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How to fall asleep faster – The 7 TikTok hacks to help you drift off quickly

How to fall asleep faster - The 7 TikTok hacks to help you drift off quickly

Can’t fall asleep? You’re not alone. A massive 16 million Brits are suffering from sleepless nights, with a third saying they struggle with insomnia. Express.co.uk chatted to the sleep experts at MattressNextDay to find out the top seven sleep hacks on TikTok to help you fall asleep faster and whether they’re true or not.

Selfie

Snapping a picture of yourself before you go to bed could help to make sure you’re in the best sleeping position possible, according to TikToker @chiroseattle

The team at Mattress Next Day said: “Neck pain can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep, so take a selfie of your face and torso while lying in your sleeping position.

“With the photo in front, she suggests drawing a vertical line down the middle of your face, and then down the middle of your torso.

“If these don’t line up, your pillow is either too big or small and needs to be replaced.”

You can also use this hack to tell when it’s time to get a new and improved pillow – find out more here. 

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Listing

Listing random items in your head is a surefire way to get to sleep.

A psychology professor on TikTok (@psychologee) has shared their top tip to help you fall asleep in five minutes.

A spokesperson from Mattress Next Day said: “Known as the Cognitive Shuffle, they suggest listing random items in your head that aren’t directly related i.e. potatoes, Tarzan, a violin.

“This helps keep your mind off issues that prevent you from sleeping and tires your brain out – causing you to fall asleep faster.”

Socks

To fall asleep, your body needs to lower its temperature and socks can help.

According to @caseyrosenberg on TikTok, wearing socks increases blood flow to your feet which helps your body cool down.

This is true and it will also send a signal to your brain that it’s time for bed.

20-minute nap

TikTok user @dr.karanr states that we have a biphasic sleeping pattern.

This means we are built for two periods of sleep per day, so we should all be including an additional nap.

However, if you do nap, make sure that it only lasts for 20 minutes as this provides enough restorative sleep without drowsiness after waking.

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Cherry juice

Drinking cherry juice can apparently help you to sleep for an hour and a half extra.

A number of studies (and @bradysalcido on TikTok) suggest that consuming tart cherry juice can help calibrate your circadian rhythm (also known as your internal body clock) and help promote sleep at night.

Mattress Next Day explained: “This is because the juice helps increase your body’s production of melatonin, which is a critical hormone for your sleep.

“Further studies show that those who drink cherry juice can increase their sleep time by an average of 84 minutes, too.”

Cheese

The rumour that eating cheese before bed gives you nightmares is not true.

In fact, TikTok’s @dr.karanr states that cheese is packed with tryptophan, which is used by the brain to make melatonin and helps induce sleep.

It’s also high in calcium, which is effective in stress reduction and the stabilisation of your nervous system – both of which help you become more settled for sleep.

Pillow barrier

If you sleep in the same bed as someone else, you need to make a pillow barrier between you, according to TikTokers @rezaandpuja.

This not only gives you more space and can stop any arguments from occurring, but it suggests independence within a relationship.

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7-year-old grazed by bullet while asleep in bed in north Houston home

7-year-old grazed by bullet while asleep in bed in north Houston home
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 7-year-old boy is recovering after being grazed on the head by a bullet while he was asleep in his bed Thursday in north Houston.

Houston police said a stray bullet pierced a home in the 8200 block of Millicent Road at about 5:30 a.m.

The boy’s great-uncle, Richard Vargas, said the child’s mother originally thought his eardrum had ruptured. When he was taken to the hospital, staff told her it was a bullet wound.

“I don’t want to bury either one of my nieces or nephews, or have to be visiting them in the hospital,” Vargas said. “It’s scary for them. They don’t know what’s going on.”

The boy’s injury is not severe, and Vargas anticipated the child would be released from the hospital Friday.

Vargas said he is still trying to process what happened and wants to know who is responsible. He also said his family stays to themselves and cannot imagine anyone who would target their home.

“It makes me mad. It bothers me,” Vargas said. “People have kids, and I don’t know if whoever did it has any kids or what they would do if it was their kid that it happened to.”

HPD said they do not have a description of the suspect at this time.

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Trouble Falling Asleep a Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia?

Trouble Falling Asleep a Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia?

Difficulty falling asleep may be predictive of future cognitive impairment in older adults ― and depressive symptoms and vascular disease may partially drive this association, new research suggests.

