Category Archives: Sleep Science

Bring a bear to bed? The importance of emotional comfort for a great night’s sleep

hug a bear day

This Hug a Bear Day, we’re exploring the potential benefits of cuddly toys and other bedtime comforts Every child has a favourite cuddly toy, and choosing a furry friend to snuggle up next to is a natural part of many children’s night-time routine. But is there something more to this long-standing tradition than childish whimsy? […]

“Isn’t there an app for that?” Is technology a help or a hindrance when it comes to sleep

sleep technology

Dr Jonathan Bloomfield While you may have noticed that some of my articles focus on the conflict between sleep and the modern lifestyle, it should be stated that public awareness of the importance of sleep has grown considerably in the last two to three years. Through the work of sleep experts, scientists, clinical psychologists and, […]

Can sleep help you stop smoking?

stoptober

For many people, October is now synonymous with the Stoptober challenge, when millions across the UK attempt to kick the habit for good. We’re asking: can sleep make quitting easier? Around 9 million adults in the UK smoke. This equates to 19% of men and 15% of women. Stoptober attempts to change that. Since it’s […]

Can a new sleeping pattern reduce your migraines?

migraine awareness week

September 2nd marks the start of Migraine Awareness Week 2018, so we’re going to explore whether sleep can help reduce your symptoms Migraines aren’t just bad headaches. They occur when blood vessels constrict and expand, due to impulses sent out by hyperactive nerve cells. This is accompanied by the release of chemicals and inflammatory substances […]

Can sleep improve your memory?

sleep and memory

If you are struggling to remember things throughout the day, your sleep quality could be to blame. We all struggle to remember things from time to time, and there are many factors which may contribute to this. However, if you’ve found that you’re feeling foggier and more forgetful than usual, it could be due to […]

Are the summer holidays damaging your kids’ sleep patterns?

summer holidays

A lack of school routine could be affecting your little ones in more ways than you might think A set sleep routine goes a long way to improving your sleep health. While we sleep, our body repairs, restores and rejuvenates for the day ahead, and going to bed and getting up at the same time […]

Sleeping in the Heat

summer heat at night

Mammoth’s resident sleep expert, Dr Jonathan Bloomfield addresses the issue that’s on everyone’s mind in the UK this summer . . . getting to sleep in the heat! It has been a long, hot summer for many of us in the UK. While the arrival of warmer weather is usually greeted with great enthusiasm, it […]

Is beauty sleep a real thing?

beauty sleep

It’s a notion we’re all familiar with, but can getting a good night’s sleep really make you feel happier about the way you look? ‘Getting your beauty sleep’ is a phrase you’ve probably heard many many times before, but chances are you’ve never given it much credence. However, recent research suggests that there may be […]

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 […]