It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

Excessive screen time can be harmful to our well-being, but we can free ourselves from tech’s hooks with goals, rules and boundaries.

#addiction-psychology, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #sleep, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Why You Should Take a Nap on Thanksgiving

In 2020, officeless workers learned to doze off between Zoom calls. Maybe now we can admit that the post-turkey crash is nothing to be ashamed of.

#quarantine-life-and-culture, #sleep, #thanksgiving-day

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Practicing Self-Care in Uncertain Times

Sleep won’t fix what’s broken in the world, but it will prepare you for what lies ahead.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sleep

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Waking Up at 3 A.M.? You Have Company.

As 2020 lurches to a close, it seems more people are waking up at this ghastly liminal hour, unclaimed by neither night nor day.

#anxiety-and-stress, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sleep

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Grimes Wants You to Get More Sleep, She Made a Baby A.I. Lullaby

The artist says her baby, X Æ A-XII, stays up watching “radical art.” So she made him an A.I. lullaby.

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How to Prepare Babies and Kids for the End of Daylight Saving Time

For parents of small children, ‘falling back’ doesn’t mean an extra hour in bed. But the right plan can help ease the change.

#children-and-childhood, #daylight-saving-time, #sleep

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I Learned This Stress-Management Trick When I Was 3

It soothes me. Makes me more present, less anxious. And it just feels good.

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Weighted Blankets for Sounder Sleep?

A Swedish study found that men and women with depression or other mental health ills slept better when using the popular therapeutic aids.

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11 Exercises For Better Sleep

Stretching and meditative movement like yoga before bed can improve the quality of your sleep and the amount you sleep. Here is a short and calming routine of 11 stretches and exercises.

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What We Dream When We Dream About Covid-19

Several recent studies shed light on the pandemic preoccupations of sleepers.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dreams, #emotions, #psychology-and-psychologists, #sleep, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Is Your Toddler Ready for a ‘Big Kid Bed’?

Figuring out when and how to make the switch can be complicated. Here’s how to make this milestone easier for you and your child.

#babies-and-infants, #beds-and-bedding, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #cribs-baby-beds, #parenting, #sleep

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The Army Rolls Out a New Weapon: Strategic Napping

Because fatigue can corrode mission performance, a new physical training manual tells soldiers to grab 40 winks when they can, part of a new holistic approach to health in the ranks.

#exercise, #fatigue, #medicine-and-health, #sleep, #united-states-army

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Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?

Long thought to have medicinal benefits, fungi including reishi, lion’s mane and chaga are gaining popularity in the wellness world.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #anxiety-and-stress, #diet-and-nutrition, #fungi, #herbs, #mushrooms, #sleep, #vitamins

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The New Apple Watch Measures Your Blood Oxygen. Now What?

Blood oxygen readings can be a useful indicator of wellness, but context is important — and so is medical advice from a doctor.

#apple-inc, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #sleep, #watches-and-clocks, #wearable-computing

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How Children’s Sleep Habits Have Changed in the Pandemic

Spending more time on screens, staying up late and sleeping late may require some adjustments for the start of the school year.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantines, #sleep

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Whether You Are a Night Owl or Early Bird May Affect How Much You Move

Early risers did the equivalent of walking 20 to 30 minutes more each day compared to “evening types,” who tend to stay up late.

#biorhythms, #exercise, #medicine-and-health, #sleep

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Bright Outdoor Lights Tied to Less Sleep, More Anxiety in Teenagers

The more intense the lighting in teenagers’ neighborhoods, the poorer their sleep and the greater their risk for depression and anxiety.

#jama-psychiatry-journal, #lighting, #mental-health-and-disorders, #sleep, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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The Pandemic May Spare Us From Another Plague: Bedbugs

Given the drastic pandemic-induced reductions in travel, the chances of bringing home these uninvited guests have been greatly curtailed.

#bedbugs, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #luggage-and-packing, #mattresses, #pesticides, #sleep, #travel-and-vacations

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Mike Birbiglia Talks About Fatherhood in His New Book

What happens when two people who can’t sleep have a baby who … also doesn’t sleep? Mike Birbiglia found out.

#birbiglia-mike, #dreams, #parenting, #sleep, #sleepwalking

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Android update delivers new ‘Bedtime’ features focused on improving sleep

At Google’s 2018 I/O developer conference, the company debuted a new suite of “digital well-being” aimed at helping Android users better manage their screen time. At its 2019 event, it expanded its tools’ capabilities and improved the related parental controls. Although Google I/O isn’t taking place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is once again refreshing its well-being toolset. This year, the focus is a timely one as Google will roll out new bedtime tools to help people get better sleep.

Google reports seeing a rise in sleep-related search queries like “insomnia” and “can’t sleep” in April and May, as the coronavirus crisis led to increased stress and anxiety, which can disrupt sleep.

Android’s “Bedtime” mode, previously known as “Wind Down,” uses Do Not Disturb to silence calls, texts, and notifications, while grayscale fades the colors on your phone to black and white, to reduce the draw to your screen. With the updates to this feature, Google is making it easier to customize when and how Bedtime mode is enabled.

