Sleep Newzzz - February 5, 2020
Now that you have recovered from Super Bowl Sunday, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Namely, a normal sleep pattern.
But what do you consider ‘normal’?
Is waking up in the middle of the night ‘normal’?
Before you start worrying, studies have shown that it is a natural behaviour ... one that was actually necessary to keep us safe back in the Stone Age.
So you can relax and read all about it in this week’s Sleep Newzzz …
40% of Americans Say They’re Sleep Deprived After the Super Bowl
Did you suffer from a case of the #SuperSickMonday after the Super Bowl? You were definitely not alone.
And with good reason since the Super Bowl starts at 6:30pm EST and can go well into the night. The game usually lasts around 3 hours and 45 minutes, and that’s assuming it doesn’t go into overtime.
What’s more, many people keep the party going long after the winning team takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
In fact, a survey from last year found that 32% of workers want the Monday after the Super Bowl to be declared a national holiday.
But how much can one sleepless night hurt? According to Dr. Lynelle Schneeberg, a sleep psychologist at Yale Medicine and author of Become Your Child’s Sleep Coach, just one night can cause irritability, dark under-eye circles, forgetfulness and slower reaction time.
Scents May Help Improve Learning During Sleep
A new study confirms that scents can impact learning during sleep.
For the study, researchers at the University of Freiburg in Germany recruited two sixth-grade classes who were learning English. One group used incense while learning the English vocabulary and another group would learn without it.
The students were asked to place rose-scented incense sticks on their desks at home and on their bedside table at night while learning their vocabulary.
In another experiment, they also placed the incense sticks on the table next to them during the vocabulary test at school.
The results were compared with test scores in which no incense sticks were used.
The students who used the incense during learning and sleeping, showed a significant 30% increase in learning success.
The study shows that learning can be easier during sleep. And who would’ve thought that our nose could help considerably in this?
You May Think You're an Insomniac But Chances Are You're Getting Enough Sleep
How many times a night can you wake up and still have had what is considered a ‘good’ night’s sleep?
Dr. Gorica Micic, a research associate at Flinders University’s College of Medicine and Public Health says that waking up multiple times a night is not a sign of something going wrong. It’s actually hardwired into our genes.
Most of our sleep is spent in light sleep and we wake often just like other species.
It's likely an evolutionary effect that enables us to check our environment to make sure we’re not in danger.
Dr. Melinda Jackson, a sleep disorders expert and Monash University psychology lecturer says, "Sleep quality is not just about how much sleep you get, but how long it takes you to fall asleep and how rested you feel upon waking."
Dr. Micic says that while brain scans of many insomniacs show they have had ‘totally normal sleep,’ their perception of not sleeping significantly ‘impacts how they feel during the day and function.’
Ironically, the worry of not getting enough sleep can be the cause of not getting enough sleep. It’s important to remain flexible with your sleep hygiene and not feel stressed that you have to abide by it every night.
All you can do is create the right conditions to allow sleep to happen and have a relaxed attitude about catching those zzz’s.