Week in Sleep: Give Holiday Shopping a Rest

By Alyse Borkan  |  Dec 11, 2015
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While you were up all night holiday shopping, we stayed up to date with these sleep stories. Everything you need to know to sleep soundly this weekend:

Need something (or 28 things) to make your life easier? While a Casper mattress may be one, the rest are equally as worthy of being on your holiday wish list. (Buzzfeed)

Recent research offers a solution to anyone having problems falling asleep: binaural beats. How does it work? To put brainwaves into a sleep cycle, systems play back inaudible frequencies on top of music. They then combine to make a four-hertz wave and induce a rhythm that brainwaves mimic. This whole process can improve your sleep quality and help you fall asleep faster. (Van Winkle’s)

A study from the Journal of Neuroscience recently found that sleep deprivation actually removes your ability to tell the difference between things that don’t need an emotional reaction, and those that are actually worth getting worked up about. Essentially, our reaction threshold is lowered by not getting enough sleep. Before you snap at your coworker after a night out, think about whether or not it’s worth getting in a fight about. (Refinery29)

Want to get to sleep quicker and sleep for longer? Start working out. What kind of workout is the best for you? Depends on the person. Some say morning workouts force them to wake up earlier, therefore they want to fall asleep faster at night. Others say working out at night makes them relaxed and warm, ready for bed. Find out what motivates you. (Van Winkle’s)

How do you take your coffee? A slug of cream, a packet of sugar, and a drop of salt water? Thousands of cans of Cafe Bustelo coffee washed up on shore in Florida beaches this past Tuesday. Residents and tourists alike deemed the coffee usable, apparently choosing to “believe that a different version of the five-second rule applies to beaches.” (The Washington Post)

Who knew sleep could be so funny? Buzzfeed compiled 32 tweets about sleep that will make you laugh out loud. (Buzzfeed)

We already know how terrible sleep deprivation is, but a new study takes it to a whole new level. When combined with lazy habits, like lack of exercise or prolonged sitting, sleep deprivation was found to be associated with a shorter life span. Unsurprisingly, when added to other poor habits like smoking or drinking too much alcohol, risk factors sky-rocketed. (LA Times)


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