Tag: sleep medicine

Your Brain Is Hard at Work While You’re Asleep

If you think dreaming is the main activity going on in your brain while you sleep, think again. Your brain performs hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tasks every night, many of which are related to sifting through and organizing information and storing memories.

“We now know that the brain is actively processing

What Causes Nightmares? 7 Common Triggers

What Causes Nightmares? 7 Common Triggers

You may remember, as a kid, occasionally waking up in a cold sweat, startled out of your slumber by one of those frighteningly vivid nightmares. Perhaps the experience still pops up from time to time; bad dreams may be more common in children, but adults aren’t immune to them. Around

Sleep Stages: Understanding the Sleep Cycle

Sleep Stages: Understanding the Sleep Cycle

One-third of all American adults are not getting enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But why does it matter so much? Well, simply put: Inadequate sleep is bad for your health. It’s linked to chronic conditions and illnesses like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression.

Foods That Help You Sleep and Foods That Keep You Up at Night

A good night’s rest actually may start hours before your bedtime by choosing foods that promote high-quality sleep and avoiding those that can interfere with your shut-eye. Two components of foods that are shown to be most helpful in improving sleep ­quality are melatonin and tryptophan.

Melatonin. Melatonin is a well-known sleep

Hypersomnia Causes and Treatment

Hypersomnia Causes and Treatment

Hypersomnia is characterized by episodes of excessive daytime sleepiness, even with adequate nighttime sleep, or prolonged nighttime sleep. This condition is different from the daytime sleepiness and sleep episodes of narcolepsy or feeling tired due to occasional insomnia. People with hypersomnia feel driven to nap, often for long periods of

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment: Hope Lies Ahead

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment: Hope Lies Ahead

Studies published in 2015 shed new light on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and, thus, chronic fatigue syndrome treatment. The condition, known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), appears to be a biological disorder, not a psychological issue, as determined in multiple studies, including recent work by scientists at Columbia University and

8. Conclusion

The inability to regularly enjoy a good night’s sleep can impact not only your emotional well-being, but your physical health as well. Sleeping too few hours, too many hours, irregular hours, going to sleep too late or too early, or having your sleep frequently interrupted night after night opens the

5. Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health

With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you may awaken suddenly, with a loud gasp for air, because your upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth. It’s like trying to drink through a wet paper straw—you keep sucking on it, but nothing

4. Battling Insomnia

Although insomnia is a common problem—literally, thousands of people suffer from it—not everyone experiences the same type of insomnia.
The National Sleep Foundation identifies two primary categories of insomnia:

Short-term (acute) insomnia lasts a few nights and can be caused by worry, stress, grief, or another situation that affects us temporarily.
Long-term (chronic)

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