Proper Perspectives

Evidence-backed perspectives on the science of sleep to help you live well day in and day out.

3 Best Essential Oils For Sleep, According To Science

What the research says—and doesn’t say about essential oils for a good night’s sleep.

May. 10, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

How Often Should You *Really* Wash Your Sheets?

What the experts say about how frequently you should be washing sheets, and why. Plus, how the recommendations change if your pet sleeps with you.

May. 03, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

How Do Sleep Trackers Work + Are They Accurate?

Interested in tracking your sleep but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with a full run-down of the five most popular sleep tracking devices, many of which double as fitness trackers/activity trackers.

Apr. 26, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

Is It Okay For Your Dog To Sleep In Your Bed?

Sleeping dogs with sleeping humans: yes or no? These are the benefits and trade-offs to be aware of.

Apr. 19, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

7 Ways To Get Better Sleep During Pregnancy

Although it’s impossible to completely rid yourself of the culprits of poor sleep during pregnancy, there are certain lifestyle changes, tips, dos, and don’ts that can help you get higher quality (and quantity) sleep at night.

Apr. 12, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Dana Bender, MS, NBC-HWC

10 Tips For More Restful, Deep Sleep

How much deep sleep we actually need, what stages we get it, and tips for how to improve it.

Apr. 05, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

GABA vs Melatonin For Sleep: Benefits, Side Effects, + More

Discover the benefits and trade-offs of each, as well as a solution that combines both.

Mar. 29, 2022

By Alice D. Hirschel

How To Properly Take A Nap: Benefits, Tips, + FAQs

Early afternoon snooze, siesta, cat nap, power nap, midday zzzs...whatever you call it, here's what the research shows about its benefits and trade-offs.

Mar. 22, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi, Kelly O'Brien, NBC-HWC & Lauren Hoogs, NBC-HWC

7 Breathing Exercises For Better Sleep

Science-backed slow breathing exercises to help lower your sympathetic activation, rest, and relax.

Mar. 14, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

Is Honey A Natural Sleep Aid?

Honey is one of the most well-known household sweeteners and natural remedies. But does it actually help you sleep at night?

Mar. 08, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Alice D. Hirschel

What’s The Best Time To Exercise For Quality Sleep?

Despite the consensus that exercise = good sleep, there are still lingering questions around what time of day is best to exercise. Here's what the science says.

Mar. 01, 2022

By Jacqueline Parisi & Allison Siebern, PhD, CBSM

Melatonin vs Benadryl For Sleep: Risks + Benefits

When it comes to better sleep, melatonin and Benadryl are two of the most common household names—but they’re not made equal. We're diving into the science behind how they differ in safety and efficacy.

Feb. 22, 2022

By Alice D. Hirschel