To Sleep In on the Weekends or Not, That is the Question

Experts have been quite adamant that sleeping in on the weekends isn’t the best solution to paying off your sleep debt. Especially if you intend to sleep the entire day away just so you can get back hours of the sleep you’ve missed during the weekdays, you won’t exactly be doing any favors to your body, but might actually make things even worse instead.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping in on weekends can throw off your body clock, which, in turn, can wreak your sleeping hygiene for the following week. This can actually be the very cause for your sleep deprivation issues, making the whole activity counterintuitive.

However, there’s no denying that sleeping in on the weekends is one of the most enjoyable and luxurious things that you can do without spending a lot of money. Lots of people may already know that they shouldn’t sleep in but still do it because of the sheer fun of it.

As we’re so fond of staying cozy, we’re also a bit guilty of doing this “bad habit” from time to time. This is why we’re a bit ecstatic to find an emerging research that shows some evidence that sleeping in on the weekends can be beneficial in terms of your BMI (Body Mass Index).

According to a study conducted by specialists in South Korea, those who doesn’t sleep too well during the week and compensates for it on the weekends tend to have slightly lower BMI compared to those who sleep little all week-long. The study has shown that every hour of extra sleep amounted to about 0.12 lower BMI, which can still be a good amount, given that all you have to do is sleep a bit more.

Another study has also shown that sleeping in on the weekends help those who are at risk of diabetes. As sleep deprivation can up your chances of contracting this blood sugar problem, not getting enough zzz’s can lead to serious complications that can even be life-threatening later on. So, a few healthy men were subjected to a few quick tests where they were sleep deprived for 4 days and then allowed extended sleep hours on the next two evenings.

Results have shown that their insulin sensitivity fell by 23% and their bodies produced more insulin to compensate. After the nights when they slept more, their insulin levels bounced back to their normal levels, making the experts theorize that sleeping in may also have its own benefits. However, data for long term practice is unavailable, so we can’t say for certain if the pattern can be an ideal setup for regular people.

So where do we stand in all of these? We’re all for a healthy sleep hygiene, so we like to promote a bit of sleeping in. It should still be limited to an hour or less, though, so you won’t damage your internal body clock and feel tired and sluggish when Monday rolls in. As sleep debt isn’t exactly paid off in increments and can only be handled by sleeping better in general, it’s best if you’ll make the effort to have a better relationship with your slumber to get rid of your sleep debt once and for all.

How to Binge-Watch Your Favorite Shows without Damaging Your Zzz’s

With all of the amazing shows that are just waiting to be watched and the wide array of streaming services easily available today, the pull of watching a whole series in one sitting is just irresistable for many. Sadly, with all of the other things that we need to do, the first thing to go in order to squeeze in some binge watching is our sleep.

But what if we tell you that you can binge and not look like a zombie the next morning? What if there’s a way to still get some zzz’s and catch up to your favorite shows?

How? Here are a few tips:

Have Some Self-Control

Honestly, it all boils down to how much you can stop yourself to watch up to 20 episodes in one sitting. Even if you have the whole day to burn, twenty one-hour episodes will definitely take up your entire day and even eat up the time you should spend sleeping. So, if you want to ditch those spells of dizziness after an all-night binging, you should learn how to stop pressing play on the next episode.

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If you’re the type who can’t stop saying “one last episode” into the wee hours of the morning, here are some tricks to help you gain some self-control:

Set an Episode Limit

Budget your time and be okay that you won’t be able to watch the entire season in one day. If it’s a week night, you might want to stick with enough episodes that will only occupy your free time before you hit the hay. Experts say that screens should be turned off 30 minutes before bed, so maybe factor that in as well.

Turn Off the Autoplay Setting

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If you’re watching your current show in a streaming websit or app, you’ll probably fall into an endless cycle of episodes until you’ve finished the whole series or season. Without any kind of self-control, this will only leave you spending an entire day glued to your screen. So you should definitely turn off the autoplay setting.

By being able to stop between each episode, you can actually take some breaks and re-evaluate what you’re doing right now. Sometimes all you need is a pause to remember that you need to go to the bathroom or to assess if you’ll still be able to stay awake for the entirety of the next episode.

There’s nothing wrong with having to click next every after episode, because sometimes, it’s all you need to control yourself from binge watching til the sun comes up. Keep in mind that it really doesn’t matter if you don’t get to finish your show in one sitting – what happens next will still be the same whether you watch it right now or you watch it tomorrow or even next week.

By learning how to control yourself from clicking “next episode” might even help you save some time in the process because you’ll be re-watching the start of the episode again if you fell asleep halfway through, right? So just skip the hassle and stop yourself from falling asleep while binge watching with the help of a good dose of self-control.

Start Watching on Your Commute

While we’re on the topic of efficiency, why don’t you start watching your shows on your commute instead? Not only will this make the traffic more bearable, but it can also help you make more out of your time. With most of the people in Metro Manila spending up to 5 hours in traffic in a day, that will already let you dent your show’s episode list in a single day.

