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Duvet Days

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Did you know that some companies allow you to legitimately take duvet days?  You know you’ve landed the jackpot when you see that in your employment contract! Unfamiliar with the term ‘duvet day’?  These are those days when you just can’t face work.  Your bed is very comfy and for the best will in the world you just can’t shift yourself from the sheets to make it in for the day.  These are not to be confused with sick days – those are unavoidable and most companies (yes there are some that don’t) will pay you sick pay to keep…

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Do Not Disturb

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You’ve been looking forward to this holiday all year, you’ve endured the flight, the hotel is just what you’d hoped for and the views are to die for.  The bed could sleep 5, has a mattress that feels like you’re floating on a cloud and the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign is hanging. Why oh why can’t you sleep? Sleep researchers have a name for this. It’s called the ‘first night effect’ which sees our brains return to a primaeval state of surveillance.  It’s a deep routed state of mind which kicks in when we enter an unfamiliar environment and keeps…

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Bedroom Décor for a Good Night Sleep

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Having trouble sleeping?  The layout, décor and general environment of your bedroom may be affecting your sleep. Here are some of our top tips for creating a room to encourage a really good nights sleep. Declutter for Slumber A good tidy and clean can be very therapeutic as a cluttered room can have a big effect on your sleep.  Clear out your clutter and stop using the ‘floordrobe’ is an excellent start however, it isn’t just ‘out of sight, out of mind’ that matters. All those boxes and general stuff under your bed could be subconsciously disturbing your sleep. So, channel…

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Positive Sleep For Better Mental Health

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Sleep deprevation or having a poor sleep routine can lead to damaging effects on mental health and well-being. Looking at The Mental Health Foundation (hosts of  ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’) guide ‘Sleep Better’ we explore positive sleep methods and routines for better mental health. The Foundation suggests that Health, Environment, Attitude and Lifestyle must be addressed to achieve an effective sleep routine. These are the ‘4 pillars of good sleep’ and together the help us to, HEAL. Health Address any physical health concerns which may prevent sleep. A simple common cold, although frustrating at the time, is easy to treat and is…

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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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