Binaural Beats for Sleeping!

Breaking Fast asked:

Hahaha love the minion banana song! Great songs! Do you think songs with no singing might work better/relaxing type of music?

(In response to “Music that will guarantee a snooze in seconds!”)

Interestingly, if any of you really want to sleep, an actual catagory of music called “binaural beats” exist. Where the frequency of the stereo audio is so close to each other that they help the brain to relax. It is even used as medicine!

Here is one example of a binaural beat. If you want to listen to more, there are related videos in youtube. Just search “binaural beats”!

 

What position is the right position?

It’s the question we ask ourselves every night before we snooze. Which position, this time?

Well, there are 6 types of positions and they all affect your body differently.

Whether its on your side, your back or your belly, they all feel great, but wait.. Which is healthy for you? I won’t hold this out till the very end. I’ll be straight to the punch.

The best position is the “Back Sleeping” position. However, it depends upon the person and every position is healthy as long as you keep your head comfortable. If it is twisted, stretched or crunched too much in anyway, it will be difficult to breathe during your sleep and you’ll also experience neck pains once you wake! Ever felt that dreaded neck ache on tuesday mornings? Keep it straight and comfortable!

Now that that’s done, what do side, back or forward positions do?

Stomach Sleeping: Places pressure on your stomach, It might place your head in an uncomfortable position, It also places pressure on your lungs making it difficult to breathe.

Back Sleeping: Flattens out your curves and may give you aches in the morning, it places pressure on the hind of the head; some people experience discomfort on the hind of their heads or hips, however it places NO pressure on internal organs.

Side Sleeping: Is an odd case. By lying on your left, you place pressure on your internal organs, especially your liver and lungs. You also place pressure on knees and twisting pressure on your hips.

But whatever position you enjoy the most, the important thing is to keep your head straightened. At least now you know which position is the right (or better) position!

Happy Snoozing, Day Dwellers!

Sleeptober and Daylight Savings!

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We are launching Sleeptober! Throughout this month, we are taking advantage of Sleep Awareness Week (6th – 12th October 2013) by the Sleep Health Foundation and raising awareness of students and your sleep. We always put Sleep last and a little birdy told us that Sleep is not too happy about that. Sleep wants our attention and wants to be the first to be picked for a game. C’mon guys, give Sleep a chance!

 

Daylight savings begins 6 October at 2am! That’s this Sunday! Move your clocks FORWARD for an extra hour of daylight!

Remember though, like jet lag to a change in time zones when travelling, our bodies also need adjusting to during daylight savings, a sort of “daylight ag” if you will.

How to prepare?

Go to bed an hour earlier. Avoid sugary, caffeinated drinks beforehand and you could even get in a few exercise routines in during the day so you are tired and will easily fall asleep at this earlier time.

 

Good luck and don’t forget to wind your clocks forward!

No Snooze = Binge Eating?

People with little and no sleep regularly tend to be linked to binge eating. We will be breaking down dense material that will be much easier to understand. Because, let’s face it, we are not all working in the feel of medicine and health.

This report was based on the Swedish Twin Study of Twin Adults: Genes and Environment (STAGE) and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Summary of report: Disturbed sleep or having difficulty sleeping seemed to be associated with horrible disruptions in your hormones and metabolic systems.

Translation: This pretty much means that for people that tend to sleep less or on uneven rhythms will have health side effects as they don’t have enough energy and their body does function well to repair and maintain itself.

 

Summary of report: The study found numerous environmental stressors and biological mechanisms that impacted on our behaviour. This included subjects that resorted to eating to overcome possible distresses and deficiencies.

Translation: Many links were found between those who slept less or had disrupted sleeping patterns and their eating habits. As lack of sleep meant one would feel more lethargic, sluggish and irritated, people tended to fill this void and by eating. Futher, because your body naturally feels like it is lacking in energy from your limited sleep, you feel like you need to repair your energy levels and make up for it by eating more.

Launch of No Snooze, You Lose!

 

Welcome snoozers, one and all to our new blog page!

This is a blog written by students for students!

We all know the nocturnal behaviours of our night time peers and the bizarre sloth-like characteristics of the morning routine.

Here, we will update you on the weird, ugly and wonderful of a uni student’s life and how sleep most always is left out of this equation.

We aim to filter through all the jargon of psychologists, medical and social experts so that us students can understand all the mumbo jumbo of the medical jargon.

We hope to raise awareness of sleep and how a bit of shut eye is more rewarding and sometimes more interesting than that extra hour of WoW or ‘last’ You Tube video you promise to watch.

So watch this space for a bit of fun and sometimes satirical banter.