Laughter may be the best medicine， and science suggests it may be a pretty solid sleep aid， too. But sometimes nighttime mirth isn't always a laughing matter.
Here’；s our take on the pluses， and a couple minuses， of laughter and sleep.linen sheets
There’；s not a lot of direct research on the topic of laughter and sleep， but recent research shows laughter has numerous health benefits， particularly as we age.
According to an overview published in Canadian Family Physician， several studies show laughter (and its instigator， humor) to be effective stress relievers. The less stress we feelunique gifts for men， the better we can fall and stay asleep. Feels like a good excuse to keep a joke book on your nightstand as part of your bedtime routine.
Researchers from Georgia State University found that adding simulated laughter to a senior exercise program could improve older adults’； mental health， aerobic endurance and their confidence to finish the workout， according to a recent study published in The Gerontologist journal.
Another study of seniors， by Loma Linda University presented at a meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)， found laughter may lower cortisol levels and enhance memory. Healthy seniors and those with diabetes were shown a 20-minute funny video to determine if humor would affect their memory. Compared with a control group not shown the video， those who watched the funny video scored better on memory tests and also reduced their cortisol levels significantly.
“；It’；s simple； the less stress you have the better your memory. Humor reduces detrimental stress hormones like cortisol that decrease memory hippocampal neurons， lowers your blood pressure， and increases blood flow and your mood state，”； explained study co-author and long-time psychoneuroimmunology humor researcher， Dr. Lee Berk， at the FASEB meeting.
It’；s worth noting that in a 2007 study published in The Journal of Psychosomatic Research， Japanese researchers found that watching a humorous video before bedtime could increase melatonin levels of nursing mothers. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the body’；s sleep and wake cycles. In healthy individuals， melatonin levels start to rise in the evening， getting the body ready for sleep.
Half of the participants in the Japanese study had atopic eczema. Patients with atopic eczema often have decreased blood melatonin levels， and report sleep disturbances.
Sleep-laughing is known as hypnogely， according to a small study referenced by the National Institutes of Health. A total of 10 patients observed while sleeping experienced hypnogely， with nine laughing during rapid eye movement (REM)， the early sleep stage when dreams occur. In most cases， sleep-laughing is a harmless physiological phenomenon， a behavioral response to dreams that are “odd， bizarre or even unfunny for a person when awake.”；
The study authors noted that in a minority of cases， sleep-laughing may point to neurological disorders affecting the central nervous system. In these patients， the sense of mirth is absent while sleep-laughing.
There’；s a serious side to laughter and sleep. Laughing (or crying) outbursts out of proportion to the triggering event could be the result of a brain injury or serious underlying condition. Known as the pseudobulbar affect， or PBA， several neurological conditions may be to blame， including stroke， Parkinson’；s disease， dementia， brain tumors and multiple sclerosis， according to the American Stroke Association.
Episodes of uncontrollable laughing or giggling – known as gelastic seizures， according to the Epilepsy Foundation – may also be a symptom of another serious but rare tumor known as the hyphothalamic hamartomas， or HH. The condition affects 1 out of 200，000 children and teenagers worldwide.
HH is a benign brain tumor or lesion located in the hypothalamus， at the base of the brain. Often difficult to diagnose， HH can lead to cognitive and behavioral problems if not treated.
Need a laugh before bed？ Here’；s some funny stories you can read tonight： real life couples told us what it’；s like to sleep in the same bed – bed hogs and all.
In November we showed you how a ruffle attachment works, tucking little pleats into the fabric just before the needle stitches them in place. So what’s the different between a gathering foot and a ruffle? Right away you’ll notice that the gathering foot it just one piece, whereas the ruffle has many different pieces working together to pleat the fabric, and adjustments for setting the depth and frequency of the tucks. A gathering foot, such as BERNINA Gathering Foot #16, doesn’t have moving parts. But look closely and you’ll see that the sole of this foot doesn’t rest evenly on the feed dog. This causes the fabric to feed unevenly, forming gathers as it passes under the foot and is stitched by the needle. The amount of gathering is adjusted by changing the stitch length and needle tension, and is also affected by the weight and stiffness of the fabric. You may have noticed that the sole of the gathering foot has two layers; this is for stitching ruffles directly to a flat piece of fabric. Place the fabric to be gathered under the foot as usual, face up, and place the flat piece face down on top, through the slot. The fabric against the feed dog gathers, and the fabric in the slot stays flat. This foot is especially good for making ruffles for garments and heirloom sewing projects.
Rebekah from A Bit of Sunshine is here to share this ADORABLE Pony Silhouette Hoodie Tutorial with us! And since I predict that horses are the next hot animal trend (watch out foxes!) I’m especially excited. So grab your plain boring hoodie with zero appliqued ponies and prepare to make it fabulous.
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