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Dreams, Memories & Future Events

June 4th, 2021
Dreams are opaque, mysterious, and often impossible to comprehend through the lens of waking consciousness. Despite the subjective and riddle-like nature of many dreams, however, scientific studies into their meaning and value do occur from time to time. According to one new study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, dreams are the result of a deep cognitive process that combines fragments of multiple life experiences with the anticipation of future life events. The study was published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Sleep Research Society. The study involved 48 students, with each person sleeping at the laboratory for an overnight sleep evaluation and studied using polysomnography. This comprehensive form of sleep study records the subject’s brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, and breathing rate along with eye and leg movements throughout the night. According to the study’s author Erin Wamsley, doctor in cognitive neuroscience and associate professor in psychology and neuroscience, “Humans have struggled to understand the meaning of dreams for millennia… We present new evidence that dreams reflect a memory-processing function. Although it has long been known that dreams incorporate fragments of past experience, our data suggest that dreams also anticipate probable future events.” In…

Winter Activities for Families

June 1st, 2021

Winter is the perfect time to slow down, take stock, and look within. As a family, winter presents a great opportunity to spend valuable time with the people you love. While not everyone is a fan of the colder months, winter can be incredibly productive and fun when you give it a chance. From cosy evenings cooking to wild walks […]

What is the Runner's High

May 19th, 2021

Exercise is known to have a positive effect on mental health, with active people less likely to experience depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. Along with its positive influence on long-term behaviour, exercise has also been associated with immediate feel-good vibes. If you’re an enthusiastic jogger, you may have experienced the famous runner’s high. Marked by feelings of euphoria, […]

Property Growth at 30 Year High

May 14th, 2021

Property growth reaches a long-term high in Australia, with national housing prices achieving their fastest pace in over 32 years. As the nation recovers from 2020 and gets comfortable with its new isolated place in the world, more people are looking to lock down a piece of property. Investors have returned to the market, first-home owners are struggling to get […]

Budget Breakdown

May 10th, 2021

The 2021 Federal Budget has been released, and as the second budget to be handed down since COVID-19, it’s far from typical. Many of the central elements of the budget are a direct response to the pandemic, as the government tackles a new world and tries to identify Australia’s place in it. Health and aged care are front-and-centre, with significant […]

Mars Gets Busy

May 7th, 2021

Mars is getting crowded, with a number of separate space agencies reaching the Red Planet in recent weeks. Three new probes from three countries arrived in February, with NASA and China both touching down on the surface in recent days. While only the US, Russia, and China have touched down on Mars so far, other nations have achieved orbit. There […]

Home Schooling Boom

May 3rd, 2021

COVID-19 has changed many things, from our social and recreational habits to the way we work and study. During the height of the pandemic and lockdown response in 2020, remote working and learning became a reality for millions of people across the globe. Parents and school children of all ages experienced remote learning for the first time, and some of […]

Average Deposit Climbers Higher than $100,000

April 21st, 2021

The average deposit for an Australian home has reached beyond $100,000 for the first time ever. As property prices continue to skyrocket across the country, potential homeowners need to save for longer if they want to get into the market. There are numerous reasons for the property boom, with the stratospheric post-COVID take-off down to low interest rates, a renewed […]

New Hobbies for Winter

April 15th, 2021

As the cold winter months draw closer, it’s a great time to develop a new hobby. Whether you want to get outside and brave the fresh air or snuggle down in the warmth of a blanket, winter is a great time to discover new interests and spend time doing the things you love. From solo activities to new hobbies with […]

The Growing Global Inflation Problem

April 13th, 2021

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 nightmare, at vastly different speeds and scales, novel and pre-existing economic problems could have a pronounced impact on future prosperity. The world is currently facing a trillion dollar inflation conundrum, and not a single nation or industry sector can remain insulated. From governments and businesses to private investors and households, the current outlook […]

Exercise Doesn't Have to be Boring

April 6th, 2021

As we get ready for the coming winter, it’s a great time to ingrain new health and lifestyle habits. Contrary to popular belief, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. From yoga classes in front of the TV to ocean swimming and beyond, fun fitness activities help you to get off the couch and live a more productive lifestyle. Let’s take […]