High Earners Get Most Effective Sleep

sleepRich people sleep well at night. According to the findings of a recently concluded sleep research study by the Sleep Council a  healthy pay packet is the most important factor in getting a good night’s rest.

The study conducted on more than 5,000 adults found dividing lines based on income, with 83 per cent of people earning £75,000 or above saying they slept very well or fairly well most nights – and had never resorted to sleep remedies.

High earners were more likely to share their bed each night with a partner, but also admit to using their laptop as the last thing they do before going to bed. Read the rest of this entry

sleep researcher

Erin Evans, a sleep researcher at the Brigham, is testing an experimental light for the International Space Station.

In the quest to understand the mystery of sleep, researcher Erin Evans has studied the effects of sleep deprivation in high-stress work situations, from astronauts to police and doctors.

Evans, a sleep medicine fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also helps hundreds of families improve the sleeping habits of their children. Even though she’s a sleep expert, Evans admits she’s constantly challenged by her 2-year-old son.

“I thought I knew everything about sleep,” she said, “but he’s putting me through the wringer.”

“Sleep in a young infant is a moving target, and while one 4-month-old might sleep through the night, another may need to nurse a few times. I believe there is no “one-size-fits-all” strategy. The most important thing is to develop a plan that is realistic and the family can implement with consistency”. Read the rest of this entry

sleep betterThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40.6 million American workers – 30% of the civilian workforce – sleep fewer than six hours per night, well below the recommended seven to nine hours. And that chronic exhaustion is costing the economy $63.2 billion in lost productivity, according to a Harvard Medical School study.

The employers have overlooked the effect this sleep deprivation can have on employee health and performance, even in the face of a growing body of research that links poor or inadequate sleep not only to low productivity but also to higher rates of depression, obesity, heart disease and cancer.

That’s starting to change, as The Wall Street Journal reports that the companies – including Goldman Sachs Group Inc Procter & Gamble Co. , and hedge-fund firm D.E. Shaw & Co. – are investing in sleep-hygiene workshops, online coaching for insomniacs, nap pods, and even special office lighting that helps regulate the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Read the rest of this entry

Good Sleep Helps Tolerating Labor Pains

childbirthPregnant women need as much good sleep as possible during day hours and it helps them leading up to their due date. Good quality sleep could help women in tolerating labor pains.

Sleep deprivation is known to result in irritability and lack of focus, among other cognitive impairments. A day followed by an insomniac night is one of the horrific experiences for anyone and during pregnancy such experience of sleep deprived state could affect adversely in childbirth.

Sleep deprivation is very common among pregnant women, particularly in the final weeks of pregnancy, when it is often difficult to find a comfortable sleep position. Women are often waking frequently to urinate or with Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Sleep deprived women have been found to face difficult time tolerating labor during childbirth. Women who have long labors often go for nights on end with little to no sleep. Women who are able to have enough and good quality sleep generally progress through labor very quickly.

Women by nature have been blessed with an extraordinary ability to give birth without pain medication. However, sleeplessness, insomnia, sleep apnea, and prolonged labor as well as lack of support could create problems in normal childbirth.

Poor Sleep Leads To Migraines

chronic-migraine-headachesExperts are of the opinion that spending hours hunched over a computer screen, not sleeping enough or even overdoing it at the gym could be blamed for migraines.

According to health specialists the pressures of modern life can be as disabling as dietary triggers like takeaways, red wine, cheese and chocolate.

There are cases when some of the sufferers were falling victim to attacks because they were desperately trying not to eat certain foods but neglecting their posture and becoming over-dependent on painkillers. Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Deprivation Makes People Feel Less Grateful

be gratefulA recently concluded research revealed that sleep deprivation makes people feel less grateful in their daily lives. The problem gets aggravated with one of the partners not getting enough sleep because of the sleep problems faced by other partner and this increases overall chances of feeling grateful than usual toward them the next day.The sleep disorders may cause serious relationship problems among the partners.

At the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Amie Gordon, the researcher and a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley  said ,”It really takes two well-rested partners for people to feel the most grateful,” Gordon said”. Read the rest of this entry

Lack of Sleep Affects Work

sleep at workThe quality and duration of sleep you are getting every night could be impacting your work, your company and of course your boss as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 40 million workers in the United States alone are not getting enough sleep, and that could be costing the companies they work for.

Harvard scientists are looking into billions of dollars in lost productivity because people are not operating at their peak. Many of the companies just had their busiest month to date for people coming in, for sleep related issues. Read the rest of this entry

Nightcap Before Bed is Not A Good Idea

Alcohol-and-SleepA recently concluded review of research studies conducted during past revealed that a nightcap before bed probably isn’t a good idea.

Scientists at the London Sleep Centre observed that alcohol may help you drift off, but it can also disrupt your sleep cycle.

Alcohol forced shortening of the time it takes to fall asleep and can quickly send you off into deep sleep, but it also reduces the most satisfying type of sleep, REM sleep, which is where dreams occur.

People easily fall in the trap and can become dependent on alcohol for sleep, researchers say, and alcohol can turn non-snorers into snorers, and snorers into people with sleep apnea.

Dr. Irshaad Ebrahim, medical director at the London Sleep Centre and coauthor of the review, and his team looked at more than 100 studies on sleep, analyzing 20 in detail as to how alcohol alters sleep.

The findings will be published in the April 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

If you’re using alcohol as a sleep aid, better opt for alternatives, such as getting regular exercise, avoiding caffeine in the evening, and establishing regular waking and sleeping times. Also keep your bedroom at a cool temperature and reserve your bed for sleeping and sex only.

Sleep Loss Among Teenage Students

teenage sleep lossDespite sleep deprivation being a problem, people don’t recognize why teenagers feel quite sleepy often and how to fix it. Easiest blame-targets are mobile phones and computers along with homework and extra-curricular activities.

High tech gadgets, technology and schoolwork do have their place in sleep deprivation, these reasons aren’t the entire problem among teens and always being “just tired.” Most people don’t understand that if teens don’t start trying to alter their sleep habits, long-lasting damage, such as difficulties with weight, mood and grades, could occur. Read the rest of this entry

Weight Reducing and Better Sleep Tips

food and sleepFor better quality sleep you should prefer trying to lose a few pounds. Its all about your appetite; the more control you have on it the more control will be effective on your weight.Here are 10 all time tested strategies to help you sleep better;

1. Water

Can water help you stay full? Well, drink several glasses of  water, you get filled up and eat less. Water can help you lose weight by keeping you feeling full and helping to reduce  your consumption of other high-calorie drinks (and foods). A recent study found  that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals three  times per day lost about 5 pounds more than other dieters. Try drinking about  two 8-ounce glasses before each meal. Read the rest of this entry

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