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’.
Picture the scene. It’s Friday night and after going for ‘just the one’ after work, you eventually tumble through the door in the early hours and you’re so, so tired worse for wear. Too tired to take off your make up, or brush your teeth, and as for removing your clothes, well forget about it.
Studies suggest sleep is vital toward restoring the correct balance of synapses. Now, new research shows that sleep may help the brain forget irrelevant memories in order to make room for new information. Two new papers published in the journal Science suggest that sleep is vital toward restoring the correct balance of synapses — the connecting points between neurons in the brain.
Although Blue Monday is long gone, a lot of us are still feeling a bit blue this winter. To cheer right back up again, why not forget that restrictive ‘new year new you diet’ and that ‘quitting social media for good!’ resolution. Instead, use these science-backed life hacks to favour cookie cramming, bubbly glugging and early morning workout avoiding for lazy lie-ins and Snapchat. Moderation is key, but it beats the alternative, right?
There isn’t anyone on this earth that hasn’t pressed ‘snooze’ on their alarm clock, surely – in fact, most of us do it every day.
Gwyneth Paltrow, the Hollywood woman famed for giving rather questionable advice, has penned an article for the Daily Mail on the precise benefits of getting your full eight hours. Firstly, she recommends trying psychic sleep (professionally known as yoga nidra).
Gigi Hadid has recently opened up about having Hashimoto’s disease, a common – but sometimes debilitating – thyroid condition. Causing fatigue, weight gain and depression among other symptoms, according to Elle, the 21-year-old model has taken medication for it for two years. You may have had a friend with an over-active thyroid, for example, which can cause nervousness, mood swings and weight loss.
If there is one thing we all appreciate, it’s a few extra hours kip. Whilst we can’t actually help you lie-in on a week day, we can give a few gifts this Christmas that are bound to make bedtime much better. From soothing lavender scented candles to mermaid tail blankets and music playing pillows. These presents are sure to be loved by that one friend or family member who absolutely loves a bit of shut-eye.
Sleep deprivation is a terrible thing, with many annoying consequences – one of which is excessive amounts of eating. According to a study by King’s College London, a bad night’s sleep may cause you to consume more calories during the following day. Researchers combined the findings of many previous studies to conclude that sleep-deprived people consumed an average of 385 calories per day extra – equivalent to about four-and-a-half slices of bread.
There are some of us that wear socks in bed, and then those that shudder at the thought. According to Metro, a University of Groningen study found that 80% of couples provided with socks to put on were able to orgasm during sex.
Whether we remember them or not, we all dream. Every night, part of our sleep cycle involves dreaming as our brains process and refresh after the day. And whether they’re simply random electrical connections made by the brain as it processes and compartmentalises information or something deeper, there’s no doubt that what they might mean is endlessly fascinating. So we asked psychologist and dreams expert Ian Wallace, working with time4sleep,what common dreams people have, and what they really mean. ...
Christmas. In theory it should be the happiest time of the year. The reality is often rather different. What with wrangling with relatives over who’s hosting the Christmas dinner, over-indulging way, way too much and the prospect of being in debt for the next 10 years to pay for all the partying and presents that will likely be met with a luke warm response. It’s little wonder the minute we hear a Christmas song in the supermarket we feel stressed.
Time to plug in the hairdryer because going to bed with wet hair will have you waking up with the snots. When you lay your wet hair onto your pillow, friction from tossing and turning in your sleep can temporarily damage your hair. It will then be harder to style when you’re in a rush to leave the house the following morning,” explains Phil Smith, Celebrity stylist and creator of BE GORGEOUS.
As we prepare to rewind our clocks by an hour and rejoice in the hope that this might mean a whole extra hour in bed, we’ve got a bit of news that might just pop your snooze bubble. Thus a 60 minute shift is a massive adjustment to take on board, and can throw our whole sleep pattern out of sync with our body clock,” explains ‘Dave Gibson, Warren Evans’ Sleep Expert. Other sleep experts agree the extra hour can be disruptive.
If you’ve tried every sleep trick in the book - reading, camomile tea, early nights - and still find yourself dozing off during the day, it’s time to take a closer look at your lifestyle. Simple tweaks can make all the difference to your quality of sleep, resulting in a happier, more productive you. Here are a few things that could be causing your daytime sleepiness.