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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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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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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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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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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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An infant in the house means normal routines are going to go through some adjustments. Feeding, burping, rocking, and changing take time, and that round-the-clock schedule can lead many new parents to experience sleep deprivation.  The low-energy state usually disappears with extra rest, but sometimes, a lethargic feeling isn’t due to sleep at...

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Whether they wake every two hours or nap like a boss all day long, one thing’s for sure: Babies’ sleep cycles are unique compared to adult sleep cycles. Discover a few of the differences—as well as similarities—between the way you and your baby sleep.

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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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Head banging—a behavior where children repeatedly hit their heads against their mattress, pillow, crib, headboard, or even wall—can be worrying for parents to witness. Surprisingly, the seemingly painful bedtime and naptime habit may actually...

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Most new parents crave the day when they put their infant down at night—and don’t need to return to the crib until the morning. Unfortunately, despite the fact that newborns sleep about 14 to 17 hours in a 24-hour day,  they don’t string many of those hours together during the first few months. What’s more, some babies reverse their day and...

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Tossing and turning in bed is normal every now and then. It could be due to stress  or your diet: Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol and eating salty snacks and refined carbs (like bread or white rice) before bedtime can lead to sleep-interrupting fidgetiness.  But if restless sleep becomes a chronic problem, it’s best not to ignore the...

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Not all sleep is created equal. Learn how to evaluate the quality of your shut-eye.

It’s no surprise that the amount of sleep you get plays a role in determining your overall health. However, it’s not as simple as assuming that if you were in bed for 8 hours, your sleep is having a positive impact. The quality of that shut-eye also...

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In order to wake up feeling refreshed it’s important to focus on both sleep quantity—how much sleep you get each night—as well as sleep quality, which indicates how well you sleep. Poor sleep quality can cause you to feel groggy...

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Many adults assume that if they spend eight hours in bed, they are meeting their daily needs for rest and rejuvenation. What they fail to take into account, however, are the number of times they wake up throughout the night, or minutes spent tossing and turning under the covers, which can seriously cut down on both the quantity and quality of...

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The importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle is well-documented. Working out regularly can help you control your weight, fight heart disease, and boost your mood. Moreover, exercise can also promote better sleep at night and greater alertness during the day., To get the greatest benefit from the exercise-sleep connection, it’s...

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You know that getting to bed on time can do wonders for your health, both mentally and physically. Sleep can help improve your mood and energy level, and make you feel sharper and more focused. It can also help level out—or even lower—your blood pressure.  

But to gain these rewards, you need to do more than just log hours. You need to...

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