Category Archives: Sleep education

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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Reader question: Why am I having nightmares?

Humans have been fascinated by dreams and nightmares for centuries - but even after all these years, there remains more mystery than fact. Read on to find out more about research into dreams and nightmares: Psychiatrist Ernest Hartmann studied the personality traits of those who experienced nightmares and over his lifetime found two key factors-…
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Reader question: Why do I always wake up tired?

Getting enough sleep (between 7 and 9 hours) is essential, but you have to keep in mind the quality of your sleep too. Sleep quality is influenced by many, many factors but some of the easiest to fix are your sleep environment and your sleep hygiene. Your sleep environment is where you sleep. The greatest…
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‘Clean Sleeping’ is the new ‘Clean Eating’ – Gwyneth Paltrow

It’s not just Ariana Huffington filling our news feeds with sleep advice. Gwyneth Paltrow, also known as the Queen of ‘You-Won’t-Believe-This-One’ Fads has recently released a new book called ‘Goop Clean Beauty’ that is filled with an interesting mix of sleep advice. The concept of ‘clean sleeping’ is nothing new really. It involves prioritising sleep…
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Sleep and happiness – what is the connection?

Most of us want to be resilient, happy people that can cope with life’s ups and downs, however, most of us are trying to achieve this with grit and determination when what we really need is maybe a nap or two. It's a proven fact that there is a vital connection between sleep and happiness. Even…
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