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A Surprising Reason You Might Be Gaining Weight

Margaret Marshall | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

There are more ways to gain weight than you can imagine. Eating too much and lack of exercise are the most well known, while lack of sleep is largely underrated.

Unmasking Sleep Apnea Treatment

B. Gail Demko, DMD | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
B. Gail Demko, DMD

For many sleep apnea sufferers, relief lies far from the mask in an effective alternative treatment called oral appliance therapy.

The Case For Napping On The Job

Liz Wilkes | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Liz Wilkes

Since "sleeping on the job" has long been associated with laziness, I was terrified of being discovered. But because my afternoon naps had such an obvious positive effect on my ability to function in the later hours of the day, I made every effort to sneak them in.

How Much Sleep Katie Couric, Kenneth Cole And 7 Other Leaders Get At Night

The Huffington Post | Laura Schocker and Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Healthy Living

There's a reason why study after study (after study) has shown that getting a good night's sleep is one of the absolute best things you can do for you...

3 Tips For Building A Solid Foundation For Sleep

Chris LuVogt | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Chris LuVogt

Along with breathing and eating, sleep is one of the most important pillars of physical health. As adults, we learn to cover up and ignore the effects of sleep deprivation, much to our own detriment.

Another Problematic Side Effect Of Poor Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep and pain exist in a complicated relationship to one another. Pain can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing tolerance for pain, increasing its intensity and discomfort, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic-pain conditions.

Let Your Teenager Sleep -- the Brain Needs It

Bobbi DePorter | Posted 06.04.2014 | Parents
Bobbi DePorter

It's easy for teen's to forgo sleep because they have so many things competing for their time and attention, including homework, social functions and after-school activities. However, teens will ultimately function better in all of these areas when they make time for adequate rest.

Brain's 'Sleep Switch' Found

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the "switch" that controls the flies' internal drive to sleep -- and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well.

Could Blue Light Pose Problems And Solutions For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

In our pursuit of energy efficiency, we're finding ourselves exposed to greater amounts of blue light than ever before. Blue light appears to be uniquely detrimental to our sleep. But can it also be singularly beneficial during to our waking lives?

Generation 'Y' Can't We Sleep?

Scott Fetters | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Fetters

I'm obsessed with tracking. I have numerous tools for tracking metrics, hours, and even an activity tracker for my personal life. Oddly enough, I never tracked my daily work routine from waking up to dozing off -- until now. Suitably dubbed, The 6 a.m. Experiment.

How Sleeping Pills Affect Memory

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For most people, the best long-term strategy is to develop a strong, sustainable sleep routine that does not rely on prescription sleep medication. There's no question this takes work, but the rewards are worth it. Your sleep, your overall health -- and perhaps your memory -- will be better for it.

The Modern American Family: How Well Are They Sleeping?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The National Sleep Foundation has released its annual Sleep in America Poll. This year, the poll examines sleep in the modern American family. What are the challenges facing families in their pursuit of high-quality, plentiful sleep? What are the strategies that parents are using to help their children sleep, and how well are those strategies working?

Is It Time To Start School Later?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and emotional health, and their performance at school during the day.

6 Habits That Ruin A Good Night's Sleep

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sally Stich | Posted 02.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com If you equate getting older with needing—or getting—less sleep, here’s a wake-up call: It's not true! “The ma...

The Difference Between Bad Dreams And Nightmares

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Bad dreams and nightmares are among the most startling and emotionally potent of remembered dreams. Even a partially remembered disturbing dream can linger in our waking minds. But what do we know about this phenomenon of disturbed dreaming? And what's the difference between a bad dream and a nightmare?

The Rest They Need: The Role of the Parent in Pediatric Sleep

Sam Cross | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

One of the first challenges for a physician faced with a pediatric sleep problem is to identify who actually has the problem: the parent, the patient, or another family member. As most of us are aware, one person's sleep problem can produce symptoms for the whole house.

Who Is Taking Sleeping Pills?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These last findings are particularly troubling, indicating that among the millions of people using sleep medications, there are many who are using multiple medications at once, putting them at greater risk for complications and adverse reactions.

5 Myths About Sleeping With Your Valentine

Wendy Troxel | Posted 04.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Troxel

Night owls burning the midnight oil and morning larks cheerfully rising at the crack of dawn are generally more likely to flock together, but that doesn't mean those from opposite sides of the circadian spectrum cannot successfully share the same nest.

WATCH: Practical Tips For The Perfect Night's Sleep

HuffPost Live | Posted 02.11.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

It's no secret that a good night's sleep is a success booster like no other -- and that missing out on quality snoozing can wreak havoc on your wellbe...

The Most Powerful Weapon In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited culprits in the problem. But what about sleep?

11 Ways Get Out of Bed Faster and Have More Energy in the Morning

Michael B. Fishbein | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael B. Fishbein

You hear the wretched sound of your alarm...you awake...it's 7am on Monday and you have to be at work in two hours...you're tired and grumpy...and it'...

This Sleep Condition Is Less Rare Than You'd Think

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Both of these studies offer compelling new information about the root causes and mechanisms of this very serious disorder. They also offer the promise of swifter and more accurate diagnoses, and of improvements to treatment.

Sleep Deprivation Raises Diabetes Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We have a great deal of evidence that establishes this connection between sleep and diabetes. But we don't yet understand well the mechanics behind this connection.

Don't Just Sleep, Sleep Well

Sam Cross | Posted 03.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sam Cross

Naturally, strong undercurrents of dedication, love or even just boredom may draw us into unhealthy patterns. The trick is that we not let the occasional late-night movie turn into a home theater in the bedroom. At end of the day, we do not need to just sleep -- we need to sleep well.

A Warm Bed on a Cold Morning: When Waking Up Is Hard to Do

Wendy Troxel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Troxel

But as seductive as a warm bed may be on a cold morning, staying in bed too long can lead to disrupted sleep and a sleep-sapping case of the winter blues.