Last month we delved into how attitude and genetics affect sleep, explored a gigantic Coney Island sandcastle that you can sleep in for $29 a night, and reviewed two apps that can help you get better sleep. You can read more in our August Best Sleep Roundup.
Best Sleep Supplements
We think a great custom mattress can go a long way toward getting your better sleep, but if you need a little more help, Sleep Fairy is worth a try. This supplement is made up of natural, clinically proven ingredients like chamomile, valerian root, and magnolia bark extract. At $18.95 for 30 doses, it’s vegan and 100% non-GMO.
If you’re looking for a lower-priced option, Basic Care Sleep Aid will do the job at $6.75 for 96 doses. This supplement is clinically tested, with doxylamine succinate as the active ingredient.
Sleep Science Roundup
Your brain actively forgets while you dream. New research by a team of Japanese and U.S. researchers suggests that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may prevent information overload.
Neurons that help control your appetite may also be responsible for helping your brain forget information it doesn’t need to remember. This may be why you forget many of your dreams — and also information from the day before.
New research from Durham University and UK-based kid’s bed specialist Cuckooland named a U2 song as the most effective in the world for putting young children to sleep. “One,” which was released in February 1992, is not only a mainstay on lists of the world’s greatest songs but also perfect for getting your kids to drift off.
The researchers analyzed data from 4,500 songs that regularly feature on Spotify’s lullaby playlists, including average beats per minute (BPM), most common key, and time signatures.
Better Sleep in the News
A university in Kansas recently began offering students on-campus “nap pods.” Mary McDaniel-Anschutz, the director of Student Health Services, said Emporia State University hoped these spaces would give students the opportunity to catch a safe power nap.
The 43.5-square-foot, bedroom-like pods feature a twin-size bed, sound-blocking curtains, and charging stations for cell phones and laptops. Students can schedule reservations ranging from 30 minutes to four hours on a first-come-first-serve basis.
A woman in California swallowed her engagement ring in her sleep. In a viral Facebook post, she explained she was having a vivid dream in which she and her fiancé, Bobby Howell were facing down some “bad guys” during a train heist. Dream-Howell told her she had to swallow the engagement ring to protect it, so she did — not just in the dream, but in real life.
Evans woke up to find the ring missing from her finger. Healthcare professionals found her ring nestled right in her stomach in an X-ray and had to perform an upper endoscopy to remove the ring. Evans is doing fine, but now takes the ring off to go to sleep.