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If you have medications in your medicine cabinet, it’s more than likely that at least one will list a side effect related to sleep. Many drugs used to treat health conditions, from the not so serious (seasonal allergies) to the more severe (...

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Some people use sleep hypnosis as a tool to help them fall asleep. In a nutshell, sleep hypnosis is a technique that involves guided thinking in order to lead a person into a state of relaxation. In turn, this relaxed state should make falling asleep easier....

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Whether you’re experiencing jet lag, shifting schedules at work, or adjusting to a new life routine, temporary use of over-the-counter sleep aids may be helpful in allowing you to get the sleep you need. There are many to choose from, and they do...

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For the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep issues, prescription sleep aids may provide relief. Along with helping to treat insomnia, they can help people fall asleep...

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After safety and nutrition, how much sleep a child gets is uppermost in a parent’s mind. The amount your child needs varies by age: Toddlers need 11 to 14 hours, while preteens and teens require 8 to 10 hours. Following a well-rehearsed...

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As you scan the colorful boxes of sleep aids on the pharmacy shelf, it might seem easy to grab one to see if it makes a difference in the amount of sleep you get each night. But before you take an...

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Shift work often takes place in industries where employees are needed around the clock (like health care, police or fire departments, or computer operators). More than 22 million Americans are shift workers, jobs that can come with benefits like higher pay, and challenges such as limited sleep and...

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People who work nontraditional hours often experience shift work sleep disorder. This typically occurs in those who work at night, early mornings, or have rotating shifts outside the usual 9-to-5 schedule.  Symptoms of shift work...

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Regular exercise is associated with better sleep, so it’s natural to assume that physically demanding jobs might also enhance the sleep experience. It turns out, however, that compared to those who have low-activity jobs (working at a call center or as a computer programmer, for example), people who perform manual labor for a living (...

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For many people, jobs operate on a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule, leaving plenty of time for relaxing and sleeping when the workday is done. But for many, nontraditional work hours or extra-long days can cut into other areas of life...

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About 15 percent  of Americans are shift workers, including firefighters, nurses, pilots, and food professionals. If you work nontraditional hours, you know how important it is to figure out a successful sleep schedule so you...

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Not everyone has a typical morning to afternoon work schedule. More than 22 million Americans have shift work jobs, including firefighters, nurses, and pilots. These professions play an important role in every community, but there are also challenges...

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For many people, the moment of turning out the light and lying back on a soft pillow is the ultimate nightly bliss. But for those who struggle to fall asleep, the prospect of staring at the ceiling and counting sheep can be disheartening. Measured by the amount of time it takes to go from being fully awake to sleep, sleep onset latency (SOL)...

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A peaceful night of slumber can leave you feeling more energized and alert when you wake up. But sleep quality is only part of how sleep affects your energy levels throughout the day. Sleep satisfaction also influences how energized you feel at any given moment, and better sleep satisfaction can make people feel more invigorated.

 

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As the saying goes, silence is golden. Sleeping in a noisy space not only disrupts the quality of your sleep, but it can also leave you feeling less satisfied with your overall sleep experience.  Part of the reason is because during sleep, the brain continues to register and process sounds, affecting everything from heart rate to blood pressure...

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Feeling rested and rejuvenated after a night’s sleep is everyone’s goal, but how is that feeling measured? Sleep satisfaction, or how satisfied someone is with his or her sleep, is a subjective evaluation. Sleep satisfaction is correlated with positive experiences in other...

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How you feel about the sleep you get every night is known as sleep satisfaction. Unlike sleep quantity (which objectively measures how many hours you sleep) and sleep quality (which includes such variables as how...

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It’s important to strive for the recommended seven to nine hours  of sleep each night, but counting how much sleep you get isn’t the only way to achieve sleep satisfaction. See how these other factors can affect how positive you feel about the sleep you are getting.

 

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While many people think sleep needs decrease with age, recommended sleep duration actually remains fairly constant with only a minor drop in the upper-end of the spectrum.  Still, for many adults age 65 and older, achieving the suggested seven to eight hours each night feels like a tall order.  If a full night’s sleep is elusive, it could be...

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As women enter menopause, a decrease in the production of certain hormones causes many physical and emotional changes.  Along with hot flashes and mood fluctuations, breathing issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), can be more severe.  Learn about the connection between menopause, sleep and OSA—and what you can do about it.

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Hormonal changes during menopause can trigger a number of unwelcome sleep disruptions. In fact, up to half of all menopausal women will experience sleep complications compared with 15 percent of the general population.  Read on to learn about some of the most common sleep issues associated with menopause and discover smart ways for getting...

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Your body goes through changes at every stage of life, and many of those changes affect sleep. In older people especially, problems such as difficulty falling and staying asleep are common,  and sleep patterns also shift due to alterations in circadian rhythm. This is...

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If you’ve noticed that your sleep habits have changed, without any major shifts to your lifestyle, you may want to look into the medications you’re taking. Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs can impact sleep: Some cause insomnia, while others disrupt sleep quality or...

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Taking care of an infant is tiring work, and falling asleep whenever the opportunity arises seems like it should be easy. Ironically, some new parents struggle to do just that, a potential sign of postnatal insomnia. The condition may have a medical component or be related to depression,  but sometimes insomnia can simply be the result of...

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For many parents, the word “tired” takes on new meaning during the first few weeks after bringing a baby home. New moms and dads are often surprised by just how drained and exhausted they are, and at times, it can seem as if they’ll never feel rested again. But while it can be difficult to avoid sleep deprivation entirely thanks to the fact...

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