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5 Beautiful, Relaxing Soundtracks To Fall Asleep To

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Last week, we wrote about the well-documented benefits of listening to music while you sleep. In case you missed it, the takeaway is that music has been show decrease the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep and improve the quality of your rest. However, not all types of music have this effect. As you might expect, fast, loud, stimulating tunes are unlikely to help you get to sleep.

Here’s a list of beautiful music . Some of these tunes were specifically produced as sleep aids, while others naturally happen to fit the criteria.

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Is Listening To Music While You Sleep A Good Idea?

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If you love music, you already know that it can enlighten, inspire, energize, and shake you out of a bad mood. But did you know that it can also help you sleep? Plenty of people use music to help themselves get a good night’s rest, and there’s a great deal of research to back up this popular practice.

During sleep, though you’re not consciously aware of it, you’re actually listening to what’s around you. When you think about it, this makes a lot of evolutionary sense—with your eyes shut, it’s the only way your body can become aware of threats in your environment. While this can be somewhat of an annoyance for light sleepers, it has a wonderful upshot: you can actually intervene on the quality of your sleep with carefully chosen tunes.

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4 Ways To Sleep Better On A Plane

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In the past, we’ve written about how to how to stay ahead of jet lag. An important component of that effort is actually getting to sleep on a plane, and since it’s impossible to carry on your Regal mattress (sorry, we’re working on it), you probably need some help. Sleeping well on a plane is especially important on long-haul flights. Otherwise, you may find yourself a day behind on your sleep by the time you get to your destination! Here are our best tips for getting to sleep in the air.
 
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How To Deal With New Parent Sleep Deprivation

How To Deal With New Parent Sleep Deprivation

Here’s a statistic that will keep you up at night: new parents lose an average of 44 days of sleep in their newborn’s first year of life. Yes, you read that right. No wonder sleep deprivation is practically a cliché of parenthood. Plenty of factors account for newborns’, ahem... creative sleeping patterns, from undeveloped Circadian rhythms to rumbling tummies. What’s less clear is how an adult unaccustomed to being repeatedly jarred awake by a screaming infant is supposed to function.

There’s no magic cure, and there’s probably no getting around the fact that this stage will be a difficult one. Thankfully, the first year with your new baby is also filled with beautiful moments you’ll be happily remember for the rest of your life. Don’t be too discouraged—there are things you can do to make this period easier on yourself.

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4 Bizarre Things Your Body Does While You Sleep

4 Bizarre Things Your Body Does While You Sleep

If you think the weirdest thing that can happen to you while you’re sleeping is an unsettling dream, think again. We know more about sleep today than ever before, but exactly what your body goes through during sleep is still unknown and made all the more mysterious by oddball things your body can do after bedtime. Disclaimer: If you experience anything listed below to a distressing degree, bring it to the attention of a healthcare professional!

Exploding Head Syndrome

Don’t worry—this isn’t nearly as painful as it sounds. A small percentage of people, typically over 50, sometimes hear a loud, imagined noise when they’re falling asleep or waking up. Imagine being on the precipice of sleep and suddenly hearing a gunshot or a thunderclap insider your head. This condition is benign and painless, but can be frightening. It’s unclear what causes it, but it seems to be made worse by stress and irregular sleep schedules.

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Get By Just Fine On Minimal Sleep? You Might Be A "Super Sleeper"

Get By Just Fine On Minimal Sleep? You Might Be A "Super Sleeper"

Everybody knows that they’re supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and if you’re like the vast majority of people, this conventional wisdom applies to you. Sleep deprivation causes direct, measurable physical harm. For most people, not getting enough rest on a regular basis translates to a list of healthy problems that seems to grow longer every time sleep scientists shed light on it. However, researchers have also long observed that some people tolerate sleep loss better than others.

Do you know somebody who claims to get by just fine on as little as six hours of sleep? Firs, it’s important to note that some people go through most of their lives chronically sleep deprived without knowing it. Go without enough sleep for long enough, and eventually, you’ll forget what being truly well-rested feels like. Some people under-sleep but think they feel okay, while tests measuring their reaction times, reasoning, and more would reveal the reality.

