Sleep & Your Health

Sleep and Sickness: Tips to better rest

Sleep and Sickness: Tips to better rest

Why is it that when we are sick and need rest the most, it is almost impossible to get? Sleep helps to heal the body and improve the immune system, making it a vital part in recovering from sickness. Lying down can cause more congestion to occur making breathing more...

Avoiding Sleep Debt

Avoiding Sleep Debt

People tend to think that once sleep is lost, it is gone forever. Many experts are saying that it is possible to catch up on sleep and is necessary to successful functioning of the mind and body. Sleep debt is sleep deprivation as it adds up and causes negative...

Memory Retention and Sleep

Memory Retention and Sleep

Among the many other functions of sleep, memory formation and retention is perhaps the most important. The brain processes memories in two ways: through helping learn and focus and through helping with memory retention and recall. 1 The brain must go through a process...

Are Sleeping Pills Safe?

Are Sleeping Pills Safe?

Sleeping pills have possible negative effects on your body and your sleep. Those with insomnia or experiencing jet lag may find the use of sleeping pills an effective way to combat symptoms. Similar to alcohol, sleeping pills seem to aid in falling asleep and having a...

Health Benefits of Sleep

Health Benefits of Sleep

We are all aware that sleep is “good for us”, but how does the one-third of our lives spent sleeping really benefit us? Chronic sleep deprivation can result in a number of harmful disorders as well as making overall life quality suffer. 1. Restoration of Memory Sleep...

Does Turkey Make Us Sleepy?

  Every year we hear claims that turkey, the main star of our Thanksgiving feast is causing food induced comas, but are they really the culprits? The answer is no, while Turkey does contain an amino acid called tryptophan, it isn’t enough to actually make you...

Your Guide to the Perfect Mattress

Your Guide to the Perfect Mattress

Choosing a mattress is ultimately left to personal preference, although it has been shown that certain mattresses can increase comfort and restful sleep in certain situations. For instance, different sleep disorders affect people in different ways, making finding an...

Does Exercise Help You Sleep Better?

Does Exercise Help You Sleep Better?

Exercise benefits the body and mind in many ways, one being sleep ability. The National Sleep Foundation’s study showed that those who participated in the national guideline of exercise (150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week) showed a 65 percent...

What Does Your Sleep Position Mean?

What Does Your Sleep Position Mean?

People sleep in all different positions due to involuntary movement throughout the night. These positions not only affect the comfort you feel while sleeping, but may also affect how you feel in the morning and indicate certain personality tendencies. In a study of...

Guide to the Perfect Pillow

Guide to the Perfect Pillow

The first pillows were simply wooden or rock headrests that supported the neck in Egypt and helped to not smudge tribal body paint in Africa and later to not ruin fancy hairdos in North America and England. Additionally, there is a health benefit in having the neck...

Shift Work: Shift Sleep

Shift Work: Shift Sleep

Almost 15 million workers are considered shift workers in America. 1 Shift work is known as working long shifts with little time off, usually including a night shift or rotating shifts. While this type of work increases productivity, it has the potential to reap havoc...

Does Sleep Help Your Skin?

Does Sleep Help Your Skin?

As we age, it is evident that the effects of sleep deprivation become more noticeable. Not only fatigue and lack of focus are results of sleep loss. It has been proven that sleep helps restore the skin cells in your face and helps to cure blemishes. The process of...

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation as defined by WebMD.com is a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performances of tasks. 1 Nurses and doctors, truck drivers, shift workers, soldiers and...

Eating to Sleep Better

Eating to Sleep Better

Many of us blame our difficulty sleeping on outside factors, when it is usually the result of our own poor food intake decisions. Because many individuals who are overweight or obese report having problems sleeping or sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, it is evident...

The Truth About Bed Bugs

The Truth About Bed Bugs

Some people enjoy sleeping alone, but sometimes it’s unavoidable or unwanted. Several members of the Cimicidae family have moved into the comfort of many homes across the U.S. and into their beds and other comfortable places.  Cimex lectularius, also known as the bed...

Can Lack of Sleep Make You Fat?

Can Lack of Sleep Make You Fat?

Eating too much and exercising too little are well-known ways to put on weight, but did you know that losing sleep can also lead to obesity? Interestingly enough, recent studies have proven that fatigue can increase both appetite and vulnerability to weight gain. The...

How to Prevent & Control Bed Bugs

The truth is bed bugs can be an itchy topic.  Bed bugs have been dining on humankind since ancient times, but they have made a bigger comeback than ever.  According to research at the Mayo Clinic, bed bugs had been eradicated with the help of a pesticide known as DDT...

The Ten Most Common Sleep Myths

The Ten Most Common Sleep Myths

Although sleep is something that we all need every day, there are many misconceptions that abound regarding this nightly necessity.  In an effort to help you ensure a thoroughly restful night, we’ve examined the ten most prevalent myths surrounding sleep. 1. Sleep...

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