10 Secret Tips to Help You Sleep Like a Top Athlete

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For some time now it has been common knowledge among athletes that getting enough rest is essential for muscle growth and repair. What has been a more recent discovery is just how much our sleeping patterns affect our waking performance. Now, I’m sure this news may not be earth shattering. We all know that if […]

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

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Jawbone Up3 Review – Monitor & Optimize Your Sleep Health

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The Jawbone Up3 is the latest in a line of health gadgets that monitor your sleep health. The Up3 collects data related to your quality of sleep using an innovative wristband technology. The Up3 measures your heart rate using metal-covered sensors that press against the skin. This is in contrast to rival, battery-intensive approaches that combine infrared and […]

This is What Happens When You Don’t Sleep

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If the body doesn’t get regular, healthy sleep, it gets sick. Sleeping fewer than six hours per night causes changes to genes and hormone activity that negatively affects health. But nearly half of us don’t get the recommended 7+ hours we need each night, and as the infographic below demonstrates, sleep deprivation is something we should […]

Understanding the Sleep Cycle & Stages of Sleep (Infographic)

Prior to 1951, it was thought our brains had an on off switch that automatically made us sleep and wake up. That was until Nathaniel Kleitman’s research into sleep and dreaming began to unravel the mystery of what happens when we cross over to this other realm. Sixty six years later we now know there […]

Understanding Hyperarousal, Insomnia & Sleep Anxiety

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Insomnia is one of the most commonly heard medical complaints by doctors worldwide. Insomnia is a higher ranked sleep disorder that causes millions of people to despair night after night. The number one cause of insomnia is sleep anxiety, while the second most common cause is hyperarousal. Both sleep anxiety and hyperarousal can lead to […]

The Facts About Taking Melatonin for Sleep

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All living beings, including humans, animals and plants naturally live by circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms consist of a 24 hour physiological cycle that is modulated by our environment and external cues such as sunlight and temperature. Circadian rhythms are important because they determine when to sleep and eat. Brain wave activity, the hormones we produce, […]

Case Study: My Personal Sleep Paralysis Story

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I have written previously on how adopting healthier sleeping habits can assist with the control of sleep paralysis, and last night I experienced more evidence to support this theory. I haven’t experienced an episode for a long time, and have been sleeping very well of late, dropping off as soon as my head hits the […]

Do You Have ADHD or Sleep Deprivation?

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Record numbers of people are being diagnosed with A.D.H.D (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), largely because so many people suffer from classic symptoms; procrastination, forgetfulness, a propensity to lose things, the inability to pay attention consistently, and often excessive movement and waking during the night. But amidst the hundreds of thousands of newly diagnosed patients each year, are large numbers […]

The 5 Reasons Alcohol and Sleep Don’t Mix

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Having a few glasses of wine or a few beers before bed might seem like an obvious way to relax and help you sleep better, but the reality is that alcohol will affect the quality of your sleep, not to mention create a habitual behaviour that will become increasingly harder to break. 1. Reduced Rem Sleep […]