1. Sleep helps you feel your best The idea that it's necessary to get eight hours of sleep each night partly comes from studies that ask people how much time they normally spend sleeping. For example, in a Canadian survey, more than 17,000 students in 24 countries were asked how much sleep they got each night. Sixty-three percent of participants said they slept from seven to … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons You Need More Sleep
Long-term sleep deprivation can impair your concentration, memory and mood. according to Charles Samuels, MD, medical director of the Center for Sleep and Human Performance, and the clinical assistant professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary. Too-little sleep can also alter your brain’s mechanism for interpreting hunger, leaving you with the tendency to … [Read more...] about 8 Sneaky Habits Wrecking Your Sleep (And How to Avoid Them)
Not only does the sheer misery induced by allergy symptoms keep you awake at night, but your body’s immunological response to those allergens disrupts the systems set up to regulate your sleep. So the key to a good night’s sleep is to keep allergens at bay—or, when that’s simply impossible, find a way to minimize your body’s reaction to them. Here’s how to do it. Make an … [Read more...] about Sleep Better During Allergy Season: Your Energy-Boosting Plan
1. Think about short-term HRT. Surprised? Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has largely fallen out of favor among women and their doctors, and for good reason. Long-term research studies have found it can increase your risk of blood clots, breast cancer, and gallbladder disease. Still, the fact is that perimenopausal women who use HRT sleep better. Whether it’s because it … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Sleep Better During Menopause
1. Acclimate If you’re going to be gone longer than a couple of days, begin acclimating your body to the new time zone by altering your eating schedule three days before your plane takes off. If you’re heading west to California from New York, for example, three days before you leave, eat an hour earlier each day. Flying from back east? Help reverse the acclimation and … [Read more...] about 15 Tricks Seasoned Travelers Use to Beat Jet Lag
1. Buy a new mattress Don’t even try to comparison shop. Every mattress in every store has a different name. And every owner of every mattress shop says that the mattresses in his shop are different—and better—than every other mattress shop on the planet. The truth is that the right mattress for you is the one that you try in your home for 30 days. Find a mattress shop that … [Read more...] about 12 Ways To Make Your Bedroom More Sleep-Friendly
Sleep loss can kill a relationship. In a study at the University of California at Berkeley, researchers found that sleep deprivation fractures brain mechanisms that tame our emotional responses to stressors. In other words, once provoked by a spouse or significant other after sleep deprivation, there's no guarantee we will play nice. And that kills sex and considerably lowers … [Read more...] about 5 Ways To Deal With a Restless Bed Partner
Shift work twirls the dials on your body’s biological clock until it can’t tell when it should wake you up and when it should let you sleep. And although there’s no single magic plan that’s right for everyone, there is agreement among sleep researchers that the following strategies will help you get a good night’s sleep. 1. Get your partner on board Shift work is tough on the … [Read more...] about 10 Sleep Tips For Shift Workers
Sleeping for more than eight hours is considered a luxury for most of us—but is there such a thing as getting too much sleep? We asked sleep researcher Helen Driver how to know if you're getting the right amount of sleep. You’re not sleeping too much if... • You naturally need more sleep Just as there are people who can thrive on less than eight hours of sleep every night, … [Read more...] about Is It Possible to Sleep Too Much?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition that ranges from a creepy-crawly sensation that runs up and down your legs to quivers, jerks, pins and needles, numbness, pain or a burning sensation. It affects millions of individuals every day, and their chief complaint is difficulty falling—and staying—asleep. And many people who have RLS also have trouble controlling sudden limb … [Read more...] about 7 Ways to Beat Restless Legs
• When you sit down, do you have a strong desire to move your legs? • Does your desire to move your legs feel impossible to resist? • Have you ever used the words unpleasant, creepy crawly, creeping, itching, pulling or tugging to describe your symptoms to others? • Does your desire to move often occur when you are resting or sitting still? • Does moving your legs … [Read more...] about 9 Signs You Have Restless Legs Syndrome
