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  • Emotional Intelligence and Its Relation to Sleep

    Travis Bradberry is an expert in the field of emotional intelligence. He provides testing and training to three out of four Fortune 500 companies and has authored the popular book Emotional Intelligence 2.0. The book posits the theory that though emotional intelligence is a critical predictor of job performance, only one in three employees are aware of their own emotions as they arise. When Bradberry talks about factors contributing to emotional intelligence, corporations listen, and he has recently been talking a great deal about its relationship with getting a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

  • Alarming Study Links Insomnia to Death

    People who have spent a bad night without sleep sometimes refer to themselves as feeling “like death warmed over,” and the metaphor is meant to be somewhat amusing. But the joke has become a little less funny with news of the conclusions of a 40-year study that was recently wrapped up by researchers at the University of Arizona. The group found that if you consistently experience disrupted sleep at a rate of at least three nights per week over a period of six years, it creates a 58 percent increased risk of an early death. The findings showed that heart disease, diabetes, dementia, cancer and depression were the chronic illnesses most frequently associated with prolonged insomnia. Many of these illnesses have been linked to increased levels of inflammation. Continue reading

  • Employer Tips for Healthier, More Productive Employees

    A recent survey indicated that the American workplace loses billions of dollars in productivity to sleep deprivation and worker fatigue. Though the idea of encouraging employees to work less and sleep more may be anathema to CEOs and management everywhere, it may be time to wake up and smell the coffee about the losses being incurred as a result of exhaustion and burnout.

    Napping and working to invigorate employees is not actually all that new. Albert Einstein is famous for his naps, and so was Ronald Reagan. Though some may choose to point to Thomas Edison or Margaret Thatcher and their famous twenty-hour days as the pinnacle of efficiency, but sleep experts say that there are few people who fall into the category of short sleepers who can thrive on limited sleep. The rest of the population needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, but in our demanding work environment challenged by family and social obligations, few are able to get what they need. Continue reading

  • New Earplug Prototype Offers Promise For Light Sleepers

    Seems as if every day there is another product appearing on the market that is specifically targeting people who are having a tough time getting to sleep. The latest entry is a product still in production that just blew threw its Kickstarter funding goal. It’s a pair of smart earphones slated to be sold under the moniker Hush, and they are unlike anything else that’s on the market today. Continue reading

  • The Art of Napping

    As sleep and its importance have become more and more widely acknowledged, so have the various benefits of taking a restorative nap during the day. Though naps were once thought of as only for toddlers or the lazy, science has shown that it can be extremely helpful to take a short break and restore ourselves, especially since so many of us do not get the sleep that we need at night. Continue reading

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