Tagged With sleep

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It seems every few weeks there’s a new interview about how a tech bro spends their morning. We totally get wanting to mine the habits of successful people for life hacks—you’re looking at the home of How I Work, after all. But how effective are these biohacks? Here’s an opinionated rundown.

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The Great Australian Sleep Report is a national survey commissioned by Koala Mattress. It found that the majority of Aussies (60 per cent) only get 6-7 hours of sleep per night. Furthermore, around half of us aren't satisfied with the quality of our sleep and 58 per cent believe they are not getting enough of it. This infographic looks at the key findings.

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When Fisher-Price recalled its highly popular Rock ‘N Play “sleeper” earlier this month, sleep-deprived parents everywhere let out a collective sigh of frustration. For some parents — especially those whose babies have reflux — the slight incline and cosy structure (not to mention its vibration feature) was a godsend during nap time and, yes, nighttime.

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You could spend forever working out exactly how to live a healthy life — the internet is full of hacks meant to help you optimise each little detail. But honestly, most of the benefits of sleep, exercise, and diet come from just doing the basics right. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, here’s where to start.

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Hands up if you’ve ever woken up from an okay night of sleep, checked your phone, and found that your sleep was “low quality” or that you got very little “deep” sleep. How did you feel the rest of the day? Crappy? It’s possible you can blame your tracker, not your actual level of sleep, at least partially for how you felt.

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I just flew in from Copenhagen and boy are my arms (and eyes, and legs, and entire being) tired. As I’ve gotten older, international — and even cross-country — flights have begun to feel more like violent crimes against my body, but I have developed a system for arriving to an exciting destination somewhat refreshed after a red-eye: don’t sleep well the night before.

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I’ve stayed up late for a lot of stupid things. Sometimes it’s a miscalculation, like trying to finish an assignment that I’m too tired to focus on. But usually it just kind of happens: I’m already watching Netflix, so I keep watching Netflix. I wanted to read a book this evening, and I didn’t get the chance until now.

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Quitting coffee is not an option for most people. Without it, most office workers would instantly transform into Mad Max marauders hunting for shiny, chrome Delonghis. Thankfully, indulging in a hot brew doesn't need to be detrimental to your health -- in fact, it can improve everything from cognitive skills to memory retention. This infographic provides seven tips for effective and responsible imbibing.

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The most crucial moment of my day is the first three minutes after I get home. I’m at my lowest point. If I’m asked to make a decision or address a problem, I will answer uselessly or irritably. I can’t eliminate that small stupid period. But I’ve figured out how to work around it by paying attention to my body.

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I have a Trenta-sized amount of love of the Mac app Amphetamine, because it’s a great way to keep your MacBook from sleeping (or kicking on the screen saver) for any particular reason. And I’m ashamed to admit that it’s taken me a year, if not years, to realise that I haven’t installed a similar kind of app on my Windows desktop and laptop.