Seniors Struggle with Sleep

A recent poll of 1,065 of the nation’s seniors found that nearly half of individuals between the ages of 65 and 80 in the United States report sleep problems. A staggering 1 in 3 said they regularly take something to help them sleep. Over half of those polled believe that sleep difficulties are a normal… Read more »

How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?

Sleep needs vary across ages and are easily impacted by your health and lifestyle. To determine how much sleep you need, it’s important to examine your sleep habits and how you’re feeling. A recent paper published by the National Sleep Foundation suggests that although there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to how much… Read more »

Why You Can’t Sleep

If it’s been years since you slept like a baby, you’re not alone. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of American adults suffer from insomnia. The figures are even greater for people over 65. Men start out with a higher rate of sleep issues, but women catch up to them by around age 50. Here… Read more »

Five Benefits of an Afternoon Siesta

From boosting memory to lowering blood pressure, a little midday siesta can do wonders for your health. Many of us are chronically sleep-deprived and a quick nap can do wonders. Most experts recommend a nap of 10 to 20 minutes, since any longer can lead to “sleep inertia” – a deep grogginess that can be… Read more »

Are You Plugged in and Losing Sleep?

Recently, the National Sleep Foundation released the results of their Annual Sleep in America poll. The bottom line is that many people aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. The survey found that 43% of Americans say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep during the week. An astonishing 60% say they experience a… Read more »

Six of the Best Bedtime Snacks

Sometimes you just need a little something before bed to help you sleep. Whether it’s to settle your tummy or because you ate an early dinner, a bedtime snack can help. But you have to be careful that it doesn’t become a full on fourth meal and will actually help you get to sleep. Here… Read more »

Sleep and White Noise

When you’re sleeping, your brain continues to register and process sounds. Noise can interrupt your sleep causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure. It happens so briefly that you might not even remember it the next morning. Whether a noise actually disturbs… Read more »

Spring Ahead Without Feeling Tired

Spring Ahead This Saturday, March 11th, daylight savings ends and we move our clocks ahead one hour. You’ll go to sleep at 10:00, but really it’s now 11:00. You’ve lost an hour of sleep! That one hour can wreak havoc on our internal clocks. Our bodies are extremely sensitive to changes in light and schedules…. Read more »

Five Foods to Improve Sleep

Sleep has a significant effect on your daily mood, productivity and health. Nutrition plays a large role in how well you sleep. Food relates directly to serotonin, a key hormone that — along with Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid — helps promote healthy sleep. If a good night’s sleep is important to you, try… Read more »

Physical Consequences of Sleep Deprivation

A startling study published in the journal Sleep found that nearly one quarter of people who sleep fewer than six hours a night have some kind of cardiovascular disease (clogged arteries, an abnormal or weak heartbeat, etc.). Worse – Harvard Medical School experts say that if you routinely fail to get five hours of sleep,… Read more »