What we’ve learned this week

Happy New Year! Ease yourself into the weekend with a coffee, a biscuit and a round up of some of our favourite findings this week.

How the sleep industry infiltrated offices

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Countless studies in recent years have preached about the virtues of napping, showing power naps to not only boost creativity but also sharpen focus and mitigate the effects of sleep deprivation. Companies like Google, Huffington Post and Cisco Systems are very much aware of the power of the nap and provide workers with sleeping pods they can slip off to when napping calls. This trend appears to be growing; as sleep gains more attention, more employers are appreciating the links between the success of a business and the health and well being of their employees. (Co. Design)

2016. The year of the sleep revolution

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‘A sleep revolution will allow us to better solve the world’s problems’. Our relationship with sleep is constantly changing. Today, 40% of the population are getting 6 hours or less of sleep every night, which is affecting health, jobs, relationships and happiness. However, businesses, schools, sports, medicine and the arts are beginning to pay more attention to the importance of decent slumber. The sleep revolution is in its early stages, ready to take off in 2016. (LinkedIn Pulse)

The hoodie that will let you nap anywhere

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This ‘revolutionary’ hoodie with a built in inflatable pillow in the hood allows one to take a nap anywhere, anytime. Designed for creatives, travellers, commuters and anyone who has a moment to take a rest, Hypnos describes itself as more than just a hoodie, claiming to be your day-to-day and day-to-night garment essential. Coming in a range of styles and colours, you can back yours now through their Kickstarter campaign. (Kickstarter)

A lack of deep sleep may set the stage for Alzheimer’s

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There is growing evidence that lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease. While we are sleeping, it would appear that the brain is clearing out toxins associated with Alzheimer’s. Research among animals have shown that when they don’t get enough sleep, the toxins build up and damage the brain. Sleep disorders are very common among people with Alzheimer’s disease and researchers have thought there to be a link between the two for a number of decades. (NPR)

Regular tea consumption loosens arteries to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease

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New research has shown that regular tea consumption can protect against arterial stiffness in the heart — a condition that has been linked to a shortened lifespan and a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The study looked at habitual and non-habitual tea drinkers in China and found those who have been drinking tea regularly for six or more years had the lowest levels of arterial wall thickening and loss of elasticity. This is further supported by previous studies carried out by Taiwanese researchers in 2014 and more recently by the European Journal of Epidemiology who had very similar findings. (science alert)