Did You Know that Some People Can Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

This may sound creepy but it’s true: some people can sleep with their eyes open. Apparently, about 20% of the population experiences the condition nocturnal lagophthalmos which is caused by the eyelids’ inability to fully close during sleep.

If you suspect that you’re afflicted with this condition, it’s best to see a doctor. For one, it can be causing you to be a light sleeper as having your eyes open while sleeping can make you more sensitive to light. The light that can seep in through your partially or fully opened peepers could keep you from sleeping deeper and that can be a problem.

In most cases, your eyes can also dry out from being left open for a while. This can leave you with tired, itchy, and dry eyes in the morning.

No matter what the case, however, there’s a good chance that it can negatively affect your sleep. While you can fall asleep with your eyes open, it doesn’t mean that you can achieve quality shuteye because of this condition.

The good news is, this condition is completely manageable and treatable. In most cases, wearing an eye mask will suffice in addressing the problem. In others, eyelid surgeries are done so they can be shut close completely.

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Eating Breakfast Might Just Help You Sleep Better

It’s an established fact that a lot of things can affect your sleep. Another addition to this long list is breakfast. According to some experts, eating breakfast can also help you improve your sleep.

This might sound weird since there is such a huge gap between eating breakfast and going to bed. However, according to sleep expert Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, eating in the morning will convince your brain that you’re not living in famine anymore. As the brain is wired to believe that humans still need to survive a caveman lifestyle, you have to convince it that you have an adequate food supply in order for it to relax. This will then help you sleep better since you’re more at ease of your safety.

Referred by Dr. Ramlakhan as the ‘metabolic window’, breakfast is basically a way to signal your body that it won’t die from hunger so you can rest easy about its safety. It’s a really simple concept that can also benefit you in a lot of other ways so it certainly makes a good case for eating breakfast.

If You’re Doing Any of These, Stop Now

Sleep is a fickle thing. Some get to enjoy it, others don’t. Some get to do it, a good chunk of the population don’t. It affects the body in so many different ways yet experts don’t exactly know why or how. Scientists don’t even know the reason why we need sleep, so even if we do this activity everyday, it still holds a lot of mystery.

This is why it shouldn’t be surprising that there are certain things that you do that could be keeping you from dozing off. They can be habits or other things that you come in contact with when you’re about to sleep.

You don’t have a bedtime routine.

Lots of busy folks are victims to this because not everyone has the luxury to allot at least an hour before bed for their routines. Some just really come home to sleep in their beds. This can be the very reason why some nights, catching some shuteye can be especially difficult because your body has no way of knowing when it should start winding down.

Creating a bedtime routine isn’t so hard, though. You just need to keep doing a few things before lights off. Experts prefer that its your hygiene routine but it can also be any light activity that can help you unwind after a stressful day.

You drink too much water before you hit the sack.

While you can still fall asleep even after drinking a liter of water before hitting the sack, doing this can disrupt your sleep later on. There will be a good chance that you’ll wake up in the middle of the night in great urge to pee. Not drinking can do something similar, except you’ll feel parched enough that you’ll wake up to have a drink.

In such cases, you should try to find the sweet spot between the two. In many cases, drinking half a glass of water can already tide them through the whole night while others can handle a full glass before bed. The need to go to the toilet even serves as their natural alarm clock, so it even works out for the best. You just need to find what works for you.

You get distracted by the stuff near your bed.

If you’re the type who like to do stuff in bed, it will be very likely that things will start piling on next to your bed. They can be anything – books, toys, gadgets, stationery, etc. In many cases, they can look messy. And even if you’re not the neat freak, they can still nag on you to clean up. This can then cause restlessness and the eventual difficulty of falling asleep.

Your bedroom’s temperature might not encourage a good night’s sleep.

It’s crucial that the temperature drops a little bit for you to sleep better. The cold signals the body that it’s bedtime, so sleep comes easier. However, you shouldn’t overdo it as being too cold can also stimulate the body. Being too warm is also a reason why you can’t sleep, so it would help to turn the temperature down when you’re trying to sleep.

You exercise too close to bedtime.

Lots of people think that it’s a great idea to tire themselves out right before bedtime so they’ll be knocked out by the time their heads hit their pillows. This might work for some, but not for everyone. In most occasions, exercise can wake you up as it is a natural stimulant.

Experts recommend avoiding exercising at least three hours before bedtime. This will give you enough time to wind down for sleep.

Address these things and you might just get to improve your zzz’s exponentially. Maybe even pairing them with a good mattress from Salem Bed will help. Just give them a try and you might just find the very cure to your sleeplessness.

Scientists are Really Making a Case for Sleeping In (for Night Owls)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’ll know that we’ve been sharing updates about sleep experts making discoveries left and right about how beneficial sleeping in can be. This piece of information, of course, is well-received by night owls and insomniacs alike. But as nothing is completely proven by scientists just yet, most experts still recommend sticking with a regular bedtime routine for the best results.

This is why this new study about night owls (or later chronotype) can be a game-changer. It basically backs up the study that claims night owls to have higher morbidity rates as wells as risks for heart disease and diabetes.

Experts believe that it has something to do with people’s biological clocks. Because being a night owl can be a genetic thing, the fact that they have to subscribe to a lark’s schedule can be the very thing that’s harming their wellbeing.

