Sleep Articles

Here you’ll find information about a range of sleep issues, sprinkled with practical advice for sleeping better. From the author’s personal tests of sleep techniques to discussions of news and research published by sleep experts.

 

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My Comparison Of 3 Sleep Trackers With A Manual Diary

Have you ever used a sleep tracker that said you were asleep when you know you were in bed reading or watching TV? Or that you slept all night, when …

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How To Sleep With A Loud Snorer

Do you lose sleep because of your partner’s snoring? Is it light snoring you just can’t ignore, or the window rattling variety that nobody would sleep through? Most people snore …

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10 Ways To Keep Your Bed Warm In Winter

The good news is that it’s much easier to warm your bed than to cool it. To start with, your body naturally creates a lot of heat. And while that …

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Fitbit’s New Sleep Tracking: Testing The Alta HR

The original article In 2017, Fitbit made some major changes to its sleep tracking. The Charge 2 HR, Blaze, Alta HR and Ionic now provide sleep stage tracking, better sleep …

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What Makes A Good Bedtime Routine For Children?

As you might already know, young children’s sleep problems are a common worry for parents. Whether it’s resisting going to bed, having nighttime fears, or continually waking in the night, …

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Do You Learn Better By Studying Late Or Sleeping?

Studying for exams, preparing for interviews, work presentations – sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get all that information to stay in your head. With so much …

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10 Plants That Might Help You Sleep

Do you keep any plants in your bedroom, adding a touch of natural color and beauty? My personal favorite is a trailing spider plant that sits by the window. It’s …

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10 Sleep Deprivation Experiments

Sleep deprivation is a fascinating topic, spawning a wide range of research and experimentation over the years. Many of the experiments were rigorously scientific. But there have also been some …

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Sleep Deprivation: What Happens When You Don’t Sleep?

How often do you feel you get enough good quality sleep at night – sometimes, almost never? And if consecutive days of sleep deprivation stack up, do your mood and …

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How Much Sleep Do You Need? Calculate The Ideal Amount

The exact amount of sleep you need differs from person to person. And several factors all play an important role in determining how much sleep you’ll need to be at …

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How Do Sleep Trackers Work And Are They Reliable?

You spend around a third of your life asleep, with the amount and quality of sleep having a huge impact on the rest of your life. So it’s natural to …

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False Awakening: Dreaming About Waking Up

Have you ever had a dream in which you think you’ve woken up, only to then wake up later for real? Perhaps you even got out of bed, started your …

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How To Choose A Mattress Topper

Replacing your mattress can be very expensive, so a mattress topper is a great way to revitalize or change the style of your bed instead. With some careful research, the …

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Mindfulness Exercises To Help You Sleep

Do you sometimes struggle to sleep because you lie awake thinking about work, family, health, money or relationships, and just can’t find an ‘off button’ for your mind? Maybe you …

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Can Sleep Help You Solve Problems?

Have you ever gone to sleep pondering over a problem you just can’t solve? And when you wake up, you mysteriously feel that you have the answer? And when you’re …

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Confusional Arousals (Sleep Drunkenness)

If you’ve ever experienced confusional arousals, you may have done something as equally strange as what I’m about to describe. Two weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of …

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How To Stop Nightmares And Night Terrors

It happened again last night. Another bad dream. This time, my brain had decided to combine people I know with the creatures from a horror series I’ve been watching, and …

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Can Exercise Help You Sleep Better?

Do you feel you sleep better on the days you’ve burnt off 1000 calories during an intense workout? But do you still sleep well if you have a heart-pumping session …

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Sleep Hallucinations: Things That Go Bump In The Night

Do strange images of geometric shapes, people or animals appear out of nowhere as you lie in bed at night? Perhaps you’ve heard voices or noises which can’t possibly be …

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Catathrenia – Are You Making Strange Noises While Sleeping?

Just when you thought you were dropping off to sleep, your partner irritably shakes you awake. A conversation along these lines takes place: “You’re making that weird noise again!” “What …

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Hypnic Jerks: How To Avoid Waking With A Jolt

Have you ever woken up with a sudden jolt just as you were falling asleep? Maybe it felt like an arm or leg had a sudden involuntary spasm? Perhaps you’ve …

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Exploding Head Syndrome – Harmless But Disturbing

Do you ever hear a sudden loud noise just as you’re falling asleep or waking up, maybe accompanied by a flash of light? But then when you check your house …

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Sleep Paralysis Stories: Demons Or Hallucinations?

Sleep paralysis stories typically involve unusual and frightening experiences. Perhaps you have one or two of these disturbing tales of your own to tell. If not, I’ll first share one …

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Food That Helps You Sleep – Is Your Diet Important?

When it comes to sleep, there’s a wealth of advice online about what you should or shouldn’t eat and drink at night. In my experience, the impact that food and …

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