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Sleep Deprivation

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.

10 Things That Took A While To Come Back After The Baby Was Born

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

If there are any moms reading this who are still in that post-baby stage of figuring things out, I hope that you will feel comforted that you are not the only one struggling to navigate this overwhelming time of life.

10 Points Where the Research Behind Banning Handheld Devices for Children Is Flawed

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Lisa Nielsen

Rather than acknowledge any of the amazing things children are doing with handheld devices, those calling for a ban instead focus only on couch potato zombies.

Surprising Signs Of Restless Legs Syndrome

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Nighttime creepy-crawlies aren't limited to camping or Halloween. For approximately 10 percent of Americans, tingly, itchy sensations -- mostly between the ankle and the knee -- aren't the creeping of spiders or the fluttering of bats, but a neurological disorder called Restless Legs Syndrome, or RLS.

WATCH: Teen Fights School Board On High School Start Time

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.19.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Jilly Dos Santos found out that her high school was considering changing its start time to 7:20 a.m., she decided to take action. The teenager pe...

Study Reveals Scary Side Effect Of Sleep Deprivation On Brain

Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty

Forget the myth that you need less sleep as you get older. In fact, sleep may be even more important later in life than previously believed, according...

A Surprising Cure For Insomnia

Posted 03.18.2014 | OWN

One sleep-deprived woman discovered a free, uncannily effective cure for her insomnia. All she needed was YouTube --and an open mind. By Kate S...

5 Ways Working Moms Can Get The Best Sleep Ever

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

Regardless of whether this lack of shut-eye is voluntary or not, as time goes on it negatively impacts you mentally, physically and emotionally. The more you know about sleep and your own individual patterns, the better equipped you are to deal with sleep interruptions and learn to wake fully refreshed after a night of quality sleep.

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.

The Difference of Just One More Hour of Sleep

Fiona Childs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Fiona Childs

The effect of Daylight Saving Time clearly indicates that sleep is not a luxury, but rather a necessity impacting our physical health, brain function and safety.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

Cris Rowan | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Cris Rowan

s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.

Why Doesn't My Snoring Wake Me Up?

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Jon Hotchkiss

According to the latest statistics, nearly 40 percent of adult men snore. And that number nears 100 percent for adult men who play husbands with a hot...

Nalini Mani: When My Body Shut Down, I Knew I Needed a Change

Nalini Mani | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Nalini Mani

My brain said "move," and my body refused to comply. The next thing I knew was that I was still sitting there on my couch, in the same position, at 9:30 a.m. the next morning, completely dressed.

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...

Want to Be a Better Leader? Let's Follow the Science

Dr. Amy Shah | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Shah

We all know a leader (or two) who works excruciatingly long hours and boasts about his or her lack of sleep. This person uses exhaustion as sign of work ethic, and lack of sleep as a taunt to others to work harder.

The Number Of People Who Can Actually Get By On Very Little Sleep Is Smaller Than You Think

Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living

Two-thirds of Americans say they don't get enough sleep -- and a certain, very small group of people say they don't need much shuteye anyway. These so...

Fat Chance: 4 Ways to Recruit Your Fat for Weight Loss

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Excess fat is a primary cause of inflammation and explains why packing extra pounds promotes cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several cancers. So how could fat make weight loss easier?

A Letter to All the Sleep-Deprived Mamas

Kaity Velez | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Kaity Velez

All those people who said, "Don't worry, your baby will be sleeping through the night soon enough!" have been lying to you. Or maybe they've blocked out their own sleep deprivation memories like childbirth because the pain is just too much.

'I Had To Get More Sleep'

Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living

"Big belly man" Rick Ross is shrinking before our eyes. During a recent appearance on HuffPost Live, the rapper explained how he's putting his heal...

The Only Tools You Need To Drift Away To Dreamland

Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

The No. 1 Lazy-Proof Strategy to Lose Weight

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

It can sometimes be difficult to resist buying tasty cakes and snacks while doing your grocery shopping. But there is something that could be multip...

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.

How To Kick Your Snooze Button Habit

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.28.2014 | Healthy Living

We'd be lying if we said it wasn't tempting to hit snooze. Considering around 35 percent of us get fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, who wouldn...

7 Tips to Sleep Better Without Medication

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

A lack of sleep is a bigger problem of course than just being tired. People with insomnia are four times as likely to suffer from depression and are at greater risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It causes more time lost at work and lowers enjoyment overall.