Tag Archives: Sleep

Is Sleeping with Earplugs Dangerous?

ear plugs

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.

Calories Burned During Sleep

calorie count

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.

Healthy Bedtime Snacks

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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?

Teens and Sleep

teenager sleeping

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.

People Who Can Sleep Through Anything

noisy jet landing

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.

How to Sleep Better with Spring Allergies

woman with hay fever

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.

How Does Alcohol Affect Sleep?

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Excessive alcohol use can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns for a number of reasons. While some people may believe that alcohol aids in being able to sleep, it actually creates the opposite effect and can seriously disturb your sleeping patterns.

Top 5 Mobile Sleep Apps

mobile app

Getting a good night’s sleep is something that many among us find difficult to do. But, did you know that there are several mobile apps on the market right now that can help you get better sleep at night? It’s true. These are some of the best among them.

Sleeping with a Clear Conscience

There is no pillow as soft as a clear conscience. — French proverb

A clear conscience makes a soft pillow. — American proverb

The softest pillow is a clear conscience.  — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

praying child

There’s been a debate for centuries about whether or not sleeping with a clear conscience makes for a better night’s sleep. It’s even a recurring theme in Shakespeare’s Macbeth who felt as though when he murdered the King in his sleep that he actually murdered sleep. Although there are plenty of theories on sleeping with a clear conscience, there haven’t been any definitive studies done to lend weight to the ages old theory regarding conscience and sleep.

Non REM Sleep

non rem sleep

Sleep is composed of natural sleep cycles of brain activity, and is made up of two basic phases with individual stages within. These include rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep.

What is Non REM Sleep?

Non REM sleep occurs during the first four sleep phases, and before REM sleep, which is the final stage before the sleep cycle repeats itself. On average each stage lasts from five to 15 minutes. A typical night’s sleep is comprised of 75% non-REM sleep and 25% REM sleep.