Sleep is the best energy revitalizer around. We all need it, and our bodies work most efficiently when we have about eight hours of it a day. During...
For growing teens, this daily trudge is more than a minor annoyance. Countless studies and medical experts are sounding the alarm (no pun intended): Insufficient sleep is endangering our students' health and learning.
You might become a marathoner someday, or you might join the legions of enthusiastic, mud-covered, obstacle course racers. But that's not why you're reading this blog. Right now, let's just focus on getting out the door and into the fresh air.
Is your health determined by the genetic code you inherited from your mother and father? Or do you have the ability to impact your fitness and longevi...
How we think about sleep, what's on our minds before bed and certain evening activities can affect rest. If you tend to be a sleep procrastinator or often find yourself missing important hours of sleep, it may be time to take a look within.
Dr. James J. McKenna is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame. He is a world-renowned expert on infant sleep -- particularly the practice of bed sharing in relation to breastfeeding. In our conversations, he shared his insights on co-sleeping and bi-phasic sleep patterns and offered tips for new parents.
When my eye started twitching fairly consistently for about week, I was annoyed. I can't be talking to customers or writing an essay if my eye won't stop twitching. The doctor's orders were to "Get more sleep, drink less caffeine, and alleviate stress."
So I dedicated a solid month to seeing and understanding how my body had changed and what sleep really does. Here are four things that I've learned...
My kids like to go to sleep, oh, around whatever the hell time they please. This might be 8. This might be 10. The first person who says anything to me that even closely resembles, "If you set a schedule, they will follow it," gets to take them for a week. Anyone? I didn't think so.
There is comfort in solidarity. There is comfort in not being the only one. Sleep Mom offers a hand and a tired smile, because sisterhood is reassuring.
In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we've made it our goal to strengthen your resilience ("do this") and hold the line against stress ("ditch that"). This week, we turn your attention to your sleep, a nonnegotiable for healthy stress management
Like most skills, lucid dreaming takes practice, and acquiring self-knowledge is not the only reward. Living out our private fantasies is another perk.
I'm not saying that parents who let their children cry in the night are doing anything wrong. But what I am saying is that when I hear other parents say, "Your baby would sleep through the night if you let her cry it out," I think to myself, "You may be right, but the thing is, I just can't."
There are many ways to stall out and lose motivation along the way, but certain strategies can actually help keep you on track. From sleep to smart goal setting, here are five habits to help support your fitness goals and make you more successful.
Anjan Chatterjee is a neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on cosmetic neurology, the potential of so-called smart drugs to harm our health and our sleep quality, and the habits that are truly good for our brains.
Establishing a nightly bedtime ritual can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer and improve the quality of your zzz's. It doesn't have to be elaborate, just consistent. Here's to a good night's sleep!