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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • Sleepless? Cut Out the Spicy Foods

    There are a lot of foods that we know we shouldn’t eat before bedtime. It’s not news that we should stay away from big heavy meals before it’s time for bed, and coffee and everything else that contains caffeine are known no-nos after late afternoon. But few of us know that one of our favorite dinner-time features – spice – can not only make for an uncomfortable night but can also end up keeping us from falling asleep. Continue reading

  • The Best, and Worst, Foods For Sleep

    There are a lot of things that we can do to help ourselves get a better night’s sleep, and there are many more things that we can do to make it harder on ourselves. Though there is no magic wand for sleep quality, something as simple as eating the right thing can give us as big a leg up as eating the wrong thing can completely wreck our chances of snoozing. Here are several of the foods that can make falling asleep at night easier, as well as a list of those that you should avoid at all costs in order to get the quality sleep you’re looking for.

    Foods That Help You Sleep Better: Continue reading

  • Weaning Yourself Off of Sleep Aids

    Millions of people in America suffer from difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and as a result many have turned to prescription sleep aids known as sedative hypnotics. Though these drugs can be effective, they are not without their side effects. But when people try to discontinue their use, they often find the process to be highly challenging. Dr. Lawrence Epstein is a sleep expert and an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and he says, “People believe that they can’t sleep without them, and they stay on them for years.” He has been helping people to wean themselves off the drugs through a combination of slowly reducing their dosage and at the same time changing their sleep-related behaviors. Continue reading

  • Sleep Deprivation at Every Age

    Sleep is one of the three pillars of health, and it is important at every age. Though more and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of sleep deprivation and of the various sleep disorders and distractions that can interfere with getting the quality and quantity of sleep that we need, few realize that the way that sleep deprivation impacts us changes with each age. Where adult fatigue may be signaled by a frenzied search for caffeine and sugar, children are likely to act hyper active. For an idea of how each age group reacts to lack of sleep, read on: Continue reading

  • The relationship between sleep and Diabetes

    People who have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, and particularly those who snore, have an increased risk of being diagnosed with diabetes 2. Interestingly, those with diabetes 2 also have an increased risk of having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep.

    There are approximately 27 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but few of them are aware that their condition makes it more likely that they will have disturbed sleep. Even fewer are aware that sleep loss prior to their diabetes diagnosis may have contributed to their condition. Continue reading

  • New Study Shows We’re More Likely to be Bad When We’re Tired

    As a child my mother used to tell me that when you’re sick, you get sicker as the day wears on – fevers increase at night. I don’t know whether there is truth to that or whether it was an old wives’ tale, but a new study is indicating that our proclivity for making immoral decisions tends to go up at night. According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, our ability to regulate our own moral code declines as the day goes on, so the later it is, the more likely we are to cheat, commit fraud, or lie. Continue reading

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