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Sleeping well can help prevent prostate cancer

There are few better feelings in the world than awaking well rested after a good night's sleep. The benefits are ten-fold, with your body and mind working at their optimum – but a new study has revealed that something altogether more serious could be prevented with a healthy sleep routine. A study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health examined 928 Icelandic men and studied their sleep patterns in relation to urine samples. This allowed scientists to measure the amount of the hormo...

Sleep apnoea causes three-year-old boy to have unrivalled napping abilities

Have you ever heard of sleep apnoea? It's a condition that affects your sleep, as, according to the NHS, "the muscles and soft tissues in the throat relax and collapse sufficiently to cause a total blockage of the airway; it is called an apnoea when the airflow is blocked for 10 seconds or more." A surprising amount of people are already receiving medical attention for sleep apnoea, and many more may not even know that they have it. However, when you or your child don't fit into the usual symp...

Soft furnishings take centre stage on the Golden Globe's red carpet

The Golden Globes took place last week, and saw every big name in Hollywood walk the famed red carpet. Actors, musicians and film-makers alike donned their finery for all the world to see, and before we knew it, articles deciding who was best and worst dressed filled the web. The Internet as a whole is no stranger to poking fun at these celebrities who, despite all their stylists' best efforts, manage to walk the red carpet wearing something that can easily be turned into something of a joke. Th...

Have you ever had a micro sleep?

A worrying statistic has been revealed, showing that micro sleep may be a more dangerous phenomenon that we could ever have thought. Simply, micro sleep is when you drop off for just five to ten seconds before waking with a start. It's usually not until you awake that you're even aware that you've fallen asleep. According to the BBC, road safety charity Brake interviewed 1,000 drivers. Of this group, 22 per cent of women and a staggering 45 per cent of men admitted to micro sleeping whilst dr...

Teen chooses to sleep under the stars

Quite why anyone would choose to leave their comfortable bed in their warm, sheltered bedroom is anyone's guess – but that's exactly what 17-year-old Rudy Hummel of Hermantown, Minnesota, USA has chosen to do. According to the Bismark Tribune, Rudy has willingly made the decision to sleep outside since June 7th last year. What was originally just going to be for the summer soon turned into a much larger idea – he wanted to sleep outside for an entire year. When you take the typical Minne...

A good night's sleep is out of this world

It might be something of an obvious statement, but sleeping is just as important when you're orbiting Earth on the International Space Station as it is when you're back in your own, comfortable bed. What is different is the remedies that you can employ if you do find yourself suffering with a lack of sleep. According to redOrbit, in a statement released by Volker Damann, head of the space medicine office at the European Space Agency, "Sleeping medication is an option of last resort, because t...

Even celebrity parents struggle with sleepless nights

The most challenging part of being a parent is surely coping with the frequently disrupted notion of sleep. This is at least true for actress and writer Amy Poehler – best known as Lesley Knope on American mockumentary-style comedy Parks and Recreation – as the Huffington Post reports ahead of her anticipated interview with Elle Magazine. “Now that I have kids, I’m up at 5:30AM no matter what," Amy comments in her Elle interview. "Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m lo...

Sleep technology set to aid our rest in the New Year

If Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show is anything to go by, then 2014 may be the year where we all become a little more conscientious about our sleep habits. According to the BBC, more than a dozen sleep-related products and prototypes were unveiled at the exhibition, equating to a keener interested in sleep from consumers. One product featured was the Aura, created by Withings – a smart sleep system which measures your sleep, waking you at the time that best suits your body in the mornin...

Puppy eats sleeping pills and almost doesn't make it to Christmas

Sleeping pills are taken by many of us to help aid us in our quest for a peaceful and full night of rest. According to the NHS, more than ten million prescriptions for sleeping pills are issued every year, even though the relief is only short term. It was one of these very prescriptions that nearly brought the untimely end of puggle puppy Gumbo. His Parson Green owners – Jason and Katherine Steadman – came home to find that Gumbo had eaten three times the recommended daily dosage of sleeping...

Polish inventors create a brain wave measuring eye mask

If you're able to frequently sleep the whole night through, knowing what sleeping pattern your brain naturally follows is a difficult thing to understand – this is at least one area where those that awaken through the night have an advantage. Polish inventors at California-based company IntelliClinic have crowd-sourced enough money to create a sleep mask that can sense your sleeping patterns and send them to your smartphone to review the next day. The foam mask houses a Bluetooth transmitter...

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