The Scientific Guide to Sleep

April 24, 2017

Sleep is a part of everybody’s day. Whether its grabbing 5 hours before having to wake up early for work, or 10 hours on a lazy Sunday morning, everybody has to sleep at some point. Whilst some find sleep easy, it doesn’t always come naturally everyone. Medication may seem like a good idea until it’s 11am the next day and you still can’t shake off the drowsiness from the previous night.

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How to get a better night’s sleep

March 10, 2016

M2M fraser_charcoal(1)The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) have designated this week as Sleep Awareness Week.

You can’t have escaped the awful experience of lying awake in bed, tossing and turning and trying to nod off while a thousand thoughts crowd your mind.

It can be a vicious cycle. The deeper into the night you go, without any sign of dropping off, the more anxious you get, the more aware of the ticking clock you become, and the closer to waking up time you get – without having anything to wake up from.

A little tip we can provide is to install blackout blinds into your bedrooms as they’ll reduce the light coming into a room – street lights are a common problem for people trying to sleep at night.

For a good nights sleep, have a read of the advice of the National Sleep Foundation and reap the benefits. Continue reading How to get a better night’s sleep

21 Gadgets for the Sleep Obsessive

October 14, 2015

Sleep is universal, everyone needs it and even more complain about not getting enough. It’s an age old tradition to be kept up all night every now and again, usually when you need it the most. Be it bright lights, a noisy neighbour or that annoying buzzing that just won’t quit. The years of being able to stay up all night on energy drinks to finish that last piece of coursework are long behind us, now we need every advantage we can get. Continue reading 21 Gadgets for the Sleep Obsessive

15 Deeply Inspiring Workspaces

August 18, 2015

Albert Einstein once famously said “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”. While the argument of whether a messy desk has an impact on your productivity still rages on, we felt intrigued to explore the work spaces of iconic and influential individuals spanning literature, art and science. Continue reading 15 Deeply Inspiring Workspaces

Successful Sleep Patterns

February 18, 2015

Many of us enjoy our sleep and find it vital to living a healthy lifestyle.

However, not everyone would agree with this. Often you read stories of successful individuals talking about their lack of sleep and how much extra work they can get done. We decided to compare the sleeping hours of a general working population, against the top, ultra-successful individuals working in the same sectors. We used data from a YouGov survey from a few years back, which asked 1,401 individuals in different jobs about how much sleep they get per night.

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It certainly brought out some interesting points, even without the successful individuals plotted in. For instance though marketing had one of the highest numbers of people sleeping for of 7-9 hours a night, it also had the highest number getting less than 3 hours. Another fascinating thing thrown up by this data was that the Politics sector has the largest number of people who don’t know how much sleep they get. I’ll let you infer from that what you will…

Not all politicians forget their sleeping amounts. Thatcher swore by getting 4 hours a night, with stories about how she would ‘keep her officials up working on a speech until two or three in the morning and then be up by five to listen to Farming Today’.

Another politician Silvio Berlusconi, apparently only manages to get 2-4 hours a night sleep, which I guess leaves him lots of room for extra-curricular activities when he is not playing at politics.

Not all successful individuals think you have to burn the midnight oil though – See Jeff Bezos and Arianna Huffington for instance.

This chart is based on the more standard monophasic sleep cycle (sleeping for once in a 24 hour period). There are however, other types of sleeping patterns that have been used to supposed success.

Puredoxyk (a writer and polyphasic sleeper) created and coined both the Uberman Cycle and the Everyman Cycle that you can see on the infographic. Reports suggest the great Leonardo Da Vinci adopted a very similar cycle to the former, though he apparently his was even shorter, only having 10 minute naps every 2 hours.

The Biphasic sleep cycle, was practised by Churchill, saying in his own words ‘You must sleep sometime between lunch and dinner … Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day… You get two days in one — well, at least one and a half’.

Buckminster Fuller was a fascinating individual. An architect, systems theorist, designer and creator of his own ‘Dymaxion’ sleep cycle. He apparently found huge benefits in it for the two years he practised it, but had to give it up due to it conflicting with his business associates sleep habits.

Sleep is a strange and wonderful thing. A place where dreams are made, cuts are repaired and snores roam free in the airwaves. Do you think it is something to be used to our advantage like Arianna Huffington or do you agree with Edison that ‘sleep is a criminal waste of time’?

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How to Measure and Fit Blinds in Your Home

June 12, 2013

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