How to prevent snoring

How to prevent snoring

Snoring is the sound you make when your breathing is blocked while you are asleep.

Besides affecting the sleeper’s sleep pattern and depriving them of proper rest, snoring can be associated with sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. Moreover, heavy snoring is disruptive to family members. Did you know that the third leading cause of divorce in the US is due to couples with snoring partners?

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Benefits of Cuddling

Benefits of Cuddling

We all need to be touched. Our need for physical contact is manifested since birth. As babies, we cry, suckle, and cling to our parents or caregivers. These attachment behaviors promote physical closeness, and we might be reaping the benefits without us knowing.

Cuddling for about 10 minutes releases a hormone called oxytocin or the “love hormone” while inhibiting cortisol aka "the stress hormone". It relieves pain, boosts your immune system, and eases stress or tension. Cuddling before bedtime is even greater because it helps you fall asleep.

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How Sleeping Affects the Immune System

How Sleeping Affects the Immune System

Lack of sleep affects the immune system. People who slept 6 hours or less were 4 times more likely to catch a cold compared to those who have an average of 7 hours or more of sleep. Major benefits your immune system gets with enough sleep include the following:
Increased immune function, reduced risk to colds and flu, fight infection and illnesses, help recover from diseases, and beats mental disorders.

 

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What Happens With One Night of Sleep Loss?

What Happens With One Night of Sleep Loss?

Skimping on sleep for an all-nighter project, a raving party or for some reason necessary affects us more than we know. The recommended sleep for adults is between seven and nine. However, the Centers for Disease Control noted that about 30% of people get less than six hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects our appearance, immune system, and brain functions.

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Exploring 5 Stages of Sleep

Exploring 5 Stages of Sleep

So, what exactly happens when you hit the sack? According to the National Sleep Foundation, a night of healthy sleep should cycle through five sleep stages every 90 minutes or so. The first four stages make up our non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep, and the fifth stage is when rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occurs.

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Infographic: Sleep Health and Scheduling

Infographic: Sleep Health and Scheduling

A deviation of an hour or more from the regular sleep schedule has affected those with poor sleep health compared to those with excellent sleep health.

The poll shows a strong correlation between sleep schedule consistency and the effect on a person's well-being the following morning. Consistent bedtimes and wake times throughout the week resulted in more benefits compare to having an erratic schedule. 

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Managing Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD)

Managing Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD)

According to International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, shift work sleep disorder is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder due to unusual sleep patterns caused by changing work schedules. People with SWSD often characterized by insomnia, and excessive sleepiness during work hours.

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How to Sleep Like A Log

How to Sleep Like A Log

Having a good sleep is everyone’s dream. More than a form of rest, this is an active period to help our body restore its’ functional systems. At least 7 to 9 hours per night is the recommended sleep for adults. One-year-olds need 11 to 14 hours, school-age children need 9 to 11 hours, and teenagers require 8 to 10 hours for quality sleep. 

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