Category Archives: Sleep Science

Sleep Cycles Linked to Moon Phases

The moon has always been thought to have mysterious powers and is tied to various folklore and legends.  Now researchers in Switzerland have discovered evidence that suggests that the lunar cycle — otherwise known as phases of the moon — may affect our sleep cycles.

Do You have a Side of the Bed Preference?

It looks like there’s a little bit of truth in the ages old saying about waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Premier Inn hotel chain recently conducted an interview involving 3,000 UK adults regarding their sleeping styles. Nearly 75 percent of those participating in the survey have no interest in switching sides. In fact, they feel that attempting to sleep on the other side would make them feel strange.

Is Kiwi a Natural Sleep Inducer?

kiwi fruit

Studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition and Platelets have indicated that kiwi may be beneficial for cardiovascular health and may reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory infections, respectively. But can the little green fuzzy fruit help you sleep better?

Does Sleeping in on the Weekend Make Up for Sleep Deprivation During the Work Week?

sleeping in

According to Harvard Medical School, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily on average in order to experience optimal health and performance. Unfortunately, most people squeak through the workweek falling far short of the nightly sleep goals with plans to make that sleep up on the weekend. New evidence suggests that might not be as simple of a proposition as it was once believed to be.

The Results Are In: 2014 Annual Sleep in America Poll

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The 2014 Annual Sleep America Poll, commissioned by the National Sleep Foundation, focused on families with children between the ages of 6 and 17 to gain perspective on the sleep practices and beliefs of the modern family. Among the many ways the poll is useful is identifying the challenges American families face when it comes to getting a proper amount of sleep.

This year’s survey reveals that American families aren’t getting nearly enough sleep, and much of this sleep deficit is the result of highly scheduled lives that are largely technologically driven.

5 Natural Ways to Sleep Better

herbal tea

Sleep. People often take it for granted. If you struggle to get an adequate amount of sleep night after night like so many other people around the world, there are natural solutions available to help you get the rest your body requires. Try these five natural methods for sleeping better and see for yourself how well they do the trick.

How to Boost Your Melatonin Production Naturally

melatonin

Produced naturally by your body by the pineal gland, melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate your sleep cycles. It is affected by light exposure: at night when it is dark, your body releases increased melatonin to help promote sleep.

Best Pajamas for Sleeping

woman in pajamas on bed

Nearly 75 percent of Americans wear pajamas to bed, according to a poll conducted by Anna’s Linens, a linen and home decor company. Whether they are pajamas, jammies, PJs, sleeping clothes, whatever your special name for them is, it’s valuable to pair the right pajamas with the right season and/or occasion. Taking size, type, fabric, and style into account, keep these things in mind as you shop for the perfect pajamas for any occasion.

Sleep Quality May Impact Skin’s Glow

glowing skin

Turns out all that all this talk about “beauty sleep” is real. Researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center determined a link between sleep deprivation and skin function, including skin aging.

What Your Go-To Sleeping Position Says About You

sleeping positions

You’ve probably heard about the various silent signals you send through eye contact, or lack thereof, and body language. Did you also know that your favorite sleep position is revealing as well? Below are a few of the secrets you may reveal while you are sleeping.