Sleep deeper at the right degree (°C)

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SLEEP BETTER BY MAINTAINING THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE FOR SLEEP

Our sleep is closely linked to the circadian rhythm of our body’s core temperature. Without our body undergoing the necessary temperature changes we cannot fall asleep and if our body is not at the right temperature throughout the night our sleep quality will suffer. To fall asleep our core temperature needs to drop and our skin temperature needs to increase.

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Don’t sweat it!

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THE LOW-DOWN ON NIGHT SWEATS

Ever woken up in the night to find yourself totally sweaty? Damp, clammy and your sleepwear and sheets soaked through? You’re not alone. A study has shown that a third of patients visiting their local doctor complained of night sweats. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; how many others of us are suffering from night sweats that we haven’t reported?

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Race against the clock for sleep deprivation

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WHAT NOBEL PRIZE-WINNERS CAN TELL US ABOUT SLEEP AND OUR HEALTH

This has been a week to celebrate for Nobel prize-winners Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young but an unpleasant wake-up call for those suffering from sleep deprivation. The prize-winners’ research shows that sleep, and sleeping well at night, are key to our health and wellbeing.

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SLEEP IN, STAY THIN

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CAN SLEEPING LONGER AT THE WEEKEND HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?

Sleeping in at the weekend is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of weight gain; offering yet another reason to stay in bed longer! Regardless of how much we sleep during the week getting some extra sleep at the weekend is linked with a lower BMI. Sleep disturbances and a lack of sleep has been clearly connected with increased body weight.

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STAY ON TOP BY STAYING IN BED

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THE MORE SENIOR YOU ARE, THE LESS SLEEP YOU ARE LIKELY TO GET

Are you moving up the corporate ladder because you don’t need a lot of sleep? Or are you skipping sleep to move up the ladder?

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TURN OFF YOUR PHONE & TUNE IN TO YOUR SLEEP

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IS MY PHONE RUINING MY SLEEP?

Guilty as charged! I admit that I used to keep my phone next to my bed and it turns out that I’m not the only one. Studies from the US show that 95% of people are using their phone just before going to sleep and 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their smartphones. As people grow older their fondness for keeping their phone next to their bed decreases but still 70% of 30 to 49 year olds do so. Half of people in the same survey said that they check their phones immediately if they wake up during the night.

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Why sleep is the best exercise to get fit

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SLEEP TO STAY FIT

Most of us have heard that doing sports can help to improve our sleep quality but did you know that sleep also helps you to get fit? Getting more and better quality sleep really can help you improve your athletic performance, regardless of your level and preferred sport. Research shows that sleeping better can help you improve your speed, accuracy and reaction time when doing sports. In an experiment conducted at Stanford University the college’s basketball team slept on average 2 hours per night longer over the period of a few months. The added hours really paid off on the court, both in the team’s results and their mood.

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WORK–PLAY–SLEEP–REPEAT

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SKIPPING SLEEP VS. GETTING DRUNK–WHAT MAKES FOR A WORSE DAY AT THE OFFICE?

There are more similarities between being sleepy and being drunk than we might realise. Though most of us would not show up at the office intoxicated, we might not be so careful when it comes to getting enough sleep. To be mentally sharp and alert we need sleep. Sleep loss impacts neurocognitive functions like short-term memory and more complex mental tasks such as multi-tasking, decision-making and problem-solving in much the same way as alcohol does.

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SLEEPING PILOTS MAKE FOR A SAFE FLIGHT

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WHY I HOPE MY PILOT IS NAPPING

If you are on a long-haul flight you had better hope that your pilot had a good night's rest and the opportunity for a mid-flight nap. NASA researchers have found that taking naps increases pilots’ physiological alertness by 100% and job performance by 34%. 

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GOOD WORKMATES, GOOD SLEEP

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ARE YOUR COLLEAGUES KEEPING YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?

We all know the impact our workmates have on our daily life but did you know that they also impact our sleep quality? Psychosocial factors, including a negative social environment at work and high work demands have been shown in research to have a far greater impact on sleep quality than other physical work factors such as shift work or working overtime.

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