The Sleep hub- sleep paralysis

See The Disturbing Photos Depicting Sleep Paralysis

Nicolas Bruno- Battling Sleep Paralysis

Sleep paralysis is a condition characterized by the non-permanent paralysis of the body. It happens shortly after we wake up or shortly before we fall asleep. It occurs when the brain is in the REM state and then you suddenly wake up even though some body paralysis persists.

Nicolas Bruno, a victim of sleep paralysis for many years recreates his experiences through art. The 22-year-old re-creates his sleep paralysis experiences through photographs. During an interview with Yatzer, Nicolas Bruno explains his hallucinations whereby faceless silhouetted figures and grasps from shadowy hands corrupting reality would appear in his hallucinations. Since an early age of 15 when He started experiencing sleep paralysis, Nicolas has had a horrific experience with sleep paralysis.

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Nicolas Bruno, however, discovered that He could channel these fears into art. One of his high school teachers recommended him to archive these horrors. The uniqueness of His art has aided Nicolas Bruno rise from just an ordinary photographer to an experienced and talented photographer, rising the ranks.

Nicholas started by sketching down these vivid terrors of sleep paralysis on paper which He would compile into a journal. As He progressed, He transformed the sketches into photographs inspired by His childhood coastal town in Italy. The Italian culture He is associated with influences the titles, while his appreciation of nature inspires his imagery.

 

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During the initial processes of developing these unique photographs, Nicholas incorporates props like bowler hats, lanterns, burning chairs, face masks among others. Recently Nicholas Bruno has created an online portfolio, where art enthusiasts can view his rare art. His art is also showcased in many art galleries, making him a role model to people out there to people going through sleep paralysis

 

Sometimes, dreams get so stressful that the mind suddenly gets overwhelmed and jumps to a conscious state, thus causing you to become awake. The only problem is during these dreams the brain secretes a paralyzing chemical to keep you from acting out your dreams every night. These paralyzing agents do not last very long as soon as the body realizes that your mind is no longer unconscious, on account of natural defense mechanisms will start straining them from your brain.

Sleep paralysis can make a person conscious of everything that is happening but cannot move his or her body. There is also a hallucinatory element of this state, on which you see fanciful objects similar to dream-like objects that may appear in the room along with one’s regular vision. Some scientist proposed that this condition calls for a theory on alien abductions and ghostly encounters. The effects may be observed for a fraction of a second or up to several minutes. The possible causes that some scientist suggested were:

1)Some motor neurons or cells in the brain, which are responsible for a person’s motor skills, are affected by an impediment of their release and thus, stops functioning;

2)Low levels of melatonin, which is a substance in the brain responsible for sleeping. This can prevent the stimulation of the muscles of the dreamer.

Factors that can induce sleep paralysis are sleeping in an upward position, sleep deprivation, sexual abuse, having an irregular sleeping schedule, increased stress, sudden environmental or lifestyle changes and a dream, which precedes the episode. Treatment involves drugs like Clonazepam and Ritalin. Seeing a Sleep specialist is a must!

Regular sleep is highly recommended to reduce the likelihood of sleep paralysis significantly. The average amount of sleep an individual needs per day depends on the age of that person. If you are an adult, mainly seven hours up to eight hours or more of sleep will do. If you are an adolescent, between 13 up to 17 years old, nine up to ten hours is required. When you are a teenager sleep paralysis may be frequent, but once you get to your thirty’s, it may lessen.

Knowing the symptoms can provide you not just with an understanding of the situation but the right way on how you can deal with sleep paralysis. Although it is much easier said than done, being afraid can do more harm than good, so try to relax and maintain a healthy way of living and sleeping, and who knows, maybe you too can use the material to your advantage; after all, who isn’t fascinated by Sleep Paralysis!?

 

See more of Nicolas Bruno’s photography here

Why Wake- Up Lights Are Trending

Why Waking Up To Natural Light Is The Best Way To Start Your Day

 

Benefits of using a Natural Sunrise Alarm Clock

We all know how difficult it is to wake early in the morning. Most of us struggle to get our feet out of the bed especially at the sound of a screaming alarm clock. However, with the advancement of technology, a million gadgets are produced daily. One of these gadgets is the ever popular wake-up light.
A wake- up light is basically a light programmed to produce artificial dawn in your room in a bid to wake you up in the morning. The light happens gradually, gently pulling you from slumber mode to a wakeful one in a more soothing way, guiding you through a healthy day.

