Tag: stages of sleep

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

1. Sleep Is Our Body’s Chance for Routine Maintenance

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

Can I Catch Up on Sleep?

Can I Catch Up on Sleep?

Whether you’re working nights or binge-watching Game of Thrones, skimping on sleep is bad for your health. The consequences of sleep deprivation extend far beyond midday yawns and drooping eyelids (think diabetes and stroke). No wonder so many people are asking, “How can I catch up on sleep?”

Should you aim

4. Energy and Fatigue

The word “fatigue” describes a feeling of tiredness or lack of energy, either physical or mental. Fatigue is generally distinguished from sleepiness or drowsiness, although a lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue. While someone who is drowsy might fight the urge to sleep, people who are fatigued often lack

Avoid Holiday Sleep Deprivation

If you want to maximize your enjoyment of the holiday season, don’t let your celebrations interfere with your sleep. That’s the message of recent research that has linked sleep loss with a number of negative cognitive and emotional consequences.

The studies suggest that changes in routines and behavior that go along

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

1. What Is Sleep, And Why Do We Need It?

When we’re asleep, our conscious mind is closed to the outside world. Sounds, smells, and physical sensations have limited access to our central nervous system. In the lightest stages of sleep, those aspects of the real world can intrude and awaken us briefly, but in deep sleep we’re not easily

How Safe Are Sleeping Pills for the Brain?

More than half of adults surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation report spending several nights each week struggling with at least one symptom of insomnia—difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or a lack of restorative sleep that causes distress or dysfunction. Sleeping pills are

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