Category Archives: Sleep education

How much sleep could you lose to the FIFA World Cup?

Soccer fans have no choice but to watch each and every world cup match - after all the FIFA World Cup only comes around every four years. In the space of one month there has been a massive 48 matches in the first round, four quarter finals, two semi-finals and of course the final coming up.…
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Could sleeping better mean living happily ever after?

Whether you are the cause of your bad sleep (snorers and night owls raise your hands here) or your partner is the cause of your sleep deprivation (lovers of the insomniac population we feel ya’), you all need to find some good sleep right now. Poor sleep is directly linked to poor inter-personal skills –…
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How to get back to sleep

If you have ever had the displeasure of waking up in the middle of the night, you will know the feeling… the feeling of desperation when you realize it is only 1am and you know that three hours sleep is not nearly enough sleep at all. You will also know the feeling of exasperation as…
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Drowsy driving could be more deadly than drunk driving

In South Africa, whilst the culture around drunken driving has changed (it’s just not cool anymore in case you missed the naming and shamingmemo), the culture around drowsy driving has not seemed to shift. As our numbers of drivers has increased and the quality of our national roads has improved, many more drivers are tackling…
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Does a cooler core body temperature equal better sleep?

A recent study to come out of the Netherlands entitled Skin Temperature Measurement in Monitoring and Control of Sleep and Alertness has shown how manipulating body temperature could improve your sleep. The study showed that a drop in your core temperature impacts: what time you go to bed, how long it takes you to fall asleep,…
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Should you take your shoes into your bedroom?

  In many homes, shoes can be found abandoned in almost every room, including the bedroom. However, removing shoes before entering a home appears to be gaining a following once again. There are three main reasons that people chose not to have shoes in their homes: spiritual reasons- to avoid shoes carrying in bad energy…
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How to have less nightmares

Nightmares are truly terrifying. Our bodies do not distinguish between what we are dreaming and what is real and so waking after a nightmare can leave us with our heart racing and our bed sheets wet with sweat. A few of us may even be prone to a throwing a few punches or kicks (whilst…
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Why trauma will tire you out

Last month we looked at what happens to your body after a traumatic experience. What we uncovered was a chemical cascade that led to post-traumatic hyper-arousal and post-traumatic hyper-vigilance.  Both of these states are appropriate immediately after a trauma as they are required to ensure survival. Post-traumatic hyper-arousal is a description of a stress response…
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