Tagged With sleep

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We got a question last week from a reader asking us about the best apps for tracking newborn feedings and nappy changes. To which my initial response was, “Apps? I used a yellow legal pad.” But then I remembered that was eight years ago, which might as well be 50 years as far as technology for new parents is concerned.

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Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money and co-founder of TheStreet.com, claims to only need four hours of sleep each night to feel well-rested and alert. Cramer said he sleeps between 11:30 p.m. and 3:45 a.m. most weeknights, and rarely needs an alarm to rise. His father, he says, was the same way, only taking a couple of naps but never sleeping a full eight hours.

Cramer’s not the only one: Leaders such as Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, and even ex-US President Barack Obama rarely — if ever — get what’s considered a full night of sleep.

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You may be having one of two responses to that headline. One, a burst of laughter at the mere folly of trying to help parents of newborns sleep. Or, two, a desperate, fragile hope that this article will come to your rescue in a sleep-deprived, hazy, hard time. Both are understandable, but the truth is that this article is here to rescue you. Because getting good sleep is one of the best things you can do for your wellbeing and your child.

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The problem with overseas travel from Australia is that everything is so bloody far. By the time you reach your destination, you're usually grumpy, jet lagged and sleep-deprived, which isn't an ideal way to start a work trip or holiday. A good night's sleep can make a world of difference -- but that's easier said that done. The following infographic from Work the World explains everything you need to sleep on planes effectively; including some novel positions that you might not have thought of.

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Most of us have experienced a restless night of tossing and turning. Perhaps you have a big event the next day and can't switch your brain off. Or maybe you slept in that morning and screwed up your body clock. Whatever the reason, there are a handful of tricks you can employ - backed by science - that will speed up the sandman's Uber to your front door.

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Naps are a great way to recharge our brains and boost our energy, but we don't always have time for long siestas. Good news: Research published in Sleep suggests the best nap length is just 10 minutes - longer naps can lead to detrimental 'sleep inertia'.

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Sleep tracking seems to be the next area that Apple is pushing into. Now that they've established health and well-being as their version of the "killer app", the company is leveraging its 2016 acquisition of the Beddit sleep tracker. This sensor sits on your bed and can monitor sleep data for up to two people. And while it's an amazing device - when you consider what it can measure without relying on a wearable - I'm left wondering what value sleep tracking really has for most of us.

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You already know you shouldn’t sleep near your phone because doing so screws with your sleep schedule. Here’s another reason: You could text nonsense to your friends and have no memory of the conversation in the morning.

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Sleeping nude has so many scientifically proven benefits, though surveys suggest only around 30 per cent of people actually do it. So if you're one of the ones who doesn't take it all off at bedtime - or if you're one of the ones who do, and you want to back up your life decisions - here are 13 scientific reasons you should.

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Now that every person on earth has a podcast, you can find one for any topic or need—in fact you can pick your favourite from a whole roster. Say you need a podcast that’s interesting enough to stop your mind from spinning into late-night anxiety; quiet enough to calm you in bed; and boring enough that you don’t stay up an extra hour waiting for the end. We looked at some of the most-recommended podcasts for falling asleep, chose the best, and added several of our own favourites. We also

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I share my bedroom with at least one person, sometimes two or three depending on whether any children migrate during the night. So I feel like I have a superpower when I wake up and silence my alarm five minutes before it actually goes off. I’m not super, of course: It’s just a silent alarm on my Apple Watch.

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Unless you're one of those lucky few parents whose young kids live to sleep, you're probably in the same boat as the rest of us — staggering through your days in a fog of fatigue, yet dreading sunset when the clock starts ticking closer and closer towards bedtime. Even if your kids don't have trouble falling asleep, their challenge might be staying asleep. You've come to expect you'll be greeted by a little shadowy face multiple times in the night.