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Does Lavender Help You Sleep?

In the last few years I’ve noticed a growing number of lavender products in shops: oils, sprays, teas, candles, body creams – it seems to crop up everywhere. It often comes with the promise of promoting relaxation and better sleep. But does lavender really help you sleep, or is it merely a beautifully packaged myth? In this article...

Ways To Keep Your Bed Warm In Winter

In some ways it’s easier to warm your bed than to cool it. To start with, your own body creates a lot of heat. And while that’s part of the problem in the summer, it’s a key part of the solution in the winter. So the best way to warm your bed is to use bedding that will effectively insulate your body heat. As long as you have...

Can White Noise Help You Sleep?

White noise is an effective way to block out disturbing sound at night. But does replacing one type of noise with another actually help you sleep? The scientific evidence suggests that white noise can indeed help you sleep better. However, there are some concerns regarding young children listening to white noise too loudly and too often. In this...

Tips For Sleeping On A Plane

Unless you’re blessed with that rare ability to sleep in any place at any time, the chances are you’ll have a little difficulty sleeping well on a plane. If you have the means and desire to pay for a lie-flat seat, you’ll have a much better chance of sleeping of course. But if you’re anything like me, it can be a real...

Fitbit’s New Sleep Tracking – A Month Testing The Alta HR

In 2017, Fitbit made some major changes to its sleep tracking. The Charge 2 HR, Blaze, Alta HR and Ionic now provide sleep stage tracking, better sleep insights and other helpful extras like sleep schedule reminders. Like all home sleep trackers, however, Fitbit devices have historically struggled with accuracy problems, both with activity and...

BedJet Review: For Winter Warmth & Summer Cooling

The BedJet is one of the most intriguing sleep products I’ve tried in a long time, promising to both cool and warm your bed as the seasons change. I normally use a simple bed fan in the summer, and my partner likes to have heated bedding for the shivery winter nights. So in theory, I liked the idea of having just one device that can do both...

How Sleeping In Separate Bedrooms Can Help Your Sleep

Earlier this year, my partner and I decided to experiment with sleeping in separate bedrooms. Before you wonder what went wrong though, let me be clear that it’s because of sleep problems, not relationship ones. Taking this rather unorthodox attitude to home life has had nothing but positive effects on the quality of our sleep, our...

Do Older Adults Need Less Sleep?

Many older adults feel that a good night’s sleep is more elusive than it once was. You may feel tired earlier in the evening, but then sleep for less total hours than you used to. Perhaps you wake frequently during the night, or wake early in the morning and struggle to fall asleep again. People sometimes say they just don’t need as much...