Very few things in life have consequences that are as far reaching and encompassing as failing to get an adequate amount of sleep. Benjamin Franklin is believed to have penned the phrase:
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
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.
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.
If you sleep in contact lenses that are not specifically indicated to be worn overnight, you probably received an earful from your optometrist warning you against sleeping in them. Sleeping with contact lens may cause all sorts of havoc on the health of your eyes, including eye scrapes, eye infections, and bacteria causing eye conditions. In medical speak, possible eye conditions you could develop by sleeping with contacts include corneal ulcer, conjunctivitis, and keratitis.
Is a snoring spouse, barking dogs, traffic outside, or birds chirping at 4 am playing havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re far from alone. “The research is pretty solid that noise can prevent people from getting a good night’s sleep,” says Ken Hume, a principal lecturer in human physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England. What’s more, noises as quiet as 40 decibels – akin to the sounds between a quiet whisper from six feet and a normal conversation at three feet – can keep us from sleeping, reports the National Sleep Foundation.
You’ve probably seen countless ads for diet pill wonder products promising you can burn calories during sleep and even shed pounds while getting your zzz’s. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it really was that simple? However, there is a fair amount of evidence to support the idea that it really is possible to do just that – given the right set of circumstances. The key is to set the stage to burn the maximum amount of calories at night.
What you eat before bed can have a profound impact on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. The key is to find foods that help you sleep and healthy bedtime snacks that will not prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Some foods, and portion sizes, interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. You’ve probably been told not to eat large snacks filled with fried, fatty food right before going to bed. But, what is good to eat?
The debate about teens and sleep has been raging for many years. Scientific evidence suggests, however, that parents really should give their teens a bit of a break for sleeping in on weekends. It seems that growing teen bodies need a little more sleep than the average adult. More importantly, the average teen, 90 percent of teens according a recent Journal of School Health study, are not getting their daily recommend hours of sleep.
You know the type. You may even be one of them. They are the fortunate few who can sleep through anything. Bad weather. An early-morning rooster crowing. Things that go bump. You name it. It’s no problem for them. They seem to “miss out” on all the little things that keep other people up at night. Or, at the very least – the things that wake others up at night.
For many people, spring is a welcome sight after a cold and dreary winter. For allergy sufferers though, the sight of blooming flowers, budding trees, and green grass is greeted with less of a warm-and-fuzzy welcome. The sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, congestion, sinus pressure, itchy and watery eyes, and even difficulty sleeping are all signs that it’s allergies are in full bloom.