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What I learned from retraining myself to breathe through the nose

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I’m a sleep geek. Like many who are caught up in the personal development and biohacking craze, I have read, listened to, and I tried nearly every trick in the book — a dark room, eight-plus hours of sleep, exercise, decreased caffeine, a better bed, specialized sleep music, meditation, no alarm. Yawn!


Probably. But first, consider the risks.

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The internet makes quite a fuss about the ways we arrange our bodies in repose.

The science behind ‘pink noise’ and scent

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The neighbors are noisy, your baby is teething, and you have a difficult meeting scheduled with your boss tomorrow. Falling and staying asleep is not easy. So it’s no surprise when you don’t feel your best in the morning.

Pandemic Winter Health Hacks

The value of trying something new

Part of me hesitates to focus this column on tips for better sleep since there’s so much fatigue around the topic (bad pun intended). But the other part of me knows full well that sleep is of the utmost importance, plenty of us struggle with it, and let’s be real: Pandemic sleep can be tough to come by.

Pandemic Winter Health Hacks

Try this tonight

There’s no doubt that television and film are doing a lot to help us through the pandemic. And there’s even science to suggest that cozying up in front of a favorite movie or show can boost well-being. But when bedtime rolls around, the more you can move away from screens, the better.

A closer look at hypnic jerks

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Ahh… sleep. How nice. You turn off the lights. You close your weary eyes. You sigh. You relax. Your breathing slows down. Your mind begins to wander off, fading into the nightly oblivion.

What’s a hypnic jerk?

Could the secret to more restful nights be hiding in Google Drive?

If you frequently have trouble sleeping, have you considered making a spreadsheet? (No, this isn’t a spreadsheets-are-boring joke, although if it works for you, go for it.) As Maria Bengtson…

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The Nuance

Most people do exactly the wrong thing during a bout of sleepless nights

Stress and worry are major insomnia triggers, and so it’s hardly a surprise that the pandemic has set off a wave of lost sleep. Earlier this year, research in the journal Sleep Medicine found that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 caused a 37% jump in the incidence of clinical insomnia.

This forced mini jet lag seems to be fueling everything from stress and sleeplessness to a surge in car crashes

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You’re not the only one losing sleep and ranting over the change to and from daylight saving time. A survey in July revealed that 63% of Americans support eliminating the seasonal time changes. The lost or gained hour of sleep has a lot of scientists and lawmakers peeved as well.

Bad dreams infected with pandemic themes are evolving to postapocalyptic ‘Mad Max’ scenes

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Dreams often reflect the things humans worry about and can be influenced by wars, natural disasters, or other crises, previous research has shown. Multiple new studies now reveal how the pandemic is infusing our sleep-time fantasies with an evolving series of anxieties and negative emotions.


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