News about Sleep from Zoom Health – 25th March 2022

Sleep is important. On average, each of us spends 26 years sleeping in our lifetime, which equates to 9,490 days or 227,760 hours. Getting to sleep also takes some time. We spend on average 7 years trying to get to nod off!

Because sleep is so important to us, Zoom Health publishes a weekly summary of the best news stories about sleep from around the web. If you want to find out what is happening in the world of sleep, you have come to the right place.

Here at Zoom Health we are trying to do our little bit too, which is why you will find that we offer the widest range of earplugs for sleeping on the planet!

In the news this week:

Should I take melatonin to help me sleep?
There’s been a huge increase in people using the hormone to doze off, but it’s not without its consequences | The Independent, UK

Experts share 10 worst mistakes you’re making before bed that affect sleep
If you’re constantly feeling fatigued, lethargic and groggy, it’s time to review your sleeping habits and cut out some of the biggest mistakes people make. Experts have identified the ultimate things to avoid before bed | Daily Mirror, UK

Experts detail 5 sleep warning signs that mean you should see a GP immediately
Symptoms related to sleep could be a cause for concern | Nottingham Post, UK

My sleepy brain loves the sound of permanent daylight savings. But do scientists agree?
The US Senate voted to get rid of twice-yearly time changes this week. But sleep experts warn they’re taking the wrong approach to a real problem | The Guardian, UK

Elite sleepers: are you one of the people genetically programmed to need less sleep?
New research shows those who need less than six hours’ kip are at less risk of cognitive decline. And they could hold the key to a scientific breakthrough | The Guardian, UK

The best sleep apps 
With the help of a sleep psychologist, we run through the best sleep apps for a good night’s rest | Live Science, US

Supplementing your sleep – Harvard Health
Supplements, such as cannabidiol (CBD), melatonin, valerian, and chamomile, promise a better night’s sleep, but they may not be the best way to improve your shut-eye | Harvard Health, US

The Best Sleep Gadgets and Apps
Do you struggle to nod off or stay asleep through the night? These tools can help | Wired, US

Struggling to sleep following a COVID-19 infection? You’re not alone, experts say
Sleep problems are a well-documented symptom of long COVID, but experts say you can also struggle with sleep while infected, and in the weeks that follow | ABC, Australia

Light exposure during sleep may increase diabetes risk
A study finds that artificial light exposure during even one night of sleep increases heart rate while sleeping and impairs glucose metabolism, increasing the risk of diabetes | Medical News Today, USA

Woman, 23, has ‘lost so many years’ with insatiable need for sleep
A woman with a rare sleep condition has ‘lost so many years’ because of her ‘insatiable appetite for sleep’. Helena Smythe, 23, revealed how she feels tired all day — no matter how well she sleeps at night — and has to take daily naps lasting at least two hours a time.| Metro, UK

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