Coronasomnia: What it is and How to Overcome it

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 7, 2023 12:51:00 PM

Sleeping issues have been a staple of conversation surrounding the pandemic. COVID-19 is far from over, just as far as people still contracting the disease. However, the social ramifications of the pandemic will probably far outlast the dangers that the virus pose.

One of those consequences is sleep. Coronasomnia is a term used for the new onset of sleep issues that correlate specifically with the onset of the pandemic. Sleep deprivation was already a problem prior to the onset of the pandemic. However, since COVID began, the additional stress, grief and anxiety that has come with the pandemic have compounded these sleep issues even further. Four out of ten people have reported sleep trouble during the pandemic, leading health experts to term this issue "coronasomnia".  Continue reading to learn more about what coronosomnia is and what you can do about it if you are impacted.  

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What is Sleep Tourism, and Does it Work?

Posted by Darian Dozier on Aug 2, 2023 3:20:00 PM

Are you one of those people who feel like you get the best sleep when you are on vacation? If so, you're not alone. In fact, some people get such good sleep when they are on vacation, that they take a vacation just for sleep! This is known as sleep tourism, and it is on the rise.

But is sleep tourism what it is cracked up to be? Continue reading to find out if sleep tourism is something you should consider, and what the consequences may be of that practice.  

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Why All-Nighters are Harmful

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 31, 2023 2:55:00 PM

If you have ever been up against a huge deadline, then you have probably felt the pressure to stay up all night to complete it. At the time, you may feel like the all-nighter was the best decision, especially if it gave you a few hours to study for an exam or finalizing a huge presentation. 

However, this extra time may not be as beneficial as it seems because of the detrimental effects that all-nighters have on your functioning the next day, and days after that. Continue reading to find out the true harm in all-nighters, and why it's more beneficial to better plan your time than put yourself in that position. 

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Interrupted Sleep: Causes and Treatments

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 26, 2023 2:20:00 PM

Getting enough sleep is not just about the number of hours you spend in bed. It's also about the number of hours that you actually are spent sleeping. If your sleep is fragmented and highly interrupted, that's just as bad for you as getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep a night. In this article, we are going to discuss the symptoms and consequences of interrupted sleep, what may be causing them, and how to prevent them.    

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The Benefits of a Four-Day Workweek

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 12, 2023 7:10:00 AM

Dear employees, be prepared to send this to your boss so you can get a three-day weekend every weekend. The four-day workweek is making a robust emergence in the wake of COVID-19. As employees value their lives more than their work, employers have had to become more strategic with how they encourage their employees to do their work. This includes shortening the workweek from the traditional five-day workweek to four.

What would be the benefit of this change? Well according to a recent survey, sleep! Employees who are already a part of the 4-day workweek scheme are using their extra day off to catch up on sleep they missed throughout the week. Continue reading to find out more about the benefit of this new change.   

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3 Myths Parents Believe About Kids' Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 10, 2023 6:31:00 AM

The beginning of school will be here before you know it, and it's important to understand your kid's sleep. There is so much information on the internet about sleep, it can be easy to pick up misinformation. But for the sake of your child's well being, it is vital that you understand the truth about sleep.

A lack of sleep can lead to irritability, failing grades, and other inadequacies in your child's life. As they are in a developmentally sensitive period, sleep is optimal for their neurological and physiological health. Continue reading to learn about 3 myths that parents get wrong about their kids' sleep.

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Sleep Difficulties and Sunday Scaries

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 5, 2023 8:09:00 AM

Going back to work on Monday can induce a feeling of dread, anxiety, and what some refer to as Sunday Scaries. This can make falling asleep on Sunday difficult for many, which is indicated by the number of individuals who have more trouble falling as sleep on Sunday compared to any other day. Continue reading to find out more about why Sunday is so scary, and what you can do to overcome those anxious feelings. 

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What Happens to Your Body on Different Hours of Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jul 3, 2023 7:42:00 AM

Do you know someone, or are you yourself someone, that claims they can run on five or six hours of sleep and be just fine? While you may feel okay, the reality is is that getting sufficient amount of sleep requires you to sleep for much longer than five or six hours. Although you may be able to function in the long-term, or your body has adapted to that after years of building that habit, that doesn't mean that you aren't suffering to some degree. Continue reading to find out what happens to your body when you get different amounts of sleep. 

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The Secret to Good Sleep: Stop Trying

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 28, 2023 6:15:00 AM

When you experience sleep challenges and sleep deprivation, it is exhausting. Literally. And it seems like the harder you try, the more trouble you have with sleep. You can read all the articles you want to (including this blog), try all the apps, make all the changes, but it just seems like sleep is still not coming. This is not because you are doing anything wrong. But, it has to do with the fact that sleep is a passive process. 

There is nothing you can do to make sleep come on, no matter how tired you are. You just have to let it come to you, which is easier said than done. The key is to not focus on going to sleep, but to focus on the two aspects that drive sleep: drive and arousal. The other tips on the internet do inherently try to achieve high sleep drive and lower arousal, but with too much emphasis on getting sleep, rather than reducing the causes of not achieving those two factors. 

Continue reading to find out how you can do less to sleep more. 

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Sleep Advice that Doesn't Include Putting Away Your Phone

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jun 26, 2023 5:44:00 AM

Much of the advice here on improving sleep encourages you to put your phone in another room, remove all distractions, and make sure your sleep environment is the most optimal for a good night's sleep. However, sometimes those measures are just unrealistic. People need their phones next to them in case of emergency or because of their jobs, etc. Also, many people read books on their tablets, or like to watch TV before going to bed. 

There is a way to improve sleep and smartly utilize technology, so you don't feel like you have to lock all of your devices in a safe during the night. Improving sleep is so nuanced, that there are other aspects of your life on which you can focus to help you get better sleep. Continue reading for some additional sleep tips! 

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