Why do people talk in their sleep?

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a sleep disorder defined as talking during sleep without being aware of it.

Sleep talking can be triggered by a few different components:

  • Genetics: It has been shown in many studies that sleep talking can run in the family.
  • Sleep disorders, including nightmares, sleep apnea, “confusional arousals,” and REM sleep behavior disorder.
  • Depression
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress
  • Fever
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Alcohol

There are also rare instances in which adults can become sleep talkers due to psychiatric disorders or nocturnal seizures. It has been found that most children with sleep disorders, will grow out of them by age13, but, not sleep talking, however.

Sleep talking can happen at any time of the night, during any stage of sleep. While asleep earlier in the night, when people tend to sleep more deeply, sleep talking may sound more jumbled and like mumbling. As sleep becomes lighter, sleep talking can become more recognizable.

Although not harmful, sleep talking can be embarrassing to the sleeper or disruptive to sleeping partners.

Cited sources:

http://www.attn.com/stories/4940/why-people-sleep-talk

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-land-nod/201307/sleep-talking-what-does-it-mean

Go Green for the Holidays: Eco-friendly Holiday Decorations

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It’s time to deck the halls for the holiday season. It’s time for sparkly lights, twinkly candles, and beautiful baubles that transform your home into a cheery, cozy holiday wonderland. This year, I am looking for ways to reduce my environmental footprint. Here are a few fun ways to go green when decorating this season.

LED Lights and Candles

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LED lights utilize a lot less electricity than incandescent lights. They are also known to last longer than traditional lights.

LED candles provide beautiful, soft light without the potential fire danger or messy burning of wax candles. They are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors. There are even models that flicker to replicate traditional candles.

Christmas Tree Alternatives

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There are many green alternatives to cutting down a tree for your home. Though you can buy an artificial tree that could be reused each year, it is not the greenest option because of the materials used and the manufacturing process to make it. If you are not opposed to a smaller tree, a potted rosemary tree is a good option. Rosemary has a delightful aroma similar to pine, and you can plant the tree after Christmas. You can also make a corrugated cardboard tree or felt tree, or buy a recycled aluminum tree.

DIY Hanukkah Gelt Tree and Garland

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You can easily make your own gelt tree and garland this holiday. I found a really cute DIY gelt tree on the blog “Yesterday on Tuesday.” You can also easily make a beautiful garland for your mantle or banister by attaching layers of gelt to a pretty piece of yarn or gold string.

 Bake Your Own Ornaments

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One of my favorite family holiday traditions is baking. I am really excited to try something a little different this year by baking some cookie ornaments. You can easily find cookie ornament recipes online. You make them with a non-edible salt dough and food coloring, or applesauce and cinnamon. My favorite recipe is for non-edible gingerbread cookies that I found on the Allrecipes website. You can decorate them with glitter, too, to make them look like they have colored sugar on them.

Wintry Window Décor

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Make a pretty vintage collage in your front window with doilies of different sizes and shapes. You can also get the whole family in on the fun and cut out a variety of snowflakes to hang in your window, from your ceiling, or in a garland.

Now take these eco-friendly ideas and have fun and decorate for a greener holiday season!

 

 

 

Don’t Let Jet Lag Tag Along: 6 Tips to Leave It Behind

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With the holidays right around the corner, many people are starting to make travel plans. They are booking flights and hotels and getting ready to fly and drive to see loved ones. Visiting family and taking part in fun holiday traditions is something we all look forward to, but the required traveling isn’t always easy, especially when you are traveling to a different time zone. So how can we prevent jet lag from ruining holiday travel?

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According to the American Sleep Association, “Jet lag is a physiological condition caused by disturbance to the body’s natural circadian rhythm, or internal clock.” It most likely affects those who travel by air across more than two time zones. However, it can also affect those who travel for longer than 12 hours at a time. Some symptoms of jet lag include insomnia, disturbed sleep, fatigue, digestive problems, dehydration, difficulty concentrating, nausea, irritability, headache, dizziness, coordination problems, and sometimes memory loss. We’d all prefer to arrive at grandma’s house without all this excess “baggage,” so here are a few tips to prevent and alleviate jet lag.

Sleep With Your Destination

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If you plan to sleep while traveling, schedule your zzz’s as if you had already arrived. Set your watch to the local time of your destination, and sleep only if it is nighttime there. If it is daytime when you arrive, try to stay awake until your normal bedtime. If you absolutely need to nap, do so for less than two hours to ease your transition to the new time zone.

Be Mindful of Your Seat Selection

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The location of your seat on a plane can greatly affect your quality of sleep and your likelihood of preventing jet lag. If you are planning to sleep on a flight, choose a window seat that is far from heavy traffic areas of the plane. A first-class or business-class seat is always preferable for better sleep, since they are wider and provide more leg room. If that is not a viable option, choosing a window seat will still prevent you from being disturbed if other passengers get up during the flight. It also allows you to control whether or not the window shade is up or down, and consequently controls the amount of outside light streaming in through the window during the day. You can also easily position a pillow or neck rest against the window. Choosing a seat away from high-traffic areas like bathrooms and flight-attendant seating will reduce disturbances from people moving around.  Additionally, sitting in the middle or front of the plane is preferable, because the back of the plane is bumpier during take-off and turbulence.

