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Start Prepping Now for Back-to-School Sleep

Many kids around the country are heading back to school this week, but for a large part of the U.S., summer break officially ends in the next week or two.  It’s not something the kids really want to talk about, but right now is the best time to start preparing their sleep schedules. It’s best…
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Five Tips to Help College Students Sleep Better

We’re mere weeks from move-in day for many college students in the U.S. Many questions are flying through the heads of the parents of rising freshmen. One of these questions may be, “Will they get enough sleep?” Life for a college student is obviously very different from life as a high schooler.  Parents exert significantly…
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5 Tips for Sleeping Cooler

Now that we’re well into summer, many parts of the United States are starting to bake in hotter-than-usual summer heat. In fact, some areas of the country that aren’t used to extreme heat are seeing temperatures running over 90 degrees.  What can you do if your home doesn’t have air conditioning or you find yourself…
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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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Use Sleep To Your Advantage When Studying For Exams

Kids across the U.S. are wrapping up their school year.  While they’re obviously looking forward to summer vacation, many of them have one obstacle in the way — exams. Cramming for exams is almost a rite of passage for high schoolers and even some middle school students, but it’s never been a good idea.  Unfortunately, what…
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Top Five Spring Cleaning Sleep Tips

The long and cold winter is in our rear-view mirror, and summer is right around the corner.  In between, however, is time for spring, which is a perfect occasion to consider some changes in your sleeping environment. As the days are getting warmer, the change of seasons is a golden opportunity to take a look…
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Ask Happy Dan: How Do I Clean My Pillow?

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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Unsafe Infant Sleep Remains a Problem

Despite years and years of education efforts, new research is finding that some people still haven’t gotten the message about the safest way to put an infant to bed.  But, the problem is coming from a caregiver you may not expect — babysitters. Babies who died during their sleep while being watched by someone other…
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Common Sleep Myths Debunked

We’re gaining new information every day about how and why we sleep, but even with all of the information available, there are still a lot of myths that people cling to. A research team from NYU School of Medicine reviewed more than 8,000 websites to identify the 20 most common assumptions about sleep.  Here are…
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Five Ways to Fight Allergens and Sleep Better

We don’t normally give advice on SleepBetter.org about medical issues, but this time of year there is a green menace on the prowl that steals your sleep.  That menace is called seasonal allergies. Pollen-producing plants are kicking into high gear around the U.S. right now, meaning allergy season is officially underway.   But, what do allergies…
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