How Much Sleep Do I Need? How Many Hours of Sleep Humans (and Pets) Really Need According to Science!

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With sleep-deprivation at an all-time high, it’s important to stop and ask yourself: “Am I sleeping enough?” The consequences of chronic lack of sleep are well documented; and while you may think you’re getting enough, do your sleep habits match-up with medical recommendations? What about your children? Or your pets? Sleep is not just important; it’s necessary for our … Continue Reading

What Is The Circadian Rhythm And How Does It Influence Human Behaviour?

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The term circadian rhythms is used to describe the physical, mental and behavioral changes that occur over the course of a roughly 24-hour cycle. Most living things — including animals, plants and even microbes — exhibit some form of circadian rhythm. [1] These changes include: [2]Body temperatureHeart rateBlood pressureRelease of hormonesSleep-wake scheduleHow Circadian Rhythms Work What are … Continue Reading

What is Melatonin: The Sleep Hormone Explained

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Does it take you a long time to fall asleep at night? Is shift work or frequent traveling affecting the quality of your sleep? As more people seek out natural solutions to their sleep problems, melatonin has gained a lot of recognition for its sleep-inducing capabilities. But what is melatonin? And what effect does it have on our … Continue Reading

What is Tryptophan?

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Tryptophan is an amino acid which is used by the body to create proteins, the B-Vitamin niacin, as well as melatonin and serotonin. (1) Tryptophan is an “essential” amino acid because our bodies require it for proper functioning, yet cannot produce it on their own using more basic substances.  Rather, we must acquire it as part … Continue Reading