Wifi Could be hurting us in our sleep!

Who Sleeps with their phone beside you? Is your phone constantly connected to the internet? What does this mean for you? What are the health impacts?

I’ve attached the article below but to save you the trouble of deciphering it all. I will summarise it all for you.

Two year 9 students from Denmark conducted a scientific experiments in high school to find out how wifi from mobile phones and routers affect cress seeds.

The results found that cress seeds in a room with wifi surrounding it, did not grow at all. Instead they all died. However, the room with cress seeds but no wifi, all started growing.

This means that wifi is harmful to us as organisms.

This is shocking! How many of you sleep next to your phone? Walk around with in in your lap? Caress it like the darling it is?

Although the experiment was conducted informally, there are many articles out there already speaking about the health impacts of wifi.

They range from migranes, sleep disturbances and heart palcipations. Come to think about it, we at NSYL have also felt that nights spent near our phones left us a little odd the next day.

We don’t suggest you do anything until you’ve checked out the article for yourself. But please do, who knows, it might be important in the future.

Wifi radiation is in the form of EMF radiation, the same kind you get from

Here is the related article incase you want to see the details.

http://topinfopost.com/2013/07/24/student-science-experiment-finds-plants-wont-grow-near-wi-fi-router

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”!

 

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!

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.

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.