Effectiveness of Wake-up Lights

The human body is designed in a way that when you try waking up in a dark environment, it tends to resist due to the feeling that you ought not to be waking up at that moment. This can result in your mind not fully waking up, thus your body continuing to produce sleeping hormones such as Melatonin. Wake- up lights help in fixing this problem since one experiences artificial sunrise on demand.

Wake- Up Lights vs. Alarm Clocks

One of the common questions asked is if wake-up lights are better than alarm clocks. Well, we cannot rule out on the effectiveness of the traditional alarm clocks in waking you up but the question is; how good is your mood when you hear the blaring tone of the alarm? There are a bunch of issues that are tagged along with waking up to the traditional alarm clock. None of these issues come along with the wake-up light.
Compared to alarm clocks, these more natural alarm clocks have appealing, natural tones that are more relaxing. They start to shine about 30 minutes previous to the set alarm time. It slowly increases from dim to brighter light, similar to natural sunshine. This greatly helps in bringing your body to a lighter sleeping state, enabling you to wake up more easily.

Advantages of Wake- up Light Alarms

The following are some of the benefits of using wake up light:

– Balancing of Melatonin
Light helps in controlling Melatonin levels. This is a light responsive hormone. This means that it should be low in the morning and peak at night, hence using wake- up light alarms to help in balancing this hormone.

– Supporting Morning Cortisol Response
Our body’s cortisol levels should be at peak in the morning, slowly decrease during the course of the day. This is known as the circadian rhythm. Chronic stress can result to irregular cortisol spikes, thus depleting cortisol production. This is commonly known as adrenal fatigue.

– Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment
Light therapy has often been linked with the treatment of depression as well as seasonal affective disorder, especially during the darker months of winter.

– Getting out of Bed Quicker
When using the traditional alarm method, one tends to snooze the alarm. This is because you are coming from a very deep slumber state. A human body is designed in a way that it is not meant to switch right from a deep sleep to an upright state, making it hard to just jump out of bed. Wake- up lights help in putting you in a lighter state before waking up. This will make it much easier to actually wake up and getting out of the bed.

– Having More Energy when Waking up
When using a wake- up light, you tend to have a high amount of energy. This is because your body is put in a state that is more ready to wake up. One will also wake up in a better state of mind.

The Vansky Deluxe Edition Sunrise Alarm is currently being sold at a crazy cheap price of $39.99 which is a $90 saving (at the time of posting) so if you are looking to buy one, now is the time!  This type of wake- up light gently wakes you up with its natural sounds and light, giving you the much needed relaxing mood in the morning. It can also be used as an atmosphere lamp, bedside lamp, FM radio and alarm clock.

Features
– 2017 Edition: easy to set alarm clock, new snooze and sunset function, touch control.
– Simulated wake up light: gradually lights up 30 minutes to alarm time, gently bringing you from the slumber state.
– 6 natural tones and FM radio that helps you relax.
– 7 color light: it comes with 7 different colors (Green, Warm White, Orange, Blue, Red, Purple, and Indigo).

You can check it out here:

 

bad air equals bad sleep?

Not Sleeping? Air Pollution Could Be To Blame!

Air Pollution linked to Poor Sleep

Air pollution has long been associated with many health problems, but poor sleep rarely features on that list. Recent research has however revealed that there is actually a close link between poor sleep and air pollution. Exposure to air pollutants, especially nitrogen dioxide and PM 2.5 particulates, could be the reason why you are not sleeping as soundly as you should. A study was carried out in the U.S that revealed the close association between decreased sleep efficiency and air pollution.

How was the study conducted?
This hallmark study was carried out on residents of 6 major cities in the United States. The research, which was conducted by researchers from the University of Washington and other institutions, had about 1863 participants. Most of them were over the age of 68, although the average age of the participants was 63 years. Many factors were considered during this study, some of which include ethnicity, body mass, age and smoking habits.

The participants wore a wrist actigraphy for seven days in a row when sleeping. The purpose of the gadget was to record fine movements during their sleep as a means of measuring sleep efficiency. Simply defined, sleep efficiency refers to the ratio of hours spent asleep with those spent awake. High sleep efficiency means that a participant slept soundly. The converse is also true: a low sleep efficiency points to disturbed sleep.

