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Sleep Can Change With the Seasons
Like every other physiological process in the body, our sleep is influenced by the external environment and the seasons. That means, in theory, changing the clocks could change your sleeping patterns. So here’s what you need to know:
Whether you count sheep, meditate or fall asleep in front of the television, we all have our own special bedtime routines.
Getting to sleep of an evening is, however, perhaps much more complex than you might think.
And some of you may actually be getting the whole process all wrong.
Does your body ever start to twitch at night, right as you’re about to lose consciousness and go to sleep?
Don’t worry, you have nothing to fear. Roughly 70% of the world’s population get this. This is known as a “hypnic jerk” or “sleep start,” an involuntary jerk of the legs, arms and body. Basically, two systems in your body are fighting each other. They are both trying to battle over whether your system should stay alert and maintain control of your body. Meanwhile, the other system tries to ignite your sleep cycle.
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Sleep better just by going outside?
Want to sleep better? Go outside, recommends a new study.
A recent University of Michigan study found, unsurprisingly, that getting outside during the day helps people fall asleep more quickly and get more shut-eye at night. Indoor light isn’t quite as helpful as actual sunlight.
Is Your Current Sleep Cycle The Best For You?
When you go to bed, is it because you’re tired or because you need to get up at a certain time and want to make sure you get enough sleep?
Lack of sleep= poor workout?
Your fitness routine is in full swing two months into the year: You’re eating right and you’re exercising, but you’re not yet seeing the results you want from your workout.
What’s missing? It might be sleep.
So say an increasing number of studies that show sleep deprivation causing such negative outcomes as weight gain, an increase in overuse injuries, a decrease in muscle mass and a reduction in testosterone (which has a whole host of other negative effects, including low sex drive, depression and bone loss).
“You can have two people who are doing the exact same workout and eating the same good nutrition, but one is seeing huge progress and the other isn’t. A lot of the time, good sleep is the difference,” says Mansur Mendizabal, a personal trainer and kettlebell instructor in Washington.
“Sleep is the only time the body is fully recovering and rebuilding,” he says.
In other words, it’s not enough to take a day or two off from training and slouch on the couch and expect good results. It’s sleep — specifically deep sleep — that is the difference when it comes to such things as muscle recovery, mental acuity and reaction time, another important aspect of sports performance.
“It’s during the deep stages of sleep that all the tissues of the body repair,” says John Broussard, a sports medicine doctor in Washington. “But you have to get into all the stages of sleep in the proper sequence to get those restorative benefits.”
There are four parts of the sleep cycle: Stage 1 (near-awake), Stage 2 (onset of sleep), Stage 3 (deep and restorative sleep) and Stage 4 (deep REM or dream state), which occurs at about 90 minutes into each cycle.
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Do you have the winter blues? Or is it something else?
Snowy days, warm beds, cold nights and dark mornings make it easy to linger in bed. According to data collected by an app called Sleep Cycle, the urge to sleep more during the winter is common. Many adults report feeling sluggish and tired during the winter. But does this mean you actually need more sleep during the winter, or is a sign of something else?
Enjoy better sleep with these 12 steps
A few years ago, I carried out a large-scale survey examining the lifestyles of people who sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed. The results revealed that the secret of a great night’s sleep is surprisingly simple, and comes down to the following 12 techniques.
You know the drill by now—no caffeine after 3 pm, avoid late night spicy foods if you don’t want to be up with indigestion, kick the blanket-hogging dog out of the bed. But if you’re practicing good sleep hygiene and still tossing and turning at night (or feel exhausted every. single. morning.) one of these other factors could be robbing you of rest.
The medical community has long known that people who suffer from epilepsy experience sudden electrical activity in the brain, and now there is significant evidence suggesting that sleep – particularly sleep deprivation – can trigger epileptic seizures.