The brain needs to be a fraction of a degree cooler than the rest of the body to achieve optimal sleep. If you're too hot this can stop you getting to sleep and staying asleep. Here are a few weird and wonderful tips to help you create this ideal temperature differential....
We need to inform parents about their choices instead of scaring them into avoiding bedsharing.
Sleep is vital for so many reasons and not just for world class athletes. There must be good reason why we spend over a third of our lives doing it; when we sleep, and sleep well, the body undergoes a series of physiological and hormonal changes which enables it to repair, grow stronger, realign and rebalance from the exertions of our waking hours.
We can all learn from athletes, we can all benefit from managing stress and actually begin listening to our bodies and not live constantly in our heads, overruling the body's needs and demands.
These two incidents as far as we're concerned is good old fashioned sleep shaming. We know both of these women work damn hard, and we're pretty sure they're human and need to sleep, so let's have more of Delevingne's disco naps and not villify Meyer who clearly needs a good kip...
It seems anxiety has no friends. It definitely does not understand professional image or even social etiquette. My life was turned upside down in an instant. It gave me no choice but to ignore my good friends and my work which I was extremely passionate about. I was left with an empty buzzing of a turned on computer with no active user at home.
I hate days like this because I don't want to do this anymore and I dislike myself for not wanting to do this anymore. I miss my old life, not because it was more fulfilling, not by any stretch, merely because it wasn't this; it wasn't 'today'. I miss the life I took for granted whilst watching repeats of programmes I didn't even enjoy very much the first time I watched them.
Some believe that poor sleep can be combated by exercise or that more stimulants can help achieve a great workout even when you are tired. But, without quality recovery, the results of the workout are very limited. You might cope for a couple of nights but beyond that it will physically effect you.
Most people snore at some point during their life, but it can be an indicator of something much more serious. Obstructive sleep apnoea is a disorder in which the upper airway repeatedly closes during sleep causing people to wake up briefly in order to breathe. They may wake many times an hour which leads to tiredness and sleepiness during the day.
For some baffling reason, my upstairs neighbour seems to think it's okay to have a power shower after 11pm. Repeatedly. And after midnight. And usually 1am. And 1.15am. Then 1.20am. And 1.25am. And so on. Sometimes one after the other from 1am to 3am.
Evolutionary analysis combined with proteomics enables us to pick up proteins that are present in trypanosomes and are essential for their survival, but are not present in mammals. They can therefore be a powerful way of uncovering and elucidating potential parasite-specific drug targets.
With April Fools' Day doing its best to upset the news agenda this week - at times on Tuesday it was hard to work out what was true, and what was the work of some reporter's overactive imagination - sifting through the inside pages required a healthy dose of skepticism. Our hearts and bodies got a lot of column space this week, with health headlines dominated by the news that it's seven portions of fruit and veg we need a day, not the five we originally thought. Meanwhile, another report suggested it's actually friends we really need to keep healthy.
Ever since he was about two years old, he's had periods when he's awake for several hours in the middle of the night. Initial advice from a health visitor was that it must be his back teeth coming through, although it seemed to me like he just couldn't shut his brain down.
How well you have slept at night has a big influence over how well you feel during the next day, likewise your daily habits and routines can have a big influence on how well you sleep at night. A good night's sleep is a healthy habit that is more in your control than you might think.
This Sunday will be my second Mother's Day as a mum. Last year, with a five-month old who seemed to be under the impression that sleeping for more than 90 consecutive minutes (day or night) was overrated, I wasn't sure I was even human, let alone a mum.
Insomnia is now recognised as a significant public health issue and recent estimates suggest that one in three UK adults find it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep, whilst around half of these cases sleep so badly that they experience problems functioning the next day.