A short time after I had sat at my desk, I heard a familiar sound, signaling that I had received a new message. It was from my supervisor. We needed to have an impromptu meeting. Assuming it would be nothing but a quick pop in, I immediately headed to that familiar office, took a seat and we got right to it. Thirty minutes later, I was in tears.
Cheri Mah of the Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory is a highly sought expert in the sports world. In answer to my questions, she shared insights on how athletes at every level can boost performance by getting more sleep, what's behind the recent surge in interest in athletes' sleep habits and how non-athletes can incorporate these lessons into their lives.
Homework can wait, but sleep cannot. Our health is important and so are our minds, but they both can't work together unless we allow them to.
Are you thinking of staying up for an extra half-hour tonight so you can watch a sitcom or finish that scary vampire novel? The latest research may make you change your mind.
Helene Emsellem is one of our leading experts on how to understand and treat sleep disorders, especially in adolescents. In answer to my questions, she shared her insights on how sleep deprivation affects young people's health, what she's learned in decades of clinical experience, and how sleep is related to diagnoses of ADD and ADHD.
Here are three ways you might jumpstart weight loss while working on your food choices and activity level.
The immune system is not a single entity but, rather, a structure that works with all the other systems in your body. If one's not working optimally, your immunity will plummet, and you can bet your overall well-being will be affected.
A clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Rubin Naiman is particularly interested in dreams. In answer to my questions, he passionately and eloquently makes the case that we can truly benefit from opening ourselves to our dreams and meeting them on their own terms rather than trying to view them through the lens of waking life.
Whether you're concerned about that one hour of sleep you lose when the clock springs forward, or whether you simply want to enhance your sleep, fall asleep faster, or improve your physical and mental performance by sleeping better or longer, you're about to discover five important sleep factors most people don't think about, but probably should.
Having just read the title of my new article, you may be thinking: "Has Dr. Jim finally lost it? What does sleep have to do with sports?" Let me explain. Have you ever tried to sleep? You lie in bed and tell yourself that you have to sleep and you try, try, try to sleep. It doesn't work, does it?
Some foods can sabotage your slumber, causing you to wake frequently throughout the night (or even making it difficult to fall asleep in the first place). However, other foods can actually increase the hormones in your brain that promote relaxation and high quality sleep. Read on for smart diet swaps -- and finally claim that full night of rest.
By raising awareness about insomnia, and by letting people know they are not alone and treatment options are available, I hope that people who are suffering will seek help and improve their quality of life. You do not need to let insomnia prevent you from sleeping well.
At the end of the day we should all be searching for the simplest ways to live a long, healthy, and energetic life.
Sleeping more than eight hours has never been proven to be a cause of poor health. A more likely explanation is that excessive sleep could indicate an underlying health problem, like heart disease, diabetes or sleep apnea, which actually do increase your risk of stroke.
Even if your child's fears seem unreasonable to you, you can help them feel more safe -- emotionally safe -- by not challenging the fact that they are afraid.