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Take A Peek Inside Your Bedroom

Learn the science of sleep in the bedroom and let it help you design, rearrange, and make additions to your room that will give you the best possible night’s sleep.

16th Annual National Sleep Awareness Week® Means Daylight Saving Time is Coming

National Sleep Foundation Reminds Everyone to Get A Good Night’s Sleep When Clocks Move Forward An Hour

ARLINGTON, VA (March 6th, 2013) – The annual ritual is almost upon us.  Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10, when people throughout the country move their clocks ahead one hour, and too many of them end up being sleepy for the next few days because of an hour of lost sleep.

Bedrooms are important to getting a good night's sleep

Bedrooms are important to getting a good night's sleep, according to the first ever Bedroom Poll from the National Sleep Foundation. The poll found that Americans love their bedrooms and believe that comfort and cleanliness are fundamental to good sleep.

Highlights of the poll include:

How to Sleep Comfortably Through Hot Summer Nights

Summer nights can be hot making it difficult to sleep. So exactly how do you fix that?

Lights Out for a Good Night's Sleep

What is the secret to a good night's sleep? It might be light! Find out more about light and how it affects sleep.

Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Promote Sleep

It's often difficult to sleep in a well lit room or one that is noisy. Unfortunately, patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) of most hospitals are not exempt from being subjected to light and noise as hospital staff care for them and other patients. Is it possible for patients to get good quality sleep in a busy ICU?

Build Your Own Bed Bug Detector

Bed bugs are pests that you don't want to deal with. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, they are small, brown-ish insects with flattened bodies that hide close to where people sleep, feeding on blood. And when you get an infestation, getting rid of them can be expensive. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that extermination can cost between $400 and $900.

Too Much Light at Night May Cause Depression

Much of our sleep patterns – feeling sleepy at night and awake during the day – are regulated by light and darkness. Light is the most powerful regulator of our biological clock. So what happens if you get too much light at night? According to EurekAlert, a recent study at Ohio State University looked at mice housed in a lighted room for 24 hours a day and mice housed in a room with a normal light-dark cycle. The study found that mice exposed to 24-hour light exhibited more symptoms of depression than the other mice.

Mattress Makers Set Their Sights on Men

Sleep is important for both men and women, yet a recent article in the Wall Street Journal notes that mattress and bed manufacturers tend to cater to women. Not anymore. The Wall Street Journal reports that manufacturers are now focusing on a new niche: "macho" mattresses. What makes a bed "macho"?

New Alarm Clock Tracks Your Sleep

In general, alarm clocks only do two things: They keep the time and they generate a loud, obnoxious noise to remind you to get up. But a new alarm clock reviewed in the New York Times has an additional function: It monitors your sleep.

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