GERD, also known as acid reflux, is an acronym that stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is a chronic illness that affects 5-7% of the world...read more
Did you know that men and women have different sleep experiences? On the whole, women report more sleep disturbances than men. Our 2007 Sleep In America poll reports that two-thirds of women experience a sleep problem at least a few nights each week and as many as half report waking up feeling un-refreshed. As a result, we've developed...read more
The stories are eerily similar. The patient awakens from a terrifying recurrent dream, sweating, heart beating fast, and often unable to fall asleep again that night. Some are elderly men, others are young women. Some have suffered trauma on the battlefield, others at home.
In my more than 30-year career in sleep medicine, I have treated...read more
Sleep hygiene is a variety of different practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.
Obtaining healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health. It can also improve...read more
Getting extra sleep to overcome sleep deprivation may seem like the right thing to do, but a recent Harvard Medical School study found that it's not that easy.
The study highlights the effects of chronic sleep loss on performance and demonstrates that it is nearly impossible to "catch up on sleep" to improve performance.
Good sleep helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make decisions. When we don’t get enough quality sleep, it impairs our “executive function”—a set of abilities we need to do well in school, at work, and in all realms of daily life.
It’s estimated that about one in three American adults don’t get sufficient sleep on a...read more
Working a shift schedule often means you’re out of sync with the normal, daily life activities of your family and friends.
Here are five easy ways to keep yourself alert and productive during your shift:
If you are planning to vacation this summer, chances are you’ll be staying at a hotel. Although it’s fun to see new places or visit with friends and family, staying in a hotel means you are not sleeping in your own. That can be difficult for some people and can interfere with their sleep.
Here are a few tips to help you get a better...read more
Giraffes can go without sleep for weeks, while brown bats sleep for nearly the entire day. The golden dormouse carefully balances itself on the branch of a tree to sleep, and any quiver of the twig wakes it up immediately.
From the miniscule tree shrew to the most physically imposing of mammals, animals have varying sleep patterns and...read more
More than 85% of mammalian species are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. Humans are part of the minority of monophasic sleepers, meaning that our days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness. It is not clear that this is the natural sleep pattern of humans....read more
Athletes who extended their sleep to 10 hours each night experienced improved performance and mood, according to a study presented at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Researchers at Stanford University asked five healthy students on the Stanford women’s tennis team to maintain their normal...read more