1. Lower your expectations "I think a lot of us are type-A working [parents]," says Jodi Mindell, PhD, associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Sleep Deprived No More: From Pregnancy to Early Motherhood. "We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We think we need to be the perfect [parent] and never lose patience with our … [Read more...] about 8 Tried-and-True Sleep Tips For Parents
Sometimes it seems as though our culture has begun to view sleep as a sign of weakness. It's the new macho and women are buying into it big-time. "I can stay awake through anything." "I can stay awake longer than you can." "I can run on dead brain cells, sheer guts and sheep entrails." That's the kind of talk you often hear in the latte line at Starbucks. But your body … [Read more...] about 13 Sleep Tips for Bleary-Eyed New Moms
Nearly 70 percent of adults have nightmares—with an amazing 30 percent of us reporting that these terrifying dreams jerk us out of sleep as often as once a month. Nightmare triggers Nightmares can be caused by medications, oddball genes, degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer's, last night's tamales, traumatic events in the present, never-healed wounds from the … [Read more...] about Why We Have Nightmares
Food as a sleep saboteur? Absolutely. And we aren't talking about nights when you try the new sushi place down the street and end up with dancing shrimp doing the rumba through your gut. Instead, we're talking about a saboteur called sleep-related eating disorder (SRED). Also called nocturnal binge-eating disorder, it's a condition in which eating during the middle of the night … [Read more...] about Sleep Eating: Could a Strange Disorder Be Ruining Your Sleep?
Electronics are sleep stealers, says Jodi Mindell, PhD, associate director of the Sleep Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A whopping 40 percent of school-age children and 20 percent of preschoolers have TVs in the bedroom. "Get them out," says Mindell. "And take out the computers, Game Boys, and cell phones as well." A recent study in Germany of 11 healthy … [Read more...] about Signs That Technology Is Ruining Your Family’s Sleep
When it comes to sleep, timing is everything. Once you learn to synchronize your body’s biological clock, your body will know when to sleep and when to be alert. Here are five ways to set the clock and start sleeping well. 1. Wake at the same time every day A good night’s sleep actually starts in the morning. The second your eyes flutter open, light shoots down the optic … [Read more...] about 5 Science-Backed Steps to a Perfect Night’s Sleep
If you're like many of us, juggling a career and a family while trying to keep everyone in clean socks doesn't leave much time for sleep. Sure, we all try to get the commonly recommended eight hours of shut-eye, but do we really need all that rest? After all, so many people seem to function just fine on just five or six hours. We asked sleep researcher Helen Driver to help us … [Read more...] about How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?
1. Jot down a list of stressors “Every night a couple of hours before bed, sit down and make a list of all the issues, problems, and things you have to deal with,” says Donna Arand, clinical director of Kettering Hospital Sleep Disorders Center in Dayton, Ohio. “Next to each item, write a solution or plan.” When you’re ready for bed, put the list by the bedroom door. That … [Read more...] about 10 Ways To Stress Less and Sleep More
Researchers are unraveling a host of surprising health risks in troubled sleepers from depression to weight gain. Experts recommend you log an average of six to eight hours of sleep every night. If you are not getting enough zzzs, check out these 5 tips for getting a perfect night’s sleep. 1. Women are susceptible to weight-gain if they sleep poorly—not men. You may have … [Read more...] about 7 Major Ways Too-Little Sleep Can Sabotage Your Health
Yeah, we know. You didn't sleep well last night. So why not take a nap? Studies show that not only will you feel better almost immediately, says Sara Mednick, PhD, a sleep medicine researcher at the University of California at San Diego and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life, but a daily nap of between 20 and 90 minutes before 4:00 pm will also increase your mental … [Read more...] about 19 Reasons It’s Super-Healthy to Take a Nap
If your guy snores, you know the drill: Wake him up, roll him over and maybe even place a clothespin on his nose (or perhaps you just dream about that part!). But inconvenience aside, compromised breathing during sleep and poor sleep quality due to snoring have been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mood issues. About 40 percent of men snore; they’re twice as … [Read more...] about The Health Risks Of Snoring You Need to Take Seriously