Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sleep Tactics for Toddlers

Now being a Dad of a full fledged 2 year old, I am realizing more and more how important it is to have a night time routine for a toddler.

night time tips for toddlers
There are a few simple tactics that will help your toddler to sleep and avoid any problems in the future. A sleeping routine for your toddler doesn't need to be treated as a military-precise regimen, but can be a positive cornerstone for a healthy lifestyle. A good day is built on a strong foundation of sleep after all!
If your toddler is constantly getting up and calling out for you, it's just their way of delaying the inevitable but can naturally be the source of irritation for parents. Firstly, make one hundred per cent sure that nothing is genuinely wrong and then spend a little time with them to make sure they are comfortable and settled. It has been proven that some adults' anxiety and abandonment issues may have roots from being separated from their parents at an early age so it's important to acknowledge them. Show them that you love them and ensure

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Why I miss sleep

Not getting enough sleep can be pretty miserable, however getting a good night's sleep can make you feel like a new person!

The benefits of sleep seem obvious. And yet scientists have long debated precisely how it improves brain performance at the cellular level. One camp argues that sleep reduces the unimportant connections between neurons, preventing brain overload. Another camp maintains that sleep consolidates memories from the previous day.
A group of researchers recently tried to settle this debate by studying the larvae of a common see-through aquarium pet, the zebrafish. Like humans, zebrafish are active during the day and sleep at night. Unlike humans, zebrafish larvae are transparent, which allowed researchers to watch their brains as they slept. The researchers, led by Lior Appelbaum and Philippe Mourrain of Stanford University, tagged the larvae neurons with a dye so that active neuron connections, or synapses, appeared green, whereas

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Low Down on Sleep Paralysis

It is no doubt that sleep paralysis is a pretty scary experience.  If you don't know what I'm talking about be sure to check out the article below...

Have you ever woken up from sleep only to discover that you cannot move a muscle? With the exception of maybe your eyes and your breathing, you find yourself virtually frozen in bed. For some this situation is then made exponentially worse by hallucinations that manifest in their surroundings, threatening

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sleep Disorder or ADHD

Knowing the difference between a sleep disorder and something else can be a bit tricky at times.  Here is some information that might help point you in the right direction.


When it comes to children, sleep disorders can be misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). That’s because some of the symptoms are similar (i.e. hyperactivity, easily distracted, and difficulty sleeping).

According to Dr. Carl Hunt: “Sleep disorders are often not recognized in children, and symptoms related to sleep deprivation may be erroneously attributed to hyperactivity or behavior disorders, to boredom with school or today’s hectic lifestyles.”

If you have children, one way of preventing him/her from getting sleep disorders is by ensuring that

Monday, July 16, 2012

Night Time Habits That Affect Sleep

Too many times we get caught up in the moment, the day, the business of life and we begin habits that may eventually affect our sleep.  Here is a great article on just that!

Wondering why you just can't get a good night's sleep? What you're doing before bed may be the culprit.
TV time: You've saved up a DVR's-worth of your favorite TV show, and it's finally time to settle in with an episode or two. Fast-forward three hours later, and you realize it's well past your bedtime. Watching too much TV or staring at your computer all night can mess with your body clock, so make sure you set a limit to the amount of screen time you're getting at night, and turn off those electronics at least 20 minutes before bedtime.
Late-night exercising: Hitting the gym after work doesn't disrupt your sleep schedule — in fact, daily exercise actually helps you sleep better. But exercising only a couple hours before you go to sleep can energize your body so much that it's

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Sleep Apnea Risk

Sleep Apnea is a very serious problem for many people around the world.  Educating yourself on the signs, and symptoms is the first step in dealing with sleep apnea.

A study in the latest issue of the journal SLEEP provides further evidence that sleep apnea should never be left untreated. Older adults have twice the death risk when excessive daytime sleepiness is paired with obstructive sleep apnea.
The study involved 289 participants at least 65 years old and with no clear signs of dementia or depression. The average age at the start of the study was about 78 years old. About three-quarters of the patients were female. 
An overnight sleep study at the beginning of the study was used to diagnose participants with

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Promoting Sleep Through Exercise

Getting enough sleep and enough exercise are both vital to a healthy mind and body.  However, there is a strong link between one and the other.  Better exercise often can equal better sleep.  Let's find out more!

You're more likely to get a good night's sleep if you perform moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week - that's only 30 minutes a day for five days. This finding from Oregon State University comes after reviewing data on more than 3,000 adults between ages 18 and 85 who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 

For a week after they were examined, the study participants wore an accelerometer on their right hip for a week. Results showed that those who did moderate exercise for