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  • Sleep Positions and Your Health

    Seems as though sleeping should be a pretty easy thing to do. It’s one of those things we’ve been doing since we were born, yet there are an astonishing number of things that you can find out you’ve been doing wrong. One of those things may be the position you’ve been sleeping in. Though that may seem as if it is something that is out of your control, and that your body chooses for itself, the truth is that you can train yourself out of bad sleeping habits and into healthier ones. Let’s look at the different sleep positions to see the advantages and disadvantages that each offers. Continue reading

  • Foods that Boost Your Sleep Potential

    Of all the ways that you can help yourself get a better night’s sleep, eating the right foods may be the easiest and most pleasurable. Just as there are certain things that you need to stay away from in order to keep yourself from a night spent staring at the ceiling (think coffee, caffeinated tea and even alcohol), there are a bevy of foods that science and nutritional experts say will make you both more and less likely to fall asleep. A diet that is made up of foods that have low nutritional values of alpha carotene, selenium, lauric acid and calcium have been shown to have a detrimental effect on people’s ability to fall asleep, while those low in Vitamin D, butanoic acid, lauric acid and lycopene make it difficult to stay asleep — the same is true of diets low in calories, carbs, potassium, vitamin C, and even simply being dehydrated. Continue reading

  • New Study Shines Light on Alcohol and Sleep

    Sleep researchers have long warned that drinking alcohol can wreak havoc on your ability to get a good night’s sleep. This is in direct contrast to the prevailing wisdom that having a nip or nightcap before turning in helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Now researchers from the University of Missouri in Columbia are publishing the results of a five year study on the relationship between drinking alcohol and sleep, and their conclusions are shining a bright light on exactly what the mechanism is that makes alcohol the enemy of sleep. Continue reading

  • New CDC Study Targets Teens and Sleep

    The generally accepted target for sleep quantity for healthy adults is between seven and nine hours of sleep. Hit that on most nights and you’re more likely to feel good, be mentally sharp, and have a better chance of avoiding several serious chronic conditions, but almost half of us have a hard time getting in that amount of sleep. Imagine, then the challenges that teens face. Not only are they supposed to get even more sleep — between nine and ten hours per night — but they are expected to do it while showing up at school as early as 7:00 in the morning and being naturally programmed to not be able to fall asleep until 11:00 or 12:00 at night. Continue reading

  • Can Sleep Impact Fertility?

    Sleep and the lack of sleep have been being linked to a laundry list of physical problems ranging from obesity to hypertension. Now comes word that sleep disorders, or more specifically obstructive sleep apnea, may also be associated with the trend towards male infertility. There has been a broad decline in male sperm quality that has been noted over the last two decades. This issue was documented in a 2012 French study that showed that between 1989 and 2005, men with an average age of 34 to 36 years old showed a decrease in sperm concentrations. The average numbers fell by an astonishing 32 percent. There have been other studies that have backed up these results, and the medical community has expressed concern about what they referred to as a sperm crisis. The obvious question was ‘why?’ What could be causing such a rapid decline? Continue reading

  • Top Five Sleep Medicine No-Nos

    If you are a person who suffers from a sleep disorder or chronic insomnia, you might think that any kind of testing or medication that a physician might provide to help you alleviate your symptoms would be a good thing But according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), there are some tests and treatments that should not be provided in specific circumstances. Continue reading

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