It’s REM sleep, the deepest state of rest, that our bodies (and minds) need. Without it you can wake up feeling restless and grouchy. Sound familiar? The good news is that just 20 minutes longer in bed can help. Amazingly, that extra time can make you up to three times more productive the next day.
You can influence your dreams. Professor Richard Wiseman studied 800 people and found that those who listened to the calming sounds of birdsong and swaying trees as they slept had much pleasanter dreams than participants who listened to traffic noises. Those tranquil dreams also meant they woke up in a better mood.
Of course, it helps if you can get to sleep in the first place. Screens that emit blue light (laptops, phones, TVs) have a disruptive effect on our sleep patterns and are best avoided before bed. However, keeping with the blue theme, the smell of lavender (according to one university study) can help you slumber.
Yes, the science of sleep is a curious thing. What have you discovered about your own napping habits?
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