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Include better sleep in your New Year's resolution

We're already several days into 2021; how are those New Year's resolutions coming? Some of the most common goals we set involve our health, such as eating better, exercising more, even being more positive. Unfortunately, most of those efforts will fall off before long.  On average, 80% of people drop their resolutions by the middle of February. We are so focused on just getting by that there's hardly any energy left to create new habits. One way to help improve your odds is getting enough rest. According to a study from the CDC, one in three adults don't get enough sleep.  Doesn't it make sense to ensure the time you do get to spend in bed is as restful as possible? Sleeping...
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Is letting your dog(s) sleep in your bed a good thing?

Is it unhealthy to let your dog sleep in your bed?  This is a common question and  is a subject of much debate.  Interestingly enough, it's often people who don't have dogs that staunchly come down on the "no" side. That makes some sense; people who don't have dogs usually don't understand the dog bond. "Because they're just so darn cute!" is one answer. But that's subjective and doesn't really delve into the science of the mater. A recent article in The Atlantic by Kelly Conaboy goes into this issue, looking at both the science and the cuteness.  The findings Some studies have shown that letting a dog sleep in your bed does increase the number of times you adjust...
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5 Benefits of Switching to an Organic Sleeping Pillow

A good night’s sleep can give you the energy you need to take on a new day. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. Everybody wants to sleep well, but what can you do to actually achieve it?
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What Will I Find at Plank and Coil in Portland?

The average American sleeps 6.8 hours a night, which means that, on average, you spend over eight days sleeping during a given month. That’s a lot of time sleeping, but as we know, a good night’s sleep helps our brains function, keeps us physically healthy, contributes to the health of our hearts, and protects us from high cholesterol, kidney disease, strokes, and diabetes.
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Avoid stress = live longer

A recent study by a group of Finnish scientists looked at a number of metrics that can shorten life span. One of those metrics was stress. The study showed that heavy stress take nearly 3 years off the life of the average male and just less than 2.5 years for the average female. That's not really surprising when you consider what stress does to us.  When we feel stressed, our body reacts as if we're in danger, releasing a flood of hormones and chemicals that essentially prep our body for the primitive "flight or fight" response. This was all well and good when we were wandering around the prehistoric landscape and having to fight off the occasional sabre toothed cat....
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Give Your Bedroom a Makeover and Sleep Better

A good night’s sleep can be a real gamechanger. Sleep has a direct impact on our well-being. Not clocking in the minimum required hours of restful sleep can result in a host of health issues, including a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and mental illness.
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5 Tips for Taking Your Home Decor to the Next Level

Are you looking to step up your home décor game? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Plank and Coil has been helping people find sustainable furniture and home décor furnishings for years.
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Black Friday Pricing

Black Friday Pricing runs now through Dec. 5 with as much as 20% off organic mattresses.
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Organic Bedding in Portland Will Give You the Good Night’s Rest You’ve Been Dreaming Of

A good night’s sleep can make a significant difference in how your day goes. Waking up well-rested and refreshed is the feeling most people are after, and it’s easier to achieve than you might think. When you’re looking for the path to a great night’s sleep, you should look directly at what you’ve been sleeping on.
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A Natural Latex Mattress Might Be the Best Decision You Make This Year

Sleep is important and affects every part of our lives. If you don’t get enough sleep—or if your sleep is of poor quality—not only can you expect to be tired the next day, but you could be at a greater risk of illness, and your physical and mental health can suffer.
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