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!

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Lucid Dreaming: Controlling Your Dreams!

Here’s something that will make you can’t wait to fall asleep as students:

Lucid dreaming. What is it? Heard of Inception? Well, it’s not exactly like that but take the idea of being in your dream and being aware that you are dreaming. For example, say if you were dreaming about winning the Tour de France. You are about to cross the line, your legs ache and your forehead is soaked from the sweat beads dripping off your fringe. You suddenly realise that you are dreaming but the dream goes on, you accept it and continue with the scenario (possibly even manipulating it without much effort or realising it) and you finish the race, victoriously popping that champagne bottle.

You’re a star.

Only momentarily though.

After a few moments you wake, knowing that when you were in the dream, you recognised it and just played along with it.

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Why is it so fascinating? Think about it! You have the possibility to control your dreams. Think up whatever you want and bam, it’s almost like an alternate universe. Miranda Kerr? BAM! There she is! A pile of cash? BAM! It’s all yours!

Lucid dreaming is actually easily achievable and more common than many people think! Here’s some ways to get you to lucid dream better. Get ready!

 

1.) The most common time to have a lucid dream is a few hours after you wake in the morning.

What can you do? Set 2 alarms. One 3 hours before you have to wake and another when you usually wake. Otherwise, if you are prone to clicking the snooze button or turning off your alarm and sleeping in, you may have been lucid dreaming without even knowing it!

2.) Another tip is to keep a dream journal, as soon as you remember your dreams, write it down.

This may give you some indication as to what you are dreaming about and what aspects of your real life is imitated or triggering these dreams. Look for patterns and similarities!

3.) Give yourself a symbol to indicate you are in reality.

Okay, this one sounds a lot like Leonardo DiCaprio’s little spinning top in Inception. Well, it is similar. He spins it to let himself know whether he is in a dream or in reality because sometimes we are not aware if we are dreaming and as soon as we wake, we forget our dream. Pinch yourself and repeat the words “I’m awake” or even give yourself some kind of action that is personal to you. If you do it enough in real life, over time, when in dreams, you will also recognise to do this and know whether you are dreaming or not. If you are dreaming, it will not be the exact same action, or you feel like you can’t see parts of your hands etc.

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!

Uni Students: Places to Nap

Here at No Snooze, You Lose, we don’t believe a student should be forced to not rest at uni (unlike some other blogs). If by chance Plan A of getting a good night’s rest falls through, here is a list of Plan B’s to get you through the uni day.

–          Take a nap on the grass.

Being cooped up like battery chickens in a dark room playing WoW is not healthy for you. Step out of your room…go on, you can do it. Walk out into the sunlight and take a deep breath.

Now, what you are breathing in right now is called ‘fresh air’. That’s right, repeat it with me kids, F-R-E-S-H  A-I-R! Sit on the lawn at uni and take in that vitamin D. If you are prone to getting sunburn like I am, slap on some sun block and find a nice shady tree. If you’re afraid of bugs, bring a plastic bag or a jumper to cushion your back. Now close your eyes and catch up on those much needed Z’s.

Check out below to find the best lawn spots to nap!

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–          Have a break in between class?

Head on over to the 3rd level of the Main Library and find yourself a bean bag. They are like massive marshmallows that you can just sink into. Be mindful of those wishing to study around you and try to nab a bean bag instead of a table to nap.

–          Long train ride?

Why not take a little snooze on public transport? Pop on those headphones to cut out some of the chatter around you or if you you catch the train, the first, last and two middle carriages are now ‘Quiet Carriages’ so you are sure to get some shut eye there. Don’t miss your stop though!

Handy hint: Check your TripView app for when the bus/train arrives at your destination and set an alarm 5 minutes before (just in case) so you can wake up in time! Make sure your phone isn’t set on silent or sleep mode either. You can set it on vibrate if you are going to have your phone in your pocket and are on a silent carriage. Now, Snooze away!

Breaking those Sleeping Myths:

Have your parents ever nagged you about something ridiculous that just made you go, WTF? Here is a list that will set the record straight once and for all. Let’s see if you got them right! Feel free to take a guess before the answers are revealed.

1)      “Just go catch up on that sleep on the weekends, you’ll be fine!” Says your best friend Johnny.

TRUE/FALSE?

 

 

False!

While sleeping more on the weekends will make you feel good for the short term, sleeping long hours on the weekend and little during weekdays upsets your circadian rhythms. Jargon aside, this pretty much means it disrupts your sleeping cycle and it encourages you to sleep late that same night and begin the whole cycle again.

 

2)      “I naturally function on 4 hours of sleep. My body is just used to it now.” Says, once again, your best friend Johnny.

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

False!

I don’t know who this Johnny* character is, but I think he should definitely check out our blog and get his facts checked out. Come to think about it, all your friends should probably check out our blog too! 😉

Anyway, researchers say that famous short sleepers such as Madonna and Kevin Rudd are so used to, what only can be described as short naps, that they are not aware that they could be functioning much better if they had a decent night’s rest. Having less than 6 hours of sleep per night will in some way inhibit a healthier you.

 

3)      You: *Yawn*

Johnny: You should go to bed, you’re tired.

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

False!

Hold on there, Johnny! Yawning does not in fact mean you are tired! There is actually no definite scientific explanation for why we yawn! Some people have said that it helps with limited oxygen in the lungs, but recently this has been proved as false because babies in the feotus are seen to yawn in the presence of no oxygen in the womb. Further, it is said that yawning can create a contagious response in 60% of people around you! But there is still little or no explanation that is sleep related.

 

4)      You: *zZzzzz*

Johnny: Wake up! You lazy bum! You shouldn’t nap in class!

TRUE/FALSE

 

 

True…and false!

True, you shouldn’t nap in class but false that nappers are considered lazy in society. Taking a nap just before working is said to improve performance and could even save lives! A study in 1989 by NASA showed that pilots who didn’t take 25 minute naps during their long shifts, tended to nod off and lose concentration 5 times as much as those who did. So next time you are at uni, get a bit of shut eye on the lawn in between classes. But remember, nothing beats a good night’s sleep!

 

*likeness to any real character was not intentional and if your name is Johnny, you should not feel offended.

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.