Category Archives: Sleep Research

You Don’t Have to be an Olympian to Get Better Sleep

Exercise and Sleep

With the Olympics now underway there’ll be a fair share of sleepless nights as we catch up on all the action.

While we certainly don’t advocate staying up late every night to watch your favourite athlete, the Olympics might just be that little bit of inspiration you need to help you start that exercise routine.

We know that exercise has many benefits; sleeping better is definitely one of them.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to be an Olympian to feel the benefits of a good night’s sleep!

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How Much Sleep Do Children Need?

How Much Sleep Do Children Need

When our children have sleep issues it can be exhausting, affecting the whole family.

If they don’t get enough sleep, their behaviour and mood can be affected. They may become hyperactive at night leading to drowsiness during the day. Sleep affects children’s ability to learn and function, and helps their bodies fight off illness.

Ultimately, sleep helps children to rest and restore their emotional wellbeing.

So, how much sleep do children need?

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What Your Sleep Position Says About You

Have you ever wondered what your sleep position says about you?  It may come as a surprise, but sleep researchers have been studying sleep positions for years and have found a correlation between sleep position and personality.

Sleep Positions

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Sleep Better to Feel Better

Sleep Better to Feel Better

Monday 16th May marks the beginning of Mental Health Week.

According to the Mental Health Foundation: ‘Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.’

We spend a third of our life in bed, so why compromise on the cost of a good night’s sleep?

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7 Stress Busting Tips to Help You Sleep

7 Stress Busting Tips to Help You Sleep

Not all stress is bad, right?

You know the drill. It’s Sunday evening, you’re lying in bed just about to nod off when, pop!, you’ve just joined the wide awake club.

Whether it’s work, family, financial or health worries, all these stressful thoughts can make it difficult to fall asleep, and even stay asleep!

If stress is really that bad for our sleep, what can we do to make it better?

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5 Tips to Better Teen Sleep

5 Tips to Better Teen Sleep Is your teen sleep deprived?

With exams just around the corner, young people up and down the country are risking peak performance by losing out on vital sleep.

Whether it’s due to pulling all-nighters for exam revision, or having too much screen time, sleep loss can have a huge impact on young people’s health, behaviour, mood, concentration, memory and, ultimately, performance at school.

We look at the effects of not getting enough shut eye and how best to get our teenagers to sleep more.

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Three Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

Three Steps to Better Sleep

Research shows that more and more of us are not getting enough sleep. In fact, 33% of us get by on less than 6 hours slumber a night!

Given that a lack of sleep can cause problems with our mental and physical health, it’s worth establishing a few new ground rules for a better night’s sleep. Continue reading

National Bed Month

National Bed Month

As Spring approaches The Sleep Council, through its Bed Month campaign, reminds us that it might be time to be thinking about giving grotty old mattresses their marching orders – and invest in a better night’s sleep with a comfortable new bed.

Considering we spend a third of our life in bed, getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our health, well-being and productivity. Sleeping on the the right mattress ensures that we wake up refreshed.

The average lifespan of a mattress is around 7 years so it’s worth spending as much as you can afford to get a good quality, comfortable bed.

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How Much Sleep Do We need?

The National Sleep Foundation has produced new guidelines on how much sleep we need throughout our life.  Along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, the NSF revised the recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups.

Even though sleep patterns are individual, ie there’s no magic number, the new NSF guidelines show us the amount of time a person should sleep, according to their age.

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