• Rest Assured

    Your nightly snooze should be tranquil—not a health nightmare. Yet conventional mattresses can be laden with hazardous chemicals, including brominated fire retardants, linked to liver and thyroid toxicity and reproductive and brain-development problems.

    By Laurel Kallenbach
  • Desperately Seeking Shut-eye

    Once upon a time, getting a good night’s sleep wasn’t an issue for me. I went to bed when I was tired and woke up feeling refreshed. No tossing and turning before I drifted off to dreamland—no middle-of-the-night awakenings. Then I started having babies, who roused me at all hours and made eight-a-night a thing of the past.

    Put your insomnia to rest with our age-by-age guide to getting a good night’s sleep.
    By Jennifer Lang
  • Snooze News

    According to new research from Duke University Medical Center, tossing and turning could have big health implications—especially for women. “Women who reported taking a half an hour or more to fall asleep showed a worse risk profile for heart disease than men who had sleep problems,” says Edward C. Suarez, MD, lead author of the study.

    Wish you could fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow?
    By Nora Simmons
  • The Virgin Queen

    I need sleep, lots of it. Nine hours are good, 10 are better, and 11 is heaven. Toss in the odd nap, and that’s a lot of time to spend in bed. And that bed has to be just right, a hypersensitivity that drove one erstwhile beau to crown me Girlfriend and the Pea. One speck of dirt on the covers, a trace of a funny odor, and it’s a bumpy night for all.

    By Donna Chapin