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Using Insomnia to Predict Risk of Back Pain

If you often have trouble sleeping, you are nearly one-and-a-half times more likely to eventually suffer from back pain. This finding is the conclusion of a new study conducted by the University of Haifa. “After controlling for a range of variables, including socioeconomic status and lifestyle issues, we came to the conclusion that insomnia is […]

How to Keep Snoring From Hurting Your Relationship

Tending to a snoring issue can lead to better sleep for both partners, as well as a more loving and harmonious relationship that includes sleeping together, not apart. Sleeping well with the person we love is the goal, and by treating snoring effectively, it can happen.

Is Sleep Apnea Related to the ‘Sperm Crisis’?

Results of a newly released study suggest an intriguing possibility: could the “sperm crisis” observed in the French study and others be at least partially the result of sleep apnea?

Dreaming and our waking lives

Scientists at France’s Lyon Neuroscience Research Center examined brain activity during dreaming, in an attempt to better understand how dreams may carry over to waking memory—what’s known as dream recall—and why some people are better than others at remembering dreams

EPAP and the future of snoring

Often lifestyle and behavioral adjustments don’t do enough to manage snoring successfully. EPAP (expiratory positive airway pressure) is a new and highly effective form of treatment for snoring.

How do Sleep Schedules Change Throughout the Teen Years?

A newly published study used activity monitors to track how sleep habits changed in younger and older teens as they grew during a two-year period. Key findings, for instance that the children fell asleep later as they matured and resisted sleep longer after the nightly onset of hormonal sleep signals, lend new support to recent […]

The 7 Craziest Places People Have Tried to Sleep

When it comes to snoozing, you would be surprised at the places people have tried to, albeit sometimes successfully, sleep. When you think of sleeping you envision lying in bed, napping on the couch or maybe even as adventurous as falling asleep at your desk back in school. However, for some, when the sleep-bug comes […]

Is Dreaming Still Possible When the Mind Is Blank?

Isabelle Arnulf and colleagues from the Sleep Disorders Unit at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) have outlined case studies of patients with Auto-Activation Deficit who reported dreams when awakened from REM sleep – even when they demonstrated a mental blank during the daytime. This paper proves that even patients with Auto-Activation Disorder have […]

Mind-body therapies to ease insomnia

Recent research shows that mind-body practices can be an effective way to treat insomnia and some of its symptoms.

Ulcerative Colitis Affected by Sleep Duration

If you are not getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night, you may be risking your long term health. Sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of developing ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. Researchers conducted a prospective study of women who were enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study […]

Sounds like Sleep

This is a guest post by Dr. Erin Stair, M.D., M.P.H During my training as a West Point cadet and Army officer, I was molded to function on no sleep. “Sleep is a crutch” was a common battle cry.  Sleep was for the weak, and real soldiers aren’t weak!  During one outdoor infantry training exercise, […]

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, 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 […]

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