Tips for Beating Insomnia

Falling asleep is as important to your health as exercise and a sensible diet. Here are some ways to avoid insomnia and put those sleepless nights to bed.

If you’ve ever spent what feels like hours tossing and turning during the night, you’re not alone: Insomnia is the most common sleep complaint among Americans. In any given year, 30 to 40 percent of adults report at least a temporary problem falling asleep.

There are a few definitions of insomnia, including trouble falling ...

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Insomnia Defined

Forget counting sheep: Scientific insights offer help in getting a good night’s rest and avoiding insomnia.

Categorizing Insomnia

Doctors can categorize insomnia in two ways — what causes the disease and how condition lasts. Categorizing insomnia by its cause includes:

Categorizing insomnia by the duration of the condition includes:

Keep Track of Your Sleep History

If you are having trouble sleeping, a health care provider probably will look first for distractions that can interfere with rest, like light and noise. A bedroom should be cool, ...

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Weekend Not Long Enough to Recover from Sleep Loss

Men and women who get just six hours of sleep each night during the workweek will need more than the weekend to recover from the cumulative effects of this mild sleep deprivation, a new study revealed.

Researchers also found that women are better able to cope with and recover from this kind of sleep loss than men.

“The usual practice of extending sleep during the weekend after a busy workweek associated with mild sleep loss is not adequate in reversing the cumulative ...

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When Wives Can’t Sleep, Marriage Can Suffer

When wives can’t fall asleep, that tends to trigger marital tensions the next day, a new study suggests, whereas the sleep issues of husbands barely impact spousal relationships.

Researchers tested the sleep patterns of 35 young and healthy married couples for 10 nights using noninvasive sensors that monitored rest and activity cycles. Wives with sleeping difficulties sparked significantly more negative marital interactions the next day, according to the research, which is to be presented Monday in Minneapolis at the annual meeting ...

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Night Sweats Keeping You Up?

Waking up dripping with sweat and wrapped up in soaked sheets can be worrisome, but it’s not always serious. Here are 10 night sweats causes, and tips to help you enjoy cooler sleep.

As you drift off to sleep, you look forward to sleeping soundly through the night. But you awaken a few hours later, with your hair soaked, sheets drenched, and sweat pouring off of you. Who turned up the thermostat?

It’s your body’s own thermostat going haywire and causing these ...

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10 Tips to Reset Your Internal Clock

People with delayed sleep phase syndrome have trouble getting up in the morning and going to bed at the right time. The body’s internal clock can be reset, however, with the help of a few sleep strategies.

Who doesn’t know at least one night owl who stays up until 1 or 2 a.m. every night, only to struggle to get out of bed the next morning to make it to school or work on time? To those on the outside, these ...

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10 Ways to Start Your Day Without Caffeine

Cut down caffeine consumption, ease caffeine withdrawal, and get more restful sleep.

We all know the feeling — waking up groggy after not enough sleep or poor-quality sleep, only to be slammed with a full day of obligations. It’s only natural to reach for that cup of coffee as a pick-me-up. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 43 percent of Americans are “very likely” to consume caffeine to stay alert during the day.

And new research ...

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