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How to ACTUALLY get some sleep on a plane.

If you've ever caught a long haul flight, you've probably realised that trying to sleep is near impossible. The constant noise, the slight recline of the small seat and temperature change are just a few of the obstacles presented when trying to sleep on a plane. Whether you're going for a...

Entertainment

Netflix and Koala: December Edition

It only seems like yesterday was July, yet here we are 6 days in to December with Christmas in THREE WEEKS. This calls for one thing, and one thing only – ignore all your Xmas shopping, grab a coffee/tea/hot chocolate/juice/beer and roll gracefully into bed with Netflix ready to go....

Entertainment

The 13 most amazing places to sleep in Australia.

From hidden treehouses to underground hotels, Australia is home to some of the most eccentric and unique hotels in the world. We're trawled through the masses and found the very best of the best. When you're planning your next holiday, make sure you include an overnight-stay in one of these crazy...

Food

What does your coffee order say about you?

We love our coffee at Koala HQ, and we all have completely different orders. It got us talking - what does your choice of caffeine really say about you? Whether you're in the fast lane with your espresso, or pottering through life with your flat white, your coffee choice really...

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THE GUEST ROOM SURVIVAL GUIDE: 7 ways to conquer any family sleepover.

 Stuck sleeping in a guest room this festive season? One of those people who can only sleep properly in your own bed? When the holidays come calling, so do nights stuck on lumpy mattresses, old sheets and next to the bathroom/kitchen/nursery. There are so many reasons you won’t be able...

Bedroom

The budget bedroom makeover ANYONE can do.

We’ve all had one of those days where you get home, you stare into your bedroom and wish that you’d never paid $300 for that ugly duvet cover. Rest assured, everyone has been there. Giving your bedroom a makeover doesn’t have to be an expensive experience – follow our budget...

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Ever tried boiled bananas? They could transform your sleep FOREVER.

When you get a great night’s sleep, your day is more productive, your mood is enhanced and you're able to function to your fullest potential. When you are sleep deprived however, it can lead to a host of health complications and put you in a bad mood, sometimes even for several days (or...

Entertainment

The 8 Sleepiest Dog Breeds EVER.

If you think your pup is super sleepy, it might just turn out that they're one of the sleepiest dog breeds. From big beautiful Great Danes to petite Chihuahuas, these are truly the laziest dog breeds you'll meet.  1. Basset Hounds They...

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The 6 things successful people do EVERY morning.

What is the one that most highly successful people have in common? It’s their morning routine. By implementing just one or two of these small changes into your morning, you’ll see progress beyond what you ever imagined.   They ditch social media in the morning. ...

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Netflix & Koala: November Edition

HOW DID IT GET TO NOVEMBER ALREADY? Did you know it’s only 8 more Fridays until Christmas? Don’t fret – you’ve got plenty of time for online shopping. Heck, a Koala mattress could be at your doorstop in less than 4 hours. So forget the ever-growing list of things-to-do, hop...

Health

Why sleep is more important than exercise.

If you’ve stayed up late the past few nights bingeing on your new favourite Netflix series and skipped the gym the next morning, have we got some news for you.  The decision has been made for you – skip the exercise and focus on the snooze. According to sleep expert...

Health

The easiest ways to take care of your spine.

These days, most of us don’t treat our backs too kindly. Busy work lives and social calendars mean we’re  slumped over computers for hours on end, or looking down at phone screens to like, swipe, and post the day away. We walk less and are more likely to...

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What does your bedtime say about you?

There are a lot of things in life that can reflect our personality, but did you know that your bedtime can say a lot about you too? Whether you’re getting a full 9 hours sleep or barely surviving on 4, it’s time to find out what your bedtime says about...

Bedroom

Are these the most beautiful minimalist Scandinavian bedrooms EVER?

If you've been living under a rock, you may not be aware of the minimalist movement that is currently sweeping through houses all over the world. Known for the clean whites, soft greys and muted blues and pinks, the modern colour scheme is seen almost everywhere in Scandinvaian rooms. The classic...

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The 6 sleepiest (and cutest!) animals in the WORLD

Feeling tired? Well, we all are thanks to Sunday being the Sleepiest Day of the Year. As daylight savings starts, we lose an hour, meaning we’re all a fair bit sleepier than normal. If you’re feeling angry, tired or maybe just annoyed, now you know why. To combat those feelings,...

Entertainment

Netflix & Koala: October Edition

It’s spring time, which means beautiful weather, fresh air and plenty to do out in the warm sun. But why spend time outside when you can still binge on Netflix inside?! Here is our guide to what is hitting Australian Netflix this October… HINT: WE ARE SO EXCITED. The Hangover...

