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Dr. W. Christopher Winter

Sleeping Around: How to Sleep on a Lavender Farm

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Although there isn't much you can do about the firmness of the mattress or the noise in the hallway at 2 a.m., there are simple tricks to create a sense of familiarity and help ensure a good night's sleep. To create a sense of home in a room that's new, think about your senses.

Sleeping Around: How to Sleep With the Same Woman for 20 Years

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Having trouble falling asleep is a real drag. Having no trouble sleeping, but being awakened with by a whispered, "Are you asleep? I'm not," is a reason for justifiable homicide in six states.

Sleeping Around: How to Sleep in a Sensory Deprivation Tank

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Being the somnonaut that I am, I have always been interested in trying to sleep in a R.E.S.T tank. While I was never convinced that I would emerge from the experience transformed into a short, hairy primitive being as in the 1980 William Hurt movie Altered States, I have always believed that the experience could be transformative.

This Doctor Slept In A Haunted House To Prove You Can Get A Great Night's Sleep Anywhere

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

The next time you are forced to sleep in an unsettling location, hopefully these tips will help you rest in peace.

How One Rock Band Learned To Get Better Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 12.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

For the members of Parachute, a hard touring band from Charlottesville, Virginia, the night exerts a strong influence on the music they record and perform. Need proof? Look no further than title of their new album: Overnight.

Teens Need More Than Just Later School Start Times to Fix Their Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Monitor your teen for signs of excessive sleepiness, and when present, take steps to address it. A later school start time does not shield your teen from excessive sleepiness.

Can Sleep Science Help You Pick A Perfect March Madness Bracket?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

As a sleep specialist, helping elite athletes deal with sleep and travel is what I do for a living. Trying to minimize the effects of cross-country travel and sleeping away from home can be a monumental task for some players and regardless of the techniques we use to minimize these obstacles, they are nonetheless always present.

Do Sleep Trackers Really Work?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

To put these devices to the test, I needed a gold-standard evaluation of my sleep quality. To achieve that, I underwent a true sleep study. This combination of brain wave tracings, muscle-tone evaluation and eye-movement analysis, along with a live audio/video of my sleep allowed me to see exactly what was happening during my slumber.

How This Rocker Carves Out Time For Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

This music legend views sleep as the gas in his tank. He drinks his coffee strong in the morning and kayaks or bicycles three days a week. "Of all the things I do for myself, routine really helps. You've got to see the big picture."

How This Rock Band Makes Time For Sleep On The Road

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 03.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Drivin' N' Cryin's "sleep when you can" attitude may have indirectly led to over three decades of music from a band Rolling Stone magazine compared to The Replacements, if Paul Westerberg had worshipped Angus Young instead of Alex Chilton.

Train Crash Sheds Light On Shift Work Disorder

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

The diagnosis is made when an individual works a nontraditional shift, feels sleepiness as a result, and this sleepiness impacts the work life or home life in some negative way. The commuter train crash reads like a primer illustrating the finer points of shift work disorder.

How One Band Manages To Make Time For Sleep On The Road

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

For over 20 years, Carbon Leaf has been honing their musical craft that deftly blends folk, country and Celtic and rock elements. While their musical identity has evolved and matured on the road, so, too, has the band's ability to find healthy sleep while touring.

Choosing The Best Temperature For Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Since I began working with athletes in 2005, temperature is a topic that comes up frequently in our discussions about sleep. And I have never encountered a professional baseball, football, basketball or hockey player who prefers a warmer sleeping environment to a colder one. Not one.

How This Southern Rock Band Makes Time For Sleep

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 10.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Touring is a difficult job, and Sons of Bill are doing their best to find ways to balance their love of music and need for sleep.

Good Vibrations: The So Sound Lounger

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

I love gadgets and sleep gadgets are my favorite. The application of invention to something as basic as sleep and rest is fascinating to me. As individuals work towards developing devices to monitor and improve sleep, there are a wealth of products coming and going from the market.