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Many people take sleep aids to help treat their insomnia. The...

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The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has recently released an expert report on the key indicators of good sleep quality.

Given the increase in the use of sleep technology devices, the key findings from the report are timely and relevant. This information complements the data these devices provide, helping millions of consumers interpret...

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The pattern of waking during the day when it is light and sleeping at night when it is dark is a natural part of human life. Only recently have scientists begun to understand the alternating cycle of sleep and waking, and how it is related to daylight and...

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Plenty of animals can sleep upright, such as horses and various livestock.

But what about people? According to a recent BBC News article, it's possible but not always comfortable.

"We can sleep in a chair. We can sleep standing up, but we are not as good at it as other creatures, for example birds," Derk-...

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The climate in your bedroom plays an important role in helping you sleeping more soundly. You may already know that your body temperature naturally drops while you are sleeping, making a cooler climate more snooze-inducing than a warm one. But temperature isn’t...

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When you talk to a doctor about sleep symptoms that may be caused by your shift schedule, your doctor may ask you about:

  • Your physical and mental health history.
  • Your symptoms (in detail), including how long you’ve had them, how frequent they are, and how they interfere with work or social life.
  • Your work schedule...
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Jodi Mindell, Expert on Sleep and Children Issues
Jodi Mindell, PhD.

We are first-time parents and are concerned about the amount of...

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Do women need more sleep than men? Yes, according to Dr. Jim Horne, Britain's leading expert in...

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Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2016) —The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recent fielding of the Sleep Health Index®(SHI) reports staggering drowsy driving statistics, revealing a clear need for significant...

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If you have trouble falling asleep, relaxation techniques can help you quiet your mind and calm your body. Try one of these simple exercises when you’re in bed.

If your doctor suggests you undergo a sleep study, or polysomnography, you may be wondering what is involved in this test and what to expect. Sleep studies help doctors diagnose sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder,...

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Many of the world’s greatest athletes eat, sleep, breathe, and live for their sport. But did you know that in addition to physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results? The quality and amount of sleep athletes get is often the key to winning. REM sleep in particular provides...

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It may seem strange to consult a dentist about sleep trouble, but oral appliances (dental devices) aren’t just used to protect or straighten the teeth—they are also prescribed for a variety of sleep issues. Read on to find out whether using one might help you get rid of your sleep problem and improve your zzz's.

What they are:...

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Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes a loss of cells in the part of the brain that controls movement. People with Parkinson’s disease experience a range of symptoms, including tremor (shaking), rigidity (stiffness), slowness of movement, and problems with balance and coordination. They may also have memory...

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Sleep-deprived women are at greater risk for developing heart disease than men. Women who slept five hours or less displayed an increase in inflammatory markers known as high-sensitivity C-reactive proteins, which are commonly associated with cardiovascular disease. The study, which was conducted at Warwick Medical School in England, consisted...

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One of the most difficult aspects of Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is trying to maintain employment and some semblance of a normal social life. Here are some strategies that can help you do both.

Non-24 and Your Social Life

  • Explain Non-24 to your family and friends so that they understand how it may...

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Adolescents today face a widespread chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Although society often views sleep as a luxury that ambitious or active people cannot afford, research shows that getting enough sleep is a biological necessity, as important to good health as eating well or exercising....

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Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) is a disorder that affects the normal 24-hour synchronization of circadian rhythms. One subtype designation according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders is Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder - Free Running Type. It has also been called Hypernychthemeral Syndrome.

Sleep disorders affect about 50 – 70 million Americans. Most sleep disorders go undiagnosed or untreated. When untreated, sleep disorders have been associated with increased risk for injuries and accidents. They are also linked with additional physical and mental health issues.

In a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,...

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Giving up naps is a major milestone for a small child. But unlike taking her first steps or saying his first words, the break with napping often comes with as many struggles as celebrations. Just like the shift from two naps to one as an infant,...

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If you have control over your work schedule, here are factors to keep in mind to make the adjustment easier.

Night shifts

  • Try to keep the same sleep and wake times each day, even on your days off. This will help regulate your...
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Richard Simon, MD

Richard Simon, MD

What do you advise your obese patients who have sleep problems to do?

I...

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Improving work conditions is important for a shift worker’s health and well-being, but it’s also key to safety and productivity on the job. Making improvements in the workplace is in the shared interests of both employees and employers.

Work environment. A work environment that is cool and bright helps shift workers stay...

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Dr. Daniel Lewin

Dr. Daniel Lewin

My 17-year-old daughter will not get out of bed in the morning. I try and try to wake...

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