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Sleep Disorders

Introducing the Stanford Sleep Blog

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Sleep is a window to our general health and a very mysterious process that still mystifies scientists today. Sleep problems affect real people, and the information available often washes out the complexities of sleep problems at the individual level.

7 Natural Solutions For A Good Night's Sleep

Felice Shapiro | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

When we're not talking about getting in shape, sex, our kids, our homes, our skin/hair or our finances and health -- we're probably talking about sleep. One thing we can all agree on is, there's no one solution to ensuring a good night's sleep that works for everyone.

The Staggering Cost Of Insomnia

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Medical research is big business in this country. But historically very little of this money has gone to insomnia research. For decades, those with insomnia were regarded as "silent sufferers," often going undiagnosed, even when seeking help.

Is Daylight Saving Time Unnatural?

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Buzzell

What effect does this mechanization of our biorhythms have on our health and general well-being? Surely forcing ourselves to fit into an unvarying schedule no matter the season can't be good for us.

How Caregivers Can Get The Sleep They Need

Sherri Snelling | Posted 05.13.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

In the classic children's story from the Brothers Grimm, a beautiful princess sleeps her way to an enchanting life with a handsome prince. If it were only that easy. For many of the nation's 65 million family caregivers, sleep is an elusive luxury and a true fairy tale.

Superheroes And Their Sleep Disorders

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

It appears we will have to wait until May 3 to see how Iron Man conquers his insomnia -- which I'm guessing will have something to do with Tony simplifying his life. Fortunately, you don't have to wait that long to address your sleeping hindrances.

The Sleep Problems Plaguing Our Troops

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Of all the dangers faced by soldiers, sleep is not likely to top many people's lists. But soldiers, like the rest of us, face risks to health and safety from poor and insufficient sleep. And new research indicates they may be at significantly elevated risk for sleep problems, and sleep-related health issues.

'In Order To Change The World, I Must First Go To Bed'

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

When I was a child, I hated to go to bed. The fear of missing out (FOMO) was so excruciatingly overwhelming that I would stay awake until my eyes hurt. I would love to say that I grew up and got over this, but truth be told, it just got worse.

Katherine Bindley

Are People Really Texting In Their Sleep?

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.14.2013 | Technology

Teens are known for being dependent on their cell phones -- exchanging as many as 60 text messages a day -- but are they so attached to their devices ...

WATCH: My Boyfriend Demands Sex And Gets Violent While Asleep

Posted 02.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Sexsomnia, also known as sleep sex, is a real disorder that afflicts approximately one percent of the population. George Schafer, a sufferer of sexomn...

Vitamin D Deficiency And Daytime Sleepiness: Skin Pigmentation Is A Complicated Factor

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We've seen evidence that vitamin D deficiency is associated with sleep problems, particularly with daytime sleepiness. A new study examined the link between daytime sleepiness and vitamin D, and also considered one of the major risk factors of vitamin D deficiency: skin pigmentation.

Why Getting A Good Night's Sleep Is More Important Than Ever

Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

The importance of a good night's sleep can never be overstated, with the regenerative body process linked to a number of chronic diseases, including o...

Take Control Of Your Sleep

Jamie Galloway | Posted 03.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Jamie Galloway

I can usually tell how well my clients have slept the night before within about five minutes of starting our session. We all know how important sleep is, and we all know that without adequate sleep, things can go awry fairly quickly.

11 Tricks for Perfect Sleep

Tim Ferriss | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Tim Ferriss

Is good sleep a simple matter of length, the longer the better? If you've ever needed a nap after sleeping too much, you know it isn't that simple. Let's examine the problem through an easier question to answer: what is bad sleep?

Cara Santa Maria

JET LAGGED?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

Jet lag: after days of travel, it's there when you're sleeping and when you're awake. Most of us know what jet lag feels like. According to the Ame...

How Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Affect Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Over the past two decades, chronic fatigue syndrome has won acceptance by the medical establishment. But much about the disorder -- its causes, its mechanisms in the body -- remain largely unknown.

How Do We Sleep After Sandy Hook?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

During this time following the Newtown tragedy, people may find that they have a hard time "shutting their brains off." The more they fight to quiet their minds, the more they struggle to sleep. The goal in this situation is to prevent the acute problem from developing into a chronic problem.

Coping With the Sleep Disorders Expected After the Sandy Hook Shooting

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Without doubt, parents, teachers, neighbors, first responders and all of the bereaved are likely already dealing with acute sleep disorders, including insomnia, as the shock of the event fades into insurmountable grief.

Could A Sleep Retreat Cure Insomnia?

Rubin Naiman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.

Largely as a result of the untenable demands of modern lifestyle, far too many of us continue to struggle with insomnia. Let's face it, those bottomless to-do lists persistently trump our need for rest, recreation and, of course, sleep.

Don't Dread Holiday Travel: Give Yourself The Gift Of Sleep

Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D

Instead of seven swans a-swimming or eight maids a-milking, wouldn't you just be happy to have seven to eight hours of sleep a night while visiting family or friends this holiday season?

Why Is Restless Leg Syndrome Still So Mysterious?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Restless leg syndrome is now recognized as both a sleep disorder and a neurological disorder. Despite this progress, RLS still remains something of a mystery condition.

'My Mind Seems to Wake Up When It Is Time to Sleep!'

Amer Khan, M.D. | Posted 01.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Amer Khan, M.D.

People with delayed sleep phase feel sleepy much later in the night and need to sleep in to get sufficient sleep. As a result, they often suffer the effects of chronic lack of sleep, since most people have commitmernts to fulfill -- such as being in school or at work -- in the morning.

The Sky-High Cost Of Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It's all too common for people to shrug off their episodes of insomnia, to do their best to function and cope. This kind of "power through" strategy is rampant in our busy world, but there's no real escape from the consequences that insomnia can bring.

Stop Ignoring This Treatable Sleep Problem

Amer Khan, M.D. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Amer Khan, M.D.

Snoring is an alarm. In general, the louder the alarm, the bigger the problem. If an alarm is going off, do you ignore it, turn it off or try to find out why it's going off?

Buddha's Book of Sleep Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Peter Clothier

Joseph Emet's Buddha's Book of Sleep: Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindfulness Meditation is a book which those who do have trouble sleeping will find eminently useful -- if they approach it with patience and a willingness to do the necessary work.