Dream Quality

Dream Quality

Can Dreams affect Sleep Quality?

Although at times they can be completely bizarre, dreams are a normal part of sleep and an everyday occurrence in our lives. Despite the vast majority of people being unable to remember what they dreamt the night before, we actually dream for two hours each night, usually as we enter into the ‘Rapid Eye Movement’ form of sleep, usually referred to as (REM).

Essentially, dreams are unavoidable, but could they be affecting the quality of your sleep? Read below to find out more.

 

Dreams can make you feel hungover

Having a bad dream can actually cause what is referred to as a ‘dream hangover’, with particularly horrible nightmares making it difficult for people to fall back to sleep, and when sleep is achieved, to actually get a good quality doze!

 So, next time you’re dozing the day after a nightmare, you can probably put your poor sleep down to your frightening dream…

 

Happy Dream = Good Sleep

Although we are still working on the evidence behind this, in various studies, people who dreamt happy dreams woke feeling well rested and in a great mood, as opposed to people who suffered sleep loss or were plagued with nightmares.

We still don’t know for sure on the science behind this, but the mood in which we wake can impact the rest of our day, and if we wake in a happy mood, thanks to a joyful dream, it’s very likely that feelings of happiness and contentedness will follow.

 

Dreaming in Real Life

Our dreams are heavily influenced by our reality. Studies have shown that people who suffer from stress or are battling depression struggle with their sleeping pattern, and if our reality reflects our dreams, then nightmares can be a common occurrence, leading to poor sleep.

Tackle the problem at the root cause. You might not be able to influence your dreams directly, but you can work to relieve stresses and pressures in the day, leading to happier dreams and a better sleep.

 

 

 

Blue Light exposure

Blue Light exposure

Blue light exposure, and the possible dangers surrounding it, has been a topic widely circulated over the past few years, especially with the dramatic increase in smart phone users.

 

So, what is blue light, and could it be damaging our sleep?

Blue light is a form of LED light which is usually transmitted from common house hold technologies, such as televisions, lap tops and smartphones.

Exposure to natural forms of light throughout the day has been shown to be incredibly beneficial to mood, health, vitamin D production and a healthy sleep.

Exposure to light in the day can also suppress the sleep causing hormone melatonin- a reduction is light in the evening leads to an increase in this hormone, which then proceeds to cause drowsiness.

However, not only can blue light exposure occur late into the evening, it can also suppress melatonin at a much stronger rate than natural sunlight.

Studies have shown that blue light exposure in the evening before bed can shift circadian rhythms drastically- leading to a disrupted sleep.

Studies show that the average sleep time has decreased significantly over the past two decades, particularly in teens.

Often, an avalanche affect occurs, where teens are over exposed to blue light, sleeping less, and hence suffering with low mood, low energy and an over reliance on caffeinated drinks.

So, what you can do to combat blue light exposure?

Work on limiting exposure to blue light in the evening.
For many, this can understandably be challenging. Many of us watch screens in the evening to relax and switch off our minds after work, so cutting out that altogether is tricky.

Start slowly, reducing blue light exposure throughout the evening, and stop blue light exposure at least one hour before bed. When you feel ready to decrease blue light exposure further- go from there.

• Install a blue light blocking app.

• Install a blue light blocking app. If you need to be exposed to blue light during the evening, for example, you might work night shifts- a simple way to avoid over exposure is to download a free blue light blocking app onto your devices, to sleep more soundly during the day.

• Try using dim red lights in the evening. Avoid having LED lights in your place of sleep. Dim red lights have the lowest form of light exposure, meaning they can help to aid your sleep.

• Soak up that sunlight! Soaking up as much sunlight during the daytime as you can will help to reset your circadian rhythms, meaning that a small amount of blue light exposure come evening time will not be able to upset the balance!

Healthy Breakfast

Healthy Breakfast

4 Healthy, Quick, Breakfast Ideas:

 

 For Life on the Move Try out these quick recipes for days when you could do with a few extra minutes in bed.

 

Yogurt Smoothies

If you’ve spent a little longer than usual in bed but still want to grab a healthy a fulfilling breakfast, then smoothies are the answer. Yogurt smoothies tend to be thicker and by using Greek yogurt, you can make sure that they’re packed with protein, meaning you stay full for longer.

Just take some frozen fruit (bananas and berries work the best), yogurt and a milk of your choice, before blending everything up! Pour into a glass to serve and if you’re rushing, using a portable cup can make for a perfect snack on the way to work.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Perfect for the people who love to sleep in! Overnight oats are simply a blend of oats, liquid (either milk or yogurt), salt and a sweetener. Simply mix up the ingredients in a jar before bed and leave them to soak overnight. The oats will have absorbed the liquid, making for a soft and creamy breakfast!

Try adding some chocolate chips/coco powder and a tea spoon of peanut butter for a delicious, protein packed twist.

Banana Pancakes

Simple, healthy and effective. Banana pancakes can be made in minutes and are packed with protein, potassium and lots of calcium for the day ahead. Just take two bananas, one egg, a splash of milk and a sweetener of your choice, before blending it all up and frying spoonfuls of the mixture into pancakes! Add your topping of choice, whether that’s banana, peanut butter or honey and granola, and your breakfast is served.

Avocado and Eggs on Toast

Probably the most iconic image of Instagram, you can’t go wrong with is poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast. It’s part of social media’s heritage and it’s here to stay. Just take one avocado and smash it up with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt before spreading it onto a toasted bread of your choice. For the perfect poached eggs, break them into cups first, before gently popping them in simmering water for three minutes! Don’t forget to boomerang it for social media!

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