Sleep & Your Health

Sleep and health go hand in hand. It is important to get a good night’s rest, but if you have an underlying condition those nights can be few and far between. Our posts have a variety of sleep health topics that you can learn from.

 

Driving Drowsy

Driving Drowsy

One in 20 Americans has caused and accident by driving drowsy. 1 Drowsy driving is the second leading cause of automobile accidents. The first is drunkenness. 1 Driving drowsy slows reaction times and reduces alertness. Driving without the adequate amount of sleep is...

Kiss Morning Breath Goodbye

Kiss Morning Breath Goodbye

Halitosis may just be a fancy name for bad breath, but such a serious name may actually match the serious irritation it causes. Dentists have found that the main cause of morning breath is the lack of oxygen during the night, which leads to dry mouth. When the flow of...

Aging and Sleep

Aging and Sleep

Do you ever wonder why teenagers can sleep 12 hours a day and some adults cannot sleep past 7 a.m.? This is attributed to the body’s natural sleep changes that occur as we mature and age. As we age, it is common to experience increased difficulty with sleep. This is...

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...

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...

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...

Alcohol Before Bed: The Effects Of Alcohol On Sleep

Alcohol Before Bed: The Effects Of Alcohol On Sleep

Sometimes falling asleep is no easy task, and for many it’s downright difficult to do under any circumstance. Due to its sedative effect, alcohol is a common choice for those who have a hard time finding a way to fall asleep.  It’s important to consider...

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 Much Sleep Does a Body Need?

How Much Sleep Does a Body Need?

It would be great to know the exact amount of sleep necessary to start the next day refreshed [with just the right amount of energy to glide through tasks easily], and then fade easily into peaceful sleep when hitting the pillow that night. Unfortunately, there is no...

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...