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Get a hammock for a deeper snooze

A new Swiss and French study reveals that gentle swaying back and forth while sleeping provides a better snooze.

health and fitness Updated: Jun 25, 2011 00:33 IST
Hindustan Times
Get a hammock for a deeper snooze

A new Swiss and French study reveals that gentle swaying back and forth while sleeping provides a better snooze.



Neuroscientists from the University of Geneva rigged up a bed that would sway gently from side to side every four seconds. A dozen men then took afternoon naps on the bed for 45 minutes while electrodes recorded brain activity. During another nap, they slept on a stationary bed. It was found that people fell asleep faster on the rocking bed, around three minutes sooner or 30 to 40% faster than the static bed. But what’s more interesting is that the rocking sleepers slept better, enjoying a deeper, high-quality sleep, said researchers Sophie Schwartz and Michel Mühlethaler in a statement. "The quality of N2 sleep, the deepest stage you reach in a nap improved too, as shown by a higher density of brain activity bursts called spindles," noted the researchers.



The research could impact stroke recovery and brain injury treatment, and the rocking bed can be a possible cure for insomnia and other sleep ailments. Here are a few other tips to getting a better night’s rest:



1. Cut caffeine

The effects of caffeine can take as long as eight hours to wear off.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/edstoryImg/131009/sleep.gif



2. Avoid alcohol

As a sleep aid, alcohol may initially help you fall asleep, but it can also lead to less-than-restful sleep.

3. Relax before bedtime
Create a pre-sleep ritual such as light stretching or a hot bath. It will help you unwind from the day.

4. Exercise
Regular exercise, usually in the mornings or afternoons, can help you sleep like a baby.

5. Set the mood
Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and comfortable.