Weekend Getaway Packing Tips for Rest & Relaxation

Weekend Getaway Packing Tips for Rest & RelaxationThe thought of a “weekend getaway” can cause you to instantly relax. But as creatures of habit, we oftentimes find it more difficult to get a good night’s rest when sleeping in new and unfamiliar environments. These tips from WebMD will help you sleep better and feel more relaxed when you’re away from home on your next weekend getaway.

  • Take your own pillow and/or blanket. This can help you sleep more comfortably for a relaxing weekend getaway.
  • Bring personal objects (for example, candles or a photos) to feel more at home.
  • Make sure your room doesn’t have to much light or bring along a sleep mask.
  • Use a fan or other “white noise” to drown out sounds from nearby guests.
  • Adjust your thermostat to a comfortable sleeping temperature. Sleeping in rooms warmer than 75° F or colder than 54° F can disrupt your sleep.

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And when you return home, don’t forget to check your luggage for any bed bug infestations. The ThermalStrike Ranger will particularly help, as the reusable, portable treatment bag is designed to rid luggage of bed bugs with penetrating heat on all sides to destroy all stages of bed bugs and eggs.

Race Weekend Rest Plan

Race Weekend Rest PlanIt’s no secret that race weekend brings a wide array of emotions, ranging from super psyched to scared and nervous. But, whether the race is a marathon, triathlon or other endeavor, you can make the most of your training – and meet end goals – with a proper rest plan.

Note: For this post, we’ll refer to race day as Sunday, since running and athletic events usually fall on the last day of the weekend.

 

Thursday night:

Yes, this isn’t technically race weekend yet, but your mind, body and nerves sure feel like it. On Thursday, it’s important that you get eight to nine hours of uninterrupted, restful sleep.

If you have a baby, ask your significant other or a friend to help you handle cries during the wee hours. Have a new puppy? Consider asking a friend to take care of your four-legged friend to avoid risking race weekend sleep disruptions.

 

Friday night:

Experts agree on the “two-night” rule, stating that two nights before your big event is the most important sleep of race weekend. Of course, like most things, you don’t want to overdo it and wake up sleepy Saturday morning. But, make sure to shoot for no fewer than eight hours of sleep the Friday before your Sunday race.

If you’re traveling for your race, consider bringing your own pillow to avoid last-minute neck injuries. The REM-Fit Rest Adjustable Pillow will particularly help, as you can add and remove filling to tailor it to your specific sleep style needs.

 

Saturday night:

With the excitement leading up to race day, there’s little chance you’ll actually get a good, restful night’s sleep – but that’s OK. Since you rested up Thursday and Friday (and hopefully earlier in the week), you have nothing to worry about.

Aim for an early Saturday bedtime, and give yourself plenty of time to wake up, stretch and get food in your system before the big event. You may want to test out your pre-race routine in the weeks leading up to race weekend as well to make sure you’re on track, and can avoid the “trying something new on race day” fitness faux pas.

 

Sunday night:

Congratulations! You completed your big race. Now it’s time to celebrate with a delicious meal and – you guessed it – a good night’s sleep! If you ran a marathon, or any similar event, you’ll need at least one extra hour of sleep on race night.

 

By mapping out your race weekend rest routine, you’ll be well ahead of the game – and fully energized – come race day. To learn more about healthy sleep for fitness enthusiasts, visit www.rem-fit.com.

Is interrupted sleep worth any sleep at all?

We’ve all experienced those nights of interrupted sleep, tossing and turning all over, but are those nights worth sleeping at all?

According to TIME Magazine,  interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as sleep deprivation.  It could also “negatively affected mood, attention span and cognitive ability.”

Is interrupted sleep worth any sleep at all?Disruptive sleep is comparable to getting as little as four hours of sleep per night. If you believe you’re getting disruptive sleep, follow these five sleeping tips from ABC News:

  • Don’t snack late at night
  • Darken your room
  • Avoid having a drink before bed
  • Try to stay away from technology before bedtime
  • Wear comfortable clothes

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Seven Tips to Stop Snoring and Start Sleeping

Do you need tips to stop snoring? It’s time for those embarrassing complaints of loud snores to stop, but don’t worry you’re not alone. According to The Forum, almost 90 million adults are affected by snoring.

Seven Tips to Stop Snoring and Start SleepingOften people are either annoyed by snoring or think it’s a funny habit, but according to Everyday Health, snoring can lead to health problems including:

  • Heart disease
  • Memory loss
  • Depression and other mental health illnesses
  • Frequent headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep apnea

So why do people snore? It’s often caused by blocked breathing, but can also be a result of sinus infections. It tends to be more common in men and people who suffer from obesity. And another fun fact: The risk of developing a loud snore at night grows as you age.

Luckily, How Stuff Works has seven tips to stop snoring that you – or a snoring loved one – can follow:

  1. Try to sleep on your side: Sometimes sleeping on your back can be more comfortable, but it can also cause snoring.
  2. If you are obese, try losing some weight: Being overweight puts pressure on your airways causing louder snores.
  3.  Avoid drinking too much alcohol: People often think alcohol helps them fall asleep faster, which could be true, but it also could be the cause of loud snores.
  4.  Get your allergies tested: Sometimes an inflamed throat due to allergies can cause the snores to be louder and more frequent.
  5.  Try a mouth guard: Sometimes mouth pieces can be tailored to prevent snoring.  Check with your doctor to find out what your options are.
  6.  If you are a smoker, quit: Not only is it bad for your health, it could cause snoring by damaging your respiratory system.
  7.  Create a sleep schedule: Developing a regular sleep pattern can improve your sleep and be useful for a few things, including snoring.

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Five Signs you’re Sleep Deprived

Are you a “fly by the seat of your pants” type of person?  If yes, then you may also be a sleep deprived type of person.  According to the Huffington Post there are many shocking effects caused by not getting enough sleep, such as becoming more impulsive than usual.

Five Signs you’re Sleep DeprivedTo find out if you could be sleep deprived, ask yourself these five questions:

  1. Are you falling asleep instantly?  You may believe that falling asleep when your head hits the pillow is a good thing, but that isn’t the case.  In fact, if you fall asleep within five minutes, you may be sleep deprived. To test it, try staying awake through these lullabies.
  2. Do you use cliché phrases on a regular basis? If you aren’t able to come up with creative sentences on your own, sleep may be the culprit. Try going to bed an hour earlier each night and remember “early bird gets the worm.” (Apparently we may be sleep deprived, too!)
  3. Craving a late night snack?  If you find yourself indulging in a pint of ice cream almost every night of the week, you need to start getting more sleep!
  4. Arguing more often with your partner? Maybe you’re annoyed with your partner or maybe you’re just cranky from lack of shut-eye.  Try to get some more rest – your partner will be grateful.
  5. Can you focus or make quick decisions? If you can’t sleep, you can’t concentrate.  it’s as simple as that.

If you found yourself answering “yes” to any or all of these questions, you may need to adjust some of your sleeping habits. You can also try Protect-A-Bed’s Premium Pillow Protector for a soft and pleasant night’s rest.