No Tech Before Sleep

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As noted in one of my previous blog posts, the blue light emitted from phone, computer, and tablet screens delays the body’s release of melatonin, the hormone that helps you feel sleepy. If you are trying to sleep, stop using electronics an hour before you’d like to fall asleep.

To Drink or Not to Drink

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Many people believe alcoholic beverages will help them sleep. Initially, they can make you feel tired, but they can also dehydrate you, especially at high altitudes. While alcohol can help you fall asleep, you are likely to wake easier and more often and wake up feeling groggy. Whether you are trying to sleep or to stay awake, it is best to avoid alcoholic beverages while traveling to prevent jet lag. Instead, bring a water bottle, and ask the flight attendant to refill it throughout your flight.

Need Coffee, Will Travel

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Though caffeine can help you stay awake, it can cause dehydration. It is important to stay hydrated when traveling, especially when trying to prevent symptoms of jet lag. The high altitude and dry air in a jet plane can hasten the onset of jet lag. If you are like me and are intent on having your pre-flight cup o’ joe, follow it with at least 8 ounces of water to keep you hydrated.

Get Comfortable

Comfort is the key to feeling rested or preparing for a good sleep when you arrive at your destination. You can be completely prepared, well-rested, hydrated, and on-schedule, but when traveling on commercial flights, you can’t control things like room temperature, the volume of the pilot/driver’s announcements, or how many times the flight attendants push the beverage cart up and down the aisles. Prepare for comfort by dressing in layers and packing a blanket, neck pillow, eye mask, earplugs, and/or noise-canceling headphones. You’ll be thankful to have your personal comfort kit in case of the unexpected screaming child or chilly cabin temperature.

So now that you have a few good travel tips, you can be sure to arrive at your holiday destination without allowing jet lag to tag along.

 

Fall Into Sleep with the End of Daylight Savings Time

Darker days are upon us.

 

This Halloween night we will all be setting our clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings Time, which adds an extra hour to the weekend!

I look forward to this change every year. It ushers in fall, winter, and the holiday season. I also love thinking about how I will decide to spend that extra hour of weekend time. I fantasize about being extra productive, as if that one hour is going to allow me to finally check off my whole weekend to-do list without batting an eye.

Sleeping in always wins. It takes me some time to get used to waking up weekday mornings when it is still dark outside. Taking back that extra hour of sleep this weekend will feel good, knowing I will have quite a few dark mornings in my near future.

So go ahead and do the same. Enjoy that extra hour to relax and recharge!

Take a Healthy Bite Out of Halloween: Spooky Treats with Less Sugar

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With Halloween just around the corner, there are a lot of tempting treats that don’t pack much of a nutritional punch. There are many ways to make Halloween snacks both healthy and fun. You can arrange fruit and veggies to look like a skeleton or jack-o-lantern, cut out spooky faces in cheese or bread, or add edible candy eyeballs to pretty much anything.

Here are some tricks to disguise some healthy Halloween treats for your kids. I found the following recipes on the SheKnows blog and everydayhealth.com.

Monster Mouths

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Image courtesy of SheKnows

You’ll need:

10 apple slices

peanut butter

whole peanuts or almonds

Spread peanut butter between two apple slices and position to look like an open mouth. Place whole peanuts on peanut butter to look like teeth.

Witches’ Broomsticks

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Image courtesy of everyday Health

You’ll need:

mozzarella cheese sticks
pretzel sticks
chives

Directions: To make the broom, slice the mozzarella stick across in thirds. Use a knife or scissors to cut a fringe pattern on the lower half of the cheese. Insert a pretzel stick into the cheese, making the broomstick, and tie a chive around the top.

Yummy Mummy Hot Dogs

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Image courtesy of SheKnows

You’ll need:

hot dogs

crescent roll dough

ketchup and mustard

Wrap up a ghastly treat for your little goblins and ghouls. Use crescent roll dough cut into thin strips to wrap your “mummies” from head to toe. Cook the dogs for 15 minutes at 350 until golden brown. Make sure to leave room for the mummies’ faces, which the kids can design with mustard or ketchup and a toothpick.

Now that you have some delicious options for healthy Halloween treats, you can be sure to have a fun and tasty holiday!

Meet the Madrea by OrganicPedic Earth™!

The OrganicPedic Earth™ Madrea is a medium-plush 11” sculpted-surface pillow top mattress made with 100% natural and GOLS-certified, organic natural rubber latex. It starts with a 6” core of supportive medium latex covered in our signature certified organic cotton-and-wool quilting. A removable two-sided pillow top (3 1/2” deep) – also made of 100% natural rubber latex is then placed on the mattress. The pillow top is made with two surface options: our exclusive sculpted surface on one side, and a flat surface on the other. This provides sleepers with maximum comfort and flexibility. The pillow top is fully covered with our signature certified organic cotton and wool quilting and is attached to the mattress using our exclusive “button-down” process. The mattress is covered in our signature certified organic cotton-and-wool quilting.

Features and Benefits

  • Sculpted surface offers pressure-point relief and increases air circulation
  • Button-down pillow top can be used on either side
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant

Specifications

Firmness: Medium-Plush

Depth: Approximately 11”

Core: 100%-Natural & Certified Organic Rubber Latex

Cover: Certified Organic Wool & Certified Organic Cotton

Foundation: Wood Slat Padded with Sanitized Certified Organic Cotton

Sizes: Twin – King

Warranty: 20-Year Limited Warranty

*All dimensions are subject to a slight variance due to being custom made.

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