New research finds that lack of sleep can lead to heightened sensitivity to pain.
The study – published by the Society for Neuroscience – found that inadequate sleep heightens the pain-sensing regions in the brain while blocking the part that relieves pain. These findings prove that sleep is a natural analgesic, and the benefits of good restful sleep shouldn’t be overlooked!
Night owls may be less productive than early risers.
A new study from the University of Birmingham found that night-owls have lower resting-state brain activity – which correlates with shorter attention spans, slower reflexes, and lower energy during the day.
The time of day that you workout can impact your sleep.
Arizona State University researchers found that exercising at certain times of the day can affect your circadian rhythm, and therefore allow you to stay up later or go to bed earlier.
The research revealed that working out at 7 AM or between 1 – 4 PM helps you get to sleep earlier while exercising between 7 – 10 PM makes you stay up later – by shifting melatonin levels.
Wear a sleep mask to bed and wake up feeling happier!
Research in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that slipping on an eye mask not only improves your quality of sleep it makes you 65% less likely to feel blue in the morning.
Why is this? Bright and blue lights at night disrupt the production of sleep—and mood-regulating hormone, melatonin.