Does Better sleeping habits lead to better college grades ?

Top MIT professors have concluded a research of a strong relationship between academic grades of students and how much good sleep they’re getting. The time when students sleep and the consistency of their sleep routine & habits also make a great difference. Just getting a good night’s sleep just before a big test is not good enough — it takes several nights of consistent & good sleep to make a major difference.

Quality of sleep also mattered, not just quantity. For example, those who got relatively consistent amounts of sleep each night did better than those who had greater variations from one night to the next, even if they ended up with the same average amount.

These research professors conducted a study to see if there was a relationship between the amount of sleep students get and their grades. The study, which experimented with 100 students in an MIT engineering class, did find a strong relationship between the two.

The students’ sleep habit consistency, and the time they went to bed, both made a difference as well. The professors also found that it takes a few nights of quality sleep to make a difference. In other words, you can’t just get a good night’s sleep the night before a test and expect it to be enough.

The students were provided with Fitbits in exchange for providing the professors with their activity data for a full semester. The findings, some unexpected and some not surprising, were reported in the journal Science of Learning.

One of the strongest academic success predictors for college students is the amount of sleep they get. Sleep plays a significant role in fixing and consolidating memories, and prevents decay of memories. When you don’t have sleep, you end up having to work harder, but still not do as well.

There has been previous research which found a link between academic performance and sleep. However, this research relied solely on the students filling out sleep diaries.

Three Important Measures

The students who obtained the best quality of sleep, the most sleep, and the most consistent sleep, experienced better grades than the students who obtained the least sleep. Grade scores overall were determined by adding their scores on:
●      Three midterms
●      Eleven quizzes
●      One final exam

The three sleep measures (quality, duration, consistency) together made up 25% of the variances in overall grade performance of the students.

The research also found for good academic performance, there’s a cut-off bedtime, which is 2 AM. Those who stayed up past this cut-off time, experienced poorer academic performance, even when their total sleep time is the same as their peers who went to bed earlier.

Therefore, this means the time you go to bed seems to matter. If you get a certain amount of sleep, like 8 hours, no matter what time you get that sleep, your performance is the same, as long as you go to bed before a certain time (10 PM, 12 AM 1 AM). However, your performance begins to go down despite sleeping for 8 hours, if you go to bed after 2 AM. This means quantity isn’t everything. In the study, however, quality of sleep mattered. Those students who were consistent with how much sleep they obtained every night, performed better in their class than those students who had irregular sleep patterns, even if they wound up with fairly the same amount of sleep on average.

Another study showed pushing school start times back was associated with a substantial effect on grades. The researchers of this study looked at the effect delaying school time hours by 1 hour had on student grades. They found a 34 minute increase of average daily sleep increased students’ grades by 4.5%, along with their attendance. Also found is a lack of sleep among teens was associated with depression and low mood.

Source Links:

https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2019/10/study-regularly-getting-a-good-nights-sleep-is-linked-to-better-test-scores-and-grades-in-college/

http://news.mit.edu/2019/better-sleep-better-grades-1001

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/12/eaau6200

https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/teens-and-sleep

The above information has been prepared by a researchers and may not represent the practices followed universally.

The information provided on this website is not intended nor is implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek correct advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider in New Zealand with any questions you may have regarding sleep training, problems or any other medical condition or the health and welfare of your & your loved ones.

 The advice you receive from Slumberzone New Zealand is for informational purposes only*

 

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What are the advantages of cooling gel memory foam?

Sleeping at the right temperature is important. Not only does this impact the restfulness of your night’s sleep, but by adding cooling gel memory foam to a mattress, we can dramatically increase the recovery you experience throughout the night.

Human beings generally experience the best rest and recovery between 16-22 degrees centigrade. While turning the temperature down and casting the blanket aside can help reduce heat on the top half of the body, the other half is still in contact with the mattress. Without temperature regulation in this half, there can be a significant decrease in comfort and restfulness.

What is Cooling Gel Memory Foam?

Cooling gel memory foam is a specially-formulated memory foam that contains gel beads designed to help absorb heat and draw it away from the sleeper. Additionally, the cellular structure of the memory foam itself is optimized for increased airflow over traditional formulations.

This cooling layer tops in Slumberzone Luxury mattress helps control sleep temperatures but also provides a supple, supportive cushion especially to areas that are often under-supported like the lower back and side.

By increasing the vital flow of air, and reducing the overall sleep temperatures by actively pulling away from the heat from the body, cooling gel memory foam helps deliver the ideal sleep environment.

