Study of children shows, again, that while some still cling to myths about the moon and our overall health, they shouldn’t.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) is recommended for insomnia; it helps people change both their beliefs and their behaviors about sleep.
A new study has found that when we’re in an unfamiliar place, such as a hotel room, one hemisphere of our brain tends to stay vigilant as we sleep.
These findings, while not definitive, have some potentially important health implications, particularly given how ubiquitous the use of electronic devices before bedtime is.
Lack of sleep raises and extends blood levels of a naturally occurring chemical that’s associated with making eating more enjoyable, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.
Sleeping less than 7 hours a night is associated with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, mental distress and premature death.
Societal-imposed work schedules that are not in sync with our natural, circadian rhythms may be harmful to our health, the study suggests.
The commentary’s authors argue that hospitals need to work harder at creating more humane environments and practices for their patients.
Specifically, the study found that people who get six hours or less of sleep a night are four times more likely to catch a cold when exposed to the virus than people who sleep seven hours or more.
Dr. Michael Howell: “We sleep because we feel better when we wake up. We’re less tired. We’re more restful. We’re more alert. We can respond quicker. Our reaction times are faster.”
“The first thing is to know yourself and to know your own biological clock,” says Dr. Michael Howell, a U of M assistant professor of neurology and medical director of the Fairview Sleep Centers in Edina.
“Our data suggest that vulnerable people might benefit from avoiding sudden changes in their biologic rhythms,” note the authors of one study.
Of course, sleep needs are highly individualized, but there are some clear, age-based guidelines.
If babies are put in appropriate clothing — tight-fitting sleepers — they will not be cold without blankets or quilts, health officials point out.
Overall health and grades improve, and there’s even a link to a reduction in the number of car crashes.
Looking sleep-deprived may not only affect a person’s personal relationships, but also their professional ones — and without anyone really being conscious of what’s going on.
The moon’s cycles may have an impact on human sleep behavior.