Category Archives: Sleep education

South Africans are not good at sleeping!

The results are in from the world's biggest Sleep Census, and for the first time ever we have information specifically about South Africans. 11 381 people from five countries participated in the Sealy Sleep Census, with South Africans making up 24% of the responses. Sadly, the numbers show that South Africans are not sleeping well at…
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Four bedtime mantras for better sleep

Words are powerful. Some go as far as to say they are prophetic. Could the way we choose to speak about ourselves and our lives have a dramatic impact on our lived reality? Could repeating bedtime mantras positively impact how we sleep? It appears it can, and does, and is probably why so many cultures…
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Better sleep means fewer colds this winter

Did you know when you miss out on sleep it's harder for your body to fight off germs? From the common cold to cancer, sleep deprivation weakens your immune system and you become more vulnerable to infections. 1. The Common Cold A study that looked at how long and how well people were sleeping has…
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10 signs that you’re sleep deprived

These are the sneaky signs that you're sleep deprived... and need a nap immediately! 1. You can’t remember your ATM password… or your best friend’s birthday. 2. You're clumsy and find yourself getting into fights with the floor, walls, etc. 3. Your car is never where you parked it after buying groceries. 4. The bags under…
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Could your sleep position be causing you pain?

If you rise each morning with aches and pains, and no chance of singing oh-what-a- glorious-morning, then you may want to look a little closer at your sleep position. Different sleep postures call for differing amounts of support across the body. Take a back-sleeper for example. This posture takes up a large surface area with…
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The Trumps sleep in separate rooms – should you do the same?

Many couples make use of two beds to get a better night’s sleep. But is sleeping in different bedrooms taking it a step too far? US magazine recently reported that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania rarely share a bedroom, whether living in the same state or not. Whilst the Trump’s sleeping arrangements seem…
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US schools introduce SleepPods: Time-out for teens?

Teens can be stroppy, defiant and emotional. Much like their smaller counterparts, toddlers, they can throw a pretty good tantrum, but with a whole lot more strength behind it. These ‘negative’ behaviours can be attributed to the high-energy, high-sleep needs of their developing brains and bodies. Whilst teens may need more shut-eye (up to 13…
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Women need more sleep than men

FACT: Women need about 20 minutes more sleep than the average man. And that's because they're such great multi-taskers. According to recent research, these are the striking differences between how men and women sleep: 1. Women need more sleep than men… about 20 minutes more per night. The researchers attributed this to the way in…
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Grab a bedtime smoothie and get a good night’s sleep

We all know the saying ‘you are what you eat’ and for most of us we would rather be described as perky, crisp and fresh than soggy, fatty and fried, but the pace of life means that often we are left eating foods that are convenient rather than foods we know we should be eating.…
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Turmeric tea – A natural sleep remedy

Most of us know turmeric as the yellow powder that turns our rice golden, but turmeric root holds a wonderful secret power. When turmeric powder is ingested it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent that alleviates pain and promotes sleep. So for those who find themselves tossing and turning or popping pain pills to sleep…
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