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  • Gender and Sleep Habits

    Sleep scientists are constantly learning new and interesting facts about the way that we get our rest each night, all in the interest of helping people to awaken feeling more refreshed and having gotten enough sleep to be able to take on the day. Some of the most interesting studies that have been done in the last few years have examined the differences between the way that men and women sleep. Continue reading

  • National Sleep Foundation Endorses Sleep-Supporting Products

    The National Sleep Foundation is the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization committed to promoting education on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. In that role they publish a number of brochures and support research programs that increase the public’s understanding of what is needed to encourage sleep as well as what might be getting in the way of a good night’s sleep. The group has recently embarked on a new program specifically geared at the bedroom and its role in creating the correct environment. The program is two-prong – it provides information and is also promoting and selling officially licensed National Sleep Foundation products that are designed to make the bedroom more conducive to restful and restorative sleep. Continue reading

  • Rare Sleep Disorder is a Killer

    A rare sleep disorder that is genetically linked has been identified in fewer than forty families around the world. This tragic disease may contribute greatly to our understanding of the necessity for sleep. The disease is called fatal familial insomnia: it keeps those who suffer from it from falling asleep. They eventually die from exhaustion, and at this point the disease has no cure.  Continue reading

  • The Advantages of Napping

    Though there are plenty of people who point to adults taking a nap during the day as a sign of laziness, this just as much (if not more) evidence pointing to a variety of health and psychological benefits that napping offers. For those who are sleep deprived and finding it hard to make it through the day without taking a midday snooze, and even for those who just need a break, here are a number of reasons why napping may actually be the best thing for you:  Continue reading

  • Sleep Tips for Baby Boomers and Beyond

    Though many people are under the impression that losing the ability to get a good night’s sleep is a normal part of aging, this is simply not true.  Once we hit middle age, we are certainly busier, and may end up sacrificing sleep to our other priorities, but in terms of our actual needs, sleep remains pretty constant at between eight and eight and a half hours throughout our lives. Letting our worries about our kids, our aging parents, our jobs and our relationships may be pulling us away from sleep, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need it. In fact, the exact opposite is true – the more uninterrupted, restorative sleep that we get, the healthier our bodies are and the better our emotional well-being. Continue reading

  • Vitamins and their Role in Sleep

    Scientists researching the impact of nutrition on our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep have uncovered a great deal of information about the role that various vitamins play in our lives. As it turns out, Vitamin B plays a number of key roles, including the regulation of the body’s ability to regulate its use of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that helps our bodies produce serotonin, the feel good chemical that makes us fall asleep. Other important vitamin  contributions include: Continue reading

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