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+The Telegraph report on the importance of not ignoring our need for sleep. Very interesting:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/10827099/How-to-end-the-nightmare-of-sleep-loss.html
As scientists say we are becoming "supremely arrogant" in ignoring our need for sleep, we republish an investigation into Britain's insomnia - and how we could all get a good night's kip
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Sleep IS important and especially good sleep. Our ReST smart bed helps with that. It's pressure sensing technology allows it to automatically adjust in real time to give you your most comfortable night's sleep without moving! #BeAtYourBest  - Rachel 
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#HouseofCards infringing on your sleep time? 

Make sure to still get enough with Prof. Espie's expert advice: http://www.sleepio.com/blog/2012/05/25/retiring-to-bed-how-much-sleep-do-you-need/
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Hi Allan,

Sorry to hear you're having trouble filling in your sleep test - we'll do everything we can to get you up and running as soon as possible!

We've sent you an email with some more information and a couple of questions - it would be great if you could let us know if you haven't received it.

Thanks,
Sleepio Team
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Ahead of #ValentinesDay, we bring you the latest research on sleep & relationships:

Do sleepless nights mean worse fights?
http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3517 
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Fear of the dark, caffeine and sleep & body clock misalignment - the latest sleep research covered on the blog today: http://www.sleepio.com/blog/ 
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Happy December! The Prof has put on a Santa hat this morning - let the countdown to #Christmas  begin!
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Amazing #digitalhealth speakers at the Health 2.0 London conference this November! Use this promo code to shave off the price increase: PH2013 

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Not keeping your #sleep habits in check? Sleepio expert, Dr Simon Kyle, shares 8 proven tips to help you sleep in this article:
Sleepio is an online CBT programme clinically proven to help you sleep well without pills or potions. Available from www.boots.com/Sleepio
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Hello,

I appreciate the Sleepio approach very much and I am attempting to live it.

HOWEVER---

I find the idea of the sleep restriction counter productive in my case.

I have changed my bed time to 9:30 from about 11:30 each night. I still awake about 6:00AM.

I am noticing that I am waking up a lot less and I am sleeping longer.--I used to sleep 3-4 hours my whole life, now o sleep 6-7 hours and a couple of times I hit my goal of 8 hours.--Arbitrary but useful.

My wife and I both go to bed at about 9:00 and we do read and discuss things just like always, only two hours earlier--lights out at 10:00 and we sleep pretty soundly lately.

I have started using a CPAP machine to conrol my snoring after all these years--wy wife is ecstatic. I am more rested.

So you see, Sleepio has improved our sleep and our quality of life, but I want to use the 9:30 to 6:00 time in bed and not restrict my time in bed--I believe it is working for m.

When I turn out the light--I sleep right away. My diary does not indicate that because I am reading after going to bed and my UP Band does not discern that. BUT I AM WINDING DOWN AGGRESSIVELY--TALKING TO MY WIFE AND READING.

I DO NOT KNOW WHY I AM WRITINING THIS ORHER THAN TO SAY--THANKS, BUTT I DO NOT LIKE SLEEP RESTRICTION CONCEPT FOR MYSELF.

THANK.,

RAY YUSI
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When talking about what a healthy lifestyle entails we naturally focus on diet and physical activity. However, sleep may be just as (if not more) important:
 
Not getting enough sleep can have a real impact on your health.

Did you know that a few extra hours sleep every night can lessen your risk of type-2 diabetes, as well as boosting other aspects of your health, such as fertility?
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Hi all,

Just thought we'd share our expert overview of a really interesting study due to be published: Do poor sleepers have a fear of the dark?

Covering the hypothesis, trial, findings and the potential implications for management of sleep disturbance:

http://www.sleepio.com/blog/2013/12/17/poor-sleepers-fear-dark/
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Strange conclusion, with an obvious flaw:
Such work may have implications for the management of sleep disturbance if fear of the dark is a reliable observation in poor sleepers.

At issue is the line ahead in the same P:
the design of this study precludes any causal statements, so it may be that feeling uncomfortable in the dark predisposes people to poor sleep or it could be that protracted poor sleep creates a negative association with the dark.

The body, brain and mind are known to be negative feedback engines, think equilibrium reactions with variable midpoints. I am thinking specifically of the recent decade plus of work on glial cells mechanisms for brain interaction, but similar functions act as methods of moving the equilibrium point, much like a sea anchor. As such, it is seen frequently that a cause can become an effect as the equilibrium process instantiates the no longer new norm. All this really says is we are adaptive.

 Poor sleepers can become conditioned to be nyctophobic by exposure. Nyctophobes will avoid being in the dark, and the human design tends to avoid sleeping during light time hours. Exposure therapy, once the underlying cause is treated is frequently utilized to move the afore mentioned balance point. So, sleeping in the dark can cause nyctophobia in people without it if you startle the subject sufficiently, yet once the startle is removed exposure reverses the process. So the are correct, while there is correlation, causation cannot be determined by a study that really says: Fear is a secondary response typically, put someone in a fearful situation and the will begin to avoid that situation.

Anecdotally I know plenty of people with fear issues. Many of the same set also have sleep issues. OSA, for example, will exacerbate many issues; but, except in the rare cases where OSA actually is the source of the fear (waking, startle, etc) , it is a factor in the response, not the cause.

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Didn't get enough #sleep over the weekend? We have a few tips to see you through the week: 

http://www.sleepio.com/articles/sleep-tips/sleeping-tips/
Sleepio is an online CBT programme clinically proven to help you sleep well without pills or potions. Available from www.boots.com/Sleepio
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Exciting #hangout news!

 +TEDMED are hosting a discussion about sleep deprivation from 2pm EST / 7pm GMT today!

Sleep deprivation or subpar sleep can be a serious issue for some, as shown in the Great British Sleep Survey we have been conducting: http://www.greatbritishsleepsurvey.com/2012report/

Highlights include surveyed poor sleepers being:
+  twice as likely to feel fatigued and suffer from low mood
+ 5 times more likely to feel alone

This discussion is part of the #GreatChallenges  series, which highlights global health challenges - fantastic to see sleep deprivation included! 

Do tune in if you can:
https://plus.google.com/events/ch43o6j8r0rsd502hits7eu7r8o
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Meet the starts of the Tech City, featuring our very own Peter Hames!

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Some of the brightest and best tech folk from East London in one amazing photo, featured in The Observer.
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Helping people sleep well without pills or potions!
Introduction
We're here to share and discuss the latest research around sleep, CBT and mental health in general.

Newest research posts:

Do sleepless nights mean worse fights? http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3517

Bodyclock misalignment influences the outcome of football games http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3407

Do poor sleepers have a fear of the dark? http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3440

Can primary care personnel deliver effective CBTi? http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3443

Do night owls drive more recklessly? http://www.sleepio.com/blog/?p=3513

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About Sleepio

Sleepio is an online programme clinically proven to help you sleep well without pills or potions. Available from www.boots.com/Sleepio

Watch Professor Espie explain Sleepio here: http://vimeo.com/49126753

Sleepio Graduate Sally tells her story: http://vimeo.com/51216128