Trouble falling asleep “may be a modifiable risk factor for later-life cognitive impairment and dementia,” said lead author Afsara Zaheed, PhD candidate in clinical science, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

“Patients should also be aware of the importance of insomnia on cognitive functioning so that they can bring up these concerns with their providers early,” she told Medscape Medical News.

The findings were presented at SLEEP 2021: 35th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

Poor Sleep Common With Age

As many as one half of older adults report having poor sleep quality and insomnia, and growing evidence suggests that insomnia may be a unique risk factor for cognitive decline in later life, Zaheed explained.

To investigate further, the researchers analyzed data on 2496 adults aged 51 years and older who were participants in the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of aging in a nationally representative population of older adults.

In 2002, participants were asked how often they had trouble falling asleep, woke up during night, woke up too early, and were not able to fall asleep again and how often they felt really rested when they woke up in the morning.

In 2016, participants’ cognition was assessed using a battery of neuropsychological tests that gauged episodic memory, executive function, language, visuospatial/construction, and processing speed.

Analyses controlled for sociodemographics and baseline global cognitive performance and the influence of depressive symptoms and vascular disease.

Compared with other insomnia symptoms, having difficulty falling asleep in 2002 was the main insomnia symptom that was predictive of cognitive impairment 14 years later, in 2016.

More frequent trouble falling asleep was predictive of poorer episodic memory, executive function, language, processing speed, and visuospatial performance.

The associations between sleep initiation and later cognitive impairment were partially explained by depressive symptoms and vascular disease burden for all domains except episodic memory, which was only partially explained by depressive symptoms.

Unclear Mechanism

Zaheed said research is needed to uncover neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying the observed associations.

“It may be that chronic difficulty with falling asleep is associated with inflammatory or metabolic processes that negatively affect brain structure and function over time,” she said.

“Insomnia has also been linked with higher accumulation of protein aggregates in the brain that disrupt cell communication and are characteristic of late-life disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” she added.

“While our project did not directly investigate these potential causal pathways between insomnia and cognition, our results suggest that investigating these potential mechanisms is an important area for future research,” Zaheed said.

“While additional intervention research is needed to determine whether targeting insomnia in older patients can have lasting cognitive benefits, results from this study suggest that discussing insomnia symptoms at the primary care level may be beneficial for both doctors and patients,” Zaheed added.

“By targeting insomnia ― for example, through an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy approach ― individuals may improve various mental and physical health outcomes in addition to improving their sleep quality,” Zaheed said.

Reached for comment, Shaheen E. Lakhan, MD, PhD, neurologist in Newton, Massachusetts, said, “There is a strong link between chronic sleep disturbances and cognitive impairment, including dementia.

“This study further supports this link and specifically calls out initiating sleep (as opposed to staying asleep) as the culprit. It also raises the hypothesis that the link is primarily mediated by depression and vascular disease; however, the verdict is still out,” said Lakhan.

The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging. Zaheed and Lakhan have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

SLEEP 2021: 35th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies: Abstract 537. Presented June 9, 2021.

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22-year-old who fell asleep in truck bed before it was stolen from club found near Round Rock

22-year-old who fell asleep in truck bed before it was stolen from club found near Round Rock

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 22-year-old man who was believed to be in danger after he fell asleep in the bed of a truck before it was stolen Sunday morning has been found safe, Austin police say.

A release from the Austin Police Department said Luis Balderas Garcia was last seen exiting the Club Lobos located at 9601 North Interstate 35 around 5:37 a.m. Sunday, where he reportedly got into the bed of a truck and fell asleep outside of the club. Then, police say the truck was stolen and the suspects drove away — with Balderas Garcia still asleep in the back.

Police say no one had been able to contact him and due to the circumstances of his disappearance, believed he was in danger.

An Austin police officer with the department’s public information office told KXAN Balderas Garcia was found in Round Rock and appears to be alright.

The truck was described as:

  • 2005 Gray Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup TXLP: PNF8971
  • Vehicle has chrome wheels and door handles with decal of “Gonzalez” on the front windshield and a decal of “Antrax” on both sides.

It is unknown if police are still looking for any suspects related to this case. At last check, APD hadn’t gotten word about the circumstances surrounding the truck.

The CLEAR Alert that was issued for Balderas Garcia later on Sunday has been canceled.

Author: Russell Falcon
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin