Category Archives: Sleep education

Do you know what Orthosomnia is?

Some people become preoccupied with their sleep data, according to a case study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that looked at several patients who had sleep troubles and were using sleep trackers to collect information about their sleep. The researchers involved in the study came up with a name for the phenomenon:…
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What’s your sleep crutch?

At birth, babies are given snuggle bunnies. Toddlers are told to squeeze their bear if they feel scared. Kids take their Barbies and Transformers with them on camp- just in case they get lonely at bedtime. Research has shown that this is a great thing for kids as it reduces anxiety and stress. Clinical psychologist, Dr.…
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A little bit of cleaning could help you sleep better

Did you know that there are some simple habits that could get you closer to a great night’s sleep? A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation showed how vital the bedroom environment is to getting good sleep. David Cloud, the NSF Chief Operating Officer told WebMD: “We've looked a lot at how medical and behavioral…
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How to break in your new mattress

Want to make the most out of your new mattress? Of course you do! Here are some of the do’s and don’ts for breaking in a new Sealy mattress, from delivery to 3 months old. DO carry your mattress flat or on its side. It’s easier to handle and you’ll be less likely to damage…
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Should you eat that midnight snack?

YES… Regular waking during sleep can signal low blood sugar. Grabbing a midnight snack can restore low blood sugar levels, cause a spike in insulin that is required to fall asleep and give you something simple to do when you wake up. It is better to know what you will do if you wake up…
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Your weekend sleep-in is no good at all

Catching up on lost sleep by sleeping in on the weekends is no good at all. Pushing through fatigue during the week and sleeping in on weekends to try and rest up and create a ‘sleep reserve’ for the week ahead just doesn’t add up in the world of sleep science. Unfortunately, our bodies are…
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Sleep-deprived? This is why it’s bad for you

In 2017, the first ever world-wide Sleep Census revealed that only one in five South Africans get a full eight hours of sleep each night. 80% of our population is sleep-deprived and 85% of South Africans feel their personal life could benefit from a better nights sleep. With increased work hours and longer commutes to and…
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Why women get less sleep than men

Women are 20% more likely to have a sleeping disorder, require more sleep than their male counterparts to stay healthy and are 45% more likely to get a chronic disease if they become sleep deprived. Whilst sleep promises us beauty, youthful exuberance and calm, it is the first thing we lose grip on when facing…
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Sleeping pills for sleep? It turns out sedated sleep leads to poor sleep

According to sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School, sleeping pills are not as helpful as you may think. Known as hypnotics or sedatives to the medical community, sleeping pills are used by many as a quick-fix guarantee for getting good sleep. "I'm not a basher of hypnotics, because I think that…
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