A sleep tracker is a device or app that monitors your sleep and tells you how much sleep you are getting, and the quality of that sleep. With the growing awareness that proper sleep is the cornerstone of good health, many are turning to this technology to measure how well they are doing.
The sleep tracker
There are many different trackers available today from wearables such as a smart watch, to apps which you down load on your phone. Some of them monitor your movement to assess if you are sleeping...
Some people swear by them, but do power naps work? The short answer to this is yes. And no.
By and large experts agree that a power nap taken in the mid afternoon can be restorative and give you a boost of energy for the remainder of the day. There is some debate about how long this nap should be as too long a sleep will leave you feeling more groggy than before.
Tips on how to make it work
There are a few things you can do to make your power...
It's worth thinking about how to create an ideal bedroom for sleep because nothing beats a great night's sleep. It is a deeply satisfying and restorative thing, and it gives you the energy and resources to tackle your day.
Here are our 5 favourite hacks.
Get the temperature right
Science tells us that the ideal room temperature for sleep is between 15 and 19 degrees. In winter this isn't hard to achieve but in the summer you may need to cool down the room. Some of the ways to achieve ideal temperature...
If you suffer from restless legs you will understand how awful if can be.
What is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)?
RLS is characterised by a deep ache and pain in the legs, and the uncontrollable need to move them. The symptoms are usually experienced in the evening and night when you begin to rest and relax.
RLS is medically known as Willis-Ekbom Disease and it can be considered both a movement and a sleep disorder. It is a movement disorder because it forces a person to move their limbs. And it is...
Sleep better at night and improve your overall health and well-being. The bottom-line is most people are not getting enough sleep. This is having an impact on productivity as well as increasing the risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
10 tips to sleep better at night
There is a lot of bad advice out there, so we have put together a list of evidence-based tips to help you sleep better at night.
1. Get enough daytime bright light
Light affects our circadian rhythms. In South Africa we are blessed...
Bedworld has put together a list of fun facts about sleep in our "Did You Know?" Facebook series.
Sleep is something we all have in common and it is something we all need. So here is a list of some truths, debunked myths, and interesting facts about sleep.
Fun Facts About Sleep
1. Knockers where once a thing
Before alarm clocks "knockers" were employed to rattle your windows to wake you. Apparently factories would employ people to do this so their workforce would be at work on time. I wonder if they served...
It is common to hear people say they can't sleep at night. The problem is on the rise. More and more people are not getting enough sleep, and it is damaging to their long-term health.
Why is it a problem?
Sleep is a vital process for the body. It is the time when it renews and regenerates. For example when sleeping, the body repairs heart and blood vessels. With insufficient sleep you increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
According to Doctor Steven Novella, people...
It is important to find ways to sleep better if you work night shift.
Working night shift interferes with the natural rhythm of the body. Our bodies follow a daily cycle in response to the amount of light and darkness we experience. This is a biological cycle which governs our physical, mental and emotional function.
We interrupt this cycle when we perform shift work. It is not as simple as sleeping during the day and staying awake all night. Our bodies are not programmed in this way.
Night shift work can have...
It's a commonly held belief that you should never wake a sleepwalker. People hold it as generally true when in fact it is not so.
Why do people believe you should never wake a sleepwalker?
The reason why people think you should never wake a sleep walker is they believe the shock of being woken mid-ramble could cause the sleeper to have a heart attack.
In reality being woken as you sleep walk is no more shocking or frightening than being woken by a loud noise when asleep in bed. Of course you...
Start the year with a good night’s rest by making sure you have a bed that will allow you the best possible sleep. Why is this important? Well, sleep is quite important to one’s health. It affects how you feel, how you go about your day, and can affect your health negatively if you’re not getting adequate sleep. Not only is it important to get enough sleep, but it is also important to get sleep that leaves you feeling well rested.
Health benefits which come with good sleep practices