Category: Sleep & Health

Get Fit While You Sleep

Let’s just get something out of the way first: no matter how much and how well we sleep, most of us want and know we need more. But with a finite number of hours in each day, we’re all struggling to get as much done as possible, and our ideal sleep time is often the […]

Circadian Rhythm and Sleep

Having difficulty in sleeping is a problem that a lot of people are experiencing, especially now that there are many distractions to keep one up all night, enough to disregard insomnia treatment. The sleep/wake cycle is controlled by the circadian rhythm, and sleep disorders associated to this rhythm will cause insomnia. vaXzine – flickr.com A […]

Keep Your Mouth Shut if You Want What’s Good for You: The Dangers of Mouth Breathing During Sleep

If you breathe through your mouth during sleep, you may be damaging your oral health. The most noticeable result of mouth breathing is dry mouth. While it may seem like just a nuisance, lack of saliva, which kills bacteria and neutralizes acid, can lead to issues such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.  According […]

Bed’s Role in Sleep

For people who simply can’t sleep at night, or suffer from any kind of sleeping disorder, it’s well worth learning how to make a bed properly. This might seem like a trivial thing, but it can actually make a world of difference to your nightly rest. Let’s face it, sleeping in a nice and fresh, […]

Tips for the Day after a Sleepless Night

Your alarm has rung and it’s time to start the day. Unfortunately, you spent the night tossing and turning and getting sucked into a Wikipedia wormhole that started with the question, “What’s Scott Baio up to?” And now you’re asking yourself a less entertaining question: “How am I going to survive the nightmare of daily […]

Understanding Sleep Stages

When you sleep at night, your body and brain don’t simply slow their functions and “rest” until you wake again. Instead, they go through cycles of non-REM (NREM) and REM sleep stages that allow vital physiological processes to take place behind the scenes so you can feel refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning. Knowing what […]

How to Practice Early Rising

There are a myriad reasons to rise early each morning. For one thing, you can take a more leisurely approach to getting ready for work instead of just throwing on some clothes and rushing out the door. For another, you can prepare and eat a healthy breakfast at home instead of grabbing an overpriced coffee […]

Foods to Help You Sleep

Good nutrition is essential not only for maintaining high energy levels throughout the day, but also for facilitating deep, restful sleep at night. That’s because the nutrients you consume help stimulate the body’s production of a variety of hormones—including melatonin, which regulates your natural sleep and wake cycles. So it should come as no surprise […]

Sleep Apnea and Depression

If you frequently experience restless sleep, difficulty breathing during sleep (including gasping, snorting, and snoring) and/or daytime fatigue, you probably wouldn’t be surprised if a doctor diagnosed you with obstructive sleep apnea. After all, even though the symptoms of OSA are many and varied, the ones listed here are among the most common. But what […]

Top 5 Sleep Myths Busted

If you’re trying to practice better sleep hygiene, then you’ve probably spent some time searching the Internet for tips and advice. Unfortunately, cyberspace is filled with lots of misleading information and outright myths about sleep that could end up interfering with your rest rather than enhancing it. Read on as we bust five of the […]

The relationship between PCOS and Sleep Apnea

If you are a woman suffering from PCOS or, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, you have an increased risk of sleep apnea. Sleep disturbances are more common in women with the disorder, as well as insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. Better treatment options for women suffering from PCOS and Sleep Apnea will require a better understanding of […]

Encouraging Good Sleep Habits in Babies and Toddlers

For many parents of very young children, sleepless nights are an unfortunate reality of the early years. That’s because having a wakeful baby or toddler in the house requires that one parent or the other be on hand for feeding, changing diapers, or soothing the little one back to sleep. But we’re here to tell […]

Sleep Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders in Toddlers

Has your toddler or preschool aged child been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder? If so, a recent study indicates that an underlying sleep disturbance might be intensifying the problem. Researchers at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island studied a group of children under six years old who were part of an intensive program designed to treat […]

CPAP: Great for Cardiac Patients

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices are most commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. As the name suggests, CPAP machines deliver a gentle, uninterrupted flow of air down the throat to prevent the airway from collapsing during sleep. This results in deeper, more restful sleep while also minimizing snoring and lowering blood pressure. But […]

Songs to Wake Up To – Part 2

Do you feel unusually listless and lethargic in the morning? Does it take a ton of effort just to get out of bed? These could be signs that it’s time to change your alarm music. Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices make it easier than ever to program your own soundtrack to wake up to, […]

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders out there—and also one of the most dangerous. Researchers in the medical community have already noted either direct or indirect connections between sleep apnea and health problems such as stroke, heart disease, heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, acid reflux, obesity, headaches, and fatigue. […]

ADHD and Sleep

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adults can have a negative impact on nearly every aspect of life, from general behavior to interpersonal relationships, the ability to concentrate, motivation, organization, and school or career success. ADHD can also adversely affect sleeping habits. For example, prescription medications used to treat the disorder have been […]

