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.
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.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that kids who had more “screen time”, consisting of watching TV, using the computer, or playing video games before going to bed fell asleep later than children and teens who had less screen time. On the other hand, the kids who had more time away from electronics, fell asleep earlier overall.
Being bombarded with hot flashes and night sweats — so called vasomotor symptoms in medical speak — makes it a challenge for women in menopause (or perimenopause for that matter) to get a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, a new study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, finds that menopausal women may get better shut eye if they up their physical activity.
The exact science behind why people dream is still a mystery, but recent research using computer technology now brings us closer to understanding dreams.
Functional Magnetic Resonance Image (fMRI) scans can essentially “see” our dreams by revealing visual images our brains have while we are dreaming. What’s more, a computer is able to predict what you are dreaming about while asleep based upon your brainwave activity, according to a new study out of Japan.
Happiness may not come from your family, friends, or wealth, at least according to a new study. Rather, it comes from a peptide.
Led by the University of California Los Angeles, an international team of researchers has linked levels of hypocretin (a human peptide and neurotransmitter) to happiness. They found that the levels of hypocretin soared when we are happy, and also decreased when we are sad.
An increasing amount of sleep research is being conducted on a daily basis, and some of it is quite intriguing. To that end, we’re starting a new series on the PlushBeds Blog on “sleep studies”. You can expect to see posts on new sleep studies periodically as fascinating new sleep research comes out.
Seals Sleep With Half of Their Brain
A new sleep study published online in the Journal of Neuroscience has identified chemicals in a seal’s brain that enable them to sleep with half of their brain at a time. In other words, seals have the ability to be awake and asleep simultaneously! How amazing is that?