Category Archives: Sleep Science

Preparing for Exams? New Study Says Skipping Sleep to Cram Will Lower Your Grade

 

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As the end of the fall semester looms ever larger, students across the country are hunkering down for the dreaded all-nighters: the non-stop cramming sessions that typically precede final exams. It’s a college tradition, one that many students consider a badge of honor. Staying up all night is a feat of endurance only the young relish. Unfortunately, all that extra studying is for naught. It turns out, cramming aside, a lack of sleep is the single best predictor of poor performance on exams. Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director of the Harris Health Sleep Disorders Center and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, suggests that students study throughout the semester instead of cramming at the last minute. Sure, and pigs should fly, Dr. Alapat.

The Best and Worst Sleep Positions for Your Health

 

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Do you wake up with heartburn, a cricked neck, and a backache? Or maybe it’s more subtle: you wake up feeling tired, like you haven’t really slept. Surprising new research suggests your sleeping position may be to blame. Most people have a preferred position, a default that feels the most natural. But just because something feels natural doesn’t make it healthy. Here’s a run-down of the best and worst sleeping positions, and what you can do to make them more comfortable.

How Different Lighting Effects Your Brain Chemistry and Sleep

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Human beings are built to respond to the natural light and dark cycle of the day. It makes sense that we would have evolved this way. After all, unlike cats, our eyes aren’t equipped to see very well in the dark. So, we had to do our hunting in the daytime and, the earlier we started looking for food, the more food we’d find before the day was over. As a consequence, our brains are more alert during daytime hours. As the sun sets, we start to slow down. Even if you consider yourself a night person, your productivity still wanes with the loss of daylight. Of course, nowadays we are surrounded by artificial light. It makes sense that this light might wreak some havoc on our sleep/wake patterns.

Can’t Sleep a Wink? Eliminate the Drink… and Other Sleep Inhibitors

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People who sleep soundly often take the ubiquitous activity for granted. They are unfamiliar with the endless wakeful nights of the tormented insomniac. But most people have experienced insomnia at least once in their lives—a terrible night when no amount of tiredness can shut down an active brain. I’ve had many of these nights in my life. They often happen in times of stress, when my troubles occupy my thoughts. It took a few years of regular insomnia before I started really researching possible causes, from my diet to my brand of foam mattress. I was surprised to find some clear criminals among the commonly-used substances in my daily life. I didn’t realize that my lifestyle choices were sabotaging my sleep! They may be sabotaging yours too. Here are some common culprits.

Impaired: How Burning the Candle at Both Ends Affects a College Student’s Intellect

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Anyone who is or who has ever been in college knows it’s not the most restful place in the world. There are a million reasons why college kids sleep poorly: loud raucous dorms, late-night study sessions, parties that never end, board-like twin beds, early morning classes, caffeine, nicotine, all of the other illicit drugs in the world, stress, homesickness, and heartbreak, to name a few. It’s a time when sleep seems like the least important thing in the world and yet it’s probably the most important time for a young person to sleep. Intellectually, college is endlessly demanding. It requires focus, determination, and organization—skills that don’t necessarily come naturally. Then there are all of the emotional and social demands of college life: the new friends, romantic entanglements, and the inevitable dramas of both. Unfortunately, a lack of sleep can cause problems across the board. Here’s how.

Does Too Much Turkey Actually Make You Tired: How to Stay Awake this Thanksgiving

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Every Thanksgiving, the rumor goes around that eating too much turkey will make you tired. While there is tryptophan in turkey, it seems that the bird gets an especially sleepy wrap. But is every American’s favorite meal really forcing you to hit the botanical latex mattress harder on Thanksgiving night? While most of us role our eyes and continue chowing down, when we hear this theory, it made us wonder if there was actually any truth to this old wives tale, and what you can do to stay awake this Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for An All Natural Latex Mattress

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s hard not to think of everything we have in our lives to be thankful for. While the first things we should all be thankful for are our health, happiness, family, friends, safety and freedom, there are of course many other things you’d be hard pressed to living without. One thing that comes to my mind is my nice warm bed. Once you live life with an all natural latex mattress, it’s hard to imagine going to bed on anything but. Let’s find out the secret behind these great mattresses and why this Thanksgiving when people go around the table to say what they’re thankful for, latex mattresses will be at the top of the list.

Sleeping While Stressed: Sleep Habits of Military Families

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With Veteran’s Day passing yesterday, it’s interesting and helpful to discuss the difficulties servicemen and their families can have in completing everyday tasks that most of us don’t even think twice about. One of the basic needs of all humans is sleep, but for those who are under stress or have been through a traumatic event in the military, sleep isn’t always easy to come by. We’ve talked about the effects of PTSD on sleep, but let’s talk about how soldiers and the families of soldiers can get sleep despite their very stressful and unique lifestyle.

New Study Shows that Children with Autism Sleep Better with New Weighted Blankets

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When it comes to the research being conducted on autism, it seems that everyday reveals something new. Some experts say, sleeping with stuffed animals can be comforting for children with behavioral issues. There seems to be new techniques and preventive measures that parents can take to help their autistic child. One of the newest crazes are weighted blankets. These heavy blankets provide a calming sensation to children with behavioral issues such as autism, specifically Asperger syndrome. Sleeping on a natural bedding such as botanical latex and using a weighted blanket will ensure your child with autism gets the best night of sleep. There are many different types of weighted blankets out there, let’s try to find the best ones and why they will work for your kids.

How to Get a Great Night of Sleep Before Your Wedding Day

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It’s the day every little girl dreams about: your wedding day. You’ve found the most perfect decorations and have every bride’s dream accessories and jewelry, the guest list is ready, the band is booked, but there’s one problem…you can’t seem to fall asleep on your botanical mattress. If there’s one thing every bride (and groom for that matter!) needs, it’s their beauty sleep. How can you be expected to tackle, remember and enjoy the biggest day of your life without the proper sleep? While of course you’ll be nervous, it’s only natural to have trouble sleeping – Prince William reportedly only got 30 minutes of sleep before his big day. But there are ways to help you get some shut eye, despite the biggest day of your life waiting for you just around the corner!