Kids may not be able to communicate when they’re sleepy, or perhaps can’t even identify this. Then there’s always the fear of missing out on things going on in the waking world.
Waking up to a tuneful melody or favourite song can make us feel more alert than the traditional high-pitched ringing or buzzing of an alarm clock.
Early childhood is the critical time in which the foundations of life-long habits are built. Developing healthy sleep habits can set children on the right path for better future health and wellbeing.
Physical activity is important for all kinds of health reasons, even in quarantine.
Smelling a romantic partner’s clothing is common behaviour, and research shows that it may improve sleep quality, and ease stress levels.
It has become common to believe that if babies sleep in these boxes, it will help protect them from sudden infant death syndrome. Unfortunately, the research does not back this up.
Many baby books promote sleep-training methods that involve leaving babies to cry at night. But there are gentler ways to get a good night’s sleep.
Daylight saving time starts this weekend, and it can often be the beginning of new dramas getting kids to bed. Here’s how to make the transition a little smoother.
Today’s beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
Our body knows how it is moving and where it is because of a sense called proprioception, a ‘sixth sense’ that helps your body know where it is in the world. And it works even while you’re asleep.
Calvin Coolidge, during one stretch of his presidency, was getting 15 hours of shut-eye each day, while William Howard Taft was known for nodding off during public events.
The science of sleep and the economics of sleeplessness.
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Only about one quarter Australians report getting eight or more hours of sleep. And in pre-industrial times, it was seen as normal to wake for a few hours in the middle of the night and chat or work.
A dietician recommends her top foods for a peaceful sleep.
Our genes are important when it comes to aptitude for sleeping soundly.
The most interesting part of our body that changes during sleep is our brain.
Pond snails use things like rocks or the side of their aquarium as their bed, attaching themselves while they sleep. This might not seem very relaxing but their shells do hang away from their body.
You might be trying to catch up on sleep. Sleep scientists say some children need only nine hours of sleep at night, while others need as much as 11 hours. It depends on the person.
Science shows that early starts can be bad for teenagers’ health. Schools and universities would be better off starting at 10am.
It is worth remembering that sleep ‘crises’ are far from new.
Although it may appear you’re “switching off” when you fall asleep, the brain is far from inactive.