Lack of Sleep and its Effects on Your Brain

How does lack of sleep effects your brain in short term? Likewise, what happens to our brains when we don’t get adequate sleep for a prolonged period? Everybody knows that sleep is essential for our bodies and brains to function at their best. Otherwise, why would we be spending one third of our lives doing it? Chronic sleep deprivation puts us at a higher risk of various disorders and long term health conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and mental

Is our screen-time anxiety more detrimental than screen time?

“One… two… thrrr…” — He slams his tablet cover closed before I finish saying “three” and throws himself onto the floor, screaming. I sigh with exhaustion. We’re in the midst of another battle over screen time. This scenario repeats itself daily for many months: My 6-year-old son Martin reaches the end of his allotted screen time for the day but has trouble switching his tablet off, and after several attempts to get him off the device in a nicer way, I resort to angry counting. Like most parents

How To Teach Your (Older) Child A Second Language | | Languages

Tanya Mozias Slavin is a writer and a linguist. She has lived in five countries and is a mum to a bilingual nine-year-old and a trilingual three-year-old. Find her at or on Twitter (@tanya_slavin) We all know that the best time to start speaking a second language to your child is right from birth. But what if you’ve missed that train? Maybe you were too exhausted as a new parent to think about anything else. Maybe you had deep seated concerns about bilingualism that y

How does sleep affect your memory

Have you ever been told that the night before an important test you should sleep with the textbook under your pillow, so that in the morning you can have its contents memorised? Turns out there is something to it. With a few minor modifications: First, you need to make sure to actually READ the textbook before you go to bed. Second, you don’t necessarily have to keep it under your pillow at night. But the sleep part of this recommendation can stay. Sleep indeed does amazing things t

Is it better to be the big spoon or the little spoon?

How do you cuddle? When most people think spooning, they likely imagine the guy as the big spoon and the girl as the little spoon. It has to do with size (girls are usually smaller so it’s easier for them to fit in the little spoon position) but also with the perceived gender roles. Even in our progressive post-#MeToo world we sometimes have trouble imagining men in a vulnerable little spoon position and women as anything other than needing to protected.

As a non-Indigenous student of Oji-Cree, I learned much more than a language | Canada 2017

"You want to go where?" The travel agent's eyes slowly widened as his finger traced the map north, north, north … until the map ended and his finger was on the bare wall. The northern Ontario community I wanted to visit was not even on his map. I was no less surprised than him. I was an international student from Israel doing my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Toronto with a focus on Oji-Cree. Now the plan was to continue learning in Kingfisher Lake First Nation — despite maps that e

From Madmen to TedTalks: The Evolution of the Presentation

In the Don Draper days of 1960s Manhattan, the concept of a "presentation" was very different than it is today. At that time, presentations consisted of a series of hand-rendered drawings (or storyboards) that were first glued to a piece of foam core and then proudly displayed on metal easels for the audience’s viewing pleasure (or frustration, if they happened to be nearsighted). Or, in less sexy industries, paper memos were typed up on typewriters and distributed for people to read during meet

Can Technology Help You Sleep Better?

We all know that the general advice is that technology and sleep don’t mix. Don’t watch TV right before bed, limit your use of smartphone too close to your bedtime. Blue light from screens has been proven to suppress melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that helps regulate our biological rhythm, including sleep and wake cycles. Too much time on your phone can also lead to highly undesirable parasomnias like sleep texting. But what if the right kind of technology can actually help y

How to Pick the Best Travel Pillow for You | Saatva

Almost everyone who’s ever fallen asleep on a plane knows the uncomfortable feeling of waking up at your destination with nagging neck pain. In fact, research shows that as many as 69% of people experience neck pain after flying. Still, most of us have resigned ourselves to the uncomfortable reality that a little bit of neck pain is a fair price to pay for some much-needed sunshine in the middle of winter on a distant tropical beach. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Finding the best travel p

Sleep Tech: Smart Sleep Gadgets to Watch for in 2019

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of adults don’t get the recommended 7 or more hours of sleep every night. Staying connected 24/7 to everything from work email to Twitter and Instagram makes falling asleep about as easy as napping in the middle of a mosh pit. Luckily, the right kind of technology can be helpful when it comes to getting quality sleep. Sleep gadgets are on the rise, and 2019 will be the third year that Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will ha

Sleep Texting What is It?

Sleep texting is exactly what it sounds like. It’s is a phenomenon when people send or reply to text messages – you guessed it, in their sleep. Sleep texting has arisen and has become increasingly more common in the last decade, with the advance and the increasing prevalence of smartphones in our lives. If you’ve ever woken up to find a text you sent to a friend you have no memory of writing, you know what it is. How is it possible to text someone in your sleep? If this scenario seems wild to y

I Taught My Son To Bake By Giving Him Free Rein In The Kitchen

"Actually I've change my mind. It's not a cake. It's a soup. Can we fry it then?" When my son was little, I tried to get him interested in cooking, using all the recommended methods. But quality bonding time in the kitchen, prescribed by parenting experts, never worked for us. He loved playing with ingredients, but every time it (inevitably) turned out that he had to follow specific directions on what and how much to add, his interest vanished instantaneously. As a result, I gave him an early d

Types of Pillows: Find the Right One for You | Saatva

If you’ve been getting the recommended amount of sleep, have invested in a quality mattress, and follow a restful bedtime routine but are still waking up exhausted, your pillow may be at fault. Believe it or not, the little rectangle under your head can make or break your sleep. But how do you know what kind of pillow is right for you? With so many options out there, things can quickly become confusing. Here, learn about the most common types of pillows so that you can find the right one for you

How Doing This 1 Thing Helped Me Truly Enjoy Spending Time With My Kid

As a parent today I feel as if I'm constantly inundated with fervent, well-meaning, parenting advice coming at me from all angles: in person, in magazines, on the phone, and all over social media. (Read more about how a one-week digital detox made this writer a better mom.) “Early music education is essential for the development of young brains," I'll hear as I contemplate signing my son up to learn to play violin. Then, “Baby swim lessons boost immune system and teach important life skills.” O
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