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SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT SLEEPING AND NIGHTMARES…

According to an article in Waay TV a combination of stress, and the pandemic more people are suffering from nightmares, experts say.

The problem started about a year ago, not long after lockdowns began around the world. Frontline workers were hard hit — a June 2020 study of 100 Chinese nurses found 45% experienced nightmares, along with varying degrees of anxiety and depression.

But nightmares have continued as quarantines and lockdowns stretched on, experts say. One reason: an increase in “night owls.”People are going to bed later and watching screen for longer periods.

The article goes on to explain that sleeping in allows more time for a deeper stage of sleep called rapid eye movement, or REM, when the body consolidates and stores memories and restores the body.

A long stretch of REM occurs in the latter part of the night, typically just before you wake up, said clinical psychologist and sleep specialist Michael Breus, author of “Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health.”

Add in the worry, anxiety and stress of the pandemic, Breus said, and you have the perfect recipe for nightmares.

So, a combination of all we have gone through over the last twelve months is probably the reason for your nightmare. “When you’re getting more REM during stressful times, you get more REM nightmares. They are calling this phenomenon ‘quaradreaming’.

Source : Waay TV

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SLEEP SUNDAY : LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND HOW MUCH CHILDREN AND TEENAGES SLEEP..

SleepAre have sent me some fascinating statistics to share with my readers about sleep.

A few minutes of social media just before we go to bed is something most people do.Five minutes won’t make much of a difference, right?

Well according to science, they do. Screen time at any point of the day affects your sleep, but it’s more disruptive if it’s closer to bedtime. Everyday life choices, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can have a big impact on your sleep quality.

Sleep is vital for our health, much like proper food and exercise, but most of us take it for granted. We fail to realize how our sleep health affects our mental and physical well-being.

Did you know that insufficient sleep can even jeopardize your life? Your lack of sleep can become a risk for others too — sleeplessness contributes to a high number of accidents each year in not just the United States but all over the world.

Just look at these shocking facts and I bet you’d think twice before skimping on the recommended amount of sleep next time.

Some interesting facts on infant sleeping and teenage sleeping patterns.

Did you know that most infants sleep 8-10 hours during the day and 8 hours at night.Stanford Children’s Health

Two-thirds of children start sleeping through the night on a regular basis by the age of 6 months.Stanford Children’s Health

Toddlers sleep for 11.7 hours on average instead of the recommended 12-14 hours for children aged 1-3 years.Sleep For Kids

Teens tend to keep irregular sleep patterns, especially on weekends — sleeping late and waking up late, which can disturb their circadian rhythm.Sleep Foundation

Only 15% of teens get the recommended 8.5 hours of sleep on school days.Sleep Foundation

Teens require 8-10 hours of sleep per night.Sleep Foundation

88.5% of high-school students report sleeping less than 9 hours and 78% of them report feeling tired during the day.Frontiers

20% of teens sleep less than 5 hours while 6.5 hours is the average.Scientific American Mind

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COMPLETE COMFORT AND LUXURY IN A COSY THROW BY “Elegear”…

It’s quite difficult to describe how you feel about a throw. I mean a throw is a throw and what more can you say about them except that not all throws are the same. With the recent weather and most of us now shading safely at home a lovely throw blanket to wrap yourself in is just what we need.

I have written previously how I have found even a lightweight duvet painful on my hips and have only bought a lightweight blanket to give us more warmth this winter.

That was until I got this amazing “Elegear” Premium Sherpa Fleece Throw/Blanket in soft reversible faux fur throw/blanket.

It arrived beautifully boxed up and ready to use. I was keen to give it a try and I was far from disappointed. I popped it onto my bed straight away and couldn’t wait to go for an afternoon rest. The fur is so soft on the top I found myself stroking it like stroking a dog which was extremely relaxing. This is definitely the softest and most deluxe blanket I have ever bought.

It measures 130 x 150cm ( 50″x60″) with a plush soft artificial fur surface, has a deep fluffy texture, and has a flat and smooth reverse feeling. This throw blanket comes with super soft artificial fox fur on one side and sherpa lining on the other side, combining flexibility and comfort into one blanket. The Elegear blanket is soft to touch, easy to care for, and lightweight at the same time, which is perfect for me and so easy to use downstairs lying on the settee as well as a throw on my bed. You can buy it from Amazon at £28.99

The solid-hued throw adds instant warmth and color to your space whether you toss it on a bench, drape it across the top of your favorite chair or fold it in half and keep it at the foot of your bed. you’ll love to cuddle up under during afternoon naps and movie nights. It’s machine washable and comes with a one year guarantee.

WHY CHOOSE ELEGEAR’S THROW BLANKET?

  • High-quality artificial fur, soft and comfortable
  • Beautiful, A/B surface design, two-color matching
  • Hygroscopic heating
  • Highly effective antibacterial
  • Thick and warm
  • Available in all seasons
  • Elegear sherpa fleece throw blanket uses a luxurious and soft artificial fur surface. quickly heat up 2 to 5 ℃ and the TOG value can reach 10.
  • High quality craftsmanship gives you high quality quality of life, and there will be no hair loss during use and washing.
  • Enhancing the recent Japanese antibacterial treatment process, Elegear fleece blanket can prevent bacteria growth, take care of your health and that of your family, especially suitable for children and people with sensitive skin!
  • With a floral pattern, Elegear fleece blanket is suitable for interior decoration of sofas, living rooms, beds, chairs, window seats, cars, etc.

My first use of the blanket sent me into a deep sleep in the afternoon and something I was craving for after a couple of rough nights. That night both myself and my husband slept well and felt warm on a cold winters night. I’m counting down to my next sleep with this brilliant blanket.