Category Archives: Sleep Science

Does chocolate really stop you sleeping?

chocolate

World Chocolate Day falls on 7th July, but what impact does the nation’s favourite sweet treat have on your sleep health? Despite an ongoing national trend for healthier eating, chocolate continues to hold a special place in the hearts of adults and children alike. In fact, the UK has the seventh highest consumption of chocolate […]

Is sleep the key to teen exam success?

exam stress

With examination season in full swing, we can’t underplay the importance of a good night’s rest   By now it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone to hear that sleep is important to your overall health. By giving yourself a decent night’s rest, you allow body functions and brain activities to take place that are […]

Ditch the screen and pick up the paperback: here’s the science behind reading before bed

Reading before bed is a tradition that goes back centuries. However, in recent years, the typical routine of turning pages by lamplight has more or less been swapped with lying in the dark scrolling through our smartphones. But trading the written word for the world wide web could be having a negative impact on your […]

What is ASMR and can it help you sleep better?

ASMR

ASMR is still relatively new, but many people credit it with improving their sleep quality Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has been making waves among sleep experts and sleep deprived individuals alike, despite being a fairly new concept. Search YouTube or Instagram for videos labelled ASMR and you’ll find thousands of results, some with thousands […]

Research explains why men snore more than women

why men snore

Science tells us that there are several reasons why men are more likely to be banished to the sofa Studies have shown time and time again that men snore more than women. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, around 40 per cent of adult men are habitual snorers compared to less […]

Can power napping make you more productive?

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Research has shown that a short nap could be the key to more productive waking hours, so what’s the best way to implement this into your daily routine? Unlike 85 per cent of mammalian species, humans only sleep once per day. Whether this is the way nature intended us to work, or if it’s simply […]

Why sleep gives your health the most bang for its buck – Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

Dr Johnathan Bloomfield

As the saying goes, “Money makes the world go round”. But when it comes down to looking after our health and wellbeing is there anything that comes close to sleep? In my last blog post, I talked a little bit about how the national sleep crisis has deepened as a result of the commercial pressures […]

March is National Bed Month 2018

national bed month

It’s time for a refresher course in good sleep health National Bed Month is an annual event organised by the Sleep Council, informing and reminding us all of the importance of a good night’s sleep. If you’ve been feeling tired, achy or run down recently, March is the perfect time to reflect on the quality […]

The pros and cons of your favourite sleep positions

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Are you sleeping in the most effective way? Generally speaking, we spend about a third of our lives asleep — that works out at around 25 years, 9,125 days, or 229,961 hours. That’s a sizeable chunk of time! Put into this context and we can better understand why sleep plays such a crucial role in […]

How often should you replace your bedroom items?

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There are a number of items from around the home that we use every day. From the towels that we use to dry ourselves after a shower to the dishcloths we use in the kitchen sink and the toothbrush we rely on to keep our oral hygiene up to standard. One of the key items […]