Are You Getting Enough Sleep? Find Out Here
You may think getting eight hours of sleep every night is a luxury you’ll enjoy when you retire, but not getting enough sleep might be more harmful to your present self than you think. A new video by ASAP Science breaks down how much sleep is “enough” sleep and whether or not you can actually use those Saturdays to “catch up” on sleep.
Researchers have tested subjects, all getting different hours of sleep, to see how many Zzzzs a person actually requires. For 14 days they allowed different groups to sleep for four hours, six hours and the legendary eight hours of sleep.
At the end of the test, those who had only gotten six hours of sleep demonstrated the mental handicap of people with a 0.1% blood alcohol level. They were groggy, lazy and couldn’t focus on tasks. The four hour sleepers were even worse off and would randomly fall asleep while trying to cognitive tests.
Studies show that the body and brain can make a full recovery after a sleepless night with just a couple nights of good sleep. However, if you have a consistent schedule of poor sleeping habits, your recovery time is much, much slower and will require many more nights of quality sleep.
The research is inconclusive as to what years of sleep deprivation will do to your brain, but we can only speculate as to the damage and health issues it will start causing.
People with chronic sleep deprivation eventually start to feel “normal,” meaning they don’t realize how tired they really are and will cheerfully claim that they only need four hours of sleep a night. However, they’re likely suffering from delusions caused by their lack of sleep(!) or else they have a gene mutation(!), in which case they are probably fine… ish.
Any amount of sleep under seven to eight hours starts impairing your cognitive process and will begin to affect your health. People with chronic sleep deprivation often suffer more obesity, heart disease and diabetes than those who get seven plus hours of sleep a night. But don’t take this as a sign that you should go into hibernation. Because, get this, people who regularly sleep over nine hours a night suffer from the exact same diseases.
Obviously getting enough sleep is way easier said than done. Whether it’s kids, work schedules or you’re just naturally a night owl, that eight hour time slot can be an elusive thing. We’ve done some research and here are some natural ways to get more sleep, sheets that claim to put you to sleep and a variety of apps that claim to ease you in and out of your REM cycles. Sweet (eight hours of) dreams to you all.
How do you make sure you’re getting enough sleep? Let us know in the comments below!
(h/t Asap Science)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)