Sleep Drunkenness – Symptoms and Treatments

Have you ever woken suddenly from a deep sleep and found yourself unable to shut off the alarm, turn on the light, or perform other basic tasks? Does it take you longer than a minute or two to get your bearings and remember where you are or what day it is? If so, then you […]

Jobs that Interfere with Sleep

Failure to get adequate sleep can contribute to on-the-job performance problems such as shorter attention span, memory lapses, slowed reaction times, and poor decision-making. In many cases, individuals can correct these issues simply by changing some of the habits or behaviors that may be affecting their sleep.   In some instances, however, the job itself […]

Alcohol and Sleep

We have mentioned several times on this blog that alcohol can interfere with restful sleep. But have you ever wondered why that is? After all, you most likely get drowsy when you drink, so why not have a nightcap to speed yourself into dreamland? Well, there are numerous problems with this scenario. For instance, research […]

Too Much Light at Night Linked to Obesity

Have you been steadily gaining weight despite the lack of changes to your eating habits or activity levels? Medical disorders and aging aside, exposure to excessive light at night may be the cause of your weight gain. Recent findings in the US, UK, and Japan suggest that there may be a link between light at night (LAN) […]

Crib Bumper Hazards

Crib bumpers or bumper pads are a very popular accessory favored by many parents of newborns. Sold separately or as part of baby bedding sets, these pads are attached to the inside walls of cribs to prevent infants from getting body parts stuck between the crib’s slats. Despite the fact that crib bumpers are marketed […]

Jet-Lagged: Now What?

You tried to adapt your schedule to sync up with your destination time zone several days before departure. You eschewed caffeine and alcohol on the flight in favor of water. You took melatonin to help reprogram your internal clock. In short, you did everything you were supposed to do in order to ward off jet […]

Teen Sleep Problems

It seems like irregular sleeping patterns are practically a requirement for being a teenager. This is particularly true because kids in this age group have to wake up so early for school, while still frequently pulling all-nighters during the week in order to finish school projects, cram for exams, or engage in late-night hobbies and […]

Latest Study: Family is Key to CPAP Compliance

Interesting fact for people who use CPAP: the people who most likely complained that your snoring was out of control and nagged you to do something about it are actually the most important people when it comes to whether or not you continue to use CPAP to manage your sleep apnea. Those are the results […]

Summer Daze: The Best Temperature for Sleep

Summer’s here and the time is right for sweating through the sheets. While getting comfy beneath a cloud-like comforter helps you sleep during the colder months it can be difficult to sleep soundly in the heat and humidity that kicks up in June and continues through August. While it’s tough to cool down during summer […]

Rate your Level of Exhaustion: The Berlin Questionnaire and Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Our ability to measure and compare comes in handy every now and then. Sports fanatics will compare great quarterbacks throughout the history of the NFL like Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. We weigh ourselves on a scale to compare our body mass with yesterday or last week. One of television’s […]

Exercise and Sleep: Get Enough Sleep to Perform at Your Best

People who exercise on a regular basis are usually aware of the benefits exercise has on your ability to quickly fall asleep and sleep soundly throughout the night. Whether it be the pleasant soreness from a recent workout that you feel as you crawl into bed or simply the sensation of knowing you will fall […]

Can Sound Machines Damage Your Baby’s Hearing?

A study that was published in Pediatrics a few months back alarmed parents by suggesting that sound machines can damage their baby’s hearing. Sound machines, which create noises ranging from white noise to the sound of crashing waves and pretty much any calming sound imaginable, have proven to be a very successful sleep aid. Sound […]

Sleep Tip: Using White Noise to Sleep

You may have heard that white noise is brilliant for helping people fall asleep and wondered why. It turns out that white noise is the lone radio station that plays 24/7 for our first nine months from conception until birth. How do we know this? You can hear it when an obstetrician checks a baby’s […]

Children and Sleep: How Often Should You Nap?

Eat. Burp. Poop. Sleep. Repeat. Such is the life of the newborn. As your child ages, so does his or her sleep patterns. These changes are also apparent with the diet and hopefully, potty training starts to come together. Children still need lots of sleep, and we’re not just talking about a good nights sleep; […]

Why Do We Snore?

Snoring is a common problem that affects approximately 90 million men and women of all age range and demographics. Snoring is an on and off occurrence with as many as 37 million people being snorers at any point in time.  Statistically, a snorer is most likely to be an overweight, adult male. Even with that […]

Prescription Drugs that Interfere With Sleep

It has recently been reported by the Mayo Clinic that nearly 70% of adults take prescription medication, with roughly half of them taking two or more prescription drugs. Those prescriptions are most commonly for antibiotics, antidepressants, and painkiller opioids. Painkillers, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and antidepressants are all commonly prescribed medications  that can  affect  sleep. Since prescription medication […]

The Financial Cost of Ignoring Sleep Apnea

The Financial Cost of Ignoring Sleep Apnea The physical toll of untreated sleep apnea gets plenty of attention, however there is also a financial burden to obstructive sleep apnea. Of course the detrimental impact of untreated OSA on your health is the main focus as it should be. With healthcare coverage and costs making headlines it’s […]

Sleep and Acne: Can Sleep Improve Your Complexion?

