4 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Let’s face it – there’s only so much coffee can do. We could all use a better night’s rest, so why not make dream-worthy sleep a reality with these four tips for a better night’s sleep.

1. Say “goodnight” to your phone

Catching up on emails and scrolling through Instagram just before bed? Our beloved electronics may be to blame, at least in part, for your tossing and turning. Exposure to the blue light emitted by our smartphones, computers, and other electronic devices can interrupt our internal clocks – preventing our brains from telling our bodies that it’s time to sleep. Reduce temptation by making your bedroom a phone-free zone or cutting your electronic usage one hour before you plan to go to bed. If that sounds too extreme, look into purchasing a screen filter or filter app that reduces the amount of blue light your device emits.

2. Find your bedtime

Your body doesn’t know when it’s time for bed if you’re up late binge-watching Netflix one night and passed out on the couch at 8 pm the next. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day helps in establishing your unique internal sleep/wake schedule. With some consistency, your brain will learn when to send sleep signals to your body, working to prepare you for bed.

3. Rise and shine on the weekends

If you want to sleep well during the week, it’s essential you get adequate sleep over the weekend. Sticking closely to your regular week-day sleep schedule on the weekends is important – and waking up at the same time is vital. Compensate for a late night out with a short nap the following day, but try to rise at the same time (Saturdays and Sundays included) no matter what time you went to bed.   

4. Treat yourself to new pillows

If you’re looking for a good excuse to buy new pillows, this is it. Your pillows should keep your neck in a neutral position, supporting the curve of your spine. If you’re comfortable when you crawl into bed but wake up tired and stiff, your pillow may be at fault. Invest in a pillow that supports your neck’s natural curve to wake up feeling refreshed.

Published at Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0000

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while
to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both
you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost
of caring for a dog
. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more,
you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways
to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a
pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of
adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even
more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated,
neutered/spayed and microchipped.

 Seek
Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs
is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These
preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem.
When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a
small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one
to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance
. It really is a
shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for
a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is
significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet
visit.

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options
for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog
food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means
your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.

Published at Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000