Overview If you’ve ever been extremely tired, trying hard to focus on what the professor is saying when your head suddenly falls down and you quickly jerk to an upright position, having no idea what just happened – you’ve experienced microsleep. Falling asleep for a short time, usually from exhaustion,… Read More »Microsleep – The Unintended, Potentially Dangerous Sleep
Overview If a person needs to receive anesthesia in order to undergo surgery, they may hear the doctor saying ‘We are going to put you to sleep’. Is this person really going to sleep while being operated on? And how about people who are in a coma – are they… Read More »The Three States Of Unresponsiveness: Sleep, Anesthesia, And Coma
Overview Waking up can be linked to various reasons, so to speak. One of them is in the morning when the light hits our eyes. We can also wake up due to the cat breaking a vase or loud music playing. We can also wake up in the middle of… Read More »How Do We Wake Up? The Processes Behind It
Overview If you own a cat then you know how much they love to sleep. Our feline friends can sleep up to 16 hours a day. And this is just for younger cats. Older cats spend as much as 20 hours a day sleeping. And they can easily fall asleep… Read More »Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
Overview Just like with other animals, sleeping is also important to horses. Being in a state of deep sleep is ensures that horses function properly, both mentally and physically. This is crucial for horses because they are beasts of burden. Some horses function as farmhands. They spend the day lugging… Read More »How Do Horses Sleep?
Overview Sleep spindles are a type of brainwaves that come in bursts. They are described as an oscillatory activity of the brain which is mostly said to happen during stage 2 NREM sleep (light sleep) but it also occurs during deep sleep. Certain relations have been found between sleep spindles… Read More »Sleep Spindles Explained
Overview Sometimes we wake up feeling like our brain and body are still sleeping, and we are unable to think clearly or act right. We feel tired and groggy as soon as we open our eyes. This is called sleep inertia, and it happens when we wake up. Sleep inertia… Read More »What Sleep Inertia Is And How To Deal With It
Our bodies are naturally warm, especially when we sleep. However, some people feel warmer than natural. This sensation makes sleeping difficult. They often wake up drenched in sweat and have a hard time getting back to sleep. And that’s just on regular nights. Imagine how difficult it can be during… Read More »Best Cooling Pillow
Ensuring that a newborn baby gets all the needed nutrients is of paramount importance to any parent. Whether you are breastfeeding your baby or feeding via a bottle, a good nursing pillow will make nursing so much easier and comfortable. Lactation consultants developed nursing pillows to help moms and their… Read More »Best Nursing Pillow
Pregnancy is a challenging phase and the many changes that a pregnant woman’s body experiences makes sleeping difficult. You can no longer sleep comfortably and even your usual sleeping position doesn’t seem to work anymore. Just as you’re getting the hand of sleeping in a particular position, you move into… Read More »Best Pregnancy Pillow
Overview Different types of light have different effects on us and our biological clock. It is natural to be exposed to bright daylight when we wake up, and various processes in our body follow the day-night rhythm, where the day is activity time and night is the time for rest.… Read More »How Light Affects Our Sleep: Daylight vs. Artificial Light
Overview Hypnopaedia (also spelled as hypnopedia) means learning new information while sleeping. The idea of hypnopaedia was largely popular in the 1950s, and since then, companies have sold many audio-cassettes and CDs intended for sleep-learning. It was popular among famous and ordinary people who wanted to improve their image, learn… Read More »Can We Learn While Sleeping? Hypnopaedia: Myth and Reality
Overview Sleep has long been linked with an ability to successfully remember and learn things. Although scientists claim that there are many questions unanswered and many processes not fully understood, there has been a significant amount of research and interesting, unambiguous discoveries as to what sleep does for our memory.… Read More »Sleep And Memory – How Sleep Improves Our Memory And Helps Us Learn
Overview Some hormones are known to make us feel tired, help us relax and fall asleep; whereas the others depend on the quality and length of our sleep. Hormone levels rise and drop throughout the day and this fluctuation is usually directly or indirectly related to our circadian rhythm (biological… Read More »The Relationship Between Hormones And Sleep
