Sleep deficiency—not getting enough restful sleep—is associated with many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Some people are able to correct a sleep deficiency by improving their sleep habits and environment, but for those who continue to have sleep problems, a sleep
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BLISSFUL BRAIN BOOSTER: A NAP!
Researchers have come up with the perfect rationale for the post-prandial siesta: It seems that napping for an hour or so after lunch improves memory and the ability to think clearly. A study involving nearly 3,000 older adults recorded participants’ nighttime sleep habits, and noted whether
If you are looking for tips on how to help insomnia, it might be time to try out some soothing tunes. But how does music help you sleep, and how can you make the most of this easy and effective strategy?
Shift work and disrupted sleep can be part of what causes high triglycerides and increased cardiovascular disease risk. And, researchers think that improving sleep habits could help reverse these conditions.
Problems with memory and decision-making are often the challenges we associate most with dementia. But for people with this condition, emotional and behavioral issues can be just as difficult for the patients and those around them. It’s not unusual for someone with dementia to act aggressively or become easily agitated.
Learn how an earlier bedtime could help in your weight loss efforts.
Plenty of other factors can disrupt sleep. Traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, the effects of illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even taking it easy in your retirement are some of them. In many cases, simple steps can help restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
“To sleep, perchance to dream,” was the desire of Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare’s drama. It’s also the desire of thousands of insomnia suffers, who can’t get a normal night’s sleep for a variety of reasons.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:
Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights
Most experts agree that most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night to maintain their health. Unfortunately, many older adults have problems falling asleep, staying asleep or getting quality sleep. Sleep becomes more fragmented as we age, and we’re more easily roused—two factors that often prevent us
Depression can quickly turn into a self-perpetuating cycle. You feel awful, so you refuse to do anything you once thought was fun. You stay home and never invite anyone over. Your inactivity and isolation in turn feed your depression. The key to overcoming depression is to break that cycle.