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4 Myths About Sleep You May Still Believe

4 Myths About Sleep You May Still Believe

You would think that the information age would make us all experts in topics as important as sleep science, but in a sea of data, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. All the worse when research counters received wisdom, since age-old myths are notoriously hard to debunk. If you think you know everything there is to know about sleep, check and see if you still believe any of these common sleep myths.

1. You can catch up on sleep on the weekends

Much to the chagrin of weekend warriors the world over, you cannot "catch up" on missed sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep for a few days and then try to make up for it with a weekend snooze-fest, research shows that you’ll continue to experience symptoms of sleep deprivation, like impaired reasoning and slowed reaction times, until you reestablish your sleep schedule over an extended period. Check out our article on how to repay your sleep debt for more on this topic.

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How Sleep Deprivation Can Damage Your DNA

How Sleep Deprivation Can Damage Your DNA

DNA is the precious blueprint for life. It is literally the fibre of your being, and damaging it is serious business. While your cells are capable of repairing a certain amount of DNA damage—in fact, normal metabolic processes result in thousands of replication mistakes in your body each day—there’s only so much they can repair.

Researchers have long been puzzling about the causal link between poor sleep and conditions ranging from accelerated aging to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. We know there’s a strong correlation between sleep loss and these illnesses, but for a long time, we didn’t know why. Though the exact mechanisms are far from clear, recent research has shed a lot of light on this relationship.

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Sleep & Your Diet: A Two-Way Street

Sleep & Your Diet: A Two-Way Street

Was eating better on your list of resolutions this year? Regardless of where we are in our health journeys, many Australians make an effort to eat better on a regular basis. What many people don’t know is the incredible impact sleep has on our ability to make smart dietary choices—and on the flip side, how what we eat affects the quality of our rest.

Sleep has a dynamic relationship with many aspects of your health. For example, we know that not sleeping enough can sensitize you to stress and other negative emotions. We also know that stress and depression make it harder to get to sleep. A similar relationship exists between sleep and your diet.

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4 Things To Do First Thing For A More Peaceful Day

4 Things To Do First Thing For A More Peaceful Day

We’ve written before about things you can do in the evening to take some of the load off the next day, as well as the benefits of good sleep hygiene. Hopefully, if you’re putting these tips into practice, you’re waking up rested and refreshed (possibly on your perfectly fitted Regal mattress). Now, what can you do first thing the morning to get your day off to the best possible start?

1. Don’t use your phone as an alarm

If you’re like the majority of Australians, you’re somewhat hooked into your digital devices most of the time. The average person checks their devices a staggering 85 times per day! Given this, why not give your mind a few minutes of peace before you connect?

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4 Things To Do Before Bed For A Stress-Free Tomorrow

4 Things To Do Before Bed For A Stress-Free Tomorrow

Waking up cuddling a pile of clean laundry you were too lazy to fold is, while admittedly comfortable, not the best way to start your day.

Neither is opening your eyes mid-panic because you’re scrambling to figure out where and with whom your morning meeting is.

Use these easy tips to set yourself up for the next day. Not only will your morning go better, but you’re bound to get a more relaxing night’s sleep!

1. Tidy your bedroom

We hate to sound like your parents, but really—there’s nothing like the feeling of waking up in a clean, organized space. Fold that laundry, put the graveyard of tea-mugs to rest in the dishwasher, and make sure everything is more or less in its place. You’ll thank yourself when you don’t have to scramble for matching socks at 7AM.

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How To Sleep Through Hot Summer Nights

How To Sleep Through Hot Summer Nights

The heat doesn’t seem to be letting up, and for those of us without air conditioning, staying cool and comfortable through the night is a constant struggle.

As anybody who’s spent a summer in Australia will tell you, getting to sleep in the heat is no picnic.

That’s a consequence of your body’s natural sleep cycle. As bedtime approaches, your core temperature naturally drops and remains lowered throughout the time you’re asleep.

A cooler bedroom—ideally around 18 degrees celsius—helps facilitate this temperature drop. If your sleep environment is much hotter than 18 degrees, you’re more likely to have trouble falling and staying asleep. 

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Get Your Beauty Sleep: 5 Ways To Improve Your Appearance While You Sleep

Get Your Beauty Sleep: 5 Ways To Improve Your Appearance While You Sleep

Since we’ve previously written about the myriad ways sleep deprivation can negatively affect your appearance, you may already know that when it comes to beauty sleep, just getting enough is a great start. If you want to up your game, try these easy tips to supercharge your beauty routine.

