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Circadian Rhythms

Three Steps to Understanding the Purpose of Pain and How to Relieve It

Trupti Gokani, MD | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Trupti Gokani, MD

Why do we suffer? After treating patients with migraines for over a decade, I have concluded that pain has a purpose. Those who experience pain, ...

How Your Diet Affects Your Internal Clock

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Much as we manage exposure to light in order to protect healthy sleep and circadian function, research like this offers further suggestion that we may also be able to manage dietary consumption to help keep circadian rhythms functioning properly.

What To Eat To Get Your Sleep Back On Track

Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Melaina Juntti for Men's Journal If you work overnight shifts, pull frequent late nights at the office or travel so often that you're constantly...

Can Sleep Science Help You Pick A Perfect March Madness Bracket?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

As a sleep specialist, helping elite athletes deal with sleep and travel is what I do for a living. Trying to minimize the effects of cross-country travel and sleeping away from home can be a monumental task for some players and regardless of the techniques we use to minimize these obstacles, they are nonetheless always present.

Why Do I Wake Up Right Before My Alarm Goes Off?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Hav...

REVEALED: Why Late Nights Really Are Bad for You

| Elizabeth Norton | Posted 11.08.2013 | Science

Jet lag, shift work, and even late nights staring at your tablet or smartphone may be making you sick. That's because the body's internal clock is s...

Advice For The Night Owl Dreaming Of An Earlier Bedtime

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

This case illustrates that sleep hygiene guidelines and non-specific treatment (general psychotherapy) are not typically effective in treating sleep disorders. Sometimes other sleep disorders such as a circadian rhythm disorder can masquerade as insomnia.

WATCH: Is The Snooze Button The Worst Invention Ever?

Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living

Most of us are very familiar with that feeling of desperation when the alarm goes off in the morning. Our bodies seem to beg us for just a few more mi...

Another Big Reason Why Women Should Get More Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 09.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Poor and insufficient sleep is associated with a range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, and heart failure. A new study suggests that for women who already have heart disease, poor sleep may be particularly dangerous to their heart health.

A Poor Night's Sleep May Be In Your Genes

Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living

By Amir Khan A lack of sleep can contribute to a host of negative health effects, and researchers say they now understand why. Working in mice, r...

Lack Of Sleep Disrupts Our Genes

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Understanding more about how sleep affects genetic function holds great promise in illuminating these pathways and could open important new avenues for both treatment and prevention of illness and disease.

Winter Blues and How to Make New Year's Resolutions Stick

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Why do we seem so incapable of accomplishing a goal that we set for ourselves and truly desire? Part of the answer has to do with timing. Winter is not an ideal season to successfully execute big changes.

Which Team Has The 'Circadian Advantage'?

Dr. Christopher Winter | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Christopher Winter

As a sleep researcher who focuses on how sleep affects elite athlete, I have studied the effects of travel and disrupted sleep on athletes for many years. The combination of cross-country travel and athletic performance is not pretty. Travel and circadian timing matter.

'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.

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.

Why You Can't Sleep Through the Night

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

More than 30 percent of adult Americans, about 60 million people, complain of difficulty sleeping. For about a quarter of these individuals, treatmen...

What Is the Ideal Time To Go To Bed?

Quora | Posted 10.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jason Thibodeau, Software developer, science geek Studies on circadian rhythms suggest that sleeping...

How Sleep Research In The Blind May Help Us All

Steven Lockley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steven Lockley, Ph.D.

Greater control of the circadian system can help us understand the extent to which it maintains our overall health and well being, and help to regulate complex metabolic systems that, if disrupted, can increase the risk of disease.

Your Body Clock: How Aging Eyes Can Disrupt Your Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Circadian rhythms -- our own internal biological "clock" -- govern our sleep-wake cycle and several other daily rhythms of the body. It's a complicated and finely-tuned system of hormonal and bio-chemical reactions that helps us live in rhythm with the 24-hour day.

Catherine Pearson

An All-Natural Immune Booster?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.16.2012 | Healthy Living

It's common knowledge that too little sleep can increase our odds of getting sick, but a new study sheds light on just how direct the connection is. R...

Couldn't Wake Up This Morning? How To Get Your Sleep On Track After The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker | Posted 01.03.2012 | Healthy Living

Have trouble waking up this morning? You're not alone. The holidays are officially over -- and for many of us, it's back to work today. "I think i...

Sleep in a Can

Matthew Edlund, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2011 | Home
Matthew Edlund, M.D.

Despite the fears of scientists and clinicians, the legal loophole of "herbals" allowing relaxation drinks to be marketed as safe foods is presently big enough for an Imperial Roman Army to march though.

How Working The Night Shift Can Affect Your Health

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 07.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many sleep problems can be attributed to an internal clock that has become out of sync. Sometimes your body's clock just doesn't quite match up with society's 24-hour clock.

Could You Be a Super Sleeper?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Those who claim they "get by" on very little sleep are likely fooling themselves, but their bodies won't fool them for too long. Eventually, that lack of sleep will show up somewhere in the way they look or feel (or both).

Is Technology Stealing Your Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

How often do you use a smartphone or computer right before bed or even in bed? Do you think it may be impacting your quality of sleep or your ability to fall asleep?