Good Morning, did you sleep well?
Mild snoring is actually really common – almost everyone snores some time or other! But the worst cases can reach 100 decibels – the equivalent of a motorbike, or jet take-off (about 300m away)!
If you or partner are sick of disturbed nights, help is at hand – National Stop Snoring Week is an annual event to raise awareness that nobody needs to suffer because of snoring – it can be treated! For help and information, click here.
We spend about a third of our lives asleep! Seems a lot, but we should never regard it as wasted time, because it’s vital for our wellbeing:
So what goes on when you sleep? ‘Your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves and your body releases important hormones.‘
And did you know ‘you’ll die from sleep deprivation before food deprivation? It takes 2 weeks to starve but 10 days without sleep can kill you.’
Dreams occur during the REM ‘rapid eye movement’ stage of sleep. During this phase, as well as eye movements, our minds are very active, but our bodies are effectively paralysed, to prevent us acting out our dreams! We only remember dreams if we wake in the middle, and generally not for long: ‘Within 5 minutes of waking up, 50% of your dream is forgotten, within 10 minutes, 90% is gone.’
You are how you sleep!
Source: The Better Sleep Council
Click here for more fun facts from The Better Sleep Council.
Sleep on it
Exams coming up? Don’t stay up cramming all night – close your books and get a good night’s sleep.
In this fascinating Ted Talk, Shai Marcu explains how sleep restructures your brain in a way that’s crucial for how our memory works.
Click here for tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
If you struggle with a sleep disorder, we recommend you seek professional advice from a GP or someone with specialising in sleep. However, here is an article outlining sleep disorders and how to treat them. Sleep disorders and treatment
Phew, all that blogging is exhausting! We’re off to catch some ZZZzzzzz’s.