Week in Sleep: March Mattress

By Alyse Borkan  |  Mar 25, 2016
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While you were up late watching (texting, talking, posting about) basketball, we stayed up to date with these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

A new iPhone feature called “Night Shift” automatically adjusts the screen’s colors to warmer hues after sunset, on the premise that this change could help people sleep better. But does it really help you go to sleep faster and stay asleep longer? (Live Science)

Do you need some expert sleep advice. Arianna Huffington tells all in her guide to a better night’s sleep. Key takeaways? Skip the nightcap, smell the lavender… and get naked. (TIME)

Skimp on sleep and your belly may bulge: Not getting enough shuteye can actually mess with your metabolism, new research in the journal Obesity found. After logging just four hours of sleep a night for five straight nights, people’s resting metabolic rates — the number of calories your body burns while you’re at rest—slowed down by nearly 3 percent. That equates to burning 42 fewer calories, or the equivalent of a miniature Snickers. (New York Post)

The link between meditation and sleep is constantly explored. According to theCalmCircleCollege meditation director, the mind continually jumps from one thought, impulse or stimulus to another. Meditation quiets the mind and creates increasingly long periods of space between thoughts. Once you begin experiencing space between thoughts, sleep improves. (The Huffington Post)

The latest food craze? Eating two breakfasts. Research has shown that people who make time for their morning meal are happier, more focused and have stronger memory retention. But do you really need two? Unfortunately, it’s a bit misleading: Researchers are in no way encouraging people to scarf down two a.m. meals, contrary to some headlines. (Van Winkle’s)

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