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 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.

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

How does colour affect mood in your home

Have you ever painted the walls just to realize that it completely changes the vibe in the room? Do you have a strong emotional response to rooms designed in particular colours? It’s not just you. Colours can significantly impact the atmosphere in the room and your mood. A study conducted by Australian researchers from the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in partnership with a Melbourne-based virtual reality company Liminal VR and Taubmans paint revealed how different col

What sleeping position is best for our bodies?

“Some sleep standing up, some sleep on the move. Some sleep with one eye open, and some sleep with both eyes open….“ these are the words from the beautiful picture book by Il Sung Na that tells us about different animals’ sleeping habits. We, humans, do not usually display such a wide range of variation in our sleeping preferences, as we all more or less prefer to sleep lying down, in our beds, with both eyes closed. We do have a choice of sleeping positions to adopt within this set of limit

Is biphasic sleep right for you?

Biphasic or polyphasic sleep is when your sleep is broken into two or more segments throughout the day and night. It is a very different sleep pattern from what most people are used to these days, which is one long stretch of sleep lasting for 7-9 hours, also called monophasic sleep. Biphasic sleep used to be the norm in pre-industrial societies, and has been enjoying increased interest lately among people who either want to increase their efficiency or are looking for a way to rest that bett

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition when a person’s airway gets blocked during sleep obstructing their breathing. It happens because the walls of the throat come together stopping the free passage of air. The episodes of non-breathing are called apnea and can last from a few seconds to a minute. At some point the person’s brain registers the lack of breathing or the drop in oxygen level and wakes them up. The person rouses just enough to open their airway and start breathing normally again, but usually d

How to Choose Sheets for Special Mattress Types | Saatva

Gone are the days when you only had a few standard mattress sizes to choose from when shopping for a new bed. Nowadays you have even more options, like split kings and split tops, which offer you a much more customizable sleep experience, especially if you share a bed with a partner. You also can choose a mattress that’s thicker than the typical 10- to 14-inch bed, thanks to the addition of comfort and support layers made of memory foam and latex and cushioning pillow tops.

The link between sleep and mental health

Who doesn’t know the feeling of waking up after a poor night’s sleep and reaching shakily for that coveted cup of coffee to save your day? We’ve all been there. In fact, a survey recently conducted by the Sleep Health Foundation reports that about 40% of Australians do not get enough sleep. However, the effect of chronic sleep deprivation are a lot more far reaching than simple drowsiness and irritability. Besides weakening our immune system and potentially causing serious long-term health is

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

The dangers of drowsy driving

If you’re a responsible adult these days, chances are that when you go to a party and have a couple of drinks, you take a taxi back home, or ask your friend to drive you. It’s not fun taking turns with your partner when it comes to having drinking (you drink today, I drink tomorrow, because one of us has to drive) but that’s what responsible adults do. But what if we told you that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your driving skills as drinking alcohol? Is drowsy driving really that

How air quality affects your sleep

The quality of your sleep depends not only on your established daily routine but also on the environmental factors such as noise, light and air quality. It makes sense, intuitively, that air would have some impact – after all, all we do all night is breathe. Indeed, science confirms that intuition. A number of studies over the recent years show just how much poor air quality can affect your sleep and, consequently, your performance and health. One study found that bedroom air quality sign

How does sleep affect children’s school test scores?

Despite the well known facts about the importance of sleep in child development, many kids these days don’t get nearly enough sleep. In fact, according to one international study conducted several years ago, Australian children are among the most sleep deprived in the world. Children who don’t get the recommended amount of sleep tend to be tired, moody and more prone to mental health problems than those who do. However, if your kid is consistently undersleeping, you’re likely to get not only

Why your phone negatively affects your sleep

If you’re like most people, you keep your phone by your bedside and look at it last thing before falling asleep and first thing in the morning. Like most people, you also suspect that that’s probably not a good habit to have. Indeed, several studies in recent years confirm the link between late night use of phones and poor sleep habits. One three-year study of Australian teenagers found a direct link between phone use late at night and poor sleep, which negatively affected the teenagers’ ment

How to transition your child to their first big kid bed

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and transition your toddler to her first big kid bed. It’s an exciting new adventure you two are on, but as with any big changes it may initially also be challenging. Here is how to do it safely and how to make the transition easier for everyone involved. Since your child will now be able to move in and out of her bed freely, make sure her bedroom is toddler proof. So that if one night she gets it into her head to build a fire in the middle of room, it w

The importance of sleep in child development

Sleep is important for everyone. Quality sleep lets us rest and regenerate, makes us less prone to diseases and long term health issues, and generally turns us into happier and more easy going creatures. But when it comes to children, sleep is extra important for them because their bodies and brains are developing at a rapid speed. The difference between a child regularly getting quality sleep and one who is constantly under-sleeping can manifest in ability to focus the next day, test scores
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