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At this stage, we're all well aware of the negative effects a poor night's sleep can have on our mind and body.

Concentration levels are at an all time low, irritability is through the roof, and what was once a routine daily task now seems like impossible feat.

According to a new study, a lack of sleep can actually produce similar effects on the brain as alcohol consumption.

It seems that both states of being cause neurons to respond more slowly, meaning brain signals are slower and weaker.

For the study, researchers examined 12 tired epileptic patients who had electrodes implanted into their brains to pinpoint the origin of their seizures.

According to The Independent, Professor Itzhak Fried, from the University of California at Los Angeles, said: “We discovered that starving the body of sleep also robs neurons of the ability to function properly.”

“This paves the way for cognitive lapses in how we perceive and react to the world around us.”

She also argues that regulations should be put in place in order to stop over-tired drivers from getting behind the wheel.

“Inadequate sleep exerts a similar influence on our brain as drinking too much. Yet no legal or medical standards exist for identifying over-tired drivers on the road the same way we target drunk drivers.”

Participants were asked to stay up all night in order to trigger an epileptic episode before undergoing surgery.

They were then tasked with categorising a selection of images as fast as possible while implants recorded their brain activity.

Results showed that a lack of sleep caused the neurons to respond to visual stimulus at a much slower place, while transmissions were found to drag on longer than normal.

What's more, scientists also discovered that some sections of the participants brain were still in a sleep-like state, even while the rest of the brain appeared to be awake.

“Slow sleep-like waves disrupted the patients' brain activity and performance of tasks,” said Prof Fried.

“This phenomenon suggests that select regions of the patients' brains were dozing, causing mental lapses, while the rest of the brain was awake and running as usual.”

Night-night, ladies!



Sometimes, the Afternoon Slump is totally unbeatable, no matter how long you slept or how many cups of coffee you had.

Usually stopping by at around 3pm, it feels like a dark cloud is surrounding your head and it becomes *really* hard to function as a normal, working human being.

Well, as it turns out the dreaded slump isn't just all in our heads and it's a real, scientifically proven thing.

Francesca Bennet, health and wellbeing programme manager at AXA PPP Healthcare told Cosmo: "If you're lacking in energy and motivation in the afternoon, don't worry, you're not on your own. 

"Sleep is dictated by circadian rhythms also known as The Body Clock.

"The urge to sleep increases towards 2pm, this is driven by a natural dip in circadian alerting system and an increase in sleep homeostasis drive."

So basically, it's like a see-saw; when your alertness drops, your need for sleep increases.

"It occurs approximately 12 hours after we are in our deepest sleep at 2-3am.

"The Afternoon Slump is a normal feeling and has previously been associated with eating a big meal. This is not the direct cause, but may act as a contributing lifestyle factor on the sleep wake cycle.

"Poor lifestyle habits and insufficient quality and quantity of sleep can increase the feelings of tiredness and the Afternoon Slump," she added.



Colin Furze, otherwise known as the mad engineer, has designed the perfect bed for those of you who find it difficult to drag yourselves out of the scratcher in the morning. 

He has created a new bed which is both terrifying and genius… and we kind of want one for ourselves. The high voltage ejector bed is the next step in helping people get up when their alarm goes off. There's no such thing as hitting the snooze with this contraption as it doesn't take no for an answer and will literally throw you out of the bed.

Colin designed and made most of the invention at home in his garage before putting up a video on YouTube demonstrating how the bed works. 




Over the last year and a half, Donegal duo Little Hours have gone from being virtual unknowns to Ireland's new rising stars.

John Doherty and Ryan McCloskey hit the big time last year with their debut EP It's Still Love, and earlier this year they cemented their place on the Irish music scene when they signed to Sony Music.

Their newest single, Tired, has been out for three months but the video was finally launched today, and it's a beauty. Production company Stoneface Films, who were also the brains behind Hozier's video for Someone New, put together the gorgeous video which the lads launched on social media today.

Take a look…




Waking up the morning after the night before can be a bit scary – mascara everywhere, lipstick smeared across your face and foundation patches on your cheeks. While making yourself look somewhat presentable requires a bit of effort, these steps will go a long way to ensure you look alive.

Have a shower
First things first, have a shower. There is nothing better than a shower to perk you up.

Moisturise like your life depended on it. Alcohol will leave your skin dehydrated and you need to hydrate your skin as much as you can.

Light foundation
Don’t pile on the foundation. it will just make you look more tired. A light tinted moisturiser is ideal or even just some concealer to hide blemishes and bags under your eyes.

Work on your lashes
The next thing you need to do is work on your lashes. Curl them with an eye lash curler and then lightly apply mascara. Don’t overdo it though as they will end up looking clumpy and top heavy. 

