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Five ways to ensure good sleep tonight

Sleep is a complex thing. The benefits of a good night's sleep are immense, and the detriment to the body when we don't get enough can be drastic. We know these things, but somehow, the added pressure of knowing that we need to sleep doesn't always result in a restful night. The Express realised this, and took the matters into their own hands by asking for sleep advice from everyone with an opinion in the sleep industry. From Feng Shui experts to personal trainers, many professionals have an ...

Lack of sleep can encourage growth of cancerous tumours

It is by no means news to us that sleep deprivation can have dire negative effects on the body. A good night's sleep is responsible for keeping the level of hormones balanced in the body, along with many other health-promoting functions. When we don't regularly get the amount of sleep our bodies need to perform at their optimum – especially if the immune system is already compromised with something like cancer – the body begins to shut down in various different ways. According to the Dail...

Doctors say aged cheese can interfere with sleep

We all know that there are some types of food and drink that just shouldn't be consumed before bedtime. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are all commonly listed as substances that are known to affect our REM sleep. Cheese, on the other hand, has a reputation for causing unusual dreams, and isn't typically listed among the main culprits of consumables that can cause sleep deprivation. However, as an American doctor explains in the Arizona Daily Sun, certain types of cheese may prove to be more of an...

Working through the urge to sleep on night shifts

Last week, a study unveiled the damage that can be done on a molecular level by working night shifts. Whilst for many, working the night shift may not be desirable, it is essential – sometimes, increased rates of pay can make the world of difference and it's just something that has to be done. The work needs doing, but there are some helpful (and sometimes candid) hints and tricks in a BBC Magazine article that was released after the aforementioned study findings were released. Starting ...

Baby massage could be the key to sleep!

Finding a bedtime routine that suits your baby in their early years is definitely something of a learning curve. There are some natural ways that can help relax your child though, as Sara Campbell writes on Yahoo Lifestyle. She tells the story of her son as a baby, and that he used to have skin cream rubbed in after baths because of his dry, cracked skin. She noticed that this made him relax and even seem drowsy. From here, she learnt more about baby massage, and has cultivated a massage routi...

Teenagers need later school starts

The average teenager needs between eight and nine hours of sleep a night. However, the distractions of the modern world mean that teens' bedtimes are creeping later and later – not a good remedy for early starts the following morning – to the point where sleep deprivation in young adults is at an all-time high. Many American high schools begin their day at eight in the morning, or sometimes even earlier – but a new study has shown that an early morning start may not be conducive to their a...

Study links night-shift work to sleep-health chaos

When the majority of us tuck ourselves up in bed on an evening, it's easy to forget about the army of night-time workers that are only just beginning their working day. Without them, hospitals, roads, emergency services and many other unnoticed-until-you-need-them services would just come to a standstill, resulting in bedlam the next day when the regular nine 'till five workers awake. Working the night shift is rarely something that's looked forward to, and now there's another reason why se...

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...

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...

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