Last night I went to sleep around 1:30 and used my sleep cycle app to set an alarm to wake me up at the end of whatever sleep cycle ended around 7:30 but then I woke up and was still groggy so I snoozed until about 8:10 and then I started to feel guilty and dragged myself out of bed and onto my couch so I could start blogging but then I just feel back asleep until 9 or so and then I read this profile of a short sleeper—a person who only needs 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night to function—and now I'm wondering if I [...]
Researchers at Japan's Yamaguchi University have done a thing in the grand pursuit of knowledge about how humans can best binge-eat their way out of jet lag, and here is what they did: they put a bunch of mice on a normal schedule of food and daylight, then they turned off the lights completely and tried to reverse the clock through switching the feeding times. Turns out, the food as a regulatory mechanism was enough to get the mice switched onto the new schedule. Then they tried the switch again, injecting half the mice with an insulin-blocking compound, and those mice took twice as long to adjust as the mice who were just [...]
A few days ago I got a press release about sex, mattresses, and sleeping that included the sentence
Findings from a new research study titled SexySleepTM … reveal problems that memory foam mattress owners face during intimacy, describing the experience as being "stuck in quicksand," "uncomfortable," "difficult" and even "horrible."
And even horrible. Which made me click the link, which brought me to this amazing video about sex and memory foam mattresses, which then led me to the above music video that I've come to love so much. Happy Better Sleep Month — hopefully it's been a good one.
There's also a director's cut.
"We found that a very common sleep drug can be used to increase verbal memory. … This is the first study to show you can manipulate sleep to improve memory. It suggests sleep drugs could be a powerful tool to tailor sleep to particular memory disorders." —Hm. Ambien may help improve memory, per a study appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience. HM.
Yesterday I went to my doctor for the second time in four days—I've been seeing all my doctors lately because I am a responsible adult who lives in a country with subsidized healthcare and I plan to take advantage of that for as long as I can—and she was mad about the results of my blood work from the first visit. I mean, she wasn't mad, but she was like, "Listen, this is garbage, your blood is garbage, what's wrong with you? Are you feeling sick?"
Of course my response was to kind of shrug because, yeah, I think I always feel a little sick, or at least some [...]
I was 19 when I first experienced sleep paralysis, and that time it took the form of man lying on top of me, so heavy that it was hard for me to breathe. I’d been dreaming of a heritage village in the South Island town my mother lives, a fenced in collection of buildings with a windmill and a cafe and a book fair every year. It was a pretty innocuous dream, at first; everything was sunny and gentle and not much was happening. At the front gates I saw a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a long time, and while I was trying to talk to her I [...]
"A napping infant is busy learning and memorizing, a new study suggests." Yes…same.
When we hear the first sound of the alarm, our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol, hormones that wake us, interrupting our natural sleep cycle to make us alert.
Surrendering to the temptation of the snooze erases that hormonal surge: our bodies try to reenter the deeper periods of sleep. Only those restorative levels of sleep take a lot longer than nine minutes to enter, so every snooze confuses our bodies even more. We think three or four snoozes are the equivalent of an extra 30 or 40 minutes of rest, but the patchy, interrupted sleep of snooze is worse than no sleep at all. Instead of the natural [...]