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The importance of a comfortable restful sleep for athletic performance

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Sometimes it can seem as if top athletes are always conditioning in order to stay in great shape and excel in their sport of choice. Training, however, doesn’t just include actual physical exercise. Components such as staying properly hydrated and getting enough sleep are equally vital components to playing well, as is getting enough sleep. For more and more athletes, BSensible products are playing an important role in achieving their goals.

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New Study Out About Where Baby Should Sleep

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Parents, doctors, and pediatric experts have debated forever on the merits of various sleep strategies for their infants. Let them cry it out at a certain age? Always soothe them? Provide a plushy blanket or simply soft baby crib sheets? 


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) solidly insists that babies up until age one sleep in the same room as their parents to facilitate easy nighttime feeding and observation of the child. Remember, the newborn period is the most high-risk period for tragedies like SIDs and suffocation, so AAP recommends newborns always being in easy reach while they sleep to keep a better eye on the state of the baby.


A new study published in Pediatrics and conducted out of Penn state by professors Ian Paul and Emily Hohman followed 249 mothers and their newborn babies to test if room sharing with a child as old as one year is beneficial for parents and baby.


The findings? Nine-month-old babies who slept in their own room slept an average of 40 minutes longer per night than those who still shared a bedroom with their parents. The results were consistent when they checked in with the babies at 30 months; those who slept in their own room by nine months slept more than 45 minutes on average than their room-sharing peers.


Even more concerning? Room-sharing babies were four times more likely to end up sharing a bed with their parents than those who eventually moved into their own room before turning a year old. There's a reason AAP recommends only a firm mattress and fitted baby crib sheet for young infants. Pediatricians have often discouraged this practice, called co-sleeping, because of the potential risk of bodily harm to the infant and the less quality sleep that parents and children who co-sleep get on average. 


Kids in the first through fifth grades tend to get 9.5 hours of sleep on average, lower than the recommended 10-11 hours. Often, anxiety over sleeping arrangements can chop a bit of time off a young child's night of sleep. It's theorized that nighttime anxiety can stem from underdeveloped self-soothing habits as infants and toddlers. The babies who co-sleep or room share longer have a higher risk of underdeveloped self-soothing. 


So break out the pastel paint and matching baby sheets -- it may be beneficial for you and baby to have your own room once they reach four months!

5 Things To Bring To College To Make Your Dorm More Comfortable

waterproof sheetsBack to school season is here, but college is a whole different ballgame. Not only do you need to get your textbooks and school supplies, but you also need to prep your dorm for your arrival.


No one feels productive when they're studying in a room that resembles a closet more than it does a home. That said, here are a few things to bring with you to college to make your dorm as comfortable as possible this year.



    1. The laundry detergent you use at home. While in college, you may be tempted to buy the cheapest detergent possible to save money. Cheap detergents can make your clothes feel stiff and itchy. What's more, a different smell on your bedsheets can keep you up at night. Give yourself the comfort of home by using the same detergent and fabric softener you use at your house. Approximately three out of four people say they get a better night's sleep on sheets with a fresh scent.

    2. Comfortable sheets. Speaking of sheets with a fresh scent, be sure you're bringing bedding with you to college you can comfortably sleep on. Hypoallergenic waterproof sheets are great for college because they reduce breakouts and keep allergens at bay.

    3. A thick mattress pad. Unless you bring your own mattress from home and slide your dorm mattress under the bed, you're going to be sleeping on something that resembles a rock more than a mattress. To fight back against your new bedsprings, cover your dorm mattress in a thick mattress pad before putting your sheets on it. Your back and joints will thank you later.

    4. A fuzzy rug. The floors of your dorm most likely won't be the comfiest, whether they're tile, hardwood, or carpet. Give your feet something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning by putting a thick, fuzzy rug by your bed.

    5. All the pillows. Another great way to make your dorm room comfortable is to bring your pillows from home along with a few extra. The additional padding will help support your back while you read on your bed and a good body pillow will create a barrier between you and the chilly dorm wall.


Where can I buy hypoallergenic waterproof sheets?


Hypoallergenic waterproof sheets aren't just for kids. They help keep your skin clear, improve your quality of sleep, and help keep your bed stain-free.


B Sensible has waterproof bed sheets for kids and adults to help you get the best night's sleep possible. To learn more about our hypoallergenic sheets and pillowcases, contact B Sensible today.