Wednesday, August 28, 2013
According to a recent survey conducted by memory foam mattress company Ergoflex and brought to the British public's attention in an article in the Daily Mail, men find women sleeping in pyjamas sexier than any other bed time apparel.
37% of men polled said that they liked their partners to wear a full set of PJs to bed, 32% said they preferred Lingerie, 27% opt for a Neglige or Nightie, 22% like to see their other half borrowing something of theirs, whilst 16% said they thought nothing at all was the best option.
Each to their own of course, but why not check out some of our beautiful Pyjamas by Bonsoir?
Friday, August 23, 2013
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can result from weak muscles in the soft palate and upper throat – but a recent trial in the UK has found that singing exercises, which strengthen certain throat muscles, can help to alleviate the symptoms!
The results showed that daily singing exercises reduced the severity, frequency and loudness of snoring, and improved sleep quality. Of course these exercises would have to be accompanied by lifestyle changes like losing weight to give the most effective results. But this is good news for snorers – opening up a “whole new avenue” of possible treatments that don’t involve surgery.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A small study attempting to quantify the effect of exposure to light on our internal body clocks, suggests that a week camping in the great outdoors relying only on the sun and campfires for light, may align our body clock to nature’s rhythms. They found that as well as artificial light keeping us awake at night; a lack of daylight isn’t helping either!
Past studies show that in an “artificially lit lifestyle”, melatonin levels don’t drop off until about two hours after we wake up; meaning that our biological night is still in effect even though we are awake. This study found that when camping, participants turned in and rose earlier than they did when at home- so their biological night kicked in earlier and their melatonin levels began to drop off almost an hour before they woke up, rather than two hours after.
It is still unclear if this makes a difference to how we feel, but it appears that exposure to artificial light at night and a lack of sun during the day could well be contributing to restless nights and morning grogginess. The experiment does need to be repeated with larger groups of people, and in different settings. But for now, it can’t hurt to reduce your exposure to artificial light at night and get outside more during the day!
Friday, August 2, 2013
Out of the various sleep disorders that afflict people, Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) has to sound the most dramatic.
Nocturnal Eating Syndrome (NES), Somnambulism (sleepwalking), Sexsomnia (like sleepwalking but altogether more intimate) all side like a bit of a breeze in comparison to Exploding Head Syndrome.
Fortunately the name is more ominous than the reality - people survive EHS - although those that suffer from the phenomenon report it as a very frightening experience...especially if they are unaware that the syndrome exists.
EHS usually occurs at night when first falling asleep or when falling asleep after having woken during the night. The main symptoms are an extremely loud noise or sense of explosion within the head, sometimes accompanied by flashes of light. The experience is never painful but unsurprisingly can be deeply unsettling bringing on symptoms associated with anxiety such as palpitations.
The onset of the syndrome may occur at many different ages, although it most commonly starts in middle to late age. The frequency of attacks is also variable, often with numerous episodes in succession followed by longer periods on remission, although some may experience mild attacks quite infrequently.
EHS is thought to be brought on by extreme stress and fatigue but what actually causes the sensations associate with the condition is still unknown. Given this lack of understanding, it is perhaps unsurprising that there is no known treatment for the condition.
EHS is yet another example of how far we still have to go when it comes to understanding what goes on when we're asleep.
On that note, sleep tight!
Of all the mysterious rumours surrounding the full moon it appears that one might actually have some truth behind it…
It isn’t werewolves don’t panic! But a study has found a link between moon phases and sleep patterns: participants took longer to nod off and had poorer quality sleep when there was a full moon!
The participants were unaware of the purpose of the study and could not see the moon from their beds. But still analysis showed that on nights with a full moon; brain activity associated with deep sleep fell by nearly a third, it took participants on average 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, their sleep was 20 minutes shorter and there was a drop in levels of melatonin, a protein that helps regulate sleep.
So even without being able to see the moonlight, the body is somehow still responding to the fact it is a full moon. Professor Cajochen suggests that this response, which they call the "circalunar rhythm," could be a relic of ancient times when human behavior was more heavily influenced by the moon. But it’s down to further studies now to uncover the biology that explains this influence!
Even our great sleep masks can’t help you out with this one sorry!