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THIS Is Why You Sleep Badly When You’re Not In Your Own Bed

Have you ever gone to stay at a 5-star hotel, looking for a bit of rest and relaxation and failed to fall asleep? Well, you’re not alone. Recent studies show the ‘first night effect’ phenomenon is very real and effects a lot of us.

Recent research shows it has something to do with the left side of our brains which stays partly awake, vigilantly alert for threats.

Sleep scientist, Yuka Sasaki of Brown University in Rhode Island recruited 35 healthy young volunteers to find out more. The study monitored the participant's brain activity over two nights in a sleep laboratory.

Interestingly participants didn’t sleep well on the first night, taking longer to fall asleep. They discovered the participants left hemispheres stayed more “awake” and kept watch on the outside world. Scientists say this is very unusual for humans. Normally both hemispheres fall asleep in synchrony with each other. While animas such as Dolphins and some birds are known to sleep with half a brain at a time, which helps them protect themselves. While it’s not ideal to have a restless nights sleep, you are more likely to survive a threat.

There are ways you can reduce the chances of a terrible first nights sleep in an unfamiliar place. Your favourite pillow can make you feel more at home and keeping to a normal sleep schedule can help


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