Foods to Eat or Avoid to Help You Fall Asleep

You may have heard you should try to avoid eating right before bed; however, according to experts today, a bedtime snack may actually be a good thing. While this is true, what you eat definitely matters. In fact, there are some foods that will help your sleep while others may hinder it, which means it’s up to you to know what to eat and what to avoid to ensure better sleep.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Your Body and Sleep

Many of us have too much going on in our lives with too little time to do it. Often sleep can be the first thing to be sacrificed when we don’t have enough time, but sleep is not just a luxury that we afford when it works, it is something necessary for our bodies to function. Your body uses sleep as a method to recharge and without it, we can begin to experience health issues and decreases in our body’s ability to perform daily tasks. Consider how much sleep your body needs and why it is important so that you can embrace a more restful night’s sleep.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Use Essential Oils to Stop Snoring

Millions of individuals snore each night, and an even more significant number of people are being kept wide-awake by the constant snoring of a loved one. It's can be a horrifying thing to have to listen to the snoring. If you are a snorer or you sleep with one, you perhaps want to know how to stop disruptive sound once and for all. Snoring might disturb your sleep but even if it’s not worrying you too much, it’s not an issue to ignore. Snoring might be a sign of a severe health issue.

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5 Ways Sleep is Good for Your Relationships

I’m a sleep lover.

I like going to bed at the same time every night and getting a full night’s sleep. Deprive me of just one hour of blessed sleep, and things quickly go downhill—just ask my husband. I become bad company—snarky and irritable, hardly able to keep up my end of a conversation, let alone negotiate difficult issues.

Sleep is clearly important for our health, helping our bodies function at their best. It’s also key to our productivity, helping us stay fresh and focused the following day. But does getting a good night’s sleep affect our relationships, too?

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

3 Ways Nature Can Help You Sleep Better

There’s a reason why people call it “the Great Outdoors.”

Or why, when we meet a really friendly and positive person, we say they’re like “a breath of fresh air.”

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Is Insomnia Really an Epidemic?

Uncontrollably Awake?

by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

3 Most Important Additions to Your Exercise Program

You’ve committed to making this a pivotal shift and have formulated and begun the perfect wellness program.

Congratulations!

Now let’s get real about the most important additional ingredients that you might be neglecting. Don’t.

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As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and armchair philosopher (BA in Social Science, UC Irvine), Steven communicates his passion for health and wellness with an offbeat slant. It's a lifestyle, he will insist; and fitness is really a journey to find what fits--for you. His personal fitness journey has primarily centered on resistance training for more than fifty years. An intense three-year exposure to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Ray Dalke and Sensei Edmond Otis in Southern California during his thirties (he is now 65, since you're wondering) had a significant impact on his appreciation for the martial arts as fitness disciplines. It is his sincere hope that you will find insight, inspiration, and knowledge from the ideas he sends your way. Find more of his work at The Senior Health and Fitness Blog.
 

Weighted Blankets Should Have Been Popular a While Ago

by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's

A blanket became internet famous.

The blanket in question is the 20-pound, Kickstarter-funded, $279 "Gravity" blanket. Per its Kickstarter campaign, which exceeded its $21,500 goal by more than 10-fold, Gravity is "engineered to be 10% of your body weight to naturally reduce stress and increase relaxation." 

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

Insomniacs Process the World Differently

by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's

Insomniacs can't sleep because they can't stop thinking about sleep.

This cruel little catch-22 comes up in many a sleep study. And even when insomniacs aren't tossing and turning at night, their tortured relationship with rest affects how they perceive and interact with the outside world during the other 16 hours of the day. Yup, I'm talking about unconscious biases.

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

7 Things to Know About the Sleep Exercise Connection

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

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03/19/2020
You may have heard you should try to avoid eating right before bed; however, according to experts today, a bedtime snack may actually be a good thing. While this is true, what you eat definitely... read more
Two men asleep in the grass
03/02/2020
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11/19/2019
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Millions of individuals snore each night, and an even more significant number of people are being kept wide-awake by the constant snoring of a loved one. It's can be a horrifying thing to have to... read more
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03/29/2019
I’m a sleep lover. I like going to bed at the same time every night and getting a full night’s sleep. Deprive me of just one hour of blessed sleep, and things quickly go downhill—just ask my... read more
Man sleeping on the ground outdoors
09/13/2018
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10/28/2017
You’ve committed to making this a pivotal shift and have formulated and begun the perfect wellness program. Congratulations! Now let’s get real about the most important additional... read more
newborn baby tightly wrapped in swaddling blanket
10/11/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's A blanket became internet famous. The blanket in question is the 20-pound, Kickstarter-funded, $279 "Gravity" blanket. Per its Kickstarter campaign, which... read more
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06/23/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's Insomniacs can't sleep because they can't stop thinking about sleep. This cruel little catch-22 comes up in many a sleep study. And even when... read more

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Man sleeping in bed with striped sheets
03/19/2020
You may have heard you should try to avoid eating right before bed; however, according to experts today, a bedtime snack may actually be a good thing. While this is true, what you eat definitely... read more
Two men asleep in the grass
03/02/2020
Many of us have too much going on in our lives with too little time to do it. Often sleep can be the first thing to be sacrificed when we don’t have enough time, but sleep is not just a luxury that... read more
Hands with bottle of aromatherapy essential oils
11/19/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
Millions of individuals snore each night, and an even more significant number of people are being kept wide-awake by the constant snoring of a loved one. It's can be a horrifying thing to have to... read more
Two adults and one child's feet poke out from under blankets.
03/29/2019
I’m a sleep lover. I like going to bed at the same time every night and getting a full night’s sleep. Deprive me of just one hour of blessed sleep, and things quickly go downhill—just ask my... read more
Man sleeping on the ground outdoors
09/13/2018
There’s a reason why people call it “the Great Outdoors.” Or why, when we meet a really friendly and positive person, we say they’re like “a breath of fresh air.” It’s because getting... read more
Man in business suit asleep in cubicle with sleep mask.
11/10/2017
Uncontrollably Awake? by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's Just like obesity, suicide, Zika, loneliness, road rage, opioid addiction, manspreading, peanut... read more
Personal trainer overseeing woman doing situps
10/28/2017
You’ve committed to making this a pivotal shift and have formulated and begun the perfect wellness program. Congratulations! Now let’s get real about the most important additional... read more
newborn baby tightly wrapped in swaddling blanket
10/11/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's A blanket became internet famous. The blanket in question is the 20-pound, Kickstarter-funded, $279 "Gravity" blanket. Per its Kickstarter campaign, which... read more
Man who can't sleep squeezing pillow around his head.
06/23/2017
by Theresa Fisher | Van Winkle's Insomniacs can't sleep because they can't stop thinking about sleep. This cruel little catch-22 comes up in many a sleep study. And even when... read more

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