Dr Oz: Inside Secrets To Napping
Comedian and TV host David Rees, host of Going Deep, loves to explore why we do things and how we can do them better. He recently decided to take on naps. He wanted to learn how to take a great nap whenever he wanted after hearing from his viewers. He joined Dr Oz and explained that a lot of people think if you decide to take a nap because you’re feeling tired, you’re not a productive member of society.
He met with a napping specialist who explained that if you want a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day, you should go for a 20-minute nap. If you want a memory boost or are learning new skills, go for an hour-long nap. A 90-minute nap could be great for inspiration.
David actually studied a lot of different animals as well, including manatees. He explained that certain marine animals and birds will use a specific type of sleep in which half of their brain is asleep while the other half is still awake. It turns out that humans aren’t capable of that, but that doesn’t mean you can’t successfully nap wherever you are.
Dr Oz: Tips To Successful Napping
David then shared a few of his best tips for successful napping. First, schedule your nap halfway between waking up and bedtime. Second, predetermine how long you’re going to nap for. Third, stop using your computer or phone 20 minutes before you begin your nap. You should also choose an environment that is cool, quiet, and dim. Don’t be afraid to try postures you wouldn’t normally turn to for sleep.
Dr Oz: Considering A Sleep Divorce?
After sharing tips for a better nap, Dr Oz wanted to turn back to nighttime sleep. Surprisingly, more and more couples are turning to what’s known as sleep divorce. Couples are choosing to sleep in separate bedrooms, with more families actually asking for two master bedrooms when building new homes. Approximately 30-40% of couples are now sleeping apart, according to Carol Ash, a sleep specialist.
There are rumors that couples who sleep in separate beds are healthier and happier. Dr Oz turned to a couple who’s actually considering sleep divorce. The woman is desperate for better sleep but her husband wants to sleep next to her every night. The couple tracked their sleep both with and without each other to find out the difference. The wife’s sleep was rated at a 78 out of 100 when she slept with her husband and a 79 when she slept without her husband. It turns out that it didn’t make that much of a difference for her!
Dr Oz shared his personal opinion, which is that it’s best to continue sleeping with your partner. Thankfully, he shared tips to help you get better sleep while sleeping together.
Dr Oz: Better Sleep With Your Spouse
To improve your sleep without kicking your spouse out of the bed, Carol Ash had a few super helpful tips. The most common sleep complaints among spouses are body heat, movement and disruption, and snoring. Carol explained that sleep positions are everything. The best position for couples to sleep in is called “spooning” but if you struggle with body heat issues, try using a body pillow between you. It will let you cuddle without overheating.
Another great tip is to actually set a common bedtime. A common bedtime can help you avoid disruptions. Make compromises and change your habits if needed to be sure you can meet in the middle. You can also try a quieter, wearable vibrating alarm clock that won’t waken your spouse in the morning if you have to get up earlier.
To quiet a snoring spouse, try the “wet and wild method.” Carol suggested using a humidifier in the room to decrease congestion. You can also advise your partner to wear a shirt with a pocket in the back, and then put a ball in the pocket. The ball will stop them from sleeping on their back, which most often contributes to snoring.