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With the summer winding down and many schools already beginning to reopen, parents are putting away the swim towels and heading out to buy school supplies as they prepare for the back-to-school season.

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If you’re a regular business traveler, you’ve likely experienced more than your fair share of tossing and turning in your hotel bed. While many people attribute this common sleeplessness to jet lag, an uncomfortable mattress or external noises, a new study suggests that the real issue might be all in your head.

Sleep researchers have identified a phenomenon called the “First Night Effect.” In essence, the study suggests that people don’t sleep well their first night in an unfamiliar room “because half of their brain is standing watch while the other half sleeps more deeply.”

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How to nap like a pro

June 20, 2016

How to nap like a pro

The nap. A lost art, previously reserved for our young kids, is making a strong resurgence among adults as the sleep deprivation epidemic continues to rage. In fact, many companies are giving employees a chance to catch some mid-day shut-eye - as executives realize a lack of rest can have a drastically negative effect on productivity. If you’re lucky enough to have time to grab a nap during the day, here are some tips to help you get the most out of it:

  • Time it right
  • Consider a sleep schedule
  • Ensure a Healthy Sleep Zone
  • Set an alarm

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Most parents would agree that managing their kids’ sleep schedule can be quite the challenge. Between family activities, sports, homework and other obligations, ensuring that they get the proper amount of shut-eye is often easier said than done.

As you plan out your family’s schedule, keep in mind what the National Sleep Foundation suggests is the ideal amount of sleep for each age group...

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Thanks to El Nino, many people around the country enjoyed very mild weather during this past winter. Chicago, for example, saw its 14th-warmest meteorological winter since 1872. While the balmy weather made things a bit more enjoyable outside, CBS News reported the 2016 spring allergy season has arrived earlier and is hitting harder than in years past as a result.

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