Bedroom

The 16 most amazing hotel bedrooms EVER.

If you're after new bedroom inspiration, you've come to the right place. We've scaled the internet for days in search of the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful hotel rooms. From a room entirely made of ice to a suite that will have you sleeping in a car, it's time to plan your next...

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How to have the perfect morning.

What makes the perfect morning? Here at Koala HQ, we’ve been comparing our morning routines and seeing who has absolutely aced their routine. We’ve finally concocted the perfect morning recipe for success, and we wanted to share our top tips with you.   Go to bed early and get up...

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Have you had one of these 6 common dreams?

Ever woken up from a really weird dream, tried to explain it to someone and been met with blank stares? What you dream about can say a LOT about you, and highlight issues that you might not even be aware of.  In ancient times, if you were sick, the first...

Health

Are naps the new botox?

Do you ever wake up after a full 9 hours sleep, catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror, and think, "DAMN, I look fabulous today!?" Your skin seems clearer, eyes brighter and those pesky wrinkles around your eyes even seem less visible. It may seem like an optical illusion, but...

Entertainment

The movies that will HELP you to get to sleep.

Every night, as we put our weary bodies into bed and rest our heavy heads on our pillows, we tend to turn to our TVs, tablets, or smartphones (or if you’re better than us, a book) in the hopes of finding a story that will lull us into...

Bedroom

The 4 hour bedroom makeover ANYONE can do.

We spend more time there than anywhere else in our homes, so why not make your bedroom a sanctuary, somewhere you really love? No matter your budget, big or small, it’s easy to update your bedroom style, all it takes is 4 hours, some creativity and patience....

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What do your sheets say about you?

 Whether we admit it or not, we choose our sheets on purpose. It might be the feel, the cheap price or the thread count - whatever it is, we consciously make a decision to invest in those sheets. Let's take a look at what shade your sheets are... and what they...

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Netflix & Koala: September Edition

 Ladies and gentlemen, koalas and joeys, it’s that time of the month. August… you’ve been cold and unpredictable, and we’re glad to see the back of you. September is only THREE months from Christmas (gulp), and rather than think about your Chrissy shopping, we’ve collected the best September Netflix collection...

Health

How to wake up STRESS FREE.

Ever wake up after ten hours sleep feeling like you haven’t slept a wink? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. The Great Australian Sleep Report found that 60% of us are sleeping between 6-7 hours every night, yet 42% described their sleep as “neither good nor...

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The reasons why we have nightmares.

If you've suffered from nightmares lately, this is the post for you. Let's have a look at why we have nightmares, and how to conquer them. Nightmares are dreams that bring out feelings of terror, distress and fear. They can feel more vivid and real than just a bad dream,...

Health

Waking up tired - here's why...

Waking up feeling groggy is no fun at all,  and is far more common than you'd think. It can ruin your day, and leave you feeling lethargic and unproductive. Waking up groggy has a lot to do with what you did the day before. While you can’t change the past, there...

Sleep

Sleeping NAKED is good for you... says science!

If you are one of the few Australians that go to bed starkers each night, you may just be on to something!Studies have shown that it may better to leave your cuddly, koala pyjamas for lounging around the house instead of wearing them to bed. This is because sleeping naked is not...

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Netflix & Koala - August Edition

It may be the last month of winter, but that doesn’t mean those snuggly Netflix nights need to disappear. We’ve done the hard yards for you and trawled through the new shows that are on or coming to Netflix, and chosen our favourites for August. Grab the popcorn, curl up...

Health

Should I let my dog sleep in my bed?

It’s the age-old debate, should you or shouldn't you let the dog sleep in the bed. They may be super cuddly, but the friendly nudges at 4am might not be your idea of a perfect sleep.  We've got some great news - sleeping with your pup can be good...

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How much sleep = success? Hint: It's LESS than you expect.

Have you ever wondered about the sleeping habits of the rich and famous?It is often believed that highly successful people run on very little sleep, but this is just not true.Contrary to popular belief, being productive and highly successful at what you do doesn’t necessarily mean that you are active...

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How to have pleasant dreams (and avoid having bad ones)

Every night as we drift off to sleep, we enter into the mysterious land of dreams.Psychologists explain that dreams are the processing of both our conscious andsubconscious thoughts, but the phenomenon of dreaming is still somewhatunexplainable.One thing is for sure, when we have a night of pleasant dreams it not...

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Did you know that napping can make you more creative?

