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Links Between Depression And Sleep

Depression is a serious mental health condition that can impact every part of your life. It can also seriously affect your sleep; it can take longer to fall asleep, you might wake much earlier or later than you’d like, and the overall quality of your sleep often suffers. Paradoxically, it can also make you just want to curl up in bed and shut...

Using Earplugs For Sleep – Your Questions Answered

I’ve been using earplugs at night off and on for many years now. The sound of a dripping tap in the bathroom is enough to keep me awake, so if I can hear snoring or traffic, I’m doomed to a sleepless night without earplugs. In 2017, I did an extensive review of the best sleep earplugs, and in doing so discovered that there are some...

What Soldiers, Sailors & Mountaineers Can Teach Us About Sleep

Think back to a time you had to sleep in a difficult or unusual place. Was it outside in harsh weather conditions? Were you travelling? Was it too noisy, hot, cold or uncomfortable? Were you alone, and did you feel safe? A striking memory for me is of a sailing trip across the English channel in unexpectedly stormy seas, 25 years ago as a young...

Are Siestas Or Workplace Naps Beneficial For Employees?

After working for many years in England, when I spent some time in a small town in the south of Spain, the change to my workday hours was as much of a shock as the unbearably hot weather. In London, I’d never take more than 30 minutes for my lunch, sometimes even choosing to eat a sandwich at my desk. It made the afternoon a bit of a slog at...

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under The Eyes

Unless you’re blessed with eternal youth, you might relate to the following experience: you wake up after a bad night’s sleep and stumble into the bathroom. You catch a glimpse of your face in the mirror. It’s a dispiriting sight; the skin around your eyes has turned a few shades darker, maybe even bloated and puffy. Is it just the...

Why Do We Yawn & Is It Really Contagious?

Picture the face of someone you know yawning when you’re talking to them. Their face goes through a series of distinct changes – a gaping jaw, eyes squeezing closed and a deep intake of breath followed by a short exhalation. All in the space of just 4 to 7 seconds. They might try and hide the fact that they’re yawning; or embrace...

Lucid Dreaming: How To Control Your Dreams

Have you ever become aware that you’re dreaming? Maybe even able to change what happens in your dream and do amazing things like fly through strange landscapes? It sounds like the stuff of science fiction movies, but it is possible to recognize that you’re dreaming, and even take control of what happens next. It’s called lucid...

Sleeping With Hay Fever

It’s almost summer in the northern hemisphere. For many of us, this is our favorite time of year. For hay fever sufferers, however, it can be an endless nightmare of wheezing, sniffing and red eyes. Hay fever (also known by its medical name; allergic rhinitis) is a common condition. Researchers estimate that up to 40% of people in the US suffer...