Category Archives: Sleep education

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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How to fight Social Jetlag

In our blog ‘Could you die from Social Jetlag’ we unpacked how social jetlag causes negative health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. If you know that your sleep is out of sync then here are some strategies that you should consider: Catch up sleep over weekends - >> >> Sleeping-in on weekends…
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Could you die from Social Jetlag?

In 2012, Till Roenneberg, PhD, a professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University of Munich coined the term “social jetlag” to describe the sleep debt that people face whose sleep schedules do not fit into the socially-typical norms. Social jetlag has also been described as “the discrepancy between work and free days,…
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Could that weekend lie in help you live longer?

It has previously been shown that ‘binge sleeping’ or sleeping in on the weekends cannot erase a sleep debt that you acquired through the work week. Fast forward to 2018 and a massive sleep science debate is raging as new research has shown conflicting results. Researchers studied 43 000 participants and found that: getting more sleep,…
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What is the right amount of sleep for me?

You may have heard that you need to sleep 8 hours a night, however, it turns out that there is actually no magic number. The amount of sleep you need varies a lot from person to person. When it comes to figuring out how much sleep you need, Sleep Expert Dr Neil Stanley told the…
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How to get your sleep back after a traumatic experience

South Africa’s crime rates mean that for many of our citizens getting a good night’s sleep is not as simple as it may be for others. The threat of crime as well as the nervous system changes that happen after a traumatic event can become barriers to getting good sleep. When the nervous system is…
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