The Findings
Quite predictably, the study showed that people with high exposure to pollutants had more disturbed sleep than those who were not highly exposed. The two most offending pollutants were nitrogen dioxide, which is usually emitted by vehicles, and PM 2.5 particulates. Nitrogen dioxide was found to reduce sleep efficiency by a whopping 60%, while exposure to PM 2.5 particulates lowered sleep efficiency by up to 50%.

Explanation
For a long time, it was thought that air pollution only posed a threat to the health of certain vital body organs, namely the heart and lungs. One can, therefore, understand the bewilderment that many people experience upon learning that pollution can plague their sleep as well. Martha Billings, co- author of this somewhat stunning report had an explanation for the strange findings.

According to her, air pollutants irritate sinuses, the nose and the throat. Secondly, they also affect the brain, which results in problems in the regulation of breathing. When you experience breathing problems in your sleep, there is a high probability that your sleep will be disrupted. You might even have trouble finding sleep in the first place. This is a fairly sound theory that helps solve the air pollution and poor sleep mystery.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Poor Sleep?
Sleep is more important to the human body than you might think. It gives your body a chance to rest and become rejuvenated. It also boosts your brain function while improving memory and mood.

Poor sleep is associated with a sour mood. If you suffer from sleep deprivation, there is a high probability that you will be irate and hard to get along with. You may get overly angry at the slightest provocation. This could negatively affect your relationships with other people, who may tend to stay out of your way. When loneliness starts to creep in, then you realize just how costly poor sleep can be.

Secondly, poor sleep can impair your concentration. You may find it hard to concentrate on even the most basic of tasks, or you may find yourself constantly distracted. Although initially, this might not appear to be much of a problem, it could get worse with time. You could also find yourself suffering from memory loss, however mild. Poor sleep can have very far reaching consequences indeed.

Lack of enough sleep is also characterized by decreased energy levels. You may find yourself tiring very quickly, and generally lacking the energy to do things you would ordinarily not think twice before doing. This can be easily explained away by the fact that it is during sleep that the body replenishes its lost energy, therefore if you fail to sleep enough, your energy levels will be lower than they should be.

Conclusion
Since lack of enough sleep can be more than costly, it is important that you find ways to improve sleep. You should consult with your healthcare provider in order to devise ways to improve yourself. If you can, avoid areas that are prone to air pollution, because they can be the main cause of your sleep troubles.

 

Helpful Tip

Although moving to a less polluted area may not be feasible; there are steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home, such as keeping certain plants in your house and bedroom. See Sleeping with Plants for the best plants for this job.

In addition, an air purifier will go a long way to providing the right conditions in your bedroom.

Bestseller Air purifiers

 

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Pink Noise Boosts Memory- New Study Finds

Study of Pink Noise

 

 

Research conducted in March 2017 reveals that deep sleep is important for the purposes of memory consolidation especially in adults that are a bit older. However, individuals in their middle ages tend to experience a significant decrease in deep sleep. A fact that scientists believe contributes to memory loss in old age. Gentle sound stimulation when properly synchronized to the brain waves’ rhythm greatly improves the ability of an older adult to sleep deeply. Furthermore, it improves their ability to remember some words and score well in a memory exam.

Example of Pink Noise

Technique
Dr. Phyllis Zee who is a professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a sleep specialist in Northwestern Medicine said the sound stimulation technique is a safe, simple and innovative approach to improving the health of the brain in older adults. She added that pink noise is a potential tool for improving the memory of older adults in society as well as significantly reducing memory loss that is usually associated with old age.

Study
Past research had indicated that pink noise during deep sleep has the potential of improving memory consolidation in young individuals. However, the same research was yet to be conducted in adults who are older.

The study was conducted on thirteen participants, all of whom were of the age of 60 years or older. The participants had their recruitment done at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center located at Northwestern.

The participants in the study were all subjected to an overnight acoustic stimulation as well as a sham stimulation. The two forms of stimulation were identical with regard to the procedure followed. However, participants reported that they failed to hear any kind of noise while asleep during the entire sham stimulation session.

