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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
October 31, 2016
Why do we get nightmares?
Sometimes, our mind’s movie reel can put the likes of Stephen King to shame: lost in the mountains, falling off a cliff, being terrified but unable to move or scream, being chased by a notorious baddie. If you spent your weekend watching horror-films, you may have had some retty nasty nightmares. But why do we get them when we don't watch any scary movies? More importantly - how can we make them stop? (more…)Read More