enough time to empty your bladder before falling asleep. I know it sounds silly but if you wake up in the middle of the night, every night, then you won't be getting the amount of sleep you require. Deprivation of sleep can lead to so many problems so this little fix is definitely worth it. Don't miss why you should sleep with an eye mask and 8 tips that will help you sleep through the night! [Photo: Shutterstock]

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