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What Are Circadian Rhythms and What Happens When They're Out of Whack?

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Simply put, your circadian rhythm is your body's internal clock. Operating on a roughly 24-hour cycle, it governs our sleep-wake cycle and plays a large part in everything from hormone release to body temperature.

Sleep Is the Most Underrated Health Habit

Jackie Stroka | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

The most basic shift we can make in redefining success in our lives has to do with our strained relationship with sleep. As Dr. Michael Roize...

10 Ways You Can Make Your Mattress Last Longer

Rosie Osmun | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

Mattress lifespan depends on many factors, but following these best practices can help ensure that you enjoy years of healthy sleep and that your investment lasts as long as possible.

The Sleep Paradox: We Need It, But Choose Not To Get It

Stuart F. Quan, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Stuart F. Quan, M.D.

Adequate amounts of sleep are essential for optimal health. Sleep is inexpensive, does not require a visit to the doctor and has no side effects. If, as individuals and a society, we place more value on obtaining sufficient sleep, we will eventually be healthier, happier and more productive.

Eating At Night Disrupts Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

When you're considering the food choices you make in order to support your health, keep in mind that you're also influencing how well you sleep -- and that it's not just what you eat, but when, that may matter.

Struggling? Try More Sleep!

Pam Howard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Pam Howard

Do you know anyone who actually sleeps 7 or 8 hours a night regularly? Not many I bet. Let's face it, we are a sleep-deprived nation, which is sad because to feel and be our best a good night's sleep needs to be a priority.

Watch 'Catapult' Bed Literally Launch Sleepers into the Day

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Technology
Van Winkle's

Furze, who's gained a huge following due to such insane, brilliant inventions as a bike that runs on ice and a jet-powered Go-Kart, has now made what might be his most ingenious (or terrifying) invention yet.

Getting More Sleep Is Easier Said Than Done

Jackie Stroka | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Of course, getting more sleep is easier said than done -- believe me, I know! This is especially true in a culture that's wired and connected 24/7. An...

10 Superfoods That Can Help You Achieve More Restful Sleep

Rosie Osmun | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

Nutrition and sleep are both hot areas of research right now, and recent studies have found that what we eat affects how we sleep, and that in turn, how we sleep can affect what we eat.

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

The Everyday Behaviors That Impact Your Dreams

Rosie Osmun | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

Dreams often seem out of our control, like a movie we watch at night rather than something we direct. However, newer research shows that some behaviors can actually affect your dreams in both good and bad ways.

What Science Now Knows About Every Dream State

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Scientists are beginning to grasp the various styles of dream narratives. More specifically, psychiatrists at University of Montreal are trying to untangle the qualitative differences between the three categories of dream-states.

Text Alert: The Connection Between Quality Sleep and Quitting Cigarettes

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

The findings suggest that text message-based programs could help improve sleep habits among smokers, which may in turn help them become smoke-free.

Is "Sleep Swimming" Endangering the Lives of Whales?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
Van Winkle's

Is the way whales "sleep" putting their lives at risk? It's possible, according to the Daily Mail. Apparently, there's a growing trend of tired whale...

The Sleep-Weight Loss Solution

Jackie Stroka | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Weight Loss Begins With a Couple of Eight-Hours Nights of Sleep When I hit the workout machines as part of my morning exercise routine, I was lifti...

What Is Sleep Inertia, and How Can I Beat It?

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

If you're like most people, the first 15 minutes after you wake up aren't your finest moments. Aside from morning breath, bed head, crusty eyes and grumpiness, you're not firing on all cylinders, mentally speaking, right after getting out of bed.

My Q and A With Sleep Expert Mathias Basner on the Science of Sleep

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

Mathias Basner is an assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, and the deputy editor of the journal SLEEP. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the effects of sleep deprivation, the relationship between work and sleep, and the small steps anyone can take to improve their sleep immediately.

Dreaming (REM Sleep) Improves Your Memory and Performance

Jackie Stroka | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jackie Stroka

Dreams Are a Key to Memory and Performance "Dreaming (most often in REM sleep) helps consolidate your memories. So what might that mean for you...

The Surprising Thing That Could Be Making You Fat And Sick

Posted 08.01.2015 | Dr. Phil

It’s the public health crisis that rivals obesity and smoking, affecting more than 25 percent of the U.S. population, and killing thousands in the b...

A Painful Problem: The Importance of Mitigating Pain and Stress for Better Sleep

Rosie Osmun | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

What this year's Sleep in America poll and other research shows us is that the relationship between pain, health and sleep appears to be quite significant. The results highlight the need for greater understanding of the complexities of pain, sleep and even attitudes going forward.

Sleep the Single Most Important Determinant in Predicting Longevity

Jackie Stroka | Posted 06.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jackie Stroka

The most basic change we can make in redefining Third Metric success in our lives has to do with our relationship to sleep and the sleep environment...

Tips for Parents: Getting Kids to Sleep

Sarah Kupferschmidt | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Sarah Kupferschmidt

According to sleep experts a 7-12 year old should be getting approximately 10-11 hours of sleep every night. Unfortunately there are many children, and even more children with autism, that are simply not getting anywhere near enough sleep.

Get More Sleep, Get More Sex

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

When it comes to getting laid, every hour counts. Every hour of sleep, that is.

How To Avoid Nightmares And Bad Dreams To Get More Restful Sleep

Rosie Osmun | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosie Osmun

If you feel like nightmares are making it difficult to get a good night's sleep often or feel anxiety around falling asleep due to bad dreams, it is worthwhile to discuss it with your doctor and/or a psychologist. They can assess if there are underlying conditions to resolve and prescribe the right treatments and medications when applicable.

ICYMI: The Science Behind Why We Watch Cat Videos And An Argument For Sleeping Alone

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we took a close look at the inner workings of the brain. We validated our cat video...