Sleep Hygiene

If you're like most people, the first 15 minutes after you wake up aren't your finest moments. Aside from morning breath, bed head, crusty eyes and grumpiness, you're not firing on all cylinders, mentally speaking, right after getting out of bed. This transitional...

When we think of the typical obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patient, we often imagine someone overweight, sedentary, middle-aged . . . and male. Until recently, many doctors viewed sleep apnea as mostly a man’s disease, and that resulted in many more men than...

New research at the University of British Columbia has suggested that being exposed to a romantic partner’s scent can help improve sleep quality even when they are not present. For the study, the researchers analysed sleep data from 155 participants who were given two...

The exact reason why we sleep has long been one of the greatest mysteries of modern science, but a recent study offers a theory corroborated earlier research that sleep may act as a way for your brain to flush out all the waste...

Here at ISS, all kinds of unorthodox methods to help induce sleep come across our desk every week. The most recent of these being banana-peel tea. Supposedly boiling a whole washed banana in a saucepan with water for 10-15 minutes and drinking the...

We hope that everyone had a fantastic New Year’s Eve! We are heading into a packed 2020 feeling refreshed and ready to work harder than ever. Every New Year’s Day, we pledge that this is the year that we get in shape, and we...

The holiday season may be a magical time to catch up with old friends, visit with family and enjoy holiday parties, but it can also be a time of significant stress, sleep deprivation, and habits that can damage our health and immune system....

The Japanese word ‘Kaizen’ means change, and it has become a philosophical framework that guides individuals to transform their habits. Using psychological teachings around why we find it difficult to give up bad habits and stick to new challenges, the Kaizen method encourages...

While we live in an increasingly globalised world, people still tend to sleep very differently in different countries. The diversity of sleeping habits around the world can reflect attitudes towards health, work-life balance, relationship to the environment, and a myriad of other cultural...

Yoga can be a gentle way to help you wind down at the end of the night and bring some awareness back into your body. An American national health interview survey (NHIS) found that over 55% of respondents reported improved sleep, and 85%...

You might have heard of listening to white noise to help you sleep (in case you haven’t, click here to read our blog post on it), but there is another colour of noise that has been getting the attention of researches recently. Pink noise...