1. Use a silk pillowcase

Did you know that dermatologists can usually tell which side you sleep on based on your skin? Using a silk pillowcase will help reduce the friction between your face and your pillow, which helps prevent wrinkles over time. Bonus: Say goodbye to bedhead and split ends, since your hair will also benefit from smooth texture of silk.

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Sleeping In: Is Oversleeping As Bad As Not Sleeping Enough?

Sleeping In: Is Oversleeping As Bad As Not Sleeping Enough?

The dangers of not getting enough sleep are widely known, but fewer people consider that sleeping too much may be—according to a growing body of research—also a risky endeavour.

For most adults, oversleeping counts as sleeping for longer than nine hours per night. (Somewhere between seven to nine hours is the recommended sweet spot).

Longer than that, and you may be at an increased risk for fatigue, lethargy, headaches, obesity, impaired immunity, impaired fertility, stroke, and general mortality, among other things.

If you think that sounds a lot like the problems typically associated with sleep deprivation, you’re right.

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3 Ways Getting Enough Rest Makes You a Better Partner

3 Ways Getting Enough Rest Makes You a Better Partner

Valentine’s day is just behind us. When the candles are out and the roses have wilted, it’s up to us to continue being loving, supportive partners, even in the absence of obscene discounts on chocolate.

Taking care of yourself and taking care of your loved ones are sometimes seen as distinct efforts. The reality couldn’t be further from that idea. While some degree of personal sacrifice is a part of every good relationship, if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re not going to make a very good partner to anybody.

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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Leadership Skills

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Leadership Skills

Donald Trump has been getting some bad press about (among other things) his sleep schedule. The new leader of the free world has boasted about getting as few as four to five hours of sleep per night.

Political leanings aside, experts agree that even one hour of sleep less than what you need, let alone three or four, can seriously affect your decision-making skills, and not for the better. So much for our sleep-machismo culture, where leadership is actually associated with burning the midnight oil, making the actual science somewhat counterintuitive.

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5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance

5 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance

If life were fair, every time things got too busy for a good night’s sleep, your body would go into health and immunity-hyperdrive to compensate for the stress you’re experiencing. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair, and when stress gets in the way of sleep, your general well-being suffers. The side effect of this—as though anybody needs an additional thing to lose sleep over—is a pronounced effect on your appearance. Read on for five ways sleep deprivation can affect the way you look.

1. Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles

When you’re tired, your body retains fluid. Excess fluid is responsible for the puffiness under your eyes, but it also pushes blood vessels closer to the surface of your skin. Since the skin around your eyes is very thin relative to the rest of your body, the effect of this is especially visible here, resulting in the unsightly circles typical of sleeplessness.

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Insomnia As A Plot Device

Insomnia As A Plot Device

Anybody who’s seen a movie in the last 50 years knows that Hollywood loves spinning storylines around mental illness. From One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to Girl, Interrupted, to Psycho and beyond, people with psychological disorders are the subject of mass fascination—and often, misrepresentation—in the media.

Insomnia is no exception, and it’s not hard to imagine why. The psychological effects of chronic insomnia are serious and diverse, making the problem, which affects as many as one third of Australians, ripe for the picking when it comes to story ideas. Disclaimer: Movie spoilers below, though you’ve probably seen these already.

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What To Expect During An Overnight Sleep Study

What To Expect During An Overnight Sleep Study

If even a Regal mattress isn’t enough to heal your sleep woes, it’s time to bring the problem to the attention of a health professional.

Insomnia is too serious a health risk to leave unchecked, and since most sleep disorders are very manageable conditions, it only makes sense to get a pro involved when you’ve tried all the standard solutions, like practicing good sleep hygiene.

When you do, it’s possible that you’ll need to undergo an overnight sleep study or polysomnography. This helps your doctor pin down the source of your sleep problems, which can be difficult to do with a regular office visit.

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5 Household Plants That Can Help You Sleep Better

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Beautiful flowers and plants not only enhance the look of your home and help purify the air you breathe, but can actually help you get to sleep.

Stress and anxiety are major barriers to healthy sleep for many people, and numerous studies have shown that spending time in nature is one of the best ways to alleviate stress.

Since sleeping in nature is not realistic for most of us, the next best thing is to bring nature indoors.

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