If you’ve ever been unable to fall asleep because your brain is too busy worrying about how desperately you need to fall asleep, or if you dread taking a sleeping aid because you don’t want to feel groggy in the morning, there’s hope outside of a pill bottle: digital cognitive
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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.
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
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.
Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most prevalent sleep disorders, but they’re far from the only ones. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes 78 sleep disorders, which include restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and disorders that cause too much sleep (hypersomnia). Sleep
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
There may be a scientific reason why some people are night owls: delayed sleep phase syndrome. It’s a sleep disorder in which your body’s clock tells you to fall asleep a few hours later than most people hit the sack. The problem is that this delayed bedtime makes it difficult
Q: Is it possible to “catch up on sleep” or is that just a myth or an excuse to sleep in?
A: As a side note, while it’s possible to make up for lost sleep, you can’t really make a big deposit in your sleep account to get you through the
Whether it’s the political news of the day, money worries, or family drama, triggers for stress are all around you. And in addition to making you feel irritable or exhausted, stress can lead to a host of other physical and emotional complications, such as chest pain, headaches, insomnia, weight gain,
Feeling depressed can happen after any type of surgical procedure, and many doctors don’t warn patients of the possibility, according to geriatrician Michelle Eslami, MD, UCLA Medical Center. Postsurgical depression can be the result of chronic pain, reactions to pain medications, anesthesia, facing one’s mortality and the physical and emotional