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10 Rules for Getting a Better Night’s Sleep that You Need to Start Following Now

Is there really any better part of your day than the moment you get to slide between the sheets and curl up under your blankets? If this happy moment is marred by the thought of yet another restless night’s sleep, then there are clearly some changes you need to make to regain that peaceful end-of-day […]

Infographic Shows the Most Common Fears in Our Nightmares and More

This infographic, “A Journey into Dreams and Nightmares“, includes some interesting facts about sleep, dreaming, and nightmares. -- Important: The Sleep Blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Instead, this website provides general information for educational purposes only. Show More Summary

The Truth About Sleeping Pills

As far as health topics go, few things are as misunderstood as sleeping pills. What you really need to know is whether sleeping pills are safe and effective, and where you should buy them. Are sleeping pills safe? Safety is the most important factor when it comes to taking any kind of pill. It’s also […]

Could Sleeping on the Couch Kill Your Baby?

  SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, has many known and unknown causes. Also referred to as crib death, many researchers and pediatricians continue to research the association of SIDS and sleeping environments. “Dr. Jeffrey Colvin, a pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and his colleagues analyzed data on 7,934 sudden infant […]

Does cancer grow more aggressively at night?

Cancerous tumors may grow faster at night, during the hours typically taken up by sleep.

Sleep Deprivation

  We live in a society where everyone has something to prove and success is somehow confused efficiency, and in turn less sleep. There are people who go to sleep at midnight and who wake up at 4:00 a.m., and they are the examples of this society. Following their model, there are many more who […]

Maximizing Sleep Could Be Secret to Raising Well-Behaved Teens

Recently published in the journal Learning, Media and Technology, an interesting paper exposes the negative consequences of sleep deprivation caused by early school bells, and shows that altering education times not only perks up teens’ mood, but also enhances learning and health. American pediatricians have long warned that sleep deprivation can stack the deck against […]

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body

Adequate sleep is a necessity to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, lack of sleep can have damaging effects on your well-being. In the article The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Body, Healthline.com shares a detailed list of the physical and mental effects of sleep deprivation. Show More Summary

Increased Adolescent Risk of Failure in School Linked to Lack of Sleep

A new Swedish study from the Uppsala Universitet shows that adolescents who suffer from habitual short sleep duration or sleep disturbance are less likely to succeed academically compared to those who enjoy a good night’s sleep. The results have recently been published in the journal Sleep Medicine. In a new study involving more than 20,000 […]

Insomnia May Be Treatable Through Specialized Hospital Stay

Insomnia is a sleep pattern disturbance that afflicts many people.Some new findings published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics indicate that a two-week stay in a specialized hospital may help insomnia sufferers. Show More Summary

Does your sleep wax and wane with the moon?

A new study has identified a link between sleep patterns and lunar phases, especially during a full moon.

Is seven hours of sleep ideal?

Eight hours. That’s the nightly sleep recommendation you hear most frequently, the gold standard for a healthy sleep routine. But what if it isn’t? I read this article in the Wall Street Journal with great interest, for it points to...

Natural Light in Your Workplace Offers Many Health Benefits

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that office workers with more natural light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports. The study highlights the […]

Can Diet Keep Circadian Clocks "Ticking" Well?

Strong and healthy circadian function is vital to good sleep and to overall good health. Circadian rhythms have a significant influence over sleep, working in concert with the body’s internal sleep drive to regulate periods of both rest and alertness....

Sleep Deprivation Can Increase Susceptibility to False Memories

How accurate are your memories? If you are regularly shortchanging yourself on sleep, the answer is “not very.” Not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In a study conducted by psychological scientist Steven J. Frenda of […]

Sleep Health Must Explore Sex and Gender Differences

Getting a good night’s rest is an essential part of any health and wellness routine, but our experiences with sleep-related issues are closely linked to our sex and gender. Sleep research must examine sex and gender differences with more study of sleep-related problems that affect women as well as potential treatments, according to a new […]

Sleep Plays a Major Role in Memory and Learning

Learning and memory is enhanced by sleeping. New structural evidence linking sleep to these two aspects has been found by researchers at Langone Medical Center, New York University (NYU). The researchers used mice in their study. It was established that more dendritic spines developed in those mice that slept after learning a particular task. Show More Summary

A Scary-Sounding Sleep Disorder: Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding head syndrome may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it's a real sleep disorder.

Do You Know the 7 Deadly Consequences of Sleep Deprivation?

7 Awful Effects of Sleep Deprivation Around half of the adults in the US said that they don’t get enough sleep each night. According to studies, sleep deprivation is connected to several problems, such as health problems and increased chances of vehicle crashes. Show More Summary

Weight Loss Reduces Burden of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Obese Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

New research from a multidisciplinary team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reveals that the single most important factor for improving cardiovascular health in obese obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients is weight loss. The study results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. “In the U.S. almost 1 in 5 adults […]

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