Technology Journalist Mark Serrels wanted to change his sleeping plan from an average of eight hours of sleep per night to polyphasic sleep schedule. So, he wanted to go from eight hours to having 20-minutes naps every four hours. How long do you think he lasted? Well…

This small project began in July  2012 after Mark got the approval from his doctor and wife but didn’t lasted as long as he expected. The first day was a bit challenging but the hell followed the next couple of days with inability to focus and speak clearly while feeling exhausted and looking like a zombie. By day six he decided to shut the whole experiment down because it was too dangerous to continue. “It was like a little adventure, but slowly, as I descended into madness, it stopped being fun and it became a gruelling thing to do,” he said.


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Smartphones, tablets, laptop, all these gizmos are now part of your daily life. You wake up and instantly check your phone and you go to bed at night browsing your favorite websites. It’s addicting and it also affects your sleep!

Bright lights interfere with the production of melatonin, delaying your sleep and making you sleep deprived night by night. This article explains the relationship between lights and sleep; I think it’s worth at least testing this and see if you start to get better sleep.


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Yoga keeps your body young and flexible but it seems it may also affect your sleep. Studies shown that yoga acts over bad thought, allowing positive thinking to take take over. You don’t have to be an expert as these poses are simple and require just a bit of practice.




Go here to see 10 yoga poses that deal with insomnia and a complete guide for each pose.

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As we all know sleep is essentially for us all and especially for children. But, did you ever consider the power sleep could have on a child’s self confidence?People have realized the immense power of positive affirmations planted during sleep could have on the attitude of a child. These case studies should be enough to spark your interest to give this a try and see what results you get.

When should you use affirmative sleep talk for kids?
Whenever the child has bed wetting problems, separation anxiety, speech or behavior issues. If your children receive complaints from school regarding homework, arguing, fighting. Sleep talk could be used in almost any situation where the child is affected, lacks in self confidence or has a behavior that is unwanted by the parent.


How is this done?
Everything is rather simple. All that is needed are 5 minutes to be invested each night while the child is asleep. When you are certain the child is asleep, you should sit by him or her and start talking to them. Telling them how loved they are and that they can always depend on you for anything they need, is a great start.

You should never use negative words when doing this! Only positive words must be used so that the exercise works.

How much time should you be doing this?
5 minutes every night for at least 1 month should be enough to begin seeing very positive results. But you shouldn’t stop there! The affirmative sleep talk needs to be done regularly so that it sticks to the child’s mind and continues to provide results.

The sleep consultants from SleepTalk consider it’s best to use this approach until your child is 12 years old but you can decide this for yourself.

“Sleep Talk: A Breakthrough Technique for Helping Your Child Cope With Stress and Thrive Through Difficult Transitions” by Lois V. Haddad offers great insight into this field and has lots of examples that give you an idea of the best approach in your case.

Check the book here.

Some practical examples

Let’s say Robert has a little problem with fighting at school. You should say something like this:
“Robert knows that his parents love him greatly. He feels their love everyday. Robert is calm and likes all his classmates. Robert is a friendly boy.”

What we shouldn’t say:
“Robert doesn’t hit his colleagues.”

What if Jane is talking too fast? We just say:
“Jane feels loved by her parents and knows they listen to her every time. Jane always talks slowly.”

You can adapt this to any situation. The important thing is to keep with it for at least 30 days to see how it works. 30 days multiplied by 5 minutes means a 150 minute investment on your part as parents. Is 150 minutes too much per month for a change in our children’s lives? It shouldn’t be.

Will affirmative sleep talk work? Most likely yes if the 150 minutes monthly are invested. Children will begin acting “strange” and actually feel better about themselves.

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bedSleep on it, won’t you?

Your mother or grandmother already told you this, right? You know that if you have to consider between two or more difficult choices, you are better of making your decision after a good sleep. This is true mainly because while you sleep, your brain goes to work in putting the pieces together so that, in the morning, you usually feel you know exactly what needs to be done.

You didn’t know this, did you?

When ducks feel that they are at risk of being attacked, half their brain sleeps, while half is awake in case danger approaches.

What are you dreaming of?

It seems that men often dream of other men most of the time (about 70% of the time to be exact). As it turns out, women will dream of other women about half the time.

Did you just take a cat nap?

Did you know that you could be taking a cat nap without even knowing it? You could fall asleep with your eyes open and it would be very hard for someone else to notice you are not awake.

Is your rainbow black and white?

About 12% of us dream only in black and white! Why? Mainly because they are more used to black and white television, which was the norm before color television appeared.

What was that noise?

If you hear an unfamiliar noise within the first and last 2 hours of your sleep, your sleep will suffer even if you won’t be aware of that.

Are you married?

About 25% of married couples are sleeping in separate beds.

How much internet is too much?

It has become obvious that the internet is one of the biggest distractions when it comes to going to bed at night. “I’ll just stay another 15 minutes online and then go to bed!” and those 15 minutes turn in 2 hours. Does it ring a bell?

Which mammal sleeps less?

Stop trying to guess! It’s the giraffe which only needs 1.9 hours of sleep daily! Just imagine how many things we could do if we needed so little sleep!

Which mammal sleeps the most?

The brown bat needs 19.9 hours of sleep and yet there is another animal that sleeps more: the koala. The koala needs 22 hours of sleep! They don’t even have time to wake up properly as they are back in bed!

Can you remember last night’s dream?

I used to be bothered by the fact that I would rapidly forget what I dreamed. This was until I started writing it down right after I wake up. It seems that we usually forget half of what we dreamt within only 5 minutes after we wake up! And after 10 minutes we won’t remember more than 10% of our dream(s)! So, start writing!

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