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When was the last time you replaced your pillow? Considering that we spend a third of our lives in bed, it’s hard to imagine not wanting to prioritize the quality of this important sleep tool. However, it’s often an afterthought for most people; Rafael Pelayo, M.D., a sleep specialist at Stanford's Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine says, "I've been doing sleep medicine for 22 years, and no one has ever asked me a question about pillows before." If you’re still questioning the impacts of a quality pillow, here are five things to keep in mind:

  1. Quality pillows offer adequate neck support.
  2. Quality pillows help you sleep more soundly.
  3. Quality pillows will keep you cool.
  4. Quyality pillows can help you snore less.
  5. Quality pillows can help lessen back pain.

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While it's certainly a delicate topic, urinary incontinence is far from uncommon. In fact, this frustrating problem affects 25 million American adults and 200 million adults worldwide, according to NationalIncontinence.com. If you’re among the many dealing with incontinence, consider these five tips to deal with it:

  1. If possible, avoid cffeinated beverages.
  2. Perform Kegel exercises.
  3. Stay hydrated.
  4. Set a routine
  5. Use high-quality mattress covers:

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Worst Cities Fo rAllergy Sufferers

As the leaves begin to change colors in the coming days and weeks, millions of people around the country will brace for the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion and sneezing associated with fall allergies. There are several cities, in particular, who are especially hard hit.

According to our friends at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the top 5 most challenging places to live with fall allergies are:

  1. Louisville, KY
  2. Jackson, MS
  3. McAllen, TX
  4. Memphis, TN
  5. Syracuse, NY

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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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