Sleep and Acne: Sleep’s Impact On Our Largest Organ What most people don’t realize is that the skin is the human body’s largest organ, covering approximately 3,000 square inches of space. The outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, is most vulnerable to external exposure to temperature, sunlight, hazards, etc. Underneath your skin are a […]

Getting Started With CPAP

So you just found out you need CPAP; now what? For most people, getting started with CPAP for the first time can cause all kinds of unpleasant emotions. That’s why educating yourself so you have a thorough understanding of what CPAP does and how it works is so important. Today we are going to focus […]

Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a dangerous relationship

If you have Atrial Fibrillation, you may need a sleep study. The fact is, Atrial Fibrillation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea, are grave enemies. Recent studies and research are making the connection between these two common conditions. With all the changes in healthcare today, it is more important than ever to be educated and informed with […]

Sleep Deprivation Symptoms: Decreased Performance and Alertness

Sleep Deprivation: Decreased Performance and Alertness Sleep deprivation is a chronic or acute condition in which you are getting less than the average amount of sleep for your age group. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation also decreases brain activity and function, primarily in the thalamus, a subcortical area of the brain responsible for alertness […]

Manual Labor and Sleep: Extremes in Sleep and Health

Written by Armara Luong Does your job require you to be on your feet all day? Do you feel so restless throughout the day, but wonder why you still cannot sleep at night? Well, studies have recently shown that a job that requires more physical labor than an average job links to receiving six hours or less […]

Exercise and Sleep Deprivation: Getting the Most from your Fitness Routine

With all the gyms, personal trainers, supplements, diets, marathons, etc., I think it is safe to say we are a fitness-oriented society. In this country, we have an obsession with how we look and feel yet many of us are somewhat frustrated with our results. We can’t seem to get to the level of fitness we would […]

Sleep Deprivation in College Students

If you’re in college, especially the first year, chances are you’re getting way less than the recommended amount of sleep for a person your age. Whether you’re out all night partying, chilling, or studying for finals, there are plenty of reasons for co-eds to skip on sleep. An average college student gets roughly 6 hours […]

How Your Internal Body Clock Impacts Your Sleep

Some people seem to be energetic and alert during the day and fall asleep at normal, healthy bedtime hours, while others wake up close to noon and stay up until almost dawn. What causes these differences in sleeping pattern? Most people naturally experience different levels of sleepiness and alertness because sleep is regulated by sleep/wake […]

Why Do We Dream?

A dream is a sequence of thoughts, images, and feelings that a person experiences when he is sleeping. The scientific name for dream study is called oneirology, and dreams occur mainly in the rapid-eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. During REM, the deepest stage of the sleep cycle, the brain activity is high and seems […]

Sleep Apnea and Glaucoma

Sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder where a person stops breathing periodically during his sleep due to airway blockage, is known to increase your odds of developing diabetes, heart problems, depression, and tiredness. More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, and males are statistically more likely to develop sleep apnea. Recent studies from Taipei […]

Teens and Sleep

How Much Sleep do Teenagers Need? Sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. It is the only time when our body can recuperate from a day’s worth of activities. Sleep is vital to your physical as well as mental health. When it comes to teens and sleep, most teenagers need around nine […]

How Long is an Apnea?

Hold your breath for TEN seconds. 1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10. Okay you may breathe now! How do you feel? That wasn’t just a random test – that just one of the many episodes of disturbed airflow that a sleep apnea sufferer experiences throughout the night. How long is an apnea? Each one is ten seconds long. Sleep apnea […]

How to Avoid Jet Lag

I’ve always taken jet lag seriously. Really I have. As ex-pats from England living in Los Angeles, our house is always inundated with sun-deprived Brits and close (and not so close) family members and friends, gleefully calling and announcing their impending arrival. No problem, we say, come on over, we say, here’s where you sleep, […]

Using Sleeping Pills for Insomnia

Sleeping Pills and Insomnia Even though sleep is one of the most important necessities for humans, a large number of Americans have insomnia, sleeping disorders, or poor sleep. Sleeping pills are the most common solution people use when dealing with sleeping problems. Sleeping pills may solve your problems initially; however, most of them also come […]

Boosting Melatonin Production

Although not getting enough sleep for a night or two may not be a big deal, there is a close connection between a chronic lack of sleep and a whole host of health maladies. Human bodies are naturally predisposed to rest at night, when there is no light, and to awaken when the sun comes […]

Napping Your Way to Success

Napping is no longer associated as a practice for young children, the elderly or aimless slackers. Studies have shown that there are amazing benefits to a midday nap. It can improve your mood, memory, creativity, and your health. Many great leaders have attributed their success to the revitalizing effects of a nap. Some world famous […]