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Why you need plenty of sleep

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Not getting your full 8 hours of kip?  It’s more of a problem than you think… health wise, this is what happens over time… Lose 30 minutes to 1 hour a night This small “sleep debt” can lead to weight gain as your metabolism starts slowing Lose 1 – 2 hours a night The risk of you feeling depressed increases by 14% for every hour of missed sleep according to an Australian study. Lose 3 – 4 hours a night If this lack of sleep continues for 2 weeks, you’ll have the same cognitive decline as someone who hasn’t slept…

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10 Proven Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

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A good night of sleep — at least 7 hours per night — is a necessity. From a health and fitness perspective, a good night’s sleep helps us stay lean by helping to maintain good insulin sensitivity. It cuts the risk of common colds and increases resilience to stress. It also improves memory and performance. Finally, a good night’s sleep is crucial for GH and testosterone levels, which give men and women more strength and vitality. 1. Make the room cold. For most people, the ideal temperature for sleeping is somewhere between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll have to experiment…

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How much do we really know about sleep?

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There is no single activity that humans do more: if you live to be 90, you will probably spend 32 years asleep. It is as vital for us as eating or drinking water. Sleep deprivation will kill you as surely as starvation. It is an activity we share with every other animal species, from cockroaches to chimpanzees. Yet we do not fully understand why we do it. Sleep scientists are locked in furious disagreements about what it’s for. Some suggest it’s to do with memory; some suggest it’s about clearing toxins from the brain; others suggest a combination of several…

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11 Tips to sleep well on a hot summer night

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Choose cotton. Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester sheets for cooler nights. Light-colored bed linens made of lightweight cotton (Egyptian or otherwise) are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow in the bedroom. Get cold comfort. Here’s a four-seasons tip for keeping utilities charges down: Buy a hot water bottle. In winter, fill it with boiling water for toasty toes without cranking the thermostat. During summer, stick it in the freezer to create a bed-friendly ice pack. Be creative. If you thought fans are just for blowing hot air around, think again! Point box fans out the windows…

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Researchers warn of health dangers of too much light while we sleep

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There are regular warnings that people aren’t sleeping properly. Too much light from electronic devices before bedtime. Not enough time in bed. Excessive caffeine. Now there’s another potential worry – too much light in the bedroom. Previous studies have linked light at night with ill health in rodents. Now a study of 113,000 women suggests that it could cause obesity in humans. The work by Oxford University researchers for the Institute of Cancer Research found that women had larger waistlines if their bedroom was “light enough to see across”, the researchers found. Prof Derk-Jan Dijk, of the Surrey Sleep Centre,…

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How Will You Sleep Tonight? It’s in Your Genes

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Are you one of those people who rises before dawn and never needs an alarm clock? Or would you happily sleep until midmorning if you could? Do you feel like you are just hitting your stride by late afternoon, or do you get the day’s main tasks accomplished by lunch? Most of us have some degree of preference for late nights or early mornings. Where an individual falls on this spectrum largely determines his or her chronotype—an individual disposition toward the timing of daily periods of activity and rest. Some of us are clearly “larks”—early risers—while others are distinctly night…

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Too little sleep, and too much, affect memory

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How might sleep affect memory? People who are persistently sleep deprived are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowed blood vessels. Each of these can decrease blood flow inside the brain. Brain cells need a lot of oxygen and sugar, so blood flow problems could affect their ability to work properly. Poor sleep could affect the brain in another way. Sleep-deprived mice develop more deposits of a protein called beta amyloid in the brain compared with mice allowed to sleep normally. In humans, beta amyloid deposits in the brain are linked to declines in memory and thinking…

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Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

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Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences for your physical health? When you might need more sleep than normal There are some situations when you’ll need more than the standard eight hours of sleep a night. It’s not unusual to want 10-15 hours of rest and sleep a day if you are: recovering from illness pregnant living with a chronic illness have been through extreme physical exertion, such as running a marathon One in three…

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Why women get more tired than men

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Birth control, equal pay, government representation — and sleep? Turns out snooze time may be the latest item on the list of women’s issues. According to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control, women are more likely than men to say they’re tired or even exhausted. While there’s no single explanation for the gender difference, there are lots of biological and psychosocial factors that can send women straight for the nap room. This article is written by Shana Lebowitz, you can connect with Shana here: http://greatist.com/happiness/women-more-tired-than-men-041513chr What’s the Deal? Results from the CDC research show that between 2010 and…

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32 Solutions for When You Can’t Sleep

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Beyond Counting Sheep — Your Action Plan Whether you’re a chronic insomniac or just have the occasional restless night, read on for lasting sleep solutions.  This article is written by Laura Newcomer, you can read the full thing here: http://greatist.com/health/cant-sleep-advice-and-tips Try these strategies for gradually improving sleep quality over time. Keep track. Record how much and when you sleep, fatigue levels throughout the day, and any other symptoms. This serves two purposes: It can identify activities that help or hurt the chances of a good night’s rest, and it’s a useful tool for a doctor or therapist, should you decide…

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