Sleep hygiene is what sleep specialists call the pattern of good habits that promote healthy sleep. A solid sleep hygiene routine means a consistent sleep schedule. Keep regular hours, even on weekends and vacations, and go to bed at the same time and wake at the same time every day.
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Our own everyday lives can disrupt our sleep. Common sleep stealers include traveling across time zones, environmental factors, chronic pain, illnesses and the medications used to treat them, and even retirement can rob of us restful sleep. For these problems, a few simple steps can restore restful sleep.
Sleep Phase Problems
If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or don’t wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, you’re not alone. As we age, sleep patterns become more fragmented and we wake up more easily—two factors that often prevent us from getting a good seven to nine hours of sleep each
Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart
We are delighted you chose to read our special report on improving sleep. This edition includes the latest information on common sleep disturbances and new insights into how to improve sleep, so you can achieve better health. It covers common sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, and discusses the
Q: My sister has recently been going through some difficult times, including a divorce and retirement from a job she loved. She is getting counseling through her church, but would traditional therapy be better for her?
A: Faith-based counseling, often referred to as pastoral counseling, is a widely used option that
Doctors can’t yet cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD), although that is the ultimate goal of AD research. Treatments have advanced to the point where they can help manage some of the most troubling cognitive and behavioral symptoms, and make life easier for people with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments
If a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease and you will be the primary caregiver, there’s much you need to know, both about how to care for the person with the condition and about how to care for yourself. More than half of the people with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for
A person with Alzheimer’s disease will have increasing difficulty not only with memory but also language, time perception, visual-spatial orientation, and problem-solving ability. Mood and behavior changes also will occur. But these don’t come on suddenly. A person with Alzheimer’s disease won’t be entirely normal one day and completely incapacitated
More than half of all women experience urinary incontinence at some point—and many are suffering needlessly. Whether they are embarrassed or simply accept the condition as a normal part of life, an estimated 55 percent of those women don’t even mention it to their physicians.
The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI),