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Those Wanting a “Sleep Divorce” is on the Rise in New Jersey

Sleep Divorce, a phenomenon where married persons remain together but chooses to slumber separately, is on the rise amongst couples nationwide. A national survey conducted by Mattress Clarity, a sleep product review website, asked couples ranging from ages 18 – 65+ if they would opt for a sleep divorce and #HipNJ is here to give you a breakdown of this amusing study.

In our own great state, a whopping 38% of New Jersey men would like to file for a sleep divorce from their partners while only 23% of women feel the same (statewide average of 30.9%). The most commonly cited reason for wanting a separate sleeping space was the difference in sleep schedules followed by sleep disorders (such as snoring), partners that are disruptive while sleeping, different sleeping habits and having a bed that it simply too small.

So why is sleeping separately from a partner considered so taboo? The same survey revealed that bad co-sleeping has ended a relationship for one in 10 Americans! That staggering number is too glaring to ignore especially considering the fact that many couples admit to fighting over things such as sleep habits and sleeping with pets.

Although 41.4% of Americans who sleep separately would hesitate to tell friends and family, many admit to a positive change in the relationship after their “divorce”. The irrational fear of judgement from others in due to the established social norms of our society but Joe Auer of Mattress Clarity thinks that will change:

“If sharing a bed with your other half is leaving you tired and grumpy, why not consider a sleep divorce? Over a quarter of Americans have actually said that sleeping apart has improved their relationship.”

No matter your sleep preferences, #HipNJ wants to expose couples to the reality that they are not alone in their sleep preferences! To see a full interactive map of sleep patterns across the United States, check out the full article from Mattress Clarity and keep looking out for great content on HipNewJersey.com.

Think of Yourself, Too!

By Lisa Cardoso

At Hip New Jersey, we understand that life is hectic! Balancing school, work, internships and most importantly ‘you time’ can be quite the juggling act. Often, we leave ourselves on the last line of our To-Do lists. Getting your work done to the best of your abilities relies on taking care of yourself. Having an all-work-no-play lifestyle can catch up to you and cause you to crash, something we cannot afford.

First off, I’m going to explain that having ‘me time’ is strongly necessary. If you’re giving all of your time to everyone and everything else, you’re going to forget to keep yourself healthy. Taking an hour (or two if possible) to be with yourself everyday, maybe taking a bath, a nap, or taking moment to sit, helps you collect yourself and thoughts. Our minds are constantly being filled with information. Having time to gather your thoughts and process the information will result in a calmer attitude towards your responsibilities.

New Jersey’s lifestyle is fast-paced and everything you’re doing today needed to be done yesterday. Saying no is an effective way to take care of your physical and mental health. Taking on too many tasks will clutter your life and will wipe you out. We’re not saying to say no to important tasks that could get you fired or hamper your grades, we’re saying that you don’t have to do everything you’re asked to. You still have to complete all of your school assignments and complete your work obligations, but any extras are not necessary. You are the most important person in your life and you come first.

Ways to relax yourself can be to take a bath. Baths are all the rage now with bath bombs that change the color, smell, and feel to your experience. Baths are not only for girls! Boys need to take this into consideration. Your body will thank you. The warm water will relax your tense muscles. Taking that time to sit with your eyes closed and your mind clear can help you feel like a new you!

Another way to relax is taking up yoga! New Jersey has hundreds of yoga studios and classes. Yoga is great for your body and increases bone health and blood flow. If you are sitting for long periods of time, spine stretches can help reduce the pain you may feel. Focusing on your health on the inside will produce energy and provide you with a happier day on the outside.

Take time to do the things you love! It could be anything. Doing things that make you, you and allowing yourself to feel joy is another way to be stress-free. Any hobbies you have shouldn’t get pushed into the dark. Doing the things you love regularly will lead to a happier way of life.

Some of us often forget to go to bed early and wake up at the same time everyday. Going to bed early is major when you have a busy day ahead of you. Being well rested will help you complete your day with minimal coffee breaks. A sleep schedule helps our body know when it’s time to go to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.

You’re your own best friend and no one is going to take care of you better than you can take care of yourself. Putting ourselves last on our To-Do lists is not a healthy way of life. If we can’t perform as our best self, then our performances are worthless. Remember that you are just as important as your job, your school and your internship!

Holistic Baby Acupressure System

#HipHolidays 2016: Holistic Baby Acupressure System

Is better sleep for you and your baby one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Then #HipNJ’s Maria Falzo is here to help you. Read up on our latest #HipHolidays2016 pick, Holistic Baby Acupressure System!

Jennifer Taveras, L.Ac. is both a mother and an acupuncturist, two beloved roles which intertwined in her development of the Holistic Baby Acupressure System. Practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2000 in New York City, she originally began using this system for jet lag prevention. However after having her son in 2007 and witnessing the struggles families have with infant sleep issues, she branched out to see if the method could also help with childrens’ circadian rhythms. Jennifer conducted test groups in NYC, San Francisco, Raleigh, Ithaca and Colorado to develop the simplest and most effective protocols for optimizing infant sleep. She then took the building blocks of the system, the twelve acupressure points, and assembled them into 17 different configurations to help alleviate common pediatric health conditions. Now taught as the Holistic Baby Acupressure System, it is Jennifer’s mission to make the powerful applications of Chinese Medicine more accessible to the general public and empower parents to be able to use this gentle but effective.

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