Finally, give yourself some much needed colour by sweeping blusher across your cheeks.

Now you are ready to face the world. Well, once your stomach settles down a bit.


We all have times when lying in bed with the covers over our head seem like the best way to get through the day.

Unfortunately, jobs and life get in the way of our desire to be asleep,  so read these tips to feel instantly energised:

Go to bed earlier
Yes, it can be as simple as hitting the hay 30 minutes or even an hour earlier than you usually would.

Have a fruit juice or smoothie
Juice the hell out of your fruit and veg for the best kick start to your day. When you are feeling the 3pm slump, grab some of your juice and stay away from the coffee.

Drink water
Drink water and lots of it! Feeling tired can be a sign of dehydration so carry a bottle of water around with you for instant energy.

Play some music
Get your body pumping by turning up your favourite sounds when they come on the radio. You’ll be surprised how instantly energised you’ll feel.

Even if you don’t feel like it, a workout will instantly give you energy.



If you are still feeling hungry, even after a eating your body may actually be craving something more than food.

You’re dehydrated
Sometimes, when your body feels like it’s hungry it could actually be thirsty. Symptoms of dehydration are the same as the symptoms of hunger – lethargic, sleepy and an empty feeling in your tummy.

Not eating the right foods
If you are eating empty calories it is not surprising your body is feeling hungry. Make sure you eat food that

Skipping brekkie
If you are skipping on the most important meal of the day it’s time to stop. If you don’t eat something when you get up your blood sugar level rises and you crave food.

You’re bored
When you are bored you can find yourself feeling hungry simply because you have nothing else to do besides eat. Try to amuse yourself without food.

You’re tired
You’re hunger could be down to the fact that you are tired.  Go to bed earlier tonight and avoid eating because you are tired.


If you went to bed early last night, you may be wondering why you are feeling tired today.

While you may think you are doing your body a favour going to bed early, you are actually doing it harm – kind of.

Your body works on a consistent sleep system and prefers if you go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.

You need about eight hours of sleep each night, although this can vary from person to person.

However, if you go to bed early one night you may actually wake up feeling tired, even though you caught the extra hour in bed, than you would have if you went at the same time as the night before.

This is down to the fact that a sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes, so if you are going to bed extra early your cycle will be disrupted, leaving you with less quality sleep.

To get the best sleep, count back hours from the time you have to get up and this should be your bedtime.

When it comes to sleep, quantity does not compensate for quality.


Feeling a little tired and sluggish, even though you haven’t really been doing anything? Here are 5 tips to help you get over it:

Avoid the snooze button
Avoid hitting snooze on your alarm. Once you are awake, get up. It will also mean you aren’t rushing to get out the door, which can exhaust you before you’ve left the house.

Start the right way
Make sure you have a good breakfast with plenty of unrefined carbs for slow energy release and lean fat to keep you going.

Get outside
Head outside, even if it’s raining. A change of scenery and some fresh air can help you stay alert and active.

Have a good stretch
If you are sitting behind a desk all day, keep the blood flowing by having a good stretch.

No more 3pm slump or crawling into bed as soon as you get home from work.


Sleeping is essential to keep the mind and body healthy; however, as these five myths show, many of us are still managing to get it wrong.

Myth 1
You can catch up on missed sleep at the weekend.

There’ no catching up. You actually need to maintain a regular sleeping schedule seven days a week.

Myth 2
The older you get the less sleep you need.

Even adults need at least seven to nine hours of good sleep.

Myth 3
If you wake in the middle of the night you should just lie there and wait for sleep.

If you can’t get back to sleep within 15 minutes you should get up and try reading. This will help relieve the stress of getting back to sleep.

Myth 4
A glass of wine will help you nod off.

Wine will help you nod off but you will end up with a fragmented sleep which is not good.

Myth 5
An afternoon nap will disrupt your bedtime.

A nap can be a good thing once you keep it under 30 minutes and don’t have one too close to bedtime.



Wearing make-up is supposed to make you look brighter, fresher and impossibly dewy, right? In theory, perhaps, but most of us are guilty of the following beauty mishaps:

Using too much powder
Over-powdering tends to leave your skin looking older and tired. A light covering of translucent powder is enough to get rid of the dreaded shine.

Not applying moisturiser
Moisturising before you apply your foundation is the best way to avoid dull, tired, flaky skin. Remember to pick one up with an SPF.

Using the wrong colour concealer under your eyes
Whether it’s too dark or too light, the wrong concealer will make you look tired. Make sure you apply your make-up in a well lit room.

Not using a primer on your eyes
Primer under your eyes is a great way to stop dark colours from smudging your them. Nobody likes the raccoon look.

And if you’re still looking a little tired after fixing your make-up routine, you might want to consider an earlier bedtime…