Orthocool™ Gel memory foam mattress and luxury pillows help in relieving pressure points, providing support where it’s needed. Our cooling gel foam will work through the night to correctly align your spine reducing the risk of back pain. If partner disturbance is a problem, Orthocool™ Gel Memory foam mattress by Slumberzone New Zealand will isolate motion transfer so one of you can get in or out of bed without disturbing the other

Cooling gel memory foam helps form a great sleep environment. So, no mattress how much time you spend on a Slumberzone luxury mattress, the time you spend on it is the most refreshed, restful, and restorative.

Why is sleeping cool important?

Slumberzone Beds are designed and built to the highest standards. With an eye to developing the best quality beds, we also believe that one of life’s greatest pleasures is a restful, luxurious, comfortable night’s sleep. The Hibrido luxury bed comes together with the pure benefits of the legendary “Intelliprings” Spring System, the revolutionary Orthocool Gel® Memory Foam, Natural Latex, and Soft touch luxurious Silk Floss Quilting

Cool sleep helps regulate metabolism and ensures your body is able to provide the best recovery possible. Want to learn more? Visit Slumberzone New Zealand website to know more about

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INSOMNIA: How it affects you and how to treat it

Good sleep is extremely important for one’s health. It helps keep your mind healthy. While you’re asleep, it repairs and rests your brain for the next day. It also enhances your learning skills. Good sleep also helps keep you physically fit. It helps repair your heart and blood vessels. That is why sleeping well is as important as eating healthy and exercising.

 Adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep. We get in our beds, looking forward to some much-deserved rest, but we often find ourselves tossing and turning on our king size mattresses. More often than not, we give little thought to why it is that we did not sleep well. A night or two of less sleep is alright. It starts getting serious when it becomes an everyday affair. You start dreading going to bed.

Losing out on sleep can be a result of a number of factors, some of them being stress, mental health disorders, side effects of medications, and other health issues. A prolonged period of sleeplessness can have the following effect on you: 

POOR HEALTH

One of the foremost effects of Insomnia is poor health. It causes your blood pressure to shoot up which increases the risk of heart conditions. Less sleep also affects the release of insulin. People with a sleep disorders have a more glucose level. Poor sleep can also cause obesity and a weaker immune system.

MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

When you don’t sleep well, you tend to get moody, extra emotional, and easily irritable, so when you don’t get enough sleep you become anxious about not being able to sleep. This can trigger anxiety and depression.

LEADS TO FORGETFULNESS

Another side effect of insomnia is short term memory loss, which makes day to day function quite a task. This can affect your work as well as your personal life.

IMPAIRS COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING
Insomnia causes deterioration in cognitive functions. People suffering from insomnia find themselves with reduced attention span and less focus.

TREATING INSOMNIA

Though insomnia can cause you a lot of problems, it is very much treatable.  These can be natural as well as medical measures or a mix of both.

SLEEP HYGIENE

Sleep hygiene is a set of habits to follow, that will help you sleep better. Some of them are

  • Stick to a sleep routine. Fix a time to go to bed every night as well as a time to wake up.
  • Exercise regularly for at least 30 mins.
  • Fix a relaxation routine before sleeping.
  • Meditate or do yoga that will help you sleep better right before bed.
  • Go to bed only when you are sleepy. Don’t just lie there, tossing and turning. Get up and read, stretch, drink some chamomile tea. Go back to bed when you are ready to fall back asleep.
  • Switch off your phone.
  • Make sure you have enough natural light exposure in the day.
  • Make sure your mattress is comfortable enough, and your room is dark enough. You can use an eye mask if your curtains don’t block enough light.
  • Use apps that aid in sleeping.

MEDICAL HELP

For people who suffer from chronic insomnia simply following sleep hygiene alone might not be of help. In such cases, seeking professional help is important. Go to your general physician and explain your situation to him. Based on the severity of your insomnia he can prescribe antidepressants or sedatives. While the road to treating your insomnia is not an easy and quick one, give it enough time and you will sleep like a baby soon enough.

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Take Care & Sleep Well 🙂

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Top Advantages Of Investing In Orthopedic Mattresses

We spend a good 8- 9 hours every day on our beds, yet we tend to underestimate the importance and role of a good mattress. Mattresses can have an effect on our body in an unpleasant way, leaving us with bad postures and sore joints. Orthopedic mattresses are firm mattresses designed keeping in mind good support for the joints and the back.

An orthopedic mattress can be made with different materials like memory foam, innerspring, or latex. The main purpose of an orthopedic mattress is to provide better spinal alignment and relief from back and joint pains.

BENEFITS OF Orthopedic Mattresses

Improved posture

one of the most important benefits of using these mattresses is better posture. Years of sleeping on what we think is a good mattress will most likely leave you with a bad posture. Which in turn can have a lot of adverse effects. It can cause curvature of the spine, pain in the back, neck, and shoulder. These are just a few of the side effects of bad posture. Switch to an orthopedic mattress before it’s not too late

Posturepedic beds

Support

This kind of mattress evenly distributes your body weight, ensuring better support for your body.

