File this away in the “No duh” study findings. Researchers in Stockholm have “discovered” that women look better when they have gotten plenty of sleep versus when they’re sleep-deprived. I know, shocking, right?! They made this amazing discovery by photographing 23 “healthy young adults” after eight hours of sleep and then again after only five hours. Keep reading »
Between late party nights and deadlines at work, it’s sometimes impossible to fit in the recommended eight hours of sleep per night needed to keep those under eye bags stowed. Here are eight ways to fake a refreshed and well-rested look even if you can’t remember the last time you snoozed soundly. Keep reading »
Most teenagers sleep a lot, but not like 15-year-old Louisa Ball of the U.K. Louisa suffers from a rare neurological sleep disorder called Kleine-Levin Syndrome, where she can doze off for up to two weeks at a time. Doctors aren’t sure what causes these bouts of deep sleep, but they suspect something with the brain’s hypothalamus goes awry.
Oh, and FYI, Kleine-Levin Syndrome affects males 70 percent of the time. But Louisa is so gorgeous, we can see why the Daily Mail couldn’t resist slapping up her picture as a “real life Sleeping Beauty.” Keep reading »
I get about 5.5 hours of sleep a night due to kitty hijinks, sleep apnea, and a BlackBerry addiction. But apparently, the human body needs a minimum of 7.5 hours. According to Michael Breus, Ph.D., “Women are significantly more sleep-deprived than men.” Bummer. So, Arianna Huffington and Glamour‘s Cindi Leive have started a feminist crusade to put us to sleep since we’ll never take over the world while passing out in our lattes, right? Having literally blacked out from sleep deprivation numerous times (often awkwardly mid-coitus … whoops), I see their point. We’re barely functioning and that phrase, “There are only so many hours in the day,” didn’t mean we could scavenge the evening hours for more time to watch “Jersey Shore.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
In the market for a new pillowcase? Here’s one that claims to make you prettier overnight. Right. Beautyzzz Natural Silk Pillowcase claims that it “works naturally with skin and hair to make nighttime beauty routines more effective.” Since it’s made of skin-friendly elements (hypoallergenic silk) instead of cotton, all those creams and moisturizers you put on before bedtime, apparently, will work even better. Plus, the company promises that you can say goodbye to bed head and wrinkle lines on your face. So, for $47.00 would you shell out? [Grazia] Keep reading »
Consider the following: you’ve started dating a new guy, and things have progressed to the point where you’re beginning to have sleepovers. Naturally, one of two things happens then. You can either sleep or you can’t.
So, do you believe that how you sleep with (and real sleep, not sexytimes) a new boyfriend is an indicator of compatibility and long-term potential? Is it good if you can sleep like logs together on your first night? Does restless slumber mean you’re uncomfortable? Or does no sleep, because you can’t keep your hands off each and he’s occupying lovely thoughts in your head, point to passion? (Although, we imagine, this could lead to burnout.)
Do you have beliefs about bedtime compatibility? Duke it out in the comments below. Keep reading »
Some nights the tossing and turning is inevitable — between deadlines, stress, and all the other crazy things you have going on, it’s always something. Obviously, you need a solution, because the under-eye bags are simply not cute or acceptable. Everyone knows that lavender is supposed to help induce zzz’s. But, besides filling my pillow with flowers, I need some alternative assistance.
According to the Telegraph, here are a few beauty-inducing solutions to those battle terrible insomnia moments. Keep reading »
I must confess I suffer serious anxiety when faced with the prospect of sharing a bed with a gentleman. Don’t get me wrong; everything that happens before and after the actual sleeping part is fun. Even the occasional cuddle can be gratifying. But I am a light sleeper, meaning that if the dude snores, chances are I’m not sleeping a wink. Same thing if he talks, over-cuddles, tosses and turns, kicks, hogs the blankets, likes the room too cold, likes the room too hot; the list goes on … Conversely, I may not always be the best bedfellow myself, due to the fact that my body heats up when I sleep—which has earned me nicknames like “Little Radiator” and “Lava Rock.” I want my man to sweat me, not sweat on me. Is it really necessary to go through all of this beddy time discord? Keep reading »
Whether you’ve been out on the town, studying late, or just watching too much telly, now is a good time to start getting the recommended eight hours of sleep. Cause if you don’t, you may be hurting your heart. A new study published in the journal Sleep found that women who reported sleeping less than eight hours had high levels of Interleukin-6, which triggers inflammation and ultimately heart disease. Even those women who sleep seven hours a night are at risk. And as if women didn’t already have it harder than men in a million other ways, add this one to the list because the study didn’t find consistent results with guys. So women, instead of watching another re-run of “Scrubs” or ordering additional drinks at the bar, maybe consider getting some extra shut-eye. [BBC News] Keep reading »