Travel pillows are essential, especially for those who frequently travel. We all know how difficult it is to rest comfortably when you have an aisle seat and you can’t find a suitable sleeping position. Often, you wake up with a stiff neck or feel muscle cramps in the head and… Read More »Best Travel Pillow – Top Brands for Frequent Travelers
A foundation is essential for a bed. They help support your mattress so it can last longer. Those with sleep-related health issues will also benefit from foundations since they help make beds more comfortable for sleeping. Zinus is a traditional box spring re-invented to make it more functional and easier… Read More »Zinus 9 Inch High Profile BiFold Box Spring Review
If you need a low-cost solution that provides excellent support for all mattress types then the Classic Brands Instant Foundation 8-inch Box Spring is the perfect choice for you. Assembling for almost anyone is easy. A great foundation is a must for anyone who wants to make sleeping more comfortable… Read More »Classic Brands Instant Foundation 8-Inch Box-Spring Review
We always put a premium on the durability of the products that we buy, and the same goes for bed foundations. Bed foundations like box springs bear the weight of not just the mattress but the people who use them. This is why it is imperative that we get a… Read More »HOMUS Box Spring Review
No matter what type of bed you have, it is essential to have a foundation that can support it. Even high-quality mattresses like the Signature Sleep Mattress, the Signature Sleep Essential or the Signature Sleep Contour need a foundation. A good foundation is essential especially for high-density foam mattresses because… Read More »Signature Sleep 7- Inch Folding Mattress Box Spring/Foundation Review
Insulin regulates blood glucose throughout the day and night. Between 4 and 8 am, there is a surge in glucose – however, if insulin is able to do its job properly, it takes care of this situation. Our body consumes the least glucose during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and… Read More »Insulin and Sleep – Do Sleep Problems Cause Insulin Resistance?
Overview Estrogen (sometimes spelled oestrogen) is an important reproductive hormone which effects the sleep – both in men and women. Women produce more estrogen than men, which is natural because estrogen plays major roles in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, as well as in the later stages of a woman’s… Read More »How Estrogen Affects Our Sleep
Overview & Methodology People have been using pillows since 7,000 BC, the civilizations of Mesopotamia. During this era, only the wealthy were able to use them and is considered a status symbol. The more pillows they own, the more wealthy and affluent they are. There are a lot of factors… Read More »How We Rate Pillows
Overview You may have noticed that during hot, summer days it seems impossible to fall asleep without the AC. And maybe sometimes when it is late at night and past your bedtime, apart from feeling tired, you also feel cold. How are these things connected to your sleep? Throughout the… Read More »Body Thermoregulation and Sleep
Overview Although an important hormone for male health, testosterone is also present in women. With good and quality sleep, our bodies are able to replenish this important hormone. Testosterone can play its role successfully when balanced properly – excessive or deficient amounts of it are linked to numerous problems in… Read More »Testosterone And Its Role In Our Sleep
Overview There hasn’t been a single answer to this question yet because sleep is incredibly complex with numerous functions and processes occurring during sleep. Although physically quite inactive, our mental activity is not to be ignored. Our minds prepare us for future learning, we store information from short-term into long-term… Read More »Why Do We Sleep?
Overview The amount of sleep which is considered necessary for health and functionality is usually taken from the National Sleep Foundation recommendations. These recommendations do not appear to be simple numbers, like stating that you need 8 hours of sleep and that is that. How much sleep a person needs… Read More »How Much Sleep Do We Need?
Overview Unlike other neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) doesn’t seem to enjoy the popularity it deserves. GABA is one of the most highly employed inhibitors in our central nervous system. What this means is that GABA prevents certain neurotransmitters from being effective, or at least, from being… Read More »What Is GABA And How Does It Affect Your Sleep?