Japanese sleep experts: We’ve been using our blankets all wrong when we sleep


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Whether you’re a lark or an owl, or even something else, a good night’s sleep is crucial to your health and well-being. And with the cold season upon us, it’s also important to stay relatively warm at night, lest you aggravate any existing conditions or symptoms that could impair your work or school performance.

With that in mind, sleeping experts at Nemuri Lab in Japan, as reported by RocketNews24, have come out to tell everyone that they’re using their blankets all wrong.

While most of us sleep with a lighter blanket or sheet on top of us and then a comforter layered on top, that’s not the most efficient way to keep warm, Nemuri Lab experts say.

Using the example of ducks or geese, whose only source of warmth is the body heat held in by their own their feathers, sleep experts advise using the comforter as the first layer in order to help keep in body heat, with the lighter covering going on top.

For the ultimate in warmth, however, the Nemuri Lab experts instruct would-be sleepers to first roll themselves up in their lighter blanket. As RocketNews24 puts it:

Spread the blanket out before you get into bed, and lie down on top of it to better retain the heat that would dissipate out of your back.

Top everything off with your comforter, and voila, you will be nice and toasty to start off your next big day.

5 ways to nap at the office, according to a Japanese wage slave



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We’ve all been there. Maybe it was an ill-advised night out the day before or a colicky newborn that wouldn’t sleep or just the shitty weather, we’ve all had days at the office when we wanted nothing more than to curl up and take a nap. In fact, it’s more of a need than a want as you sit there, staring blankly at your computer screen, unable to put a coherent thought together. But sadly, napping at your desk can be seriously uncomfortable, not to mention grounds for termination.

If you absolutely must grab a few winks and are willing to take the risk, though, Twitter user @sui_gin has helpfully illustrated some possible sleeping positions in manga style.

The artist says he drew the illustration after being asked how he sleeps at the office if he has no bed.




The positions are described as:

  • The ideal position: placing a mouse pad on top of a can of Red Bull is standard
  • The surrender position: for when your shoulders are really tired, sometimes I hurt my back
  • The anima position: for when your shoulders and back are really tired, the height of the books is really important
  • The orz position: for when your butt is tired, it’s really comfortable, but embarrassing if someone sees you
  • The peace of the wage slave position: this is the max for comfort and impact if you are seen. You can definitely sleep for hours in this position!