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How to Organize Your Bedside Table for Better Sleep

Brooks Palmer | Posted 03.25.2013 | HuffPost Home
Brooks Palmer

Our well-being is dependent on how well we rest each night.

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.

It's National Sleep Day! 8 New Findings About Sleep And Your Health

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Sleep deprivation can raise anxiety levels and other recent research.

Success In 2013 Starts With A New Year's Sleep Resolution

Dr. Robert Oexman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Robert Oexman

In setting New Year's resolutions this year, maybe we should stack the deck in our favor by getting the right "mindset" for achieving our goals. It all starts with sleep -- pair any resolution you have with more sleep for the best results.

Early Bird Or Night Owl? It's In Your Genes

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Are you a lark, someone who likes being up and active in the early morning? Or are you a night owl, someone who tends to wake later and perhaps gains energy and focus as the day progresses, someone who likes to work (and play) in the evening hours?

Go to Sleep!

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Learning to wind down at the end of a day without a laptop, cellphone or tablet assaulting our retinas is a modern-day challenge. But give it a try. If you can unplug your electronics at least an hour before bed, you might get a night of good sleep.

'Sleeping On It' Works For Difficult Problems

Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living

By Annie Hauser Some adages about sleep and your emotional health -- think "don't go to bed angry" -- don't necessarily ring true, experts say. ...

What We Can Learn From Professional Athletes About Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

It won't surprise me to see more sports teams adopting a sleep-better-to-perform better strategy similar to the one the Jets have put into play this season. But using sleep to improve performance isn't just the purview of athletes.

Poor Sleep Linked To Hard-To-Treat Health Problem In Women

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 01.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Here's some sobering and serious news for women: Sleeping poorly may double your risk of a form of high blood pressure that is not easily treated.

The Napping Revolution Starts Now!

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

Sleep that occurs during the day is often viewed as being a mark of laziness. Sleeping on the job is not viewed as a trait of the successful, driven employee. On many occasions, patients have admitted to me that they "sneak" naps during the day.

How Does Sleep Affect Emotional Well-Being?

Ina E. Djonlagic, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Ina E. Djonlagic, M.D.

We often sacrifice sleep because of long workdays that spill over into our "leisure time," because we're watching late-night TV, and sometimes because that is the only time that we have to ourselves after we put the kids to bed.

Is Sleep The New Gatorade?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 12.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

I think the sleep revolution is one major endorsement away from exploding into popular culture. The foundation is in place. We just need one athlete to speak out about how he or she considers sleep to be a cornerstone for success.

The Toll Long Hours And Little Sleep Takes On Your Waistline

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 12.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Overwork and little sleep can affect every aspect of our lives, from relationships, job performance and daily wellbeing to our fundamental health. A new study suggests that difficult and demanding work schedules also can contribute to obesity.

How Much Sleep Do Students Actually Need?

Dr. David White, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. David White, M.D.

Nobody wants to be set up for poor performance before the first bell even rings. However, poor sleep habits of elementary, middle and high school students may make them sluggish during the day, hinder their success at school and contribute to long-term health problems.

How Sleep Affects The Power Of Vaccines

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Summer is coming to an end, and with fall and winter come cold and flu season. Want to give your annual flu vaccination a powerful boost? Start sleeping more.

The Dangerous Link Between Poverty And Sleep Deprivation

Orfeu M. Buxton, Ph.D | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Orfeu M. Buxton, Ph.D

Sleep, a powerful source of resilience, is usually noticed most when deficient. One recurring theme of the "Great Recession" is the impact of financial hardship on sleep, stress, and health.

Sleepier at the Democratic National Convention

Stuart F. Quan, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Stuart F. Quan, M.D.

Unlike President Obama, we in the community of sleep experts and policymakers are not standing for reelection. However, we need to redouble our efforts to engage the general public, corporate leaders and politicians in discussions about the need to encourage healthy sleep policies

Sleepless At The Republican National Convention

Stuart F. Quan, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Stuart F. Quan, M.D.

Having missed Tropical Storm Issac, I managed to fly into Tampa to represent the Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine as part of the Huffington Post's Health Oasis at the Republican National Convention.

Sleep Problems May Contribute To Cognitive Decline

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

A group of studies, all conducted independently, have reached a similar sobering conclusion: Sleep problems -- including several common sleep difficulties faced by millions of people on a regular basis -- may, over time, lead to cognitive impairment and even dementia.

This Is Your Immune System On Sleep Deprivation

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

You've probably heard about how significant a role stress is believed to play in the development of illness and disease. Here's some sobering and important news: New research indicates that lack of sleep can be as damaging to the immune system as stress.

Pro Athletes: Sleep Helps Them Stay in the Game

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Protecting and encouraging sleep among pro athletes may be one way to enhance and even prolong players' career-long levels of performance.

The Mysterious Science Of Sleep

Dr. David White, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. David White, M.D.

While our understanding of sleep science continues to grow, there continues to be a strong consensus on the need for a good night's rest.

5 Reasons Using Your Vacation Days Is Good For Your Health

Linden Schaffer | Posted 08.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Linden Schaffer

People who pride themselves on not taking their vacation days ruin it for the rest of us! Taking off for a week long or longer is not only good for your health, but it can improve your work too. Here are five reasons to claim those vacation days.

An Under-Examined Danger Of Insomnia

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

You may know that insomnia puts you at greater risk for serious health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. But did you know that insomnia may also increase your risk of injury?

Yet Another Health Risk Of Sleep Apnea?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 08.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These two studies are the first to establish a link between OSA and cancer in humans. Previous studies have shown evidence of a relationship between cancer and sleep apnea in mice.