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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?

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.

The 37 Best Tips For Better Sleep Tonight

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living

We know we're supposed to get enough sleep, and we really try. But we also know it's often easier said than done. Luckily, there are a handful o...

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?

How To Overcome The Negative Effects Of Shift Work

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 04.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

In addition to long-term effects, shifting your sleep has an immediate impact on how you feel and function. If you are unable to change your work time, you can still minimize the short-term negative effects of shifting your sleep schedule with behavioral interventions such as light therapy, keeping a consistent shift, moderate caffeine consumption and scheduled naps.

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.

Power Off to Plug Into Sleep

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

Let's think about other mindful activities that are relaxing to our minds, without using an electronic device. Try one of these mindful activities to connect you to a state of peace before you sleep.

Need Instant Gratification? Go to Sleep

Cindy Bressler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Bressler

If you've already bailed on your New Year's resolution, don't be discouraged. The year is still young. Make "a good night's sleep" your resolution for 2014. You can get started tonight.

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.

How to Help Children Cope With Anxiety

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

We often press our children to perform because we feel that their success reflects on our parenting skills. This is a terrible burden to place on your children, which can cause performance anxiety and impact personal relationships.

The Good Nap

Cindy Bressler | Posted 03.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Bressler

The term "nap" on its own may sound like behavior appropriate for a baby or child, not an activity for a grown-up. For some adults the term "power nap" may legitimize getting some afternoon shut-eye. The fact is you can benefit from a nap if you're 2, 22, 42, 62 or 82.

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.

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.

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.