This will work best if you have a sizeable storage space in your device or if the app you’re using offers offline viewing. However, just make sure to still pay attention to your surrounding, even when you’re so engrossed with what you’re watching. Pause the show while walking and maybe don’t squeal and giggle with kilig, as well as gasp or laugh out loud if you can help it.

Use Blue Light Controlling Apps

Although experts recommend that you don’t watch your shows in bed, we really won’t ask you to do that because we know our cozy mattresses are some of the most perfect spots for binge-watching. Especially now that bed weather’s here and we have a few long weekends scheduled, we just can’t stop you from getting cozy and enjoying a relaxed time at home.

What we’ll strongly recommend, however, is that you use blue light controlling apps instead. There are tons to choose from that will work best for almost every kind of screen so you don’t have to worry about finding one. You’ll just have to deal with some color discrepancies, though, but it shouldn’t be too bothersome, really.

Binge Watching and Sleep

Sleep and binge watching shouldn’t be mutually exclusive, you just need to take necessary steps to make both work out for you. Hopefully, with these steps, you do get to enjoy both.

Sleep More to Get a Healthier Social Life

It’s a common notion that those who love to be around people tend to sacrifice their zzz’s to do so. Having a busy social life means you’re engaged all day long, leaving you less time for sleep. This is why it might come as a surprise that experts are now saying that if you want to have a better social life, you might just want to get more shuteye.

So, how does sleep and your social life work together? Experts say that by looking tired, people will want to socialise with you less. This might just sound very judgmental and shallow, but it’s actually a learned behavior just like when people avoid soicializing with those who look sickly. It has a lot to do with our sense of self-preservation.

Although looking tired doesn’t necessarily mean  you look unhealthy, there are still tons of reasons why people will avoid you if your sleeplessness is starting to show. Lots of research give enough reason why you actually have to avoid someone who hasn’t been sleeping well.

For one, you get less empathetic when you’re sleep deprived and no one wants to be around someone who can’t emphatize with them when they’re down. You’ll also be more pessimistic, which folks just generally don’t want to be around with in general. Then, there’s the fact that sleep deprived people are prone to crankiness. Because everyone tends to get cranky when they’re tired, lots of people know better than approach someone who looks tired.

You might be thinking, why should other people’s judgement make you change your lifestyle? Well, it’s really up to you. While you’re not really required to sleep more so people will like you better, there are still tons of other benefits to sleeping better, so it wouldn’t really be a superficial thing. Who knows, being grumpy may not exactly be in your nature? You might be a perky, jolly fellow with ample zzz’s, so why not give it a shot anyway?

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It’s Time to Start Enforcing Your Kid’s Bedtime Again

With just a couple of weeks to go before most kids’ summer vacation ends, it’s just about the best time to start adjusting their bedtime to help them get up in the morning more easily. While it would have been best if their bedtimes weren’t pushed back during the summer months, you can still make amends by enforcing a stricter bedtime for the next two or three weeks so they won’t have to suffer from grogginess on their first day back in school.

Earlier bedtimes mean that your child can get their recommended 8-10 hours of zzz’s and still wake up early for school. This will be a struggle, however, as most kids will want to savor the last few weeks of their freedom with late nights and sleeping in, but you have to be firm. Sleep deprivation can hold your child back from performing well in school so you have to do your part in making sure that your child won’t experience such.

Of course, there’s also the fact that correcting a late bedtime can already be more difficult once there are homework and school activities to tend to. If your kid has to spend up to 6 hours completing their assignments and projects, forcing them to go to bed earlier might not be productive. Aside from the fact that they might not be sleepy yet, they can also be too anxious to fall asleep right away anyway so you still won’t get the best results from doing such.

These are just some of the best reasons why you should start enforcing earlier bedtimes as soon as tonight. Two weeks will be a great period to get their body clocks readjusted so they will have ample energy to take on the many challenges they’ll face in school.

To help you get started in adjusting your little one’s bedtime, here are some tips that you should try out:

Don’t Be Drastic

If your child has been used to sleeping at 10 PM for the past two months, you can’t just make them go to bed at 8 PM right away. This won’t be too fruitful for everyone involved. Take their bedtime adjustment one step at a time. For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting out

For example, for this week, start moving their bedtime routine at 8:30 PM so they can be in bed by 9. Cutting down their caffeine and sweets consumption before nighttime is important as well so the effects can already dwindle down by the time they need to be in bed.

Be Consistent

Consistency is essential to building good habits in kids and for a better sleep hygiene. You can’t make your child go to bed early tonight and then take them out tomorrow ’til late in the evening for some family bonding. Be consistent so your child’s body clock can really get attuned to your child’s routine needs.

Don’t negotiate. Your child will always see this as a means to get what they want and they will use it on you relentlessly every time you say no. It’s important to stay firm when it comes to bedtimes as these things aren’t the easiest to execute to begin with.

Make Earlier Bedtimes a Family Effort

It’s important that you and your spouse (and other adults in the household) are united in helping your child sleep earlier. Because routine is key to a healthy bedtime’s success, everyone should be in on the plan if you want your child to sleep earlier. Their grandmas or titas shouldn’t act on a whim and take them out even when they’re already about to fall asleep.

