We all know that sleep is a very important part of everyday life. Most of what we know about sleep has come about in just the last 25 years. We might think we know all there is to know about sleep, but here are a few facts about sleep that may surprise you.
Dolphins are very unique in their way of sleep. One half of their brains are awake while the other half is asleep. This is called “unihemispheric sleep.” Dolphins also sleep for, 1/3 of their lives, just like humans.
The word “catnap” means short sleep. Some people take catnaps with their eyes open and may not even be aware of it.
When a person wakes up in the morning, half of a dream is forgotten in the first 5 minutes. 90% of the dream is gone within the first 10 minutes.
12% of people dream only in black and white.
People can survive longer without food than without sleep.
A snoring partner affects a non-snoring partner by waking the non-snorer an average of 20 times per night, making the non-snorer lose approximately 1 hour of sleep each night.
Our brains are more active during sleep than they are while watching television. Sleeping also burns more calories than watching television.
The phrase “good night, sleep tight” came from woven mattress bed frames that were tightened with a key when the ropes started to sag.
The largest bed ever made was in Great Britain. It was built in 1596, measured 11 feet by 11 feet, and could sleep 12 people comfortably.
The famous Charles Dickens was an insomnia sufferer. He claimed that he could fall asleep fastest by sleeping in the middle of the bed, facing north.
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Summer vacation is almost over, and whether kids break from summer, winter, spring, or even a long weekend, they seem to want to stay up later. Late nights can lead to difficult mornings transitioning back into their normal school routine. It is important for parents to put healthy sleep on the back-to-school list of necessities. Here are some helpful tips to get kids prepared to go back to school.
First, calculate how much sleep your child needs. Preschoolers need 11 to 12 hours of sleep. Ages 5-10 need 10 to 11 hours, and teenagers 9 to 10 hours.
About 10 to 14 days before school starts, parents should gradually start adjusting their child’s bedtime schedules. Have them go to bed 15 minutes earlier each day before school starts. This will help set their circadian clock to school time. Try to also keep the same sleep schedule, even on weekends, to keep sleep rhythms regulated.
Stick to an age-appropriate bedtime routine to help them wind down. For younger children this may consist of taking a bath before bed, brushing their teeth, or reading a bedtime story. For older children, they may want to read a book to relax or find a relaxation technique such as meditation, yoga, or deep-breathing exercises.
Control the sleep environment by keeping the room cool, quiet, dark, and comfortable. Electronics such as, cell phones, televisions, video games, and computers should be turned off an hour before bedtime.
Limit caffeine intake after lunch or at least 6 hours before bedtime. Caffeine is a stimulant and inhibits sleep. Healthy meals and regular exercise can help promote quality sleep.
Avoid food close to bedtime, especially spicy foods that can cause acid reflux and raise body temperature, both of which inhibit sleep.
Practice what you preach. Studies have shown that parents who set rules and abide by them themselves are more likely to have children follow their example. The right amount of sleep every night can help your child do better in school and help with mood and anxiety.
These strategies can help you and your child have a healthy, successful upcoming school year.
I have a few pet peeves, and one of my biggest is an unmade bed. Every morning, after I’m up and dressed and before I leave my bedroom, the bed gets made. It’s that simple. However, I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t believe in making their beds in the morning; you’re just going to crawl back into it in the evening, so why bother, right? I know I can’t be the only one out there who sees this as a messy way to start a day (or end it, for that matter), so It thought I would do some digging…and digging I did. I’ve come across a few reasons why you SHOULD make your bed in the morning, and have listed them below:
First and foremost, when you start your day by making your bed, it will give you a sense of accomplishment. It’s a great way to start your day by having that small feeling of success before leaving your bedroom. It only takes a few minutes, so skip the snooze button and make this a new habit.
Come bedtime, it becomes a positive state of mind as you climb into a freshly-made bed. After a long stressful day at work, going to bed with a positive note will help you to sleep more restfully and deeply.
It’s been shown that a clean space helps to lower your stress. I know that personally a messy space raises my blood pressure and stress level, so it only makes sense that a clean space lowers it. Try it – put your clothes away and make your bed in the morning. You’ll be surprised at just how much easier things become when you are more relaxed and calm.
There is the obvious: It will prevent embarrassment from unexpected company if they happen to go near your room and see the messy unmade bed. Have you ever been in this boat?
Last but not least, it leads to other good habits. Imagine how this could grow. Look around your room, for starters; put your clean clothes away and your dirty clothes in the laundry basket. It’s the little things that make a big difference. It will lead to other rooms, too, and before you know it, you’re a cleaning machine and your house shows it!
It is 6:23 am and the alarm clock is going off again. You hit that snooze button for the 3rd time. Every extra 10 minutes of sleep feels like heaven in the morning, but is it the best use of time? Are we really getting more rest in those few extra minutes?
Instead of hitting the snooze button, there are many things we can accomplish to get a better start to our day. Here is a list of just 10 things that we could do if we didn’t squeeze in those extra minutes.
Make your bed
Enjoy your morning shower
Eat a full healthy breakfast
Answer important emails
Check the weather
Pack a tasty and nutritious lunch
Double check you have everything and are not forgetting essential items
Take your time and enjoy your cup of coffee or tea, or treat yourself to a cup from your favorite coffee shop
Get to work on time
Enjoy not being stressed and rushed
Start your day off right and don’t hit that snooze button. Have the peace of mind that you have everything accomplished in the morning so you can focus on the tasks of the day.
It’s 6 am and you are startled awake out of a deep sleep by a horrific beeping noise. You groggily open your eyes and try to find the source of that annoying noise. Then your brain catches up and you realize it is your alarm clock.
Vast majorities of people use alarm clocks almost daily. They are hard to live without, as they ensure that we wake up early for work, school or other functions. But are alarm clocks really helpful?
The answer is YES! Natural light is better to wake up to than an alarm clock.
According to research by the National Institute of Industrial Health in Japan, although using an alarm clock maybe the most popular choice, waking up to a jolting noise can be bad for your heart. Waking up abruptly can cause higher blood pressure and heart rate. Besides increasing your blood pressure, an alarm can also increase stress levels by getting your adrenaline rushing.
There is another option for waking up to the shrilling of an alarm clock: letting your body wake naturally to light.
Here are a few simple tips to try:
Crack your blinds/curtains so natural light can enter your room.
Position your bed so the sun strikes it at an appropriate time of day.
Try to wake up at the same time every day, including weekends, so your body can become accustomed to a new sleep schedule.
If you need to wake up before the sun rises, try using a timer for your bedroom lights.
Try implementing these tips into your routine for a better and healthier start to the day!
Do you lie in bed for hours, staring at the clock? Do you wake up feeling groggy and slow? Lack of sleep can do a lot more than make you have a bad morning—it can hurt your mental and physical health. This video will explore why getting that shut eye is so important, and it will teach you five easy ways to get all the refreshing sleep you need.