According to them, the mismatch between the night owl’s body clock and their surroundings can seriously disrupt their circadian rhythm which will possibly take a toll on their overall health in the long run. This can manifest in cardiovascular and metabolic issues.

So if you’re a night owl and you want to stay in top shape, what can you do? Scientists recommend finding a career and lifestyle where you can follow your internal clock. This shouldn’t be a big problem nowadays anymore, what with so many workplaces offering flexible work hours and shifting schedules.

Then again, if you’re not a night owl, it’s still best to stick with your regular sleep schedule. This is the best way to keep your body clock in tune with the rest of your body. This means that you’re not exactly encouraged to sleep in if you went to bed late the previous night. You can always take a nap, just don’t overdo it.

The bottomline: it’s best to stick with your internal clock according to your chronotype. It might just improve your health if you choose to do so.

If You Can’t Sleep, Don’t Sweat It

We know we always talk about how everyone should improve their sleep hygiene and what no. But this week, we’re taking the time to pause and remind everyone that you shouldn’t feel pressured about getting more zzz’s.

While getting quality slumber is vital for great health and performance, we recognize that sometimes, the pressure to transport yourself to dreamland at the end of the day can get overwhelming. So much so that people get anxious if they don’t fall asleep right away.

This worsens the problem and make sleep even harder to come by. Stress-related insomnia is a real thing, so if you’re always fretting about not getting enough zzz’s, it could beĀ  the very reason why you aren’t getting enough zzz’s. What’s worse, is that agonizing about your insomnia can also lead to more stress and even less sleep.

Studies have also shown that those who tend to fret about their stress-related insomnia tend to develop other health problems as well. This, of course, makes things even more worse because you don’t only have sleep deprivation to worry about but other ailments as well.

So, what should you do? Experts say to stop worrying about not getting enough sleep. We know this sounds easier said than done but it’s really your only choice. By resetting how you look at sleep, you might just have a better chance at improving it.

Sometimes, the answer to the most complicated questions is a very simple one. Give this a try and you might just transform your sleep for the better.

How Sleep Can Give You Better Skin

For many of us, having acne is something we have to just live with. It can be caused by lots of different things including your hormones, your diet, your lifestyle, and your hygiene.

If poor hygiene is the only thing that keeps you from getting clear skin, it’s the easiest to solve. If it’s caused by your hormones, it will be trickier to deal with. But whatever the cause may be, sleeping better can help. This shouldn’t be a surprise because the term “beauty sleep” has been around since time immemorial.

How can sleep help you improve your skin’s quality and appearance? Let us count the ways:

Sleep lets your skin take a break from stress.

Stress hormones can do a number of things on your skin. For one, it worsens inflammations, so your zits tend to be bigger and angrier when you’re stressed out. It’s also said to mess with the protective layer of your skin so bacteria and other irritants can get to your pores and cause breakouts.

Being fast asleep can also give your skin a break from environmental stressors. You won’t have to wear sunscreen or makeup when asleep so your skin can “breathe”. You’ll also be away from pollution, smoke, and other possible irritants, so it can really give your skin the time to “unwind”.

Sleep, in a way, boosts collagen production.

Sleep alone won’t boost your skin’s collagen production but because getting ample zzz’s will improve the body’s immune function, it can still be beneficial in improving your skin’s collagen production.

Experts say that with better immune function, the body can produce collagen better. So by improving the quality of your sleep, you can still boost your odds of keeping your skin firm and supple despite your age. This can also result to fewer wrinkles and fine lines.

Using the right products can help you make the most out of your sleep.

According to experts, your skin can be more receptive to certain products during the night. Some products like retinol help greatly in repairing your skin but can’t be used during the day. UV rays can break down its components and cause irritation, so they’re best worn at night.

Your skin also gets to soak in skin care ingredients during the night. As you’re less likely to sweat or wipe away the product from your skin, the potent ingredients can work its magic on your skin while you’re asleep.

Glycolic acids, niacinamide, and facial oils are just a few good examples of the best ingredients that you can add to your night time routine. They address various skin woes, though, so make sure to do some research in order to find your perfect match.

There are many studies that can attest that sleep is vital in the integrity of the skin. So if you really want to get a glowing, flawless skin, add a full night’s sleep to your PM regimen. For better zzz’s, a new mattress might be in order. So check out what we have to offer at www.salem.ph.

No Surprise Here: The Heat Affects Your Sleep

As we live in a tropical country, there’s a good chance that you know full well that if it’s hot, sleep won’t come easily. Most of us have had sleepless nights during blackouts or have found it impossible to nap on summer afternoons. The heat can really be a disruptive element on one’s zzz’s and no one in the Philippines need scientists to tell them that.

But have you ever wondered why?

According to experts, the body needs to lower its temperature to get to sleep. Dropping temperature helps you fall and stay asleep while rising it wakes you up and keeps you awake. If it’s hot, the body will have a hard time to cool itself. As a result, it will be difficult to fall asleep.

And even if the body is fully capable of thermoregulation, the effects of a steamy night can still disrupt one’s zzz’s. If you sweat profusely in the night, you’re sure to get uncomfortable at some point. This can then disturb your slumber.

Luckily, there are lots of things that you can do to help you sleep on balmy nights. You might need to brush up on those techniques, though, as summer is just around the corner.