When you feel particularly exhausted, it can definitely feel like you are also lacking in brain capacity. Now, a new study has suggested this could be because chronic sleep deprivation can actually cause the brain to eat itself. New research, conducted by Michele Bellesi of the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy and published in the Journal of Neuroscience, analysed the brains of mice who had regular sleep, spontaneous wake, sleep deprivation and chronic sleep deprivation.
Sitting on the sofa certainly isn’t one of them, but experts have warned that toxic chemicals used to fireproof your settee could be causing a surge in thyroid cancers. The research revealed that people who are exposed to high levels of flame retardants are more than twice as likely to develop the cancer. Thyroid cancer cases have risen by 74 per cent in the last decade in the UK, with researchers blaming the rising rates on flame retardants.
Can't sleep? Science says it could be down to our age as we find it harder to know when we're sleepy as we get older.
For parents struggling with a baby who just refuses to sleep, the car is the nuclear option – with the vibrations soothing children off to sleep as if by magic. ‘After many years of talking to mums and dads, we know that parents of newborns are often desperate for just one good night’s sleep’, said Max Motor Dreams designer Alejandro López Bravo.
Should we be focussing on the quality not quantity of sleep we’re getting? Well, that might just be doable as according to one sleep expert it is actually possible to train your body to need less sleep. Professor Jim Horne, sleep neuroscientist at Loughborough University, claims that most of us can actually make do with just six hours shut eye a night.
According to recent statistics one third of Brits now sleep for just five-to-six hours per night, which is significantly less than the standard seven-eight hours that experts recommend we need. A new study, published by the Rotterdam School of Management, has revealed that erratic and disruptive behaviour at work can be caused by just one night of poor ZZZs. Researchers found that lack of sleep does not only mean tired and groggy workers, but can also cause “unwanted” activity, which they believe could be associated with lower levels of self-control.
According to The Body Clock Guide to Better Health only about 1 in 10 of us is a true morning person, which means that for 90% of us the struggle to get out of bed is very *real*! Thankfully, even if you’re not a naturally early riser, you can still fake entry to the pre-breakfast party because while around 50% of our brain’s body clock is dictated by our age and our genetics, the other half can be trained.
While the immediate effects of a night without enough Zzzs are often obvious, bleary eyes and oversized yawns aren’t the only effects a lack of sleep can have on your body. According to the National Sleep Foundation the average adult needs about seven to nine hours shut eye every night.
When life is so goddam busy, it’s easy for sleep to slip down the to-do list. “A good night’s sleep is about the biggest all-round health boost you can get,” explains Hope Bastine, psychologist and SIMBA Sleep’s ‘Think Well Sleep Well’ Ambassador. “If your brain is deprived of the energy is requires from sleep, it’ll often try to get it from elsewhere – namely food!” explains Hope Bastine.
There are some dreams that, however personal they seem to us, aren’t unusual to have at all – whether that’s ones in which your teeth fall out, your partner runs off with another man or you’re being chased by someone else. “What or whom are you avoiding?” asks Loewenberg. “You’ve suffered a big let down, or something in your life is going rapidly in the wrong direction,” says Loewenberg.
Alone, many of us tend to have a go-to sleeping position whether that’s spread out on our back or in a fetal position right in the corner of our beds. “While you might think that sleeping with your back facing your partner with a space between you is less than romantic, studies have shown that this is the most common sleeping position among couples,” says Kuhnke. “Spooning is a classic position among couples,” Kuhnke confirms.
Sleep, eye bogies, or if you live in the US eye boogers. According to Tej Johal, optometrist at Maverick and Wolf the icky stuff is actually made up of a bunch of different materials, including mucus and oils, that gather overnight. “Eye discharge is a combination of mucus and oils which gather in your eyes,” he explains.
Unless of course, the work do you’re attending isn’t just any work do, but the Oscars and your quick disco nap was captured on camera for all the world to see. The 31-year-old new mum sent social media into meltdown last night after appearing to take a quick nap as Casey Affleck was giving his acceptance speech. The actor was on stage accepting the award for Best Actor for ‘Manchester by the Sea’ when the camera panned across to the star-studded audience, where Chrissy could be seen ‘resting her eyes’.