Scientists link naps to higher risk of death

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 July 2014

Wow, we never knew taking an afternoon nap was so badass. Scientists have now proven that the serial nappers among us are really living life dangerously. According to the researchers who studied 16,000 people in England over a period of 13 years, those aged 40-79 who napped daily at less than an hour each time, […]

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Sleep on your right side and in complete darkness if you want to wake up happy

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By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Thursday 26 June 2014

Turkish researchers have found that people who tend to sleep on their right side have mellower dreams filled with relief, joy, peace and love. They also wake up better rested and less dysfunctional during their waking hours. Although we are not privy to the dreams of those who sleep on their left, medical studies have indicated this isn’t a good position to snooze in as it tends to add physical stress and pressure to our heart.

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Just thinking you’re getting good sleep can make your brain run better

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 27 January 2014

A bunch of researchers have found that participants who were told their sleep quality was below average performed significantly worse on brain performance compared to their peers. Included in the study was a verbal fluency test where participants scored way better when told their sleep quality was above average. Looks to be the case that […]

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New study suggests you can overcome fears in your sleep

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Monday 21 October 2013

According to a new study, it appears that certain phobias can be manipulated and even banished while a subject sleeps. The study involved showing the participants a scary image accompanied by a smell. The participants then took a nap during which time they were exposed to the smell. When they awoke, they were again shown […]

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The future sleep suit

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Designer-educator Forrest Jessee takes a trans-disciplinary approach to his projects, which includes the Sleep Suit, a cool textile piece laser-cut from a single sheet. It’s designed to wrap around any shape so as to allow its inhabitant to curl up and sleep anywhere he likes without feeling smothered. The basic unit of the textile is […]

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Graphic designers wake up earlier than before

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 14 August 2013

In their book I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now, Billy Kiosoglou and Philippin Frank got designers to reflect on how they have changed since their university days. Surprisingly, most wake up significantly earlier as design practitioners compared to the time when they were design students.

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Lee Hadwin: a sleep-walking artist from Australia

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Saturday 13 July 2013

Imagine if you had a hidden talent that only existed in your dreams, never being able to be transferred to your real life. What if you then found out that this talent was in fact real? This is kind of what happened to Welsh/Australian artist Lee Hadwin, a man with no inkling of being an […]

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Sleep Talk Recorder: an app that records what you say in your sleep

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Saturday 27 April 2013

An app that records and monitors what you speaks in your sleep at night? Yes, it exists. That’s not all. In fact, a documentary is now being shot revolving around people whose lives have been changed since they started using the app. As the trailer shows, a guy discovered his singing voice, while a woman […]

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Yawning duvet cover induces sleep

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Thursday 11 April 2013

Having trouble sleeping? This Dutch designed duvet covered in images of people yawning may be just the thing you need! If humans are indeed social animals with the habit of copying others, then in theory this duvet should lull you to sleep. What better way to feel sleepy than to wrap yourself in dozen of sleepy people?

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Sleep with a girl at a Japanese cafe for $80

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Thursday 11 October 2012

We can always rely on Japan to bring a little bit of weird to our everyday lives, and they’ve just brought it to our daily coffee fix. The Soineya ‘co-sleeping specialty shop’ is allowing visitors to sleep with the girl of their dreams for around $80. And we mean, literally, sleeping. The cafe is located […]

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