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April 8, 2019

How a rocking bed makes you sleep better

Ever notice how easy it is to doze off when you’re swaying back and forth in a hammock? Or how effortlessly a baby is lulled to sleep after being rocked? Well, science says there’s a reason why. Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night. This could be due to restlessness, recurring endless thoughts or sleeping disorders like insomnia. Research shows that a rocking motion can help you fall asleep easily as it allows your mind to concentrate on a single stimulus: rocking. What’s more; rocking can trigger comforting memories like being soothed to sleep by your mother when…
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Sleep
September 18, 2018

Why you may need a new pillow

We all have that special pillow that helps us fall asleep. But, did you know that your pillow could hurt your health? The right pillow plays an important role in helping you fall asleep. Pillows and pain According to Harvard Medical School, a pillow that's too soft or too firm often leads to neck pain. This happens when your neck is bent in any way for an extended period that causes discomfort. Positions If you sleep on your side with a soft pillow that doesn't provide enough support under your neck, your head has to extend sideways to meet the…
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Sleep
September 12, 2018

Early birds vs. night owls – who has it best?

When it comes to sleeping, there are two kinds of people, early birds and night owls. If you tuck yourself into bed before 10 pm on most nights and are up early, ready for the day, you’re an early bird. If you’re up till 2 am without batting a droopy eyelid, you’re a night owl. Whichever you are, depends on your internal body clock, called the circadian rhythm and a system called sleep/wake homeostasis. Sleep/wake homeostasis makes sure that there’s a balance between your sleep and wakefulness. When you’ve been awake for a long time, sleep/wake homeostasis tells you that…
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Sleep
August 10, 2018

Why do we need to sleep?

Sleep isn’t limited to recharging your body, there’s a whole lot more that goes on when you’re whisked away into dreamland. According to the National Sleep Foundation, one of the vital roles of sleep is to help us solidify and consolidate memories. As you go about your day, your brain takes in a huge amount of information. Rather than being directly logged and recorded; facts and experiences need to first be processed and stored. Many of these processes happen while you sleep. The neuroscience of sleep According to Russell Foster, a professor of Circadian Neuroscience at the University of Oxford,…
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Sleep
August 9, 2018

How your sleeping position affects your health

Sleeping should be as easy as closing your eyes and dozing off, right? It turns out that you may be doing it wrong. Besides too much or too little sleep, snoozing in certain positions has different effects on your health. Here’s how. On your side Benefits If your go-to-sleep position is on your left or right side, you’re a snoozing champ! Sleeping on your side is one of the best positions for overall health. Research shows that almost two-thirds of all people sleep in this position. Those who lay on their side are less likely to suffer from conditions like…
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Sleep
February 28, 2018

These foods will help you sleep

The last thing you want after a long day at work is to toss and turn as sleep eludes you. No one wants to take Insomnia to bed. It’s worth noting that the foods you eat may be culprits. On the upside, there are also foods that can bring on forty winks faster than you can count sheep. First, let’s understand why sleep is so important: Sleep affects everything! According to the Harvard Medical Health School, the lack of sleep goes far beyond simply making you tired and moody. A lack of sleep can increase your risk for obesity, the…
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Sleep
September 29, 2017

Sleep apnoea: can snoring give you a heart attack?

It's normal to have a bad night or two here and there, but if you’re finding yourself feeling constantly tired and blurry-eyed, you could be suffering from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnoea. Besides leaving you feeling flat and fatigued, sleep apnoea can impact your health in several other ways. What is sleep apnoea? Sleep apnoea is a relatively common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing while you sleep. These pauses can last anything from a few seconds to a few minutes, and can happen as many as 30 times an hour. As your…
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Sleep
September 28, 2017

The science behind the best sleep ever

Sleep is essential to your health and wellbeing. There’s a reason why you spend almost one-third of your day doing it. But many of us don’t get the sleep we need. In fact, 40% of South Africans aren’t sleeping enough, new research shows. And who wouldn’t want to get a bit more shut-eye?! Not only do you look and feel better, but it’s as important to your basic survival as food and water. Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body, from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, and mood. How sleep works…
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Sleep
May 13, 2017

It’s time to (finally) sleep well

Tired of counting sheep? There are far more effective ways of getting the rest you need. Sleep better tonight and feel your best in the morning with these tips. Cool off A bedroom that’s too hot or too cold can interfere with your sleep. For the best quality sleep, your bedroom should be slightly cool (around 18°C). Tone it down A dark bedroom is essential for a good night’s rest. Sleep in as close to complete darkness as possible. Get heavy curtains in blackout shades. If this doesn’t help, try an eye mask to block out filters of light. Make your…
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Sleep
February 23, 2017

Help! I can’t sleep because of my partner!

You’ve had a long day at work and all that kept you going was the thought of your cool, comfortable waiting bed.  Now, you’re finally snuggled up, but you can’t get a wink of sleep. Why? Because your partner won’t stop making guzzling noises when they snore. Ugh! Many of us have weird sleeping habits, but it usually only becomes a problem when we share a bed with someone. It’s easy to laugh about weird sleeping habits, but when someone’s quirks are keeping you up at night, it’s difficult not to want to smother them with a pillow! The good…
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