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Preparing for a good night’s sleep starts at mealtime. Certain foods, such as the ones listed below, can have a calming effect on both the brain and body. And if you're not sure how to incorporate each food into a dish, take a look at these suggestions.

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Does it often take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep at night? Or do you wake up frequently during the night — or too early in the morning — and have a hard time going back to sleep? When you awaken, do you feel groggy and lethargic? Do you feel drowsy during the day particularly during monotonous situations?

If you answered "yes"...

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In some cases, light therapy can be helpful for people with insomnia. If you are working with your primary care doctor or a sleep specialist for insomnia, you can ask if this is an appropriate treatment for you. Light therapy might be indicated if you have tried other...

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People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week, a new study concludes.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, ages 18-85, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week, which is the national guideline, provided a 65...

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The statistics are alarming: About 65% of Americans are now overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of obese adults (those with a Body Mass Index of 30 or more) jumped from 15% in 1980 to 27% in 1999. More than 15% of children from 6 to 19 years were overweight in 2000, which is three times...

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Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, adjusting to a new time zone can be tough. That’s because your circadian rhythm is at work! This internal clock, which helps inform your body when it’s time to go to bed or wake up, takes awhile to catch...
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Although the majority of people with Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24) are blind, it also occurs in a small number of sighted individuals. As many as half to three-quarters of totally blind patients (i.e., having no light perception) are...

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Rafael Pelayo, MD

Rafael Pelayo, MD

Why might a healthcare provider recommend a sleep study for a child?

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When you talk to a doctor about sleep symptoms that may be caused by your shift schedule, your doctor may ask you about:

  • Your physical and mental health history.
  • Your symptoms (in detail), