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A Good Night's Sleep Can Help Your Waistline

Sleep Well And It Could Help Your Waistline

Great sleep = Great Waistline?

You are likely to have heard Americans are getting fatter. Eating fast and processed foods and a sedentary lifestyle are likely contributors. Today, almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and this is a public health disaster. Another prevalent health issue in the U.S. is problems with sleeping. Almost 20 million people have sleep apnea, and about one-third of Americans are not getting enough sleep.

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Should we be sleeping twice a day

Should We Actually Be Sleeping Twice A Day?

Sleeping Once A Day? How about Twice?

This time, we’re all doing it wrong. Well, except for a handful of Spanish people that still enjoy a siesta after lunch.

Experts believe that the reason we’re all constantly whingeing about lack of sleep is because we should actually be doing it twice a day, for shorter bursts.

Did someone say siesta?

The idea that we should all be trying for a continuous eight hours of sleep at night is, experts argue, a recent invention, and our body clocks are far better suited to two shorter bursts of sleep each day.

In fact, so-called segmented, or bi-modal, sleeping used to be the norm, argue Dr Melinda Jackson, a psychologist who specialises in sleep disorders at RMIT University, and Siobhan Banks, sleep researcher at the University of South Australia.

‘Anthropologists have found evidence that during pre-industrial Europe, bi-modal sleeping was considered the norm,’ they explained in an article this week for the Conversation.

For example, in Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge (published in 1840), he refers to the concept of a first and second sleep, writing:

“He knew this, even in the horror with which he started from his first sleep, and threw up the window to dispel it by the presence of some object, beyond the room, which had not been, as it were, the witness of his dream.”

People’s bedtime wasn’t determined by time of day, but by what they had to do and when.

‘Interestingly, the appearance of sleep maintenance insomnia in the literature in the late 19th century coincides with the period where accounts of split sleep start to disappear,’ Jackson and Banks go on to note.

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What we can learn about sleeping from animals

What We Can Learn From Animals About Sleeping

Sleeping is a basic part of our everyday lives, yet surprisingly little is known about its purpose and evolutionary history.

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Should you change your sleeping position?

Should you change your sleeping position?

Sleeping Positions: Sweet Dreaming or Total Nightmare?

When you get in bed and cozy into your covers at night, you probably don’t put much thought into whether you’re on your side, back, or stomach. But if you snore like a bear every time your head hits the pillow or you wake up feeling stiff as a board, it might be time to switch things up at bedtime.

Here’s the scoop on the benefits and drawbacks of the most common sleeping positions.

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Studies Show Late Night Eating could impair learning

Studies Show Late Night Eating could impair learning

Could Late Night Eating Affect Learning?

An occasional late-night raid on turkey leftovers might be harmless but new research with mice suggests that making a habit of it could alter brain physiology.

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