If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose

woman awake in bed

We get it—you’re busy. Maybe you’re swamped at work, or the only time you can squeeze in a workout is early in the morning or late at night. Maybe you’re caring for your children or your parents and there’s little time left for you. Something has to give and usually it’s sleep. You might find… Read more »

Lack of Sleep in Infancy Linked to Childhood Obesity

childhood sleep

Parents who enforce an early bedtime can take heart—they may actually be reducing their child’s risk of obesity. A new, comprehensive study has found that lack of sleep in infancy and early childhood increased the risk of obesity and overall body fat by age seven. The study, which was just published in the June 2014… Read more »

Five Ways to Beat Insomnia

5 ways to beat sleeplessness

We’ve all been there—lying awake in the middle of the night when we should be asleep. It’s frustrating to say the least. Do you turn the light on, read a book and “give in?” Or do you just lie there with your eyes closed wishing and hoping you’ll fall back asleep? If only it was… Read more »

Vacationers Beware – Drowsy Drivers are Everywhere

drowsy driving dangers

According to a new government survey, it’s not just drunk drivers and texting behind the wheel that you need to be wary of on the road; 1 in 25 drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel in the past month. Numbers from the AAA Foundation for Safety, estimate that as many as 7500… Read more »

59 Second Test Can Tell if You’re Sleep Deprived

sleep deprivation quiz

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic. Approximately 50-70 million American adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder which can lead to a number of issues including lack of concentration, forgetfulness, increased risk of diabetes and heart disease and even early death. Many of us aren’t… Read more »

How Less Sleep Might Make You Fatter

lack of sleep may be connected to weight gain

Last year a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder found that sleeping just five hours a night over a workweek and having unlimited access to food caused participants to gain nearly two pounds of weight. Researchers suggest that sufficient sleep could help battle the obesity epidemic. “I don’t think extra sleep by itself… Read more »

Poor Sleep Linked to Cognitive Decline

poor sleep linked to cognitive decline

A study of older men released last week, found a link between poor sleep quality and the development of cognitive decline over three to four years. A team of researchers found that high levels of fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency – but not sleep duration – in older men is associated with a 40-50… Read more »

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

the right amount of sleep is different for everybody

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 new 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 »

Joint Pain: How Your Partner’s Sleep Affects You

Sleep is meant to be a time of renewal, so that you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.  Getting enough sleep is vital for good health.  Lack of sleep can affect you in many different ways—whether it’s your mood, appetite, focus, or health in some other form—chances are you will notice when you’re… Read more »

Sleep Sweeps Away the Brain’s Toxins

A new study offers an explanation for why a lack of sleep can make us feel as though we’re walking around in a fog.  While we’re asleep, our bodies may be resting, but our brains are busy cleaning house. During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste… Read more »