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What is REM Sleep?

What is REM sleep? It stands for rapid eye movement and is one of the five stages of sleep. As the name says, during REM sleep the eyes move rapidly side to side.     Each REM cycle compounds and lasts longer as the sleep progresses. REM makes up roughly 20-25% of a sleep cycle of the average adult and can typically happen around five times a night. Meaning that in the average night between 90-120 minutes of REM are experienced by the sleeper.     What does it do to you?   Rem sleep raises brain activity to levels similar to the awoken state. This is measured by oxygen and glucose metabolism tests and has proven that the brain uses equal if...

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How to Fall Asleep Faster

Many of us struggle to fall asleep at night, and one of the most common sleep related questions asked is, “how to fall asleep faster?” Whether it be contemplating the day’s problems in your head, or staying up late to watch one more episode of Game of Thrones, we must find a way to sleep more efficiently so we can be recharged and ready to face the challenges of the next day. Below are some of the tried and true strategies for quickly falling asleep at night.   Disconnect from all electronic devices an hour before bed So many people still don’t realize it, but your electronic devices could be ruining your sleep. One of the main reasons why so...

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How Ski Goggles Cured My Sleeping Problem

Do you have trouble sleeping? I’m so sorry. I know how you feel. And it’s awful. I used to have trouble sleeping. It would take me a while to fall asleep, I tossed and turned in the night. Some nights, I didn’t get a wink of sleep. And even on those nights that I did manage to get a full eight hours of sleep, I’d still wake up feeling tired and lethargic. I wanted to sleep in. It was tough to drag myself off the mattress. Because I was so tired, I often felt cranky, aggravated, angry, stressed, anxious, irritable, moody. Heck, I event felt depressed. I actually started to dread going to bed. Literally scared to sleep knowing that...

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Are Your Electronic Devices Ruining Your Sleep?

SCIENTISTS are warning of the dangers of night-time exposure to artificial light. An overwhelming body of new research has found that the harsh blue light emitted by high energy digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs plays havoc with your sleep and overall health. Experts say that late night activities such as gaming sessions, checking social media and taking selfies are increasingly linked to obesity. That’s because the harsh blue light from high energy devices suppresses your body’s normal secretion of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that promotes healthy sleep. Scientists say artificial light, particularly blue light, fools the brain into thinking it’s still daytime. “Chronic exposure to artificial light at the wrong time of the evening is dangerous to your health,” clinical psychologist...

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7 Ways To Better Sleep

Sleep is critical to high performance in whatever endeavour you choose. All high performers have it dialled in. But sleep is often one part of our lives that we neglect. Neglecting sleep in insidious. Studies have shown that after 6 hours of sleep your cognitive performance suffers, and you don’t even realize it! Sleep keeps us healthy, regulates our hormones, gives us mental clarity, happiness, and rejuvenates us. Fat loss is impossible without sleep. A bad night’s sleep leaves us cranky, tired, lethargic, unhappy, and sometimes in pain. Poor sleep always leaves you feeling hungry because it messes with your blood sugar levels. So let’s ensure we know how to sleep as best we can so we feel amazing all...

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