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Questions and Answers About Dreams, With the ASA

The most common questions we get from visitors to SleepBetter.org are about dreams.  It’s not surprising, as they are rather mysterious even to the experts.  We asked some of the most common questions to Dr. Neil Kline from the American Sleep Association (ASA). Why do we dream? Dr. Kline: Although there is much that we…
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New Study: Having Your Dog in the Bedroom is a Good Thing

It turns out maybe having Fido or Fifi in your bedroom with you is okay, as long as the pup isn’t actually in your bed. It’s no secret that dogs love to sleep near their favorite humans.  And, in many cases, the feeling is mutual.    According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40…
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Six Tips for Your Autumn Sleep Check-up

Labor Day has come and gone and it’s time to get back into the fall routine.  The kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and it won’t be long before the leaves start changing colors.  Autumn has always been an ideal time to step back and look at your family’s needs. Getting…
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Sleep Comfortably Without Electricity

The entire nation has been watching the destruction from the wind and incredible amount of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, and is now bracing itself for the monster Hurricane Irma to hit somewhere in Florida and in the southeast.  Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have to evacuate,…
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10 Tips for Better Back-to-School Sleep

Across the United States, students in grades K through 12 are getting ready to go back to school.  In fact, a few school systems have already started.  One of the tougher things as a parent is getting your child off the “sleep as long as you want” routine that happens in the summer, and onto…
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From the ASA: When Should You See a Sleep Specialist?

By Dr. Neil Kline, American Sleep Association Sleep specialists treat patients who have sleep disorders and sleep problems. A sleep specialist may be a physician or a clinical psychologist with extra training in sleep and sleep disorders. There are many types of sleep disorders and sleep problems. Generally, individuals should seek care for a sleep…
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Sleep Better in the Heat

Summer officially starts tomorrow, and in many parts of the country, it already feels like it.  The heat and humidity are in full effect in the east, and in the southwest temperatures in some areas are topping an outrageous 120 degrees.  The situation could be made worse by the fact that hurricane season just started…
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Don’t Let Summer Break Spoil Family Sleep Patterns

With the arrival of summer break, American school children no longer need to rouse themselves before daybreak to catch the big yellow bus, but just because the rigid schedule of the school year is over doesn’t mean your family schedule should be too loose. Schools around the country have just finished their instructional year or…
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Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach

Sleeping position is a matter of personal preference.  It seems like everyone has a way they can fall asleep quicker and more comfortably.  However, there is one position that’s not as healthy as others. Sleeping on your stomach can cause a variety of problems, both short term and long term.  In fact, many stomach sleepers…
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Ask Happy Dan: Best Pillow for a Sore Neck?

When you have questions about pillows and other bedding, Happy Dan the Pillow Man is your guy!  He’s happy because he always gets a good night’s sleep.  Happy Dan is the alter ego of Dan Schecter, Senior Vice President at Carpenter Co., and the creator of SleepBetter.org.  He’s spent 30 years learning about pillows and…
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