Gen-Ys are sleepy, not lazy.

Darting my eyes around the lecture theatre counting…1…2…5…7…12! That’s a record. It was only week 4 of the semester and 12 sleepy soles were already passed out!

students napping in a lecture

I used to think how lazy and rude these students were for nodding off in the middle of the lecture. But then it happened to me. I woke up with a start when everyone trampled out of the lecture, realising I had drool crusted on my chin and coffee spillage down my jeans. Sex Bomb.

Now, lets get one thing straight. It’s not that students can’t be bothered to listen; it’s actually that our minds can’t focus. Juggling full-time uni, co-curricular activities, part time work and social time with friends/family/boyfriend cuts down a lot of valuable night time zzz’s. After 10pm, like quite a few of my friends, I get into serious study mode. Crazy as it may sound to some , I complete the most work between the hours of 10pm-12pm.

Dr. Judith A. Owens and her co-authors write in the American Academy of Paediatrics stated that, “the average adolescent in the United States is chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy…”

It’s alarming how many of my peers boast about pulling all-nighters. So many students, including myself when I first started uni, do not care about sleep. I used to think coffee was the answer to all my sleep problems, and as long as my memory served I didn’t need to fret about not sleeping 8 hours.

American student Connor Nikolic says, “While we may think we are adults, college students shouldn’t be quick to deny their bodies ample — and natural — time to catch some Z’s.”

When it comes to napping many students say they would like to be able to take a nap, but they just don’t have the time for one. Anti-nappers such as Danielle Joyce argue that they’re “not productive”, “mess up my sleeping schedule” and “make me feel sick and lazy”.

Tracy Eileen says “…it’s common for students to burn the midnight oil, to watch TV or meet social demands. An erratic lifestyle like this commonly produces sleep problems.”

Although there are many methods which may help regulate your sleep pattern, (Scott Fetters give some great tips in his Huffington Post blog post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-fetters/generation-y-cant-we-sleep_b_4950533.html) there are 2 basic things that need to be changed before you try out any wild methods:

  1. VALUE your sleep. If you perceive sleep to be as important as healthy eating and exercise (which it certainty is!), you’ll make an effort to go to bed earlier and take consistent naps. All-nighters are not something to be bragged about.
  2. Don’t feel guilty about taking a 20min nap and give yourself full permission to get horizontal.

Let’s stop depriving our bodies of a basic human need!

Please comment if you have any sleep-management tips for struggling students. Or alternatively, any confronting facts about sleep deprivation…

Don’t know any shocking facts? Have a quick glance at this article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/18/scary-sleep-deprivation-effects_n_2807026.html

References

http://op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/how-students-can-get-more-sleep/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/qweekend-health-dangers-arising-from-lack-of-sleep-confront-tired-teens/story-fnihsrf2-1226682074867

http://thoughtcatalog.com/danielle-joyce/2014/02/6-reasons-why-i-hate-naps/

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Tips And Tricks For A Good Night’s Sleep

Check out the Rule Of 8’s 5 awesome tips to increase those essential night time zzz’s!

Rule of 8

As a follow up to my previous post on sleeping your way to the top, I thought I’d share some tips on how to give your body the rest it needs.

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1. Find your perfect bedtime

While there is no ‘magic number’ for the hours of sleep you need, according to Dr Michael Breus from The Insomnia Blog, 7.5 hours is ideal. Including the half hour or so it takes to actually fall asleep, this equates to the 8 hours that the Rule of 8 Challenge is based on. However this can vary from person to person, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try going to bed at different times. When you find yourself waking up naturally a couple of minutes before your alarm, you’ll have found your perfect bedtime!

For a bit of help getting started, you can also visit SleepCalculator.com.

2. Regulate light

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Why Sleeping Pods are the Solution

Although sleeping pods are not cheap, they are a valuable long-term investment for universities and workplaces. They are a realistic solution and will help shift, as Thea O’Conner (founder of NapNow) says, negative “napping as slacking” attitudes. CEOs, managers, university Deans and lectures need to realise that the best way to maximise productivity is allowing and promoting daytime naps. If companies and universities took the initiative to install sleeping pods, napping would be interpreted as a human need. We all need to eat our greens to stay healthy just as much as we need to nap. O’Conner argues napping will not only improve mental/physical health, but also reduce risks of workplace accidents:

Research shows it can take as little as ten minutes to increase alertness, improve mood and concentration and even reduce workplace accidents and errors.

We are not built to work all day long without a rest. As the wise and highly successful Arianna Huffington said:

The current model of success, in which we drive ourselves into the ground, and in which working to the point of exhaustion and burnout is a badge of honour, was created by men. It’s a model of success that’s not working for women – and it’s not working for men, either. Our workplaces are fuelled by sleep deprivation.

It’s time for a sleeping pod revolution – let’s look have a look what’s on offer!

The el Zulo ergonomic pod

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Calling this hide out by Frank Ehners as el ZULO, it is ergonomically shaped to allow the body to literally slump on it. All the drowsy user has to do it sit on the counter and lean forward to fall on an upright support. This is supposed to give a feeling of getting up any time (as soon as your boss buzzes) and get in motion immediately.

See more at: http://dzinetrip.com/el-zulo-sleep-pod-for-workoholics/

Metronaps EnergyPod

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Metronaps EnergyPods have been especially designed for powernapping at work. The cocoon-like modest sleep pod is a room inside a room. The pod reclines and closes a privacy shield around you. Edith Cowan University of WA has installed two Metronap energy pods on the Joondalup campus. University librarian David Howard said students have always slept on desks or hidden behind shelves, and the university is adapting to their needs. Business student Jayden said he used the sleeping pods and found the experience “amazing… You wake up and it feels like you have had 10 hours’ sleep”.

