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Sealy unveils new-look beds built with exclusive Posturepedic Technology

Sealy mattresses revamped to offer improved support, aesthetics and value. Sealy South Africa has recently unveiled its new, refreshed mattress and base sets, all equipped with Sealy’s exclusive Posturepedic Technology. The iconic brand, known for its reliable support, has taken style and comfort to the next level with a new moody grey and black colour…

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Dream Theory

Several schools of thought exist that hypothesise the world of dreaming and what purpose it serves us as mindful beings. Whilst there are no scientifically proven, concise and definite answers for the curiosity of why we dream, the fact that we do dream may very well be the result of one of the reasons discussed,…

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Let’s Get Lucid

Imagine being able to enter the realm of the dreaming state, all the while maintaining a conscious awareness of yourself, your surroundings and your actions. It would be like entering a fantasy world –  and with the power to make decisions, you could control just about everything whilst having none of the sensory experiences that…

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Sleep Divorce

Sharing a bed with your partner seems so romantic until the reality sets in. Issues like snoring, blanket hogging, early morning alarms, and even just a preference for different levels of mattress comfort can quickly sap the sexiness out of sleeping together. If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep next to your loved…

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Cleaning a Spill on a Mattress

It was a long week filled with deadlines, sales reports and one meeting after the other. It all seemed like it would never end and all of a sudden… it’s Saturday. Soft rays of sunshine gently peeking through the slightly opened drapes. You decide to stay in bed with a nice steaming hot mug of…

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The Side Effects of Oversleeping

When it comes to your sleep, can you really have too much of a something good? There is no doubt that a quality night’s sleep is important for your health. However, oversleeping has been connected to a number of medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes and an increased risk of a fatality. Researchers are wary…

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Can Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) help you sleep better?

Traditionally, insomniacs have lent on sleeping pills, Hypnotherapy, Acupuncture and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to try and find the sleep that eludes them. CBT teaches you to recognise negative thoughts (I am worried I won’t get enough sleep tonight) and shut them down to avoid negative behaviours (now I can’t fall asleep as I am…

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Stronger core = better sleep

Can getting stronger abs, get you better sleep? Damn straight it can! A strong core = better sleep. Your diaphragm is a band of muscles that separates your internal organs (like your stomach, liver and colon) from your chest cavity (that contains your heart and lungs). The diaphragm is like a hammock that is pulled tight…

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Help is here for blanket hoggers

Ikea has launched the TOG-ether bundle to help couples sleep better. Inspired by the Swedish tradition of using two single duvets rather than one queen sized duvet, the TOG-ether bundle gives each person their own amount of insulation, but at a cost that that can be is less than buying two single duvets. Whist some…

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Are your finances keeping you up?

We are in a recession people! The petrol price is shooting up whilst Christmas and ‘Back-2-School’ loom just around the corner. With many anticipating no chance of a performance bonus or even a significant annual increase it is no surprise that many are staring at the ceiling instead of falling asleep peacefully. Today’s families just…

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Could magnesium restore your sleep?

There is a strong link between insomnia and magnesium deficiency especially in women. Magnesium is one of the 24 essential vitamins and minerals and its super powers have for many years been under-rated. Magnesium is a mood stabilizer, bone builder, muscle relaxer and most importantly sleep promoter. Magnesium helps people to sleep more deeply with…

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How much should the tooth fairy be leaving behind while your child is sleeping?

Losing a first tooth is a remarkable milestone. It is so remarkable in fact that left unchecked it can create a swell of ‘proud parent feelings’ that may result in a very generous but unsustainable contribution from the tooth fairy (or the equally dashing tooth mouse). Now the problem with leaving a few fat notes…

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Food to improve your vitality

What should you be eating right now to live a long and happy life? The average human lifespan is currently 71 years. In this blog we look at foods packed with vitality that are eaten by those who live the longest, and happiest lives according to the World Happiness Report. Sticky rice and fermented cabbage…

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Bedtime stories for kids – can good parenting rituals make your kids smarter?

All previous research has suggested that certain ‘good parenting’ practices like reading a bedtime story to your child or having a meal together at a table increases a child’s IQ scores later on in life. However, a recent study by Florida University has given scientists and parents a bit of grit to chew on. In…

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Beat Your Alarm Clock

With sleep trending and a good night’s sleep being the hallmark of a good life, it is no wonder that the ultimate sleep goal has become waking up when your body wants to, not when your body has to. Yes, waking up before your alarm wakes you is an actual #sleepgoal. As an alarm-clock detester…

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How to start eating for energy

Rest is recovery and food is fuel so if you are looking to have more energy there is no greater combination than good sleep and good nutrition. Whilst there are many conflicting ideologies when it comes to nutrition and weight-loss there is actually much consensus amongst sleep scientists when it comes to eating for sustained…

