Bed bugs have made a comeback in what is being called the biggest outbreak since World War II, according to an article by the Associated Press. The Environmental Protection Agency held its first-ever National Bed Bug Summit, April 14-15, to discuss the expanding impact the insects are currently having on housing, hospitality and other industries. According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, improvements in hygiene and the widespread use of the synthetic pesticide DDT during the 1940s and ‘50s all but decimated the bed bug population in the U.S.
We all have moments where we just can't sleep, and some of us suffer from disorders or problems that make it near impossible to get a good night's rest. But regardless of what's causing your sleep problems, it is important to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. Think of these habits as ground rules that should always apply, like shutting off the power before changing a light bulb or looking both ways before crossing the road. Here are five healthy habits that can help you sleep well
One-third of Americans are losing sleep over the state of the U.S. economy and other personal financial concerns, according to the National Sleep Foundation's 2009 Sleep in America™ poll. The poll, which surveyed a random sample of 1,000 adults at least 18 years of age, also found that those in good health who are getting enough sleep are two times as likely to work efficiently, exercise or eat healthy as those in poor health.
The U.K. Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service has found that six common sleeping positions say a lot about what type of person you are, according to an article by MyFoxPhilly.com. The positions and what they mean include:
In honor of the latest Internet sensation, the National Sleep Foundation has created a list of 25 random facts about sleep. But we're not restricting this information to our 25 closest friends. Share it with everyone you know!
Before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, check out these past posts on the different types of foods that can either help you sleep or keep you awake. You might learn something new. For instance, if you're relying on a helping of turkey to induce a post-Thanksgiving dinner nap, you might be surprised to learn that some believe turkey doesn't contain enough tryptophan — an amino acid that has sleep-inducing properties — to cause sleepiness.
Researchers have discovered associations between obstructive sleep apnea and a variety of eye diseases, including glaucoma and continuous positive airway pressure–associated eye complications, according to a review published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Mayo Clinic researchers conducted a literature search using combinations of terms associated with sleep disorders and eye disease and found associations between ophthalmologic complications and obstructive sleep apnea, one of the most common sleep disorders.
While there are questions about how much sleep is necessary for different age groups or individuals, one thing remains true: You need sleep. It's a basic necessity of life, as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water. When we sleep well, we wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face daily challenges. When we don't, every part of our lives can suffer. If you're thinking about cutting back on your snooze time, a new article in U.S. News & World Report lists 10 reasons why you shouldn't skimp on sleep.
When it comes to a good night's sleep, your bed — specifically your mattress — can be your most important resource. But it can be intimidating purchasing a mattress for the very first time. There are many different options to cater to all types of sleepers. Mattresses may be made of inner springs, foam, fabric, water or air. They may be firmer or more responsive to your body. This, in turn, may affect body temperature and humidity, as well as comfort.
Last week, we looked at different types of food that can cause sleepiness. On the flipside, there are plenty of foods and beverages that can keep you up at night, intentionally or not. The most widely known "pick me up" is caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant that works by blocking the action of hormones in the brain that makes us feel sleepy. A strong dose of caffeine can stimulate the mind for a short time but also can cause an alertness crash as the effect wears off. The best way to benefit from the stimulating effect of caffeine is to consume small amounts frequently throughout the day.