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Parents of young children know only too well that looking after a newborn on little or no sleep can be completely draining, both physically and emotionally. Although it doesn’t always feel like it at the time, this phase doesn’t last forever and sooner or later your baby will sleep peacefully through the night. To help…

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It’s been a long flight but now you’ve finally touched down full of excitement and anticipation. And then it hits you - jetlag! A few hours into your holiday you’re foggy with tiredness, your body aches and you suddenly have an overwhelming urge to sleep at lunch time. The joys of long haul travel.  …

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Lucid dreaming is not experienced by everyone and is not as common as other things like snoring or sleepwalking. It happens when you know you’re having a dream and some people can control what happens during the dream, like the storyline or the people in it. The condition can affect both adults and children.  …

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As any police officer, firefighter, factory worker, doctor, nurse or paramedic will tell you, shift patterns can be hard to cope with when it comes to getting enough sleep. Indeed, anyone who works shifts or late at night runs the risk of significant sleep disorders that can wreak havoc on your home life, not to…

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Whether you’ve just had a couple of rough nights or you’re a chronic insomniac, living with the effects of poor sleep can be a huge challenge. Over time both your physical and mental health are likely to suffer, with issues extending far beyond simply feeling groggy. But the good news is that thanks to the…

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Some people seem to be able to sleep through resurfacing works or a full brass band but most of us would struggle when it comes to sleeping in a noisy environment. So what can you try if traffic noise keeps you awake all night or your neighbour’s dog keeps barking until dawn? The answer could…

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There is still so much about sleep that scientists don’t fully understand and REM sleep is particularly challenging. It’s so important and yet so much about why it happens remains a mystery, even though it takes up around 25% of our sleep every night. But just what is REM sleep? The human sleep cycle is…

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The technical name for sleepwalking is “somnambulism” and it is essentially when a person walks around whilst in deep sleep. It’s most common in children but is also suffered at times by adults, especially by those who are stressed or sleep deprived. Sleepwalkers don’t usually wake up whilst they’re sleepwalking and generally have no recollection…

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We’ve all had dreams we wish were real. Maybe we won a couple of million on the lottery or bumped into a film star in the pub - but then the alarm clock goes off. Sadly however, not all dreams are memorable for the right reasons. Sometimes dreams can be scary, haunting, or leave you…

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