See more at: http://www.metronaps.com/#home

 Transport Sleeping Pod

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Designer Alberto Frias has conceptualized this egg-shaped fiberglass vessel called “Transport” from the shape of the human eye…makes sense as it is meant to transcend you to a baby-like sleep. The luxury-sleeping pod is outfitted with speakers and an array of light-emitting diodes synchronized to music, a waterbed pad and a cushion to provide you a cozy spa-like atmosphere to relax.

See more at: http://www.albertofrias.com

Nappak Sleep Bed

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These bags are appropriate for all those people who want to have a cozy bed that takes no time in arranging or wrapping. This sleep bag occupies a minimal space, without having any hassle of shifting the furniture.

See more at: http://www.nappak.de

Podtime Serenity 

 Serenity

This pod was made in the UK and is the most popular model in the Podtime range. It has lockable doors ensuring maximum privacy. Spacious and outfitted with an array of accessories, the Serenity can be used in the workplace as a rest pod or as an overnight sleeping pod in an accommodation setting.

See more at: http://www.podstyle.com.au

There are a number of other types of pods available, and let’s be honest folks, they are only going to down in price as more come on the market. Josephine Fairley, successful entrepreneur and high-flying editor/writer, believes:

…in 10 years’ time, napping breaks will be the new coffee breaks. And I also confidently predict that we’ll see late-day productivity revolutionised, as a result.

Let’s pray to the siesta gods that she’s right!

Now, glance through those napping pods again and tell me which one would you like to curl up into during that afternoon slump, and why?
 

References:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/josephine-fairley/

http://napnow.net.au/why-nap-and-why-now/

http://www.metronaps.com/#home

http://www.designbuzz.com/coolest-sleeping-pods-for-some-serious-napping-job/

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-03/perth-university-introduces-sleeping-pods-for-students/5715742

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/google-sleep-pods-2010-6?op=1#metronaps-says-the-energypod-solves-the-problem-of-catching-a-nap-at-work-1

http://elitechoice.org/2008/03/29/nappak-for-power-packed-nap/

Why Women Sleep Less Than Men

Tactically going to bed an hour before he does and praying to slip into the lad of nod…only to find you’re wide awake as he creeps into bed and kisses you goodnight. His head hits the pillow and he beings to breath heavier, slower and louder. Then out bellows the monstrous snore. Yet again, you find yourself nudging, kicking and eventually rolling him on his side. The snoring dies down to a soft purr. Another hour and a half passes and you’re still wide awake and regretting downing that English Breakfast Tea and munching through handfuls of those glorious coffee truffles. Is it his snoring? The worries of the week ahead? Am I too hot or cold? Is it that ticking clock? Whywhywhy can’t I sleep??? How does he managed to get to sleep before be every night?

Have you experienced something similar? Well, you’re definitely not alone. A recent Stats Can study of Canadians’ sleep habits showed that 35 percent of women polled reported difficulty falling and staying asleep. Dr Jim Horn, Britain’s leading expert in sleep science, says that on average women need twenty more minutes of sleep than men:

“Women tend to multi-task – they do lots at once and are flexible – and so they use more of their actual brain than men do. Because of that, their sleep need is greater…A man who has a complex job that involves a lot of decision-making and lateral thinking may also need more sleep than the average male – though probably still not as much as a woman.”

According to the Sleep Foundation, there are several other factors that may affect women’s quantity and quality of sleep:

  • Sleep disturbances during pregnancy due to excess weight and position of the fetus.
  • Difficulty sleeping during menopause due to hot flashes.
  • Being woken up and moved around on the bed by the partner. (Men tend to be larger than women)
  • Worrying about problems

Another problem is the diagnosis of sleep disorders in women. Some sleep disorders in women are under-recognised, misdiagnosed and mistreated, highlighting a gender bias in clinics. Lack of awareness among physicians and misinterpretation of women’s symptoms are some of the reasons for misdiagnosis and mistreatment…

So. Ladies. You have a much more valid excuse then men to wind down and take that 20min afternoon siesta. Knowing that you got some shut eye during the day will make you less cranky later on when you’re lying awake beside him. Remember not to stress too much if you never manage to got to sleep before him as research has shown that women, when they do fall asleep, sleep a lot deeper than men.

Now, which of you lie awake at night either with or without a man beside you? Can you pinpoint the reason why? If not, why not try and make day-time sleeping a habit? Not only will it help you concentrate and reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, but also help ease tension with your man after he drops off into the land of nod.

Let you’re hair down, smile, have a drink and take that much needed nap..

Cheers!

Disaronno

References 

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/duke-university-scientists-find-women-need-more-sleep-than-men/story-fneuz9ev-1226596253113

http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/do-women-need-more-sleep-men

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-keaton/women-sleep_b_5399748.html

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/embrace-life/sleep/why-he-sleeps-better-than-you

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110615015650.htm

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201202/men-and-women-different-when-it-comes-sleep

What’s the ideal sleeping position?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, maybe it’s time to change up your position! Check out A good night’s sleep’s insightful blog post to find out the benefits and negatives of each…

A good night's sleep

Sleeping positions © bramgino – Fotolia.com

I suppose it’s an indication of little I used to think about sleep that it never occurred to me my sleeping position was in anyway abnormal. I fall asleep on my right hand side then often sleep on my stomach, head to one side if I wake up during the night. Turns out only about 7% of the population do this.

But is there a ‘best side’ to sleep on? The jury seems to be out but there are pros and cons to each sleeping position

If you sleep on your back (which I rarely do) it’s apparently good for your spine and preventing acid reflux but you are more likely to snore. On the other hand it may “maintain perky breasts” according to this article on the CNN website. (Probably not if you’ve had a couple of kids, I’d suggest)

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