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5 tips for preparing children’s bedtime
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5 tips for preparing children’s bedtime

1. Detach from your own sleep experience "Some parents tell me, with great emotion, that they have too many traumatic memories of when they were little, facing the loneliness of bedtime", says Clémence Prompsy. This bad experience of adults in childhood can have consequences on the sleep of the child. They cannot stand to put their own children in conditions of sleep which have been traumatic for them (sleeping with the door closed, being alone, being in the dark etc). Faced with this unconscious memory that goes back, we must not feel guilty: it is not your fault, assures the authors. To overcome this blockage, the solution lies, according to them, in not being too demanding, with yourself and with your child. "The perfect parent does not ...
Is your sleep bad?  Maybe it’s your gut’s fault
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Is your sleep bad? Maybe it’s your gut’s fault

SLEEP - It's been an hour since you rolled over in your bed… You've tried everything: counting sheep, trying breathing exercises, listening to relaxing music… But nothing helps: impossible to sleep. Someone inside you left the light on. What if that sleep-in-the-round sleeper inhabited your belly? And more particularly your microbiota, made up of the billions of microbes - bacteria, viruses, parasites - that inhabit your intestines? No, this is not a straight story: there would be a close link between the quality of our sleep and the state of our microbiota. This article was published in the weekly “Life”, Find other related content Broccoli and dairy productsResearch on the subject is also booming. Scientists are particularly examining the role of certain bacteria capable of produ...
The bed, undisputed place of disputes for French couples
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The bed, undisputed place of disputes for French couples

SLEEP- The bed is one of the places where we spend the most time in our life. The survey carried out by Ifop for Tousaulit.com and unveiled this Wednesday, May 5, reveals the relationship that the French have with their beds. An ideal place to rest, of course, but not only. Because this study shows that our use of the bed changes over time and generations: 47% of respondents aged 18 to 24 believe that this place is their favorite when those over 65 much prefer their garden. The French make love there, consult their cell phones, watch television, eat ... and argue. Snoring, schedules, food ...The subjects of bickering are very diverse in this place, initially designed to rest. Without much surprise, snoring is mentioned by 44% of the people questioned. Almost one in two men admit that ...
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Sleeping Less Than 6 Hours a Night Linked to Higher Dementia Risk, Scientists Show

The links between poor sleep and symptoms of dementia have been studied for years, but there's still much we don't know about how lack of sleep may contribute to cognitive decline in conditions like Alzheimer's disease.  One of the limitations in our data is many observational studies looking at sleep duration and dementia have relatively short follow-up windows, or only examine senior individuals at their outset – whereas the development and manifestation of dementia symptoms often take place over decades, and can start emerging much earlier in people's lives.To provide a longer-term analysis examining how sleep in the years leading up to old age might affect dementia outcomes, a research team led by first author and epidemiologist Séverine Sabia from the University of Paris looked at da...
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Can You Train Yourself to Be a Morning Person if You're a Night Owl?

Some people wake up before the sun peeks above the horizon, go for a run and eat a hearty breakfast, all before many others roll out of bed. Waking up that early might sound exhausting to late risers, but can a night owl become an early bird?  It is possible to make the switch, but it's not easy, said Michelle Drerup, director of behavioral sleep medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. "A true night owl doesn't really feel great first thing when they wake up, especially when they're starting to shift this."A person's tendency to be a night owl, early bird or some place in between is known as their chronotype. Depending on their chronotype, people are likely to be more awake and alert during certain times of the day and sleepier during others.Related: Why can't we remember our dreams?Chronotype ...
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Technology Really Is Changing Human Circadian Rhythms, Scientists Say

We haven't been dependent on natural light from the Sun since the invention of the light bulb in 1879.Nowadays, many people spend most of the day not just in artificially lit rooms but also looking at screens – phones, computers, and TVs. Recently, there have been concerns that looking at bright screens in the evening can confuse your circadian rhythm, which is the internal clock that regulates our sleep-wake cycle.  We would assume that this means using a screen before bed might make it harder to fall asleep. In fact, there are many products you can buy to filter out the blue light from your screens, which promise to improve your sleep quality.Do these products actually work? Does screen light change our circadian rhythm, and does this make it harder to fall asleep? The story is quite co...
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We Have The First-Ever Confirmation of Alternating Sleep States in an Octopus

The flickering colors of a sleeping octopus seem to indicate something akin to an REM sleep state, scientists have found.In fact, as octopuses snooze, they distinctly cycle between two major sleep states, quiet and active. This discovery suggests not only that an active sleep state evolved separately in vertebrates and cephalopods, but also that, just like terrestrial vertebrates, octopuses might be able to dream.  "The alternation of sleep states observed in the Octopus insularis seems quite similar to ours, despite the enormous evolutionary distance between cephalopods and vertebrates, with an early divergence of lineages around 500 million years ago," said neuroscientist Sylvia Medeiros of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.There's a lot we don't know about sleep. ...