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  • Sleep Lessons Learned from NASA

    There has been a great deal of research done and conclusions written about the impact that the rising and setting of the sun have on our daily sleep cycles, and sleep researchers hoping to help those suffering from insomnia have used this research to assist people with sleep hygiene.  We know that waking up early and getting out and spending time in the sunlight during the day helps us to restore our circadian rhythms, and we know that the use of television and other blue-light devices such as tablets, computers and cell phones close to our bedtime can wreak havoc with the body’s recognition of when it is time to go to sleep. Now NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is providing even more conclusive evidence that not having the proper exposure to standard daylight and nightfall have a dramatic impact on our ability to function. Continue reading

  • Researchers Tie ADHD to Sleep Disturbance

    ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a common condition diagnosed in children, though it can also be seen in adolescents and adults as well. The disorder is characterized by difficulty in focusing or concentrating on a specific topic, as well as high levels of energy described as hyperactivity, and those who have been diagnosed also have a hard time controlling their emotional reactions. The condition has also been linked to sleep disorders, so researchers have been trying to determine exactly what the relationship is between insomnia and ADHD, as well as whether the lack of sleep that so many ADHD patients encounter may play a role in their daytime symptoms, and particularly in their ability to consolidate and process emotional memories.  Continue reading

  • Lucid Dreaming

    One of the most interesting studies being done on sleep and dreaming has to do with the ability to train yourself to rewrite your dreams. This practice is known as lucid dreaming, and it provides a combination of both psychological and physiological solutions to the problem of experiencing bad dreams. Continue reading

  • Snacks for Optimum Sleepiness

    Sleeplessness is a common conundrum in our society, so finding a simple and effective way to encourage a solid night of slumber is a plus. It’s especially great if the solution to insomnia is also delicious, and the suggestions below are both. There are certain foods that have been scientifically proven to provide the amino acids and vitamins that promote proper rest, and the list below summarizes the very best of them. Make it a goal to limit the amount you eat – keeping it to below 200 calories will help prevent indigestion, keep you from gaining weight and minimize the amount of energy your body has to put into digesting. Continue reading

  • Sleep Position’s Many Impacts

    When you climb into bed each night, it’s likely that you don’t give much thought to the position that you assume as you close your eyes and prepare to sleep. But the truth is that whether you lie on your back, your side or your stomach can have an enormous impact on your health, how you feel, and even the way that you look. Continue reading

  • Don’t Fool Yourself About Your Sleep

    It seems as though we’re learning more and more every day about how important sleep is to our ability to function at our very best, as well as to our overall health. Yet despite the growing body of scientific information available, we still like to fool ourselves with longstanding myths about sleep. The problem with doing this is that we may be making a very real sleep deprivation problem even worse. Here are some of the most popular mistakes that people make about sleep, and some solutions as well.  Continue reading

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