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Why Naughty Food Is So Irresistible When You’re Tired

Have you noticed that after a bad night’s sleep, food often seems just that little bit more enticing? I’ve always thought it was a comfort food reaction – I feel tired and low energy, so I indulge in my favorite food to keep myself going through the day. But recent research, based on brain scans, suggests that a lack of sleep...

Do You Learn Better By Studying Late Or Sleeping More?

Studying for exams, preparing for interviews, memorizing speeches or work presentations – sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get all that information to stay in your head. With so much to process, it’s often tempting to burn the candle at both ends, studying or working late into the night. But...

10 Plants That Help You Sleep By Purifying Your Bedroom

Do you keep any plants in your bedroom, or have you always heard that it’s better not to because they produce carbon dioxide at night? Personally, I have a trailing spider plant that keeps me company night after night, a plant that I now know to be one of the best to keep in the bedroom. In 1989, NASA conducted a fascinating study into...

Does Research Show That Alternative Sleep Remedies Work?

Do you difficulty sleeping and prefer alternative remedies to strong prescription sleeping pills? Perhaps conventional medicine hasn’t worked for you and you’re interested in trying something different. Alternative medicines have long been used by people suffering from sleep disorders. Back in 2006, a large scale survey showed...

How To Help Children With Stress And Insomnia

In the storybooks, childhood is a stress-free period of our lives. There are no looming bills, problems at work or expensive car repairs to worry about. Playing with friends and creating vast imaginary lands in the living room is the order of the day. And later, some hopeful negotiations with parents for a later bedtime, with fingers and toes...

What’s The Best Bedroom Color For Sleep?

How does the current color scheme of your bedroom make you feel when you slide into bed at the end of a long day? Do you find your eyes relax when you cast your gaze around the room, or do you feel energized by the colors you notice? The way that color affects the human brain has fascinated scientists for decades, but only in the last few years...

How Do You Know You Slept Well? 4 Indicators Of Good Sleep

Some mornings you crawl painfully out of bed, just knowing that you had a terrible night’s sleep, and that you’re going to have a difficult day because of it. Other days you might wake up with the feeling you didn’t sleep too well, but you somehow manage to get through the day just fine. So how exactly do you work out if...

The Hidden Cost Of Sleep Deprivation

How often do you or a work colleague talk about how badly you slept the previous night? Perhaps it’s a conversation you regularly have with one or two family members or friends? The irony is that we might complain about what a bad night’s sleep we had; but equally we’ll continue to stay up late because of work, social or family...