Insomnia ranks right behind the common cold, stomach disorders, and headaches as the reasons people seek a doctor’s help. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than 25% of Americans say they don’t get an adequate amount of sleep, and 10% experience chronic insomnia. At one time, doctors might have automatically prescribed a pill or two to ease you into dreamland, but that isn’t always the case today.Researchers and doctors are learning more about sleep each year, broadening their knowledge of how to deal with its related problems. Indeed, behavioral treatments are often most effective. There are also quite a few commonsense insomnia cures that you can use to try to correct the problem yourself, so that you sleep better. It may take just one therapy, or it may take a combination. In any case, the key to success is discipline. As Michael Stevenson, PhD, says, “Sleep is a natural physiological phenomenon, but it’s also a learned … [Read more...] about 23 Steps To A Good Night’s Sleep
After an exhausting week, sleeping in on the weekend feels damn good. But you’re not doing yourself any favors by catching a few hours of extra sleep on Saturday and Sunday morning.In fact, sleep bingeing might make you even more tired on Monday, says Brandy Roane, Ph.D., of Brown University’s Sleep for Science Research Laboratory.Related: The Better Man Project—2,000+ Awesome Tips to Help You Become a Stronger, Healthier, and Happier GuyThat’s because your body’s master clock—or circadian clock—is ruled by daylight. If you get out of bed at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, your body will probably start to get tired around the same time every night, says Roane.But if you sleep until, say, noon on the weekends, you push back your clock by 5 hours.Come Sunday night, your body isn’t tired at your normal bedtime—so it takes you much longer to actually fall asleep.As a result, you sleep less and wake up feeling wiped on Monday—and … [Read more...] about Plan to Sleep In This Weekend? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t
Many of us find we never get enough sleep. But isn’t usually because we have difficulty falling asleep, but rather that we have too many things to do before we go to bed and so we get to sleep late. Six hours later, the alarm goes off and we would give just about anything to stay in bed. However, given a chance, most of us can happily sleep for eight, nine, or 10 hours if left undisturbed. This is a much different scenario than someone who truly can’t get to sleep or stay asleep. For those who have sleep problems, life can be a lot harder to deal with. Daily tasks that require concentration can be hard to manage. Physical activity that takes stamina and endurance is a real challenge. Even keeping your mood on an even keel can be a difficult job if you’re not regularly getting about eight hours of sleep a night. When sleep problems become chronic, health complaints can set in. While most of these may seem minor at first—feeling a little fatigued, blurry vision … [Read more...] about Can Getting More Sleep Protect You From Cancer?
A good night's sleep is something we all value. Scientists tell us, and we know from experience, that it refreshes us, helps us perform better, and contributes significantly to health and happiness, especially in children. And yet, there are millions of us suffering from ongoing shortage of sleep. According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM), sleep problems add up to a global epidemic that affects 45% of the world's population. "Insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), restless legs syndrome (RLS), and sleep deprivation significantly impact physical, mental and emotional health, in addition to affecting work performance and personal relationships," they said, on the fourth annual World Sleep Day on Friday 18th March 2011, when health professionals from WASM and other organizations worldwide came together to deliver the message that sleep is a "human privilege that is often compromised by the habits of modern life". And then there's the communications … [Read more...] about Getting A Good Night’s Sleep
The first official day of daylight saving time was on Sunday, and some people I know are still feeling its effects. Did you know that the first Monday after daylight saving time is actually a health risk? Car accidents increase because of grogginess and impaired perception, and heart attacks are also more common the day after you’ve sprung forward. Sleep is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle and a definite component of successful aging. There are so many important bodily processes that take place during sleep, from filing memories to cell growth and regeneration, that getting the most from it is essential to overall health. Daylight saving time really helps point this out. Even as I write this, I’m not quite feeling myself—and I do everything I can to make sure I get a good night’s sleep. I went to bed an hour earlier on Saturday and Sunday to account for the time change, but even that hasn’t made a big difference. Because of the … [Read more...] about Are You Practicing Safe Sleep Hygiene?