PerfectSense Sleep News: January 1, 2020

Sleep Newzzz - January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! It’s that time again. Time to reflect on the year behind us. Time to dream big and set new goals for the year ahead. It’s a clean slate. Three hundred and sixty five (actually 366 this year) days ahead of you. What exciting things will you accomplish in 2020?

Maybe you’ll strive for a better work/life balance. Maybe you’ll commit to shedding those pesky 10 lbs. Are you planning to travel? Spend more time with family? Pay off those debts? 

Or maybe you’re setting up to live happier and healthier this year. 

We all resolve to live a healthier lifestyle in the new year. Don’t believe us? Just look at all those people in the gym those first few weeks of the year! 

However you choose to better yourself, we know one thing’s for sure … one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep.

On that note, here’s what’s making news headlines this week ...

New Better Sleep Council research releases 3 reports

Three reports were released from the State of America’s Sleep study, commissioned by the Better Sleep Council. 

  • The first report revealed young women were the worst sleepers, while male retirees slept best. 
  • The second report outlined the three leading causes of sleeplessness — stress, pain and money. 
  • The third report revealed that more than one-third (41%) of employed adults get less than seven hours of sleep per night. And more than half (54%) often or frequently wake up feeling tired. 

Read the studies here: Better Sleep Council story index.

Study suggests that getting eight hours of sleep can mean the difference between health and injury

Until recently there was limited research on the relationship between sleep deprivation and injury among runners. We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is critical to our general well-being, but just how much of a difference does it make in runners and other athletes?

A study conducted by The Institute for Scholastic Sport Science and Medicine claims that in adolescent student-athletes (grades seven to 12), getting less than eight hours of sleep led to a 70% increase in the likelihood of injury.

Read on to learn how to substantially lower your risk of injury.

From dreams of waking up to waking up in your dreams

Have you ever experienced a false awakening? It’s a mix between sleep and waking. You wake up, get out of bed, and go about your normal routine only to realize you’re dreaming … and then you wake up again.  

It can be alarming to say the least. Similar to sleep paralysis, false awakenings are called hybrid states - somewhere between waking and sleep.

In a recent survey of 90 participants who claimed to have experienced both false awakenings and lucid dreams, 37 of them (41%) say they experienced false awakenings at least monthly.

How did the participants know they were in a hybrid state? Fifty-six subjects (62%) reported that they noticed anomalies or bizarre situations during false awakenings -- small details out of place or clocks or switches not working.

The study provides new information about false awakenings, which are relatively understudied. Learn more here.

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