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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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5 Household Plants That Can Help You Sleep Better

5 Household Plants That Can Help You Sleep Better

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.

Spider Plant

According to NASA, spider plants are air-cleaning all stars, clearing contaminants from ammonia and benzene to formaldehyde.

It helps absorb odours and helps maintain oxygen levels in the room, promoting better quality sleep, especially for people with allergies.

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How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart

What do you think are the most important factors for good heart health? Most people would say a healthy diet, regular exercise schedule, and smoke-free lifestyle about cover it. That’s mostly correct, but here’s a fascinating fact about your heart: Regardless of your weight, smoking and exercise habits, and even your age, people who sleep less than six hours per night are about twice as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke.

Think about that for a second. You could be a spritely 20-something with a jogging habit and inexplicable love of kale and still be worse off, heart-health wise, than someone with poorer lifestyle habits, as long as they sleep enough and you don’t.

Why could that be? The truth is, we don’t know exactly how sleep affects your heart, but it probably has something to do with the fact that your heart rate and blood pressure slow down while you’re asleep. Skipping out on rest for an organ as hardworking as your heart is bound to lead to problems—and indeed, the stats seem to reflect this.

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How Sleep Enhances Learning & Memory

How Sleep Enhances Learning & Memory

As caffeine-addled college students the world over will tell you, the ability to remember things efficiently is important. Whether you need to memorize facts for an upcoming exam, skills for a new job, or where you put your keys, having a reliable memory can make virtually every facet of your life run smoother. If you’re among the majority of Australians who have experienced sleep deprivation, you already know that a night of poor sleep can cloud your thinking, but do you know the full extent to which a lack of sleep can affect your memory?

First, let’s break up memory the way scientists do. One of the greatest advances in memory research was the discovery that it can be parcelled out into a few different categories, and that different parts of your brain—as well as different stages of sleep—are likely responsible for managing each type.

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Sleep Paralysis: What Happens When Your Brain Wakes Up Before the Rest of You

Sleep Paralysis: What Happens When Your Brain Wakes Up Before the Rest of You

You wake up—or at least, you think you’re awake—but you can’t move a muscle. You also can’t speak, or scream, which is problematic given the ominous shadowy figure sitting on the end of your bed, moving closer at an agonizing pace.

Sounds like a horror movie, and for sufferers of a phenomenon known as sleep paralysis, it feels like one. Almost every culture in the world has legends of evil supernatural beings terrorizing people while they sleep, and many scientists think that sleep paralysis is to blame. Accounts of night-demons date back to the 10th century, and until the 19th century, hauntings and demonic possessions were widely accepted explanations. Henry Fuseli’s 1781 painting The Nightmare, pictured above, is probably inspired by waking dreams, which were an increasing subject of interest for doctors at the time.

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