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Late Nights And Appetites: The Sleep-Obesity Connection

Can staying up late can on pile on the pounds? According to the W.H.O., worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. The trend looks set to continue . Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and an abundance of cheap, calorie-dense processed food have now contributed to a situation where 1/3 of the planet is considered overweight or obese. For a […]

alcohol and sleep

8 Ways That Alcohol Can Really Mess Up Your Sleep

Alcohol has played a vital role in human culture  for thousands of years. As well as the ability to intoxicate, its sleep-inducing effects are legendary. is So it should come as no surprise that booze - cheap, readily available and prescription-free - is one of the most common sleep aids on the planet. Whilst it undeniably has soporific qualities, […]

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The Definitive Guide to White Noise and Sleep

Some people are lucky, they can sleep through a tornado, but most of us struggle to fall asleep in a noisy environment. So what do you do if your neighbour's dog insists on barking all night or traffic noise keeps you awake? If that's the case you might want to consider trying out white noise. […]

Why do we yawn?

Why Do We Yawn?

Yawning is such a common, everyday phenomenon that we scarcely pay any attention to it. Although most people put it down to tiredness or boredom, the truth is far more complex and mysterious. Common beliefs about yawning In 1986, Dr Robert R Provine (a world authority on yawning research) stated "at present, yawning may have the dubious distinction […]

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A Brief History of Sleep Deprivation and Torture

When was the last time you pulled an all nighter? Whether you were partying, working, or maybe it was your newborn baby keeping you awake - chances are you felt pretty messed up the day afterward. Now imagine being forced to stay up for a whole week, without any food, chained by the wrists and […]

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7 Truly Bizarre Sleep Disorders That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Here at Sleep Junkies we're never surprised to learn how strange the realm of sleep can be. So we've dug deep to bring you our top 7 bizarre sleep disorders. From exploding heads to sudden deaths in the night, once you find out about these rare and unusual conditions you'll never complain about your insomnia […]

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The 33 Biggest Sleep Myths Finally Debunked Once And For All

For a topic that's been studied for over 2500 years, we still know surprisingly little about the reasons, causes and effects of sleep. It's only in the last century that scientists have started to delve into the physiology of our non-waking lives. In 1928 the electroencephalogram (EEG) was first used to record brain activity during sleep. More […]

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Why you should avoid these foods before bedtime

If you’re suffering from sleepless nights, you find it hard to get to sleep or you constantly wake up during the night, you’re not alone. Only ten per cent of adults in the UK say they enjoy a good night’s sleep every night. There are various factors that can contribute to sleep problems, from stress, […]


Should you flip your mattress? Here's the lowdown

Beds of the ancients For most of its history, the mattress was stuffed with whatever materials were on hand. Beds from the Neolithic period were packed with leaves, grass, and straw. The Ancient Persians used water, while the Egyptians slept on piles of palm boughs. Of the ancient civilizations, the Romans were clearly the most […]

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What are you sleeping on? Why a good mattress matters

Good research determining the exact effect of certain mattresses on sleep is rarely performed. One will find that there is no consensus from doctors on what the best mattress is to provide the best night of sleep. This is because the best mattress depends on each individual’s unique circumstances and preferences. While this is true, […]

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Bedtime routines: 5 golden rules for success

Getting your kids to go to sleep can be a lot easier said than done. Particularly important during school term time, sleep is vital to the well being and performance of children. Countless studies have shown that those children who get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night are much more likely to perform […]

Sleeping on the move: a survival guide for travellers

We’ve all been there: waking up as the bus or train pulls into the station, slowly straightening out our necks and sensing a sore, creeping twinge that will stay there all day, and opening our dry, droopy, barely-rested eyes, hoping that there will be enough coffee in this city to get us through another day […]

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Choosing pillows and blankets: a primer

Considering we spend a third of our lives in bed, it's important to try and do everything you can to ensure a comfortable, healthy night's sleep. There are a surprising number of options these days when it comes to choosing pillows and blankets. So read on to find out which are the best options to […]

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5 ways to make getting out of bed easier during cold winter mornings

Winter is dreary and cold and unpleasant isn’t it? Dark mornings can make getting up for work much harder than usual, and staying snuggled under the duvet is often a very inviting prospect. But sadly we aren’t dormice, and we can’t hibernate through winter. Instead why not try some of these tips to make getting […]