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Meditation and Sleep

Meditation and Sleep

Meditation originated in India during 5000 BC. Today, people from all over the world meditate in search of mental peace and physical tranquility. As a result, the effects of meditation on the body and the mind are widely studied even today. With new studies sprouting every other day, they all show one thing in common – meditation boosts sleep quality and helps people suffering from sleeping disorders, depression and anxiety. What is Mindfulness Meditation? Mindfulness meditation is the most common form of meditation where one is required to sit still, pay attention to the body and clear the mind. In essence, mindfulness meditation simply means reflecting on the present by breathing, observing and connecting with the inner self. However, to perfect the art of mindfulness…

Does Stress Affect Sleep?

Does Stress Affect Sleep

A recent global sleep study showed over 60% of adults from across 12 counties faced some form of sleeping disorder. Out of which, a shocking 54% believed stress and worry were the main reasons for keeping them up at night. While 8 in 10 responses wanted to seek medical help but couldn’t find the time to do so. Unfortunately, this is something most of us face too. Irregular sleep can spoil the mood, keeps energy levels low, and affects the overall cognitive behavior. What is the link between stress and sleep? Ever feel restless when you are stressed and wonder why you can’t fall sleep? Or have you ever woken up from sleep due to stress that makes it difficult to fall asleep again? When…

Does Caffeine Really Affect Sleep Quality?

Does Caffeine Really Affect Sleep Quality

Caffeine is a natural substance found commonly in coffee, tea and sometimes even cocoa beans. Coffee is considered the main suppliant of caffeine, but even brewed products like tea have a considerable amount of caffeine in them. A 2015 study found that Canada has the third-highest coffee consumption per capita (152 liters per person per year) in the world, right behind Finland and the Netherlands. While we all love our morning coffee or tea, unregulated amount of caffeine intake will cause disruption to the internal body clock and have similar effects like jet-lag  does. If you are one suffering with disturbed sleep, you might want to reconsider your caffeine intake. Sleep deprivation caused by caffeine affects that part of the brain responsible for paying attention,…

How Sleep Affects Productivity?

How Sleep Affects Productivity

Majority of adults face sleeping problems in one form or the other. It is either difficulty in falling asleep or difficulty in staying asleep, or sometimes even waking up at odd hours in the morning and unable to sleep again. Getting in the right amount of sleep makes you feel well-rested the next morning. On the other hand, sleep deprivation has a negative effect on productivity, creativity and thinking. Sleeplessness in any such form affects the body in many ways than we realize. In our previous article, we covered why the body needs sleep. In addition to consolidating memory and boosting the immune system, getting the right amount of quality sleep improves our cognitive behavior. This article will cover how sleep affects and increases productivity…

Jet Lag Recovery Quick Guide

Jet Lag Recovery Quick Guide 1

Technology and innovation in the aviation sector have truly made the world a smaller place. One can reach the far corners of the globe earlier than before and non-stop. This said, a great number of international travelers fly long distances across many hours and touch down experiencing jet lag. Amongst one of the most common sleep disorders, Jet lag induces when you travel across multiple time zones and this, in turn, affects your internal clock or circadian rhythms. In essence, your internal clock takes time to adjust to the new time zone and this can lead to sleeplessness. So, the next time you’re off to explore the seven seas or jumping on a plane to head back home, remember these handy tips to reduce the…

Eco-friendly Sleep

Eco friendly Sleep

How to Save the Environment While Sleeping? Here are top 5 ways on how you can make your bedroom eco-friendly to improve your sleeping habits and save the world at the same time. You can contribute to the greater cause even while you snooze. Lights off As straightforward as it sounds, it helps if you turn your lights off. If you aren’t occupying the bedroom, then leave the lights off. If you are, then use them conservatively. Not only do they hurt your wallet but also emit heat, increasing the room temperature. Lookup and replace older light sources with modern and energy-saving bulbs. If your room has windows, then let the sunlight do as much as possible for you. Consider drawing the curtains over flicking…

Unconventional Techniques for Better Sleep

Unconventional Techniques for Better Sleep

The time we spend in bed sleeping every night, are critical hours for our body to rest and recover for the next day. Better sleep directly results in higher productivity, more focus, a healthier mental and physical lifestyle. Experts recommend a minimum of seven to eight hours of uninterrupted quality sleep for adults every night as the ideal routine. Quite often, even if you do get to bed early, it’s hard to fall asleep. The brain and body are wired leaving you staring at the ceiling for hours taking away precious sleep time. Some people fall asleep easily, but have very broken or interrupted sleep, constantly waking up. If you’re amongst the many who have trouble falling asleep, here are a few unconventional hacks to…

Ideal Sleeping Positions for the Best Sleep

Ideal Sleeping Positions for the Best Sleep

The way you sleep at night reflects strongly on the lifestyle you lead. To get a wholesome sleep every night, it isn’t just enough to eat well and exercise regularly. Even maintaining a hygienic sleeping environment goes a long way in ensuring you get a good night’s rest. And finally, how you sleep at night also plays an important role. Maintaining the right posture while sleeping is essential to ensure you stay asleep throughout the night without any disturbances and most importantly, to reduce the risk of developing body pain. The Best Sleeping Posture Humans spend about one-third of their life sleeping. This goes to say that, without sleep, humans cannot be active or productive. It takes a toll on the body and mind. If…

Mattress Care: A Quick Easy Guide

Mattress Care Quick Easy Guide

If you breakdown the 24 hours that’s available to us in a day, a minimum of seven hours average is spent sleeping. That is essentially the amount of time we sleep on our mattresses. That is easily more than our living room couch, the dining table, the car or the office chair in comparison in one uninterrupted stretch. Given that we spend such long hours to help our bodies rest and recover, it is imperative that our mattresses are ideal for the best sleeping conditions. Here are a few handy tips to ensure your mattress is given its due care. Avoid eating/drinking in bed This simple rule can go a long way in mattress care. Food or drink spills could seep into the bedding causing…

Benefits of Exercise for Better Sleep

Benefits of Exercise for Better Sleep

Living a healthy life means eating correct, sleeping right and staying fit. These are not individual factors but are interlinked to one another. Exercising helps cleanse not just the body, but the mind as well. Regular exercise improves your health, keeps diseases away, and boosts your strength and stamina. However, when you don’t eat right, you don’t have the energy to be productive or exercise. This can also contribute to sleepless nights or interrupted sleep. While it is highly essential to eat the right food for better sleep, exercising plays an equally important role in ensuring you sleep well and stay asleep through the night. Why exercise? Scientists and doctors recommend working out at least half an hour a day, for five days a week,…

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