Based on your bedtime schedule, you can now opt to have it automatically turn on after your phone is plugged into its charger. You can also add Bedtime mode to your Android phone’s Quick Settings, to instantly turn it on or off with a single tap. And if you need a few more minutes, you can choose to pause Bedtime mode without needing to adjust your schedule.

The update to Digital Wellbeing, which included the ability to automatically enable Bedtime mode when the phone is charging and add it to Quick Settings, actually rolled out earlier in May. But Google is announcing the features today as part of its other Bedtime mode changes.

The Clock app on Android is also being updated with a new Bedtime tab.

Here, you can set daily sleep and wake times. In the app, you’ll be able to see a preview of your calendar for the next day, and then tally the total number of hours of sleep you’d get. This way, you can adjust your bedtime if needed to sync up with tomorrow’s schedule — even if that means diverting from your typical bedtime schedule.

 

In addition, users will receive a reminder before bedtime and have the option to play calming sounds from Calm, Spotify, YouTube Music, and other sources. If they have Digital Wellbeing installed, they can pair with Bedtime mode to limit the interruptions during sleep.

The app will also display how much time you’re spending and which apps you’ve used after your set bedtime.

Google additionally suggested users looking for better sleep can try the “Sunrise Alarm” option that gradually brightens your screen to help you wake up more gently. This visual alarm system will begin 15 minutes prior to your audio alarm. Users can also set their favorite songs as an alarm to make the alarm less jarring, Google recommends.

The sunrise alarm was first introduced with the Pixel 3 and Pixel Stand in 2018. But with the update, you will no longer need the stand to use the feature — it’s a part of the new Bedtime tab in the Clock app.

Related to today’s launch of new bedtime features, Google noted it recently added new YouTube bedtime reminders. It also supports a daily bedtime schedule in Andoird’s parental controls feature, Family Link.

The updated Bedtime experience is launching first on Pixel devices starting today, and will roll out to the Clock app and on other Android devices later this summer. Pixel devices will be getting a handful of other updates, as well, including Adaptive Battery.

Pixel 2 devices and newer will notify the user when the battery is set to run out, while throttling background usage to save on life. The excellent Recorder app can now be triggered with a “Hey Google” and transcripts can be saved directly to Google Docs.

The Personal Safety app introduced on the 4 is now coming to all devices, while the 3 will get car crash detection. There’s also a new Safety Check feature designed to send out alerts in potentially dangerous situations. Per Google,

For example if you’re about to go on a run or hike alone, safety check will make sure you made it back safely. If you don’t respond to the scheduled check-in, the app will alert your emergency contacts. In the event that you need immediate help or are in a dangerous situation, emergency sharing notifies all of your emergency contacts and shares your real-time location through Google Maps so they can send help or find you.

The Personal Safety app will also let users set notifications for crises, including natural disasters and other public safety concerns.

#alarm, #android, #bedtime, #clock, #digital-wellbeing, #family-link, #google, #mobile, #sleep

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The Coronavirus Has Made It Obvious. Teenagers Should Start School Later.

School start times are the biggest reason teens are often tired. There may have been some justification for it in the past, but not now.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #sleep

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Parents Are Relying on Melatonin to Help Their Kids Sleep. Should They?

A survey suggests that nearly half of children with difficulty sleeping have taken melatonin.

#children-and-childhood, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #insomnia, #melatonin-hormone, #parenting, #sleep

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Let the Sunshine In

Sunlight is not a cure for coronavirus, but it does have other benefits for mind and body.

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Considering Trying Melatonin for Sleep? Here’s a Guide to Help

Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of using melatonin supplements for sleeping difficulties.

#biorhythms, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insomnia, #labeling-and-labels-product, #melatonin-hormone, #sleep

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Do New Moms Dream Differently After Giving Birth?

Everyone knows that having a baby can ravage your sleep, but researchers are just starting to examine what happens to your dreams.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #national-sleep-foundation, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #sleep, #sleep-journal

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One Bright Thing

Need a little lift? Amid the bleakness, 18 Times writers shared moments that lightened their mood.

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The Truth About Tummy Time

Pediatricians say it’s essential. But is it?

#babies-and-infants, #parenting, #research, #sleep

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Why am I having weird dreams lately?

Because we all are. But know this: You can program your dreams.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dreams, #sleep, #your-feed-selfcare

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Can I Boost My Immune System?

Fears about coronavirus have prompted online searches and plenty of misinformation about how to strengthen the immune system. Here’s what works — and what doesn’t.

#alcoholic-beverages, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #sleep, #vitamin-d, #vitamins

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Twitch streamers make thousands by literally just sleeping

Twitch streamers make thousands by literally just sleeping

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Moments before falling asleep live on Twitch, streamer Matthew “Mizkif” Rinaudo thought about how pissed off his mom would be if he told her that he made money sleeping.

“She thinks I do nothing now,” Rinaudo joked to his live viewers. “Wait until she finds out I literally slept and made money.”

Rinaudo enabled a bot that let his viewers submit videos if they made a cash donation and went to bed. On the top right of the screen, the clips played on, while most of the display was taken up by Rinaudo resting on his back or side. Many hours and many cringey videos later, he woke up $5,600 richer. To show he wasn’t blind to how the whole stunt came off, Rinaudo gave a Nintendo Switch away to one of his patrons.

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#gaming-culture, #sleep, #twitch

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