The participants were subjected to a memory test both at night and in the next morning after undergoing the sham and acoustic stimulation sessions. The ability to recall by the participants generally improved by a small percentage after the sham stimulation on the test that was carried out in the morning. Nonetheless, the improvement on average was thrice following stimulation by the pink noise.

Analysis
Each and every brain wave/ oscillation slows down to approximately 1 oscillation per second during deep sleep compared to the 10 oscillations per second experienced during periods of wakefulness.
An algorithm which delivers sound during a slow wave oscillation’s rising portion was developed by a study coauthor called Giovanni Santostasi. It is this stimulation that increases the neurons’ activity synchronization.

On conclusion of the sound stimulation the slow waves for the older participants increased significantly during sleep.

The extent of slow wave sleep improvement was accurately related to the degree of memory enhancement. This means that slow wave sleep is crucial to memory regardless of age.

Dr. Phyllis Zee confirmed that the gentle sound stimulation technique is potentially a viable solution specifically for long-term use in the home. This is despite the fact that the Northwestern scientists were yet to study the effects of repeated nights of gentle sound stimulation on participants.

Discussion
Nelly Papalambros, a Ph.D. student in neuroscience who works in Dr. Phyllis Zee’s laboratory said that studies on a larger scale are required to be carried out just as confirmatory tests for the efficacy of the pink noise technique. She further mentioned that the plan was to make ‘at-home’ studies in the long term.

Dr. Roneil Malkani who is an assistant professor of neurology at Feinberg and a sleep specialist at Northwestern Medicine is currently directing a team Northwestern scientists. They are testing the acoustic stimulation effect in overnight sleep studies specifically in patients with memory complaints. The aim is to establish whether pink noise can improve memory in adults who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. This follows previous studies that were carried out on people suffering from mild cognitive impairment. The studies had been conducted in collaboration with the professor of psychology at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences located at Northwestern called Ken Paller. The results were that there is a possible link between memory impairments and sleep.

Conclusion
The above study positively relates pink noise with memory boost and deep sleep. Although more research ought to be done, the discovery can still be applied to help older adults in society not to suffer from memory loss.

Yet another reason why every bedroom needs a sound machine.

Examples of excellent sound machines with Pink Noise is the Cherry Koala machine or the LectroFan .

Let’s Look At LectroFan Sleep Machines

The LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine

With their ever- increasing popularity we thought we would take a closer look at LectroFan.

Sound machines are no longer just an amazing natural sleep aid in the bedroom, but can now be found at some work stations to drown out the sound of the busy office environment. They are in dentists waiting areas, counselling rooms, and even some hotel rooms (genius!)

Adaptive Sound Technologies is a leading supplier of sound masking machines and currently dominate the market in several countries.

 

LectroFan 10 Fan 10 White Noise machine


This LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine produces a constant non-loop sound that has not been recorded. It is generated through their proprietary algorithm for a unique non-repeating sound. The product has unmatched features including ten fan sounds, ten white noises, multi-hour timer and is loaded with options for every situation you are in.

With this product, you can now mask all disruptive noises so you can fall asleep easily. It is now possible to drown out those noisy neighbors, barking dogs, traffic, household and construction noises for peaceful sleep, work or conversation. Use it to lull babies or adults to sleep and keep your conversations private. It comes with settings for all the situations you may find yourself.

Product Description
The LectroFan has a simple design with no moving parts making it very safe for any user, energy efficient and last longer compared to other white noise machines using motors. With over 50 levels of volume control in one decibel increments, it is easy to find the perfect environment for your needs.

The white LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine is designed to drown out disturbing noises either using the fan or by producing white noise both with ten non-repeating sounds that can be adjusted for unique decibels depending on your environment. It works so well in soundproofing rooms so you can have private conversations without the hissing or any part of your conversation getting out. There is no better way to reduce disruptive noises. This little machine also creates a relaxing environment for meditation and yoga any time of the day.

Product Details
– Dimensions of the product: 4.4 x 2.2 x 4.4 inches
– Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
– ASIN: B00JU8P8VY
– UPC: 730669484483
– Item model number: ASM1007-FFP
– Customer review: it has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon from 5,683 customers.  

 

LectroFan Jr. with 6 White Noise Sounds, 6 Fan sounds, and Nursery Rhymes

 

 

This product is designed using state-of-the-art technology that generates dynamic non-repeating sounds that steadily eliminates any distractions better that the loping sound common among other competing brands in sound elimination.

The LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine is useful in helping your baby fall asleep and sleep longer in spite of the surrounding disturbances that may otherwise disrupt their daytime nap. Its portability makes the product a part of your baby’s sleep routine since you can use it anywhere anytime. The 12 white noise options make this product unmatched in the market providing sleep therapy even for the lightest sleepers. Its 18 classic nursery rhymes make this product the more important for your baby’s playtime and to create fun. It has no motor or a moving part meaning it is safe even if left near the baby.

It professionally balances the trusted technology of the LectroFan brand with playful nursery songs to provide your baby with a playful environment and sets the tone for a lovely day. Its non-repeating white noise sounds and uniquely engineered to provide your newborn all the sleep they require. You no longer have to worry about household noises, traffic, unexpected noises during a journey and disruptive neighbors. The volume control allows you to set the right white noise level and the 60-minute sleep timer can ensure your baby sleeps in any new environment.

The LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine is compact and can be used in baby nurseries, busy neighborhoods, apartments, day care centers, any sleep environment and a household with many children. It is easy to travel with this product from LectroFan due to its small size and powerful noise masking effects. You can bring along the regular sounds from home as you travel so your baby gets their regular familiar sleep environment no matter where you are.
Product details
– Color: White with blue or pink
– Shipping Weight: 1 pound
– ASIN: B00RC5PAZG
– UPC: 612524468367
– Customer reviews: 4.4-star rating from 107 customers.

 

 

LectroFan – Micro

Equipped with one ocean sound, four white noises and five fan sounds, this micro wireless speaker system Lectrofan White Noise Sleep Machine is very compact and easy to use. Its swivel design allows you to direct the speaker for projecting the sound to specific directions to achieve full room sound. Its Bluetooth speaker system allows one to listen to music through the speakers in the LectoFan when you connect it to a smartphone.

You can easy pack it for traveling due to its small size. Enjoy the benefits of a steady white noise wherever you go and even during the travel. The rechargeable battery lasts 16 hours for sleep sounds and can take you for 6 hours when streaming audio. It can be recharged through the included USB cable.

Product Description
The LectroFan Micro is an ideal sound machine portable for use anywhere and can be used to create a relaxed environment, lull baby to sleep, keep one sleeping even in a disruptive environment and provide privacy for conversation. The wireless Bluetooth speaker system can also be used to stream music from a smartphone or any compatible device. It is a must pack device whenever you travel since it takes little space and is convenient wherever you are.

What makes it unique?
Its proprietary software generates the unique sounds that run without the disruptive looping like other products. The device uses an advanced sound synthesis technology to produces gentle surf sound that can make you think you are at the beach relaxing. The product is tiny but has the capability to produce loud sounds when needed. It allows you to share music with family using the Bluetooth speakers and an extended battery life of 6 hours.

The LectroFan White Noise Sleep Machine is small but very efficient in keeping your conversations from a neighbor, therefore, creating privacy. As much as it keeps surrounding noises out, this product also works to keep your talking from reaching the ears of those you do not want to hear. Its compact size gives you a lot of freedom to travel with the device whenever you leave home. It takes a very small space that is insignificant to your package. LectroFan have also bought this model out in White.

Technical Details
– Brand: LectroSound
– Weight: 4.8 ounces
– Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2 inches
– Model number: ASM1017-K
– UPC: 897392002312
– Battery: 1 lithium ion
– Color: Black, or White

 

LectroFan have really earned their fan base and we can see why their noise machines are so popular. With four products covering all occasions, and their neat compact designs it is no wonder they are consistently top rated for their sound machines.

The Process Of Sleep In Humans

Sleep Characteristics

Sleep is one of the essential routines in our daily lives. We start to feel a bit drowsy as the clock reaches a certain time and we know it is time to lie down and close our eyes for a while. We have to sleep so that our bodies can refuel for the next day. Sleep is something that is simply programmed into our bodies. We know this because it is commonly seen that people eventually sleep even if they don’t want to! This is because their bodies simply demand it.