Adjusting your child’s bedtime will be a challenge, so you have to be ready to help them through the next few weeks. Things will be better, however, for everyone if they get enough zzz’s by the time they’re back in school so it’s definitely all worth it.

 

Post-Holiday Slump? Here’s How to Deal

With the fun few days you’ve experienced, it’s either you’re already reinvigorated to get back on track to your daily routine or you feel extra groggy after not sleeping a lot due to the hectic itinerary you accomplished while out of town. Either way, the post-holiday slump is real and your sluggishness proves it.

How do you get out of your slump and perform better? Here are two surefire ways to feel better today despite feeling so sleepy.

Take a nap.

On your lunch break today, take a quick power nap to energize yourself and get the alertness you need to get through the day. The after-lunch hours will be brutal if you’re already sluggish to begin with, so get ahead of the game and sleep some of your tiredness away. The National Sleep Foundation says that 20 minutes will already let you enjoy the benefits of napping, so gun for that. If you have more time, you can also try the 26-minute trick used by air traffic controllers, as suggested by a NASA-conducted study.

Just don’t go overboard as sleeping more will transition you to deeper levels of zzz’s and you’ll come out of it groggier and more tired. Stick to these nap durations and you can be sure to get out of your slump without a hitch.

Drink lots of water.

Being all groggy and sluggish will want you to reach out for a few cups of coffee or some sweets to help you jolt yourself awake. While this is a quick solution, it’s also not the best. It will only postpone your sluggishness and may even affect other effective techniques (like napping).

What you should do instead is to hydrate yourself by drinking loads of water. Fatigue is a symptom of dehydration, so by feeling tired and sluggish, your body could be telling you that you need more water. By rehydrating, you also get to energize your body without having to worry about crashing later on, which is common with sweets and coffee. This makes it a great way to stay awake and alert on your first day back at work after a tiring long weekend.

Get back to your regular sleep routine.

Lastly, getting back to your regular sleep routine is the best way to recover from your slump. Doing so will help you get back on track with your regular sleep schedule, letting you reacclimatize with your daily routines faster.

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The first few days back to your regular routine may be brutal, but since you had a great time, it might all be well worth it. If you don’t want to experience the same thing the next time you go on a holiday, you should plan ahead with these tips and stick to your regular sleep schedule even while you’re away.

Why You Should Include Sleep to Your Holy Week Plans

The Holy Week is one of the most highly anticipated dates every summer as it gives most of us a few days off from work and school. Most families spend it together, whether at home for some quiet time or traveling to visit relatives or new sites. Whether you already have a packed itinerary or you’re still thinking of ways to spend the free time the holidays will bring, may we suggest that you squeeze in sleep in your plans?

While catching up on sleep on the holidays isn’t exactly something that will let you pay off your sleep debt, it can still be a great way to reset your body and get you started on sleeping better. Experts even say that sleep is the best thing that you can do on your vacation as it helps you relax better so you can doze off easily and without having to stress about getting ready to go and battling the commute the next morning, you can feel better rested by the moment you get up.

If you’re planning to do a spiritual take on this holiday, sleep is still a great thing to include in your plans. as the 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) says:

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Sleep is a great way to take care of the body, so by doing yourself a favor and getting some zzz’s this holiday season, you might just be able to do something for your health and spirit.

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What Exactly is “Summer Sleep Slide”?

“Summer slide” is what experts call the slow down children experience in their reading and math progress during the summer months. Without school, some kids are not forced to practice their skills, making them fall behind.

Experts are saying that this goes the same for children’s sleep. Without the need to get up at a specific time in the morning, kids tend to sleep a lot later than what they’re used to. If they’re not capable of sleeping in, they’ll surely incur some serious sleep debt over the course of their vacation.

Because sleep is essential for kids’ development, make sure that your little ones are getting ample zzz’s even during the summer months. To do this, here are a few tips.

Enforce a Consistent Bedtime

Enforcing a bedtime, even when they don’t really have to get up early the next day, is a must. Some parents tend to become more lax during the summer vacation since kids don’t really have to go to school the next morning. If you’re letting them stay up late, make sure they get to sleep in a bit in the morning or at least they take naps.

It’s a common trend for some parents to wake their kids up early in the morning during the summer for no reason at all, mostly just to punish them for staying up late. If you’re worried about your kids’ health, though, please refrain from doing this. If you want to make them do chores, they can always do the ones that aren’t exactly time-sensitive and if they do, make sure to let them take naps afterward – even those teenagers of yours. This way, you can still be sure that they get the ample zzz’s they need.

Monitor their Schedule

It’s also essential to get them back on track on their school day sleep routine a few weeks before they go back to school. This way, they won’t have to feel sluggish on their first few school weeks because their sleep schedule is still out of whack. Getting them to follow their regular bed and wake up times at least two weeks before their classes start will help them perform better in the new school year right off the bat.

Kids may seem resilient and energetic at all times but it doesn’t mean that they don’t need sleep. In fact, they actually need more zzz’s than you do, so don’t expect them to sleep just an hour or two during their summer vacation. Make sure to help them get ample sleep, otherwise, their sleep debt will impact their development negatively and affect their performance in school.