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How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Sleep gives your body a rest and allows it to prepare for the next day. It’s like giving your body a mini-vacation. Sleep also gives your brain a chance to sort things out. Scientists aren’t exactly sure what kinds of organizing your brain does while you sleep, but they think that sleep might be the time when the brain sorts and stores information, replaces chemicals,…

Making Up Sleep Deficits on Weekend May Not Really Work

Can weekend “recovery sleep” make up for too little sleep during the work week? According to new research, not so much. Researchers at Penn State University College of Medicine placed 30 study participants on a sleep schedule designed to mimic a sleep-restricted workweek followed by a weekend with extra recovery sleep. The result suggests that recovery sleep over just a single weekend may not reverse all the effects…

Foods That Soothe You To Sleep

“You are what you eat” is as true when you turn in at night as it is the rest of the day. The foods you choose may improve sleep quality and help prevent insomnia. Research shows that sleep affects diet and weight. In particular, lack of sleep may wreak havoc with your eating habits, amp up your appetite, alter your metabolism, and increase your odds of becoming obese. Emerging evidence suggests that…

Tips To Sleeping Like A Baby

There is an advertising-fueled medicine myth in America that a little pill can cure you. Sleeping pills are one of the more widely used meds prescribed to approximately 60 million people in the United States. However, these began coming under scrutiny when a British Medical Journal Online article in May triggered sleepless nights after reporting the association with some common sleeping pills to a four-fold increased risk of death—even…

Tips For Improving Your Teen’s Sleep Schedule

Many parents wrestle with helping their teenagers get enough sleep, especially when high school classes start before dawn. Battling early school start times and teens’ changing body clocks, which pressure them to fall asleep later, can be overwhelming for parents. Few teens want parents setting their bedtimes. Most of the adolescents resisted their parent’s requests to stop texting or Web-surfing late at night. And don’t fall for the…