Many cultures have adopted the ritual of napping however, for most of us living in Australia, napping is a luxury that many can’t afford.We all know what that afternoon slump feels like, but instead of giving ourselves permission to take a nap, we instead caffeinate or reach for a sugary...

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Understanding the 5 stages of sleep

Did you know that the average person spends a total of 25 years asleep?Seems crazy when you think about it, but our bodies need sleep to survive and function. Every night when we drift off into the land of wink and nod, we enter into a sleep cycle.This sleep cycle...

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15 facts about sleep you never knew.

Did you know that the Koala sleeps for 22 hours a day? This makes it the longest sleeping mammal in the world.Even though we don’t have the sleeping habits of a koala, we all need to sleep. In fact, did you know that sleeping for less than 7 hours per...

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How to master the art of napping like a pro

How to master the art of napping like a pro When it comes to professional napping, no one does it better than the koala.The koala sleeps on average 18-20 hours per day and although us humans don’t have that same luxury, there are things that this Australian marsupial can teach...

Health

How to wake up feeling refreshed guaranteed

The morning is the most important part of the day. How you start your morning seems to dictate the course of your day and can either put you in a positive mindset or a negative one. We all have those days where nothings feels right or goes to plan, but what...

Health

Is it possible to sleep TOO much?

It's now common knowledge that a lack of sleep can have lasting, damaging effects on our health, but did you know that getting too much sleep can produce the same havoc on our health? Research has shown us that not getting a good night’s sleep can lead to a host of...

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Can music help you sleep better?

There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it ― Mindy Kaling Noise has a profound effect on our quality of sleep. A racket in the street can keep you up all night and, equally, a lullaby can encourage a tantrum chucking toddler...

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Waking up at the same time every night? Here's why.

Do you find yourself waking up at the same time each night? According to traditional Chinese Medicine, waking up at the same time every night could indicate an emotional or physiological imbalance in a particular area of your body.In Chinese Medicine, there is an ancient body clock that determines which time of day...

Food

How your favourite brew affects your eight hours

‘Have you tried giving up coffee?’ Anyone with a tendency to toss and turn has undoubtedly heard this question. What you eat and drink has a powerful impact on your body and can influence the quality of your sleep. Whether you’re knocking back a couple of cold ones or ordering a...

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Top 10 teas that will help you sleep

One of the best ways to wind down for a good night’s sleep is to develop a routine. A routine not only helps to prepare your body for sleep, but it also helps to quiet and relax your mind after a long day. Having a cup of tea before bed...

Food

The best and worst foods to eat before bed

Getting a good night’s sleep can be life changing. When you wake up feeling rested it helps to put a pep in your step and gives you all the energy you need to make it through the day. It also helps to lighten your mood and enhance your immunity, which...

Health

Why sleep deprivation is more dangerous than you think

We all know how it feels when we don’t have a peaceful night of rest. We wake up feeling tired, lethargic, groggy and even cranky, but over a prolonged period, these surface level symptoms can become more serious. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the average adult should get anywhere...

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How making your bed every morning can change your life

Imagine if there was one simple task you could do every morning that could help you to feel happier, more productive and more successful. If it existed would you do it? Well, research is showing that this magic task does exist and all it involves is you making your bed...

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Common sleep mistakes and how you can fix them

Sleep is often underrated. In fact, according to the Centre for Disease Control insufficient sleep is currently a public health epidemic. Statistics show us that 22 percent of people experience a poor sleep on most nights, 47 percent are kept awake due to worry and stress on most nights and...

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What your sleeping position says about you

As you drift off into the land of wink and nod your body naturally moves into a position that feels most comfortable and familiar. Maybe you enjoy being tucked up in a little ball on your side, or maybe you prefer to be sprawled out across the bed? Either...

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Your ten minute guide to creating a sleep oasis

Do you feel like you’re sleep deprived? Well, you’re not alone, because according to the Sleep Health Foundation, 1 in 3 people have mild insomnia. Yikes! Unfortunately, when your sleep suffers, it has a domino effect on your life. You feel more fatigued, drowsy, stressed out and less interested...

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The why, how, and what of lucid dreaming

‘If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber’d here, while these visions did appear. And this weak and idle theme, no more yielding but a dream.’ Dreams are weird, really weird. Everyone from the Pope to Dr. Freud has...

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4 Sleep hacks brought to you by science

At Koala we like to ponder the big questions about sleep: what’s up with the comatose hallucinations? If a = sleep and sleep = happiness ∴ does a = happiness? One thing there’s no doubt about is that everyone loves sleep: they want more of it, for longer, every night....

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