Sleep is one of the things in life that most people feel they can never have too much of. Part of the reason you feel this way is that failing to get enough sleep affects almost every other aspect of your day. Simple things like mood and complex things such as fine motor skills are greatly diminished by a lack of sleep. But, how much sleep does your body really need and is it possible to become addicted to sleep?
Talk about zero motion transfer. Have you ever seen the late night television commercial that features a glass of red wine on one side of the bed and an attractive young pajama clad woman jumping up and down on the other side? Were you surprised that the wine glass didn’t seem to notice the action on the other side of the mattress? By now, the commercial is an old standard in television history, but many people still find the idea of a bed where that could happen as one that’s just too good to be true – especially people who are constantly awakened during the night by a partner who sleeps fitfully or wakes frequently for bathroom trips or midnight snacks.
When you’re sick, the one thing your body needs more than anything else is often the one thing that feels the most elusive – sleep. You want it. You need it. But the symptoms of your cold or flu seem to make it impossible.
According to WebMD sleep expert Michael Breus, PhD, “It’s true that many cold and flu symptoms seem to get worse at night, and they can interfere with sleep just at the critical time when your body needs rest the most.” But, why is this the case and what can you do to increase your ability to sleep when you’re sick?
Why is it that when you get back to work after lunch, you could put your head down on your desk and fall fast asleep? And that same feeling hits us double-time after Thanksgiving dinner? Aren’t calories supposed to provide energy? So, why do they make us sleepy? Here’s some science behind this counter-intuitive sleepy after eating phenomenon.
The Science Behind the Siesta
While there are all manners of cartoons and feature films (like the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan hit Sleepless in Seattle) dedicated to the chaos Cupid’s arrow leaves in its wake when it strays off mark, in all seriousness, lovesickness can be a trying condition for the people who find themselves in its throes. Lovesickness, despite thoughts to the contrary, is not all in your head.
While it may seem like a romantic concept in the eyes of some, there are actual physical symptoms associated with this condition, in addition to the mental symptoms that are more commonly associated with it. Most people will suffer from some form of lovesickness in their lifetime—to a varying degree.
In recent years, there has been a real push in the marketplace to bring in more natural products and goods, whether it’s about leading healthier lifestyles, conserving resources, or saving the planet. One of these products that is capturing increasing attention is the organic or natural mattress. Organic mattresses are becoming more and more popular as a result of many of things, including health risks, particularly lung diseases among children, which have been linked to the chemicals found in non-organic mattresses. These hints and tips should help you select the proper natural mattress to meet your needs.
People suffering from the ill effects of a hangover are often easy to spot. They’re the ones wearing sunglasses inside, moving at a snail’s pace, and wincing at whispers as though they were steel drums being beaten with hammers a mere two inches from their sensitive ears. If you’re one of these hangover sufferers, there’s only one thing on your mind at the moment. You want relief. And the faster the better.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, “31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.” It is also among the most common reasons cited in America for missing work and the second most commonly stated reason for visiting a doctor. With that in mind, it’s probably no real shock that Americans spend more than 50 billion dollars each year trying to find relief from their back pain. But what are the common causes of back pain and how can you eliminate many of the factors from becoming a problem for you?
Are there toxins and chemicals lurking under your covers? Chances are, if you’re sleeping on a conventional mattress, there are. According to the Environmental Working Group, polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), are found in a variety of everyday products used in the home, including mattresses.
“Long-term exposures to PBDEs may pose a human health risk, especially to infants and toddlers who are more likely to ingest household dust or acquire these chemicals through mother’s milk,” said Margarita Curras-Collazo, an associate professor of cell biology and neuroscience in an article for Science Today at the University of California.
One of the most important things you need in order to properly function and have good physical and mental health, is an adequate amount of “good sleep” each night. And, as crazy as it might sound to some, sleeping with socks on can make a surprising difference in the quality and quantity of sleep you get at night. But, why can it make so much of a difference, and is it the right move for you to make?
Why Wear Socks While Sleeping?
According to Dr. Oz, turning down the thermostat in your home and sleeping with socks on is a great way to trick your body. What happens is your body believes it’s hot, which forces a reduction in your core temperature. The end result is that because your body believes it is cooler, you are better able to fall asleep and remain asleep.