Category Archives: Sleep Science

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 […]

Sleep, productivity & the future of the economy – Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

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Over the last few months my articles have focused on encouraging readers to review their current sleep habits and ensure that the fundamental biological requirements of daily recovery are taken seriously. I am passionate about sleep’s role as one of the key pillars of health and wellbeing – and I hope you now are, too. […]

Ignore your body clock at your peril: the pitfalls of circadian misalignment

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When we think about getting a good night’s sleep, we often think about how much, and maybe a second consideration about quality. However, there is also a third very important component that is often neglected or forgotten – when to sleep. The timing of the sleep/wake phase in every 24hour period and our understanding of […]

Research suggests that simply thinking you have a sleep disorder could cause health concerns

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Worrying about not sleeping could be just as bad for your sleep health as an established sleep disorder, creating a vicious cycle A review published in Behaviour Research and Therapy suggests that thinking you have a sleep problem, even if you don’t, can be just as detrimental to your wellbeing as actually suffering from a […]

January 3rd is Festival of Sleep Day!

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Here’s why you should celebrate sleep this January We all know that Christmas is far from the most relaxing holiday. With the combination of excess food and drink, regular celebrating, Christmas shopping and late nights, your overall health and sleep cycle can both suffer as a result of the festive season. Which is why Festival […]

A study conducted into sleep talking yields surprising results

A study conducted into sleep talking yields surprising results Not only are men more likely to sleep talk, but they are also much more likely to swear in their sleep It’s a question that has baffled us for years: what does it actually mean when we sleep talk? We are often compelled by the idea […]

Can sleeping better make you less afraid?

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New research has found a connection between high-quality sleep and reduced feelings of fear Better quality sleep is linked to reduced activity in brain regions implicated in forming fear, according to new research. Furthermore, time spent in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep could potentially indicate susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s no secret that poor […]

From stress to social media: why aren’t we sleeping enough?

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November 1st marks National Stress Awareness Day, so there’s no better time to take a closer look at the factors which stop us sleeping well, including stress. As we all know, sleep is a vital part of a happy, healthy lifestyle. When we don’t get enough sleep, we put ourselves at risk of negative experiences […]

How to tackle that SAD feeling – Dr Jonathan Bloomfield

For many of us, winter can be an incredibly difficult season to navigate. You’ve probably lost count of how many times you’ve said, “I can’t believe how dark it is already”. Add in some gale force winds, a drop in temperature, and some icy rain and at times we’re all left wondering why we live […]