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Sleep and Health

Here's What The Healthiest Sleepers Never Do Before Bed

HuffPost Partner Studio | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living

"You should get eight hours of sleep a night." It sounds so easy, doesn't it? Sure, that is until it's 3 a.m. and you've been tossing and turning for ...

Blame Trump's Lack of Sleep for His Erratic Behavior

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

A recent op-ed piece by Timothy Egan in the New York Times, "A Unified Theory of Trump," suggested a novel and I believe entirely plausible explanation for Trump's behavior as a candidate: he is chronically sleep deprived.

10 Things Healthy People Do Before Bed

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 01.05.2016 | Healthy Living

Want better well-being? Try sleeping your way there. Healthy people know that logging Zs is a vital part of their wellness routine, so they prioritize...

6 Ways You Didn't Know Sleep Loss Hinders Your Health

Pete Bils, Sleep Geek Pete | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Pete Bils, Sleep Geek Pete

When we reevaluate our health and wellness, we usually focus on diet and exercise. When we try to accommodate our busy schedules and over connected li...

The Best Tips For A Good Night's Sleep

Ornish Living | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Ornish Living

We all struggle from time to time with getting sleep. Either we have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or even just getting enough sleep. It's when it becomes a habit that our health can suffer.

Sleep Is the New Wonder Drug

Lynne Dorner | Posted 06.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lynne Dorner

It's considered a badge of honor to dedicate hours upon hours at work only to have no energy left to dedicate your time to what's really important. Thankfully, this is beginning to change.

7 Tips For A Cleaner And Healthier Bedroom

Firas Kittaneh | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Firas Kittaneh

Having a clean room can keep you healthier by ridding your space of dust, bacteria, and other stuff that can infiltrate your sleeping paradise. I've gathered seven tips that you can easily implement into your routine to make sure your bedroom is in tip top shape.

4 Ways To Combat Health Risks In Your Bedroom

Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living

By Katrina Plyler for U.S. News With any illness, injury or sniffle, you'll hear one common suggestion: Get plenty of rest. Whether we're nursing a...

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.15.2014 | Science
Deepak Chopra

Despite five decades of modern neuroscience, we have only a very limited knowledge of the role of sleep and barely know anything about the role of dreams. Common experience tells us to agree with Shakespeare's simple conclusion that sleep "knits up the raveled sleeve of care."

Insomnia Symptoms Raise Mortality Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

With our busy lives, it can be tempting to shrug off -- or ignore altogether -- difficulties with sleep. Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, waking feeling tired and unrefreshed: These are commonly experienced disruptions to sleep for millions of adults.

Real-Life Tips For Better Sleep

SELF | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
SELF

Most of us are exhausted and don't even realize it. Here are seven ways you can sleep better tonight.

Why Sleep Is Crucial For Surviving The Holiday Season

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Looking for some help to avoid the seasonal weight gain? In addition to the standard advice, I'd like to add another strategy to the list: get plenty of sleep.

Should We Blame the Engineer for Falling Asleep at the Train Controls?

Christopher M. Barnes | Posted 02.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Christopher M. Barnes

When employees fall asleep on the job, this should be an indicator that perhaps the work system is scheduled in a manner that is incompatible with circadian processes and sleep needs of employees.

The Biological Reason You're A Night Owl Or An Early Bird

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

If our preferences for sleep and wake times are strongly influenced by genetics and biology, what are we to do when faced with inclinations that don't match up with the demands and responsibilities of our lives?

Can You Really Sleep Too Much?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Don't mistake sleeping more with sleeping better. For the best sleep for long-term health, aim for a not-too-little, not-too-much middle ground.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea and Look Younger

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Poor sleep, and sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, diminish both sleep quantity and sleep quality, and can interfere with the body's ability to rejuvenate cells and bolster immune function. This can result in a less attractive, less youthful appearance.

Shift Work and High PSA

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The relationship of circadian dysfunction to cancer risk is a critically important area of research. With millions of Americans working shifts -- and a wider array of jobs requiring non-traditional schedules -- this is an issue that needs rigorous study and attention.

Want Your Preschooler To Succeed? Make Sure He Gets A Nap

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If you want your preschooler to get a leg up on school, the best thing you can do may be to make sure he gets a nap after lunch.

The Difference Between Natural and Chemically-Induced Sleep

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

In recent years studies have begun to link chronic partial sleep deprivation to serious physical health consequences. Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and alters hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging.

Can't Sleep? Try Yoga

Kripalu | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Sleep is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system, the system devoted to rest and digestion. Not surprisingly, sleep onset (the natural oncoming of sleep) and yoga are both associated with an increase in parasympathetic activity.

The Consequences Of Skimping On Sleep

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

A lack of adequate sleep has become an integral part of our modern world, but not without consequences. Sleep is the last thing we get to at the end of a busy day, and it is the first to be sacrificed when a lack of time demands it. What is the harm of not getting quite enough sleep?

A Risk Factor For Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The latest study comes an important step closer to establishing a causal link between the two conditions, by examining specifically the direction of the relationship between the two.

Getting Enough Sleep Is Smart, Not Selfish

Nancy Brown | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Far too often, we see sleep as an enemy, robbing us of time that could be spent getting things done. Truth is, getting a decent night's sleep not only makes you more productive -- for women, it can be a step toward a longer, healthier life.

Sleep Less, Weigh More?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The challenge of maintaining a healthy weight is a daily endeavor, made up of many small choices that over time have a powerful cumulative effect. A routine of sufficient nightly sleep can aid in this, helping your body and mind work at their best every day for weight control and overall health.

Why Self-Control Requires A Good Night's Sleep

Christopher M. Barnes | Posted 07.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Christopher M. Barnes

Sleep appears to be a master key for our ability to exert self-control. If you find yourself caving to temptation more often that you want, check your sleep habits and consider making sleep a higher priority.