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
Researchers have identified 3 notable causes of panic attacks and other signs of anxiety in women: serotonin deficiency, low vitamin B6 levels and low iron levels. But, using these natural healing steps can give you relief!
Q: My father has mixed dementia. What is mixed dementia? Can it be treated?
A: The term mixed dementia is often used to describe a combination of vascular dementia (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It had been thought that about one in five Americans
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get
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’re trying to figure out how to stop snoring, you have a wide range of possible solutions awaiting you. Sometimes altering your lifestyle is in order (see sidebar below); weight loss or avoiding alcohol too close to bedtime may be enough to quiet your slumber. Or you may need
Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious challenge that requires professional treatment (see What You Can Do). It often takes time and patience to overcome. However, while there are no simple cures for this mood disorder, an MGH expert points out that there are commonsense steps you can take that
If you are frequently exhausted during the day, you may suspect a sleep disorder. And while it’s a good place to start, there may be some other reasons for your daytime tiredness.
“Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things,” explains clinical psychologist Jennifer Martin, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at
It’s all too common for people to go on weight loss diets but give up because their appetite is surging. Sadly, many people regain much of the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose. It may not be due to weak willpower, though. Rather, your body may be producing powerful