sleep

For a better night’s sleep, go back to the womb

Is a womb room the answer to all our sleep woes? Samantha Rea investigates this and other top tips for sleeping on the move

30 Jan 2019

Bed linen: how to ensure a good night’s sleep

Lara Prendergast on why we should all be perfectionists when it comes to beds

2 Jan 2019

Is being a night owl bad for your health?

There is a growing body of evidence that those who stay up late have an increased risk of ill health…

Getting less than five hours sleep a night ‘doubles heart attack risk’

Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event…

How to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave

Your body temperature is connected to the overall quality of your sleep. And so, during a heatwave, our sleep patterns…

27 Jul 2018

Less REM sleep linked with dementia

People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to new research…

Binge-watching television linked with insomnia and fatigue

Young adults who binge-watch television series are more likely to have fatigue, insomnia and a generally poor quality of sleep,…

How to get a better night’s sleep

Gin, sex and carbs will all help you get a decent kip

24 Jul 2017

One night of interrupted sleep increases levels of ‘brain plaque’ linked with Alzheimer’s

Just one night of disrupted sleep in healthy adults causes an increase in amyloid beta, a brain protein associated with…

It sounds unlikely, but this mat of painful spikes can help you sleep

Have trouble sleeping? This bed of nails can help. OK, it’s not quite a bed of nails, but don’t be…

1 Jun 2017

Does sleep deprivation really cause the brain to eat itself?

Our brain starts to ‘eat itself’ when we are deprived of sleep, researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy…

sleep driving

Driving on less than five hours’ sleep ‘is as risky as driving drunk’

Drivers who fail to get seven hours of sleep a night are almost twice as likely to be involved in…

sugary drinks

Does being deprived of sleep make you crave sugary drinks?

People who get five or fewer hours of sleep a night are likely to drink significantly more caffeinated sugary drinks,…

We can’t just blame smartphones for kids’ poor sleep

Allowing children to have a smartphone or tablet in their bedroom could disrupt their sleep, according to a review by…

Napping ‘linked to type-2 diabetes’. But nappers, don’t worry

Researchers at the University of Tokyo say that napping for more than an hour during the day could be an…

Health myths: Does warm milk help you sleep?

While it is often associated with helping babies and children reach the land of nod, Benenden examines whether drinking the white stuff at bedtime really makes a difference

It is time to let the secret out: insomnia is perfectly treatable. Here’s how

A recent Spectator Health headline made two claims about insomnia. First, that insomnia was hell. It is indeed an absolutely…

Sleeping well may protect against Alzheimer’s

People who get too little sleep may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in…

Insomnia is hell. So why aren’t there any good treatments for it?

Margaret Thatcher famously said that sleep is for wimps. But there are no two ways around it: not sleeping is…

15 Apr 2016

A lack of sleep will make your compulsive Facebook habits worse

Compulsive social media use could be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep, according to a study by researchers…

What you eat for dinner can change how well you sleep

Eating less fibre, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep, according…

Have trouble staying awake? Try dieting — less food ‘raises alertness and improves sleep’

Weight loss brought on by a change in diet can improve sleep, according to a study by researchers from the…

Two secrets to a longer life: sleep the right amount and don’t sit all day

According to a study carried out at the University of Sydney, there are six main risk behaviours associated with early…

Mixing early rises and long weekend lie-ins is damaging for our health

Routine sleep changes, such as waking up early for work during the week, could raise your risk of developing diabetes…

Interrupted sleep is worse than a short sleep and its effects are cumulative

A short amount of sleep can be more beneficial than a longer period of interrupted sleep, according to a study…

Bad news for night owls: late sleepers are more likely to gain weight

People who go to bed late are more likely to gain weight, according to a study by researchers at the…