Sleep Disorders

28 December 2018

Dreaming of a decent night's sleep? Our top 10 stories will get you dozing off in no time

Tired of 2018? We are too. These stories may be just what you need to get you rested, and, in no time, recharged to take on 2019.

This has been an exhausting year – with sleepless nights caused by medical conditions, or just an overactive brain...

As we're getting towards the end of the year, it may feel like your body is trying to tell (or beg) you to slow down, take it easy and recharge your batteries.

Some people could win a gold medal for falling asleep, but for others it is a real struggle. Throughout the year, we published a number of pieces about the Sandman and his efforts to get you to Dreamland. Here are our top 10:

1. How much sleep do you really need?

Don't skimp on your sleep; it could cost you your health.

2. How your brain knows it's time to sleep

What time does your brain think it is? Insomnia or daytime sleepiness are about more than just how much sleep you're getting.

woman sleeping at desk

3. 9 ways to survive the day on minimal sleep

A lousy night doesn’t have to leave you wrecked. Here’s how to take charge when you haven’t had a recharge.

Businesswoman or student sleeping after hard work

4. These 5 tricks will help you get better quality sleep every night

Why trying to fall asleep doesn’t work – and what does.

5. 5 things that happen to your body when you don't get enough sleep

Not getting enough sleep every night can have a negative effect on your body.

woman tired at work

6. SEE: Something under your pillow is killing you silently

There might be an unexpected danger lurking underneath your pillow...

woman sleeping on white pillow

7. Here's why you want to take a nap after lunch

Do you want to lie down after lunch, even if it's just for 10 minutes? We look at how our circadian rhythms influence our desire to sleep.

sleeping napping at work

8. How to choose the right mattress for your back

We spend a third of our lives sleeping. It is therefore important that we sleep on a bed that provides us with sufficient comfort and support.

woman with back pain

9. 5 ways your mattress can ruin your health

Apart from determining the difference between decent shut-eye and terrible sleep, your mattress can cause a slew of health problems if you don't take proper care of it.

man sick in bed

10. How much are teens really sleeping?

The more time students reported spending online, the less sleep they got, according to a recent study.

For more stories about sleep, click here.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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