 

Sleep goes on for roughly one-third of our total life which shows how important it is. It is an important activity that, if not spent wisely, will eventually detract from your work and cause severe problems in your life. People just aren’t as good at anything as they are when they have had enough sleep. We know that we should not neglect our sleep because it is crucial for our motor and our cognitive functions. For us to survive in this world, we simply need to sleep.

 

In a test on rats, those who were deprived of sleep died within two to three weeks. Scientists have learned that it is crucial for both animals and people to sleep to be alert and functioning each day. In scientific terms, we now know that the activity of the brain regulates the amount of sleep that is needed by the body. Researchers use electrodes and electroencephalograms (EEG’s) to measure electrical activity in the brain, eye movement, and muscle tension. These are all examined to determine many facts about sleep in general. The results show certain patterns which then lead to finding out about the various stages of sleep.

 

There are two basic stages of sleep which are rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM). NREM sleep is composed of four stages regarding the amplitude and frequency of the activity of the brain waves. The pattern of NREM sleep on the brain waves is slower, more regular, and of a higher voltage than that of wakefulness. When you are in a deep sleep, the brain waves move slower and have bigger amplitude. The first stage of NREM sleep is very light sleep. Stage two NREM, however, has two kinds of brain waves that are present. They are called sleep spindles and K-complexes. Stage three and four of NREM has incrementally higher voltages and slower waves. By stage four NREM, it is extremely hard to wake a person up. This could also be referred to as “sleeping like a log.”

 

REM sleep is the second basic stage of sleep. It is described by eye movements that bounce around underneath a person’s eyelids in an extremely rapid fashion. The eye movements do not necessarily move all the time but they may suddenly zoom up and down or back and forth, stop for a while and then dart back and forth again intermittently. During REM sleep, the activity shows very fast and irregular activity. It is a lot more spontaneous than in the NREM sleep. The person’s muscle tone also goes limp although the major muscles like the heart, diaphragm, eye muscles and

 

Blood vessels are still active. The state of the body at this stage is almost like being paralyzed. This is because the electrical activities in the muscles are almost completely stopped. There may be some small twitching in these muscles, but mostly there is nothing during this stage.

 

Sleep is a cyclical process where NREM and REM sleep will repeat in cycles. It starts with an NREM phase which lasts for roughly ninety to one hundred and ten minutes. Then it recurs four to six times per night. As the night progresses, the extent of NREM sleep decreases and the extent of REM sleep increases. Also, blood flow to the brain, airway resistance, sexual arousal, respiration and blood pressure increase.

 

Sleep is necessary because it gives your body and mind a chance to recoup. For those with crazy, busy, stressful schedules it is even more so needed. Think about everything you do in a day. Think about the demand you place on your mind and body. Getting rest is the body’s only chance to reenergize for another day of your life.

 

When you deprive your body of sleep, you will suffer from more than just sleepiness. Your body will begin to ache. You can get headaches. You will find you will catch more colds and illnesses. That’s because sleep contributes to your immune system, strengthening it so it has the power to ward off disease. A lack of sleep inevitably weakens your immune system, making it susceptible to things like the common cold and flu as well as other undesirable afflictions and diseases.

 

The drowsiness that comes from being sleep deprived also hinders daily life. This can distract you from your job, making it difficult to keep up required productivity levels. Sleeplessness also makes you cranky, as your kids, co-workers or significant other can attest to. This unattractive quality stands in the way of the person you want to be and may go so far as to affect your personal and professional relationships.

 

If you are going to make sacrifices in life, make the right ones. Instead of sacrificing sleep you might sacrifice that hour, you spend watching The Bachelor. Or you could shut off the news or that late night show you usually watch while finishing work. If you do, you’ll be able to concentrate better the next day, get to bed sooner and wake up feeling more refreshed and full of energy.

 

So, what is sleep? Quite simply, sleep is a vital part of you and your body’s ability to function productively. Without adequate levels of quality sleep, everything from our reaction times and mental capacity to our overall health and well-being is negatively affected.

 

Enabling your body to reenergize sufficiently will improve your output, help safeguard against sickness, and contribute to your overall wellbeing. You’ll soon begin to realize the benefits rather than sarcastically asking your sleep deprived co-workers, “What is sleep?”

 

Sleep is a broad topic, and it is intimately connected to a person’s age in how it functions. Biological clocks, homeostasis, dreams, and sleep practices all play a part in how living things sleep. The science of sleep is so complex that we should all take care to get the correct amount of sleep. It is one of the most important things you will ever do!