Better Sleep

The side effects of a regular mattress can leave you with many sleepless nights making you anxious and tired. With an orthopedic mattress, since your body alignment is proper and weight evenly distributed, you can get continuous sleep and you can wake up super fresh and happy.

Reduces the roll-over effect

A lot of people share their bed with others. When lying down the bodyweight causes a depression on the mattress making the surface uneven. This depression will cause the other person to automatically get rolled into it. No matter how much you try to maintain a gap between the other person, in your sleep, you are bound to toss and turn. An orthopedic mattress gets rid of such issues. You can get a good night’s sleep, without having to worry about disturbing your partner.

If you are suffering from back and joint pains, and feel your posture is getting worse, then you should definitely switch to an orthopedic mattress. But it is important to know that it is not for everyone. These mattresses can be of different firmness, so some may feel harder than the other. Choose your luxury mattress carefully depending on the purpose you want it to solve.

Visit your nearest Slumberzone retailer in New Zealand to choose from the best luxury mattress at affordable prices and attractive discount schemes.

*Source & Research Links

https://www.mattressonline.co.uk/advice/what-is-orthopaedic-mattress

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/advice-support/sleep-hub/bedroom-matters/mattresses-and-sleep/

https://sleepcouncil.org.uk/time-new-mattress/

 

The above information has been prepared by a researcher and may not represent the practices followed universally.

The information provided on this website is not intended nor is implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the correct advice of your physician or another qualified Chiropractor specialist in New Zealand with any questions you may have regarding sleep training, problems or any other medical condition or the health and welfare of your & your loved ones.

 The advice you receive from Slumberzone New Zealand is for informational purposes only*

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STRETCH IT OUT : TIPS TO MAINTAIN A GOOD POSTURE

2020 started with a lot of hope and new plans for most of us. Then we were hit by the COVID-19 virus, which very soon turned into a global pandemic. With lockdowns and several measures to avoid the spread of this virus, a lot of us have been forced to work from home, without hitting the gym or going out for a run. While work from home is becoming fairly popular, giving us time and luxury to work from the comfort of our homes, it is also leading to people spending more and more time sitting on the couch or lying down on beds & mattresses in weird positions. Slumberzone New Zealand cares for your health and well being.

You will find yourself in this position more often than you realize

Lying down on your luxury bed for a long number of hours can lead to several health issues, no matter if you have the best mattress.  It can cause a lot of health problems, from sore joints and muscles to reduced metabolism rate. It also increases the risk of heart disease and seriously affects mental health. It has become extremely important for us to take care of our physical and mental health during this time.

Here are stretches you can do to stay active and fit and maintain a good posture.

★      Wrist and Finger Stretch:

Working on your laptops can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel can leave you with tingling and numbness of fingers, weakness of muscles in the hand, and also leave you sleepless at night. Place the fingertips of one hand on the palm of the other and take your arms forward. Then press the fingers on to the palms, towards the back of your wrist. Repeat this on the other side as well.

  • Neck Stretch: Working long hours staring at your computer leads to strain and ache in the neck. Neck stretches are a great way to get rid of the aches and kinks in the neck. As you inhale drop your right ear to your right shoulder and place your right hand on top of the left year. Do not push, let gravity pull your head down. Stay there for a few breaths, release as you exhale and repeat on the other side.

A stiff neck can cause a lot of discomforts

  • Mountain pose: Sitting long hours on the bed will leave you with a bad posture. Stand with your feet hips-width distance apart, line your neck

with your tailbone and your hands by your side facing forward. Relax your face and jaw. This is a great pose to improve posture and also helps in strengthening knees, ankles, and thighs. It also improves blood circulation.

  • Forward fold:

Forward fold is one of the best poses to calm the mind and relieve stress. It also reduces body fatigue and stretches hamstrings and calves, which can become very sore and tight from long hours of sitting. With your feet hip-width apart, bend forward from your hip joints and bring your hands to the floor or hold on to your shins.

Forward folds are a great way to relieve stress and anxiety

Side body stretch can also be done seating on a chair

  • Side body stretch: Stand in mountain pose, as you inhale, lift your arms, and join your palms. Then on an exhale bend to your right, inhale come back to center, and repeat on the left side. This is a great way to relieve stress and improves body posture as well.                                                                             

Incorporate these stretches into your routine at the beginning of your day or at the end of a tiring day. You can thank us later. Let us know your stretch routine in the comments below.

Stay home, Sleep Well, Wake Up Refreshed, Stay safe!

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