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Gender differences and sleep

Women and men think differently. This fact is well-established. What is less well-known is that men and women have different sleep needs and react differently to sleep-deprivation. Let’s look at some research regarding these statements. Women need more sleep than men the same age. The theory behind this is that women use more areas of…

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Sleep like a world class leader

Sleep is critical for success. And the top leaders know it. In a recent assessment of 35 000 top leaders, the Harvard Business Review found that good leaders prioritise good sleep. On the contrary, they found that non-executive leaders (or the middle men) are reported to gather a mere 5-7 hours of sleep per evening. What…

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How to get back to sleep

If you have ever had the displeasure of waking up in the middle of the night, you will know the feeling… the feeling of desperation when you realize it is only 1am and you know that three hours sleep is not nearly enough sleep at all. You will also know the feeling of exasperation as…

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Should School Times Start Later?

The Industrial revolution changed not only when we work (earlier start, longer shifts) but also when we are required to wake up. Human beings are programmed to follow the sun to bed and wake as the sky lightens. However, for most families, industrialization has meant waking long before sunrise to commute to work. This shift…

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Got a problem with clutter? You are also more likely to have a problem with sleep.

A study by Alexis Reinheimer, a psychology major at St. Lawrence University in Canton, has found that those that hoard are more likely to have a sleep disorder. Hoarders appear to struggle with sleep onset, sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness. Hoarding is thought to hurt sleep as it interferes on a number of levels- Cognitively,…

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Get fitter, sleep more

Could those who sleep longer, actually become fitter? This is an interesting question as it challenges what we know about most gym buffs – that they train for long hours both before and after dark. Is it truly necessary to rise-and-shine at 4am to get fitter? Or could lying-in actually be a step towards, rather…

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How to have less nightmares

Nightmares are truly terrifying. Our bodies do not distinguish between what we are dreaming and what is real and so waking after a nightmare can leave us with our heart racing and our bed sheets wet with sweat. A few of us may even be prone to a throwing a few punches or kicks (whilst…

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Why trauma will tire you out

Last month we looked at what happens to your body after a traumatic experience. What we uncovered was a chemical cascade that led to post-traumatic hyper-arousal and post-traumatic hyper-vigilance.  Both of these states are appropriate immediately after a trauma as they are required to ensure survival. Post-traumatic hyper-arousal is a description of a stress response…

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How to fight Social Jetlag

In our blog ‘Could you die from Social Jetlag’ we unpacked how social jetlag causes negative health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. If you know that your sleep is out of sync then here are some strategies that you should consider: Catch up sleep over weekends – >> >> Sleeping-in on weekends…

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Could you die from Social Jetlag?

In 2012, Till Roenneberg, PhD, a professor at the Institute of Medical Psychology at the University of Munich coined the term “social jetlag” to describe the sleep debt that people face whose sleep schedules do not fit into the socially-typical norms. Social jetlag has also been described as “the discrepancy between work and free days,…

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Imagining a Life Without Sleep

During the 30’s, a prominent Spanish Surrealist painter named Salvador Dali came up for himself, with a new way to glean inspiration from his own psyche. As legends have it, the renowned artist would sit for hours, sometimes days, alone in a chair with a metal spoon in his hand. He would do this for…

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Reporting back on a digital detox – What happened when I went offline for one week?

Digital detoxes were the most popular health trend this festive season. What happened when this Sleep Expert went offline for a week? The results may surprise you. There is nothing harder than taking your own advice. And so with leave booked I decided to give a digital detox a try. The aim was to be…

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Back to school, back to sleep – How to get your kids back into their routine

You may have completed your back to school shopping, but have you gotten your kids back into their routine? Sleeping well is essential for school performance. Alas, the extra-long school holidays have seen our kids going to bed long after sunset and lying in later than usual. Children need sleep in order to listen, sit still,…

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Do you know what Orthosomnia is?

Some people become preoccupied with their sleep data, according to a case study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine that looked at several patients who had sleep troubles and were using sleep trackers to collect information about their sleep. The researchers involved in the study came up with a name for the phenomenon:…

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What’s your sleep crutch?

At birth, babies are given snuggle bunnies. Toddlers are told to squeeze their bear if they feel scared. Kids take their Barbies and Transformers with them on camp- just in case they get lonely at bedtime. Research has shown that this is a great thing for kids as it reduces anxiety and stress. Clinical psychologist, Dr.…

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Can ‘alternate’ sleep training strategies help babies and kids sleep better?

There has been a strong outcry (pardon the pun) by mental health experts against the ‘cry it out’ sleep training method that has gained popularity in modern western parenting over the last 10 years. Whilst experts and families have long acknowledged short-term gain in sleep behaviour after sleep training (until the next bout of illness…

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