As groundbreaking personal statements go, ‘I never get enough sleep’ ranks somewhere down there with ‘I enjoy music!’ and ‘I like going out – but also staying in’. It’s the modern default. Because nobody does, right? Unless you’re under 10, over 70 or live on a farm with no wi-fi, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. I was one of those people. I decided to embark on a two-week experience to learn how to get eight hours of shut-eye a night.
Dear LH, I have recently received a promotion at my work, hooray! However, my new role comes with adjusted working hours – instead of the usual 9-6, I am now working from 6:30 – 4:30 (occasionally with overtime to 5:30). Given commute times and how long it takes me to get functioning in the morning, I estimate I probably need to get up around 4:45am. How can I adjust my body clock to this new regime and still have the time and energy to see family and friends late at night?
The Fitbit is a great activity tracker. It can keep track of your steps, sleep, and activity level, but its best use isn’t tracking your activity at all: It’s as a silent alarm clock, one that gently buzzes you awake and won’t wake anyone else in your house or in bed next to you when it’s time to get up.
Co-called “nanna naps” are often seen as a sign of weakness or the onset of doddering old age. However, there is mounting scientific evidence to suggest that daytime slumber can improves health, productivity and general well-being. This infographic explains the biological reasoning behind short snatches of sleep, along with different napping styles to help you find the perfect technique for catching afternoon Zs.