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How Much Sleep Should Your Child Really Have?

Sleeping Hours Required by Children

A new study shows children aged 12 and younger function best if they go to bed before 9:00 p.m., and are prone to increased health risks if they stay up late.

The panel of pediatric specialists, led by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), have produced these recommendations based on the age of the child:

  • Infants (4-12 months): 12 to 16 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11 to 14 hours
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years): 10 to 13 hours
  • School-age children (6-12 years): 9 to 12 hours
  • Teenagers (13-18 years): 8 to 10 hours

Sleep deprivation, especially among our children is increasing. The pressures of modern life to always be ‘connected’ , available, and up to speed with all things social media is worsening the situation.

As parents it is often hard to tell if our child is getting enough sleep as they tend to ‘speed up’ when tired, as opposed to adults who tend to wind down. What we may just attribute to age and hormonal changes may in fact be a sign of sleep troubles.

In the study of sleep requirements the panel analyzed how sleep impacts mental health, metabolic rates, cardiovascular development, immunology, and life performance to determine how much sleep is optimum. Enforcing it may be another matter, but it is a reminder of how important sleep is and how we as a nation should take it more seriously if we are to produce well- adjusted healthy children.

According the The Sleep Foundation, sleepiness can look like symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).” Children often act as if they’re not tired, resisting bedtime and becoming hyper as the evening goes on. All this can happen because the child is overtired”. Equally ADHD can in fact cause sleeplessness.

You can download the National Sleep Foundations sleep guide chart here Sleep Chart

 

 

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Sleep Aid Kit 2017

Helping You Sleep Naturally in 2017

 

Often with sleep, it is the routine we take that can make or break our promise of a decent night’s sleep. Waking after a solid sleep at the right time, feeling refreshed and rejuvanated can be an elusive dream (pun intended) in adulthood.

When I was a child I slept my best when I stayed at my Grandparents’ house. I didn’t sleep there often. The room was always pitch black, and the blankets way too heavy, yet I slept the soundest sleeps I ever had whilst staying there. Why? As an adult I now know exactly why. It was a comforting evening ritual. Familiar little delights coupled with the right mix of things in the bedroom. Things I have recreated in adulthood to ensure I sleep sound.

As bedtime approached the TV glare was replaced by low-level lighting and music, while we all read or completed a crossword puzzle. The only sounds were relaxing rhythmic sounds (except the occasional trilling of their Budgie!) like the ticking of a Grandfather clock (this sound still makes me sleepy to this day).

Warm milk and two malted-milk biscuits were taken before being tucked into the darkest room ever! I always felt slightly uneasy at first, but the blankets that I had always felt restricted my movement were pulled over me, and that was usually the last I would know until I awoke refreshed and ready for the next day.

What did I learn from this?

Bedding is everything!! For someone who has difficulty sleeping one of the first things we suggest is ensure your bed is a decent one. If you cannot afford a new mattress then a mattress topper can make all the difference.

Secondly, a decent duvet with quality covers. There is a reason hotels favour Egyptian Cotton. Your skin can breathe, allowing your body temperature to stay stable, while the weight of it stays around your body rather than revealing little pockets of air when we turn at night, which in turn creates a chill and can lead to awakening. Find Egyptian cotton sheets on Ebay, or Amazon. These are the best Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover we have found. Currently over $50 off!

Thirdly, blackout curtains. Buy blackout curtains in their entirety, or a black- out blind, or both! or simply line the ones you have. No more early waking! If you cannot afford or do not desire these, then a decent sleep mask can do the trick. The best sleep mask we have found is this one.

Other vitally important aspects of sleep are what you do or don’t eat and drink before bed see: Six Proven Foods to Help You Sleep.

The scents and sounds you surround yourself with: Play some relaxing music. See our article about the most relaxing piece of music ever made. Fall asleep in 8 minutes to this song or invest in a Sleep Sound Machine.

Still the best rated in 2017 is the Ecotones Sound Machine, but there are dozens of others worth investigating

Last but not least, why not try some soothing herbal tea before bed? Tim Ferris (of The Four- Hour Work Week) himself reportedly drinks Yogi Herbal Tea to help him sleep.

We are going to enjoy trying these!

Scented candles (extinguished before you sleep of course) or an aromatherapy oil diffuser can wrap you up in the most relaxing scents and lure you to a deep sleep. This great little kit is currently only $16.95 instead of $69.95 (at time of posting) which makes a lovely gift to yourself (or someone else)

 

Let us know what works for you.

 

Fall Asleep in 8 Minutes With This Song…

Calm Anxiety & induce total relaxation…

 

 

Often referred to as ‘the most relaxing song in the world’ Marconi Union released this song in 2011 after working with The British Academy of Sound Therapy to help create a soothing piece to help people relax and sleep. ‘Weightless’ contains calming melodies, mesmerizing chimes and a heartbeat-like rhythm.

Reported to slow your pulse and ease anxiety, I am typing as I listen and can feel the pull of an afternoon nap coming on! Be sure to add it to your bedtime playlist, but DO NOT listen to it whilst driving. Enjoy…

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep & Mood (The SHY Sleep Hypothesis)

How Sleep Affects Mood

 

Sleep has been an exciting area of study for centuries because it is an activity that takes up a third of your lifetime and dictates the overall performance of the body. Considering how important sleep is in the scheme of our daily lives, those suffering from sleep disorders are curious on the affect that this has on their bodies. Throughout all of this research there is a solid indication that lack of sleep, over time, does have an affect over your mood. Experts researching the correlation between sleep deprivation and depression have found some pretty surprising results.

 

Sleep disorders and insomnia are not directly related to depression, but having a sleep disorder does have an effect on depression. In a very recent study, it was found that healthy sleep resets brain activity that builds up in the early morning hours. The renewal of your brain’s connectivity is crucial to allowing memories to develop so that you can adapt and learn from your surroundings. If you lose one night’s sleep, you have blocked the ability for your brain to naturally reset. When this occurs, the neurons in your brain are connecting too much and so confused with electrical impulses that memories cannot be established or retained much longer. This is an exciting concept because this lack of sleep is a promising way to treat depression and related conditions.

 

As far as radical therapies go, sleep deprivation treatment ranks fairly high. Through this process, patients are intentionally kept in a sleep deprived state so that the patterns of their brains are reset and tested. Sleep is actually a huge source of high functioning brain activity, and this occurs because our brains have to literally process and absorb all of the information that we have received during the day. There are so many events that we live through in a day, from books we are reading, sites that we take in, or even songs that we listen to on the radio. Sleep is the only time that your brain really has to recharge and sort everything out.

 

The synaptic homeostasis hypothesis, is a theory that was developed in 2003 by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supports the newest information discovered about sleep deprivation. In this theory it is stated that, upon awaking, synapses fire in your brain are strengthened, and they continue to strengthen more through our learning until our brain is completely flooded with information. The entire process takes a significant amount of energy, and thus our brains use the process of sleep to rest and refresh.

 

In recent experiments, it was found that those with sleep deprived brains were easier to trigger responses. A woman, who had not slept, had magnetic pulses applied to her brain to trigger muscle spasms. Since she was sleep deprived, it was easier for her muscles to twitch. However, upon laying down to go to sleep it was harder to get neurons to respond. This difficulty with response is a sign that the brain couldn’t write down memories effectively. Sleep does allow the brain to slow down so that memories can be recorded, and the downside is that these brains are frantic with electrical energy that won’t record proper memories.

 

Those that suffer from depression, when living through one night of sleep deprived sleep, report a large increase in their mood on the next day. These depressed brains also show other improvements in cognitive function and motivation. Although these results are exciting, many of the patients reverted back to their depression after they had received a normal night’s sleep. Even though the results aren’t long lasting, this gives researchers the incentive to study brain activity and discover new depression treatments.

 

The brain is the powerhouse of the body and is responsible for so many daily functions including memories and learning. This new research for depression will offer insight into the connection between complex neurological functions, what actual occurs during the process of sleep, and serious mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia. Through all of this new research, experts expect to pinpoint why sleep deprivation is so effective in the brains of people struggling with depression. A window has been opened, and this new and noninvasive research could prove to be an effective tool to fight depression that isn’t pharmaceutically based.

Further recommeded reading:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24411729

http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-we-sleep-shy-hypothesis-claims-our-brain-must-pay-price-learning-266726

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood