In reviewing the articles in this blog series, you may have become convinced that the only thing that affects sleep is not sleeping as part of insomnia. However, there are many other sleep disorders that can contribute to difficulty sleeping and waking refreshed. Show More Summary
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Insomnia is a widespread sleep problem among adults. Nearly 40% of men and women in the U.S. experience some symptoms of insomnia in a given year, and as many as 15% of adults struggle with chronic insomnia. Relaxation techniques ar...
Sleep walks hand in hand with mood. Anyone who has tried to go to bed upset knows that time is spent tossing and turning instead of sleeping. It is good advice to not go to bed angry, but what about other negative feelings? Mood problems such as anxiety and depression can severely affect sleep. Show More Summary
Our beds can be a place of almost heavenly repose, where we retire at the end of a full day and restore our bodies and minds with sleep. This may not always be the case, however. When the bed becomes a place of turmoil and struggle, the night filled with wakeful anguish, it is not what it could be. Show More Summary
What's the harm in taking a nap? If you have difficulty sleeping at night, you may do well to cut out napping during the day. How do you know if your nap is harming your ability to sleep?... Read Full Post
Have you ever really tried to fall asleep? The more effort that is attempted, the harder it is to doze off. Why is it hard to fall asleep when it becomes the focus of our attention? Consider what to do when you have difficulty falling asleep and why it can be helpful to change the focus to rest.... Read Full Post
It can be hard to get to sleep when you have a lot of things on your mind. For people with insomnia, characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep, this is a frequent occurrence. Difficulty sleeping may provoke anxiety, and one technique to ease a racing mind is to make a list.... Read Full Post
Stress can have a major impact on your ability to fall and stay asleep. Feelings of anxiety, worry, and tension can lead to insomnia. Sometimes the cause is obvious: a lost job or loved one, a big project at work, an examination, a divorce, a trauma, and so on. Show More Summary
This is it. In 30 days of lessons to improve your sleep, this is the one you print out and hang above your desk. This is the one you e-mail to your family and share among your social networks. This is the lesson that, once mastered, will guarantee you sleep better for the rest of your life. Show More Summary
There are few things as miserable as waking with the discomfort of heartburn. As you make progress in sleeping better, one of the key milestones is avoiding heartburn at night. Heartburn goes by many names: reflux, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, GERD, water brash, acid indigestion, or pyrosis. Show More Summary
There is nothing worse than having to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Once you get to sleep, the last thing you need is a full bladder waking you up. For some people, these awakenings may even evolve into difficulty falling back asleep, a symptom of insomnia. Show More Summary
Chances are that, unlike the man pictured above, you won't fall asleep while exercising. Quite to the contrary, exercise is alerting and revs up both the body and mind. If it is poorly timed, this may make it more difficult to fall asleep, leading to insomnia. Why does exercise disrupt sleep? When is the best time to exercise?... Read Full Post
You know you should stop smoking. Perhaps it has even been a recent New Year's resolution. There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking, but could improving your sleep be one of them? How does smoking cigarettes affect sleep?... Read Full Post
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an announcement that could affect millions of Americans who take some of the most common medications for sleep. The FDA said it will require drug makers who produce sleep medications containing zolpidem to...
Caffeine can be one of the great joys of life. No matter your preferred indulgence - coffee, espresso, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate, soda pop, or energy drinks - it can give your energy and spirit a boost. But, unfortunately, it may also disrupt your sleep. Show More Summary
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today recommendations for women to lower their doses of Ambien, a commonly prescribed sleeping pill, in light of safety concerns related to morning driving.... Read Full Post
With few sleeping pill options historically, difficulty falling asleep has been helped with home remedies, including a shot of alcohol. These "nightcaps" seem to make it easier to fall asleep, but with a better understanding of the effects, they are now discouraged. Show More Summary
For people with chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep problems are common. Sleep disorders, disruptive and non-refreshing sleep are some of the most frequent complaints from people suffering from chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating medical condition. It’s also a...
Okay, so you don't need a bed made out of pillows to get to sleep. Nevertheless, you can sleep better by creating a relaxing buffer zone prior to trying to sleep. As part of this, you can incorporate sleep rituals that will put your mind to ease and help you fall asleep.... Read Full Post