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Don't Try to Purge Your Stress Dreams Don't Try to Purge Your Stress Dreams

I don’t wish that I’d finished college. I dropped out one semester early, for exactly the kind of media job that I’d hoped to work toward after graduating. So why have I had the same dream for years, where I’ve gone back to school for one last semester, moved away from my wife and into a dorm, and I’m already late for…

How to Be Less Distracted With Your Kids How to Be Less Distracted With Your Kids

You want to be more present for your children, to engage with them from a place of intention and connection rather than distraction and knee-jerk reactions. But more often than you’d like to admit, you’re bored or preoccupied, sneaking glances at your phone, reviewing your list of everything you need to get done, or…

How to Keep Your Bed as Cool as Possible This Summer How to Keep Your Bed as Cool as Possible This Summer

It’s hard to get a good night’s rest when it’s too hot to sleep—and since we’ve already started seeing “record high temperature” headlines in the news, it’s time to figure out our nighttime cool-down strategies.

This Ring Is Nearly the Perfect Minimalist Fitness Tracker This Ring Is Nearly the Perfect Minimalist Fitness Tracker

I’m not into watches or wristbands, but for the last few weeks I’ve been wearing a fitness tracker on my finger. It knows how long I sleep and detects when I walk or run, and all I’ve gotta do is wear it like jewelry and forget about it.

Clip Your Hotel Curtains Shut With a Closet Hanger Clip Your Hotel Curtains Shut With a Closet Hanger

If you’re staying at a hotel in a busy city center, light pollution can be a serious issue. Even the tiniest crack in your curtains could illuminate your room well beyond comfortable sleeping levels. So: head to your closet.

How to Help Your Teen Get More Sleep  How to Help Your Teen Get More Sleep 

When it comes to teens getting enough sleep, numerous forces are working against them. Early school start times are wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms. An overload of after-school activities is turning bedtime into gotta-start-on-homework time. The buzz of texts from friends, the screens shining in their faces…

macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine macOS App of the Week: Amphetamine

Go ahead and get your Breaking Bad jokes out of your system. We’ll wait. Once you’re done, we recommend installing Amphetamine as soon as you can. This app is a super-tiny download, and it’s like giving your macOS machine caffeine pills. Once activated, your system will stop going to sleep.

How to Sneak in Naps as a Parent  How to Sneak in Naps as a Parent 

You need a nap—but you’re a parent! We’ve got you. While catching some mid-day zzzs may be more challenging once you have kids (okay, that’s an understatement), it’s not impossible. You just have to be stealthy about it. Here are some sneaky ways to sneak in that nap you’re so desperate for.

Put Your Baby to Bed While They're Awake Put Your Baby to Bed While They're Awake

I used to do the ninja escape. Sitting on the glider in my baby’s room, I’d nurse her until her eyelids slowly shut, and then I’d carefully, carefully place the time-bomb of a child into her crib and creep out the door. I’d exhale in relief and give my husband a silent high five, holding onto the universal parenting…

How to Pick the Most Comfortable, Spacious Seats on an Airplane How to Pick the Most Comfortable, Spacious Seats on an Airplane

If there is someone who knows how to make a plane ride more comfortable, it’s the pilot. That plane is their office, and they know all its secrets. Here are some tips from a professional flier on how to make the skies a little more friendly—for you.

How to Kick Yourself off Your Devices at Bedtime How to Kick Yourself off Your Devices at Bedtime

I am the absolute worst at this. I know I have to go to bed at a reasonable time, but when lights-out time hits, there I am: on the computer, on my tablet, or on my smartphone, usually doing another lap of YouTube/Facebook/Instagram/Twitter just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. And a half-hour later, I’m still…

Turn Your Kid's Room Into a Dark Cave Before Bed  Turn Your Kid's Room Into a Dark Cave Before Bed 

With young kids, bedtime routines usually involve a precise checklist of putting on PJs, brushing teeth, reading stories, asking for water, getting tucked in, realizing Bunny is missing, going on a mad search through the house for Bunny, getting tucked in again, saying oh wait! I have to use the potty, getting tucked…

Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit Use Daylight Saving Time to Change One Habit

Whether we’re springing forward or falling back, the biannual time shift is, at best, a discombobulating experience—but changing the clocks also gives us a ready-made opportunity to change ourselves.

The Sleep Tech That Actually Matters The Sleep Tech That Actually Matters

We’re in a golden age of arguably unnecessary health gadgets, including several new entries to the market that aim to optimize our sleep, or at least give us lots of data describing it. We asked a few sleep experts what’s useful and what isn’t. Here are the features they liked:

Write a To-Do List Before Bed to Fall Asleep Faster Write a To-Do List Before Bed to Fall Asleep Faster

If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, your ticket to snooze town might be making a to-do list.

The Lifehacker Guide to Assembling the Warmest Bed The Lifehacker Guide to Assembling the Warmest Bed

It’s cold out there this winter—and it’s only going to get colder. Since it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when it’s too chilly to relax, the Lifehacker team assembled their best strategies for making the warmest bed possible.

How to Get Your Baby to Sleep in a Hotel Room  How to Get Your Baby to Sleep in a Hotel Room 

As a parent, you often don’t remember how much easier life was pre-kids until you try to do something basic, like stay in a hotel. Before being with child, you could walk into the room, plop your stuff down, climb into bed, and watch the Reese Witherspoon movie marathon on TV for hours while eating Flaming Hot Cheetos…

'Sleep Opportunity' Is the Key to Actually Getting Enough Sleep 'Sleep Opportunity' Is the Key to Actually Getting Enough Sleep

You know the sleep hacks. You’re laying off caffeine in the afternoon, avoiding blue light, maybe taking a warm bath and having a little stretch before you get between the covers. And yet, even when you get to bed with the right number of hours before your alarm, it can still somehow not be enough.

A Sleep Regression Isn't a Setback, It's a Sign A Sleep Regression Isn't a Setback, It's a Sign

If you belong to any online parents’ groups and you make a word cloud, there will be one word in 72-point font in the dead center: SLEEP. No one gets through the first months or years of parenthood without wondering how the f*$% to get the kid to go to sleep, stay asleep, or sleep just a bit later in the morning.

How to Keep Your Kids Out of Your Bed How to Keep Your Kids Out of Your Bed

Like the proper way to hang a roll of toilet paper, the location of a sleeping child is a reliable internet fight starter. The experts are tired of squabbling. NPR reported last year that the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics boil down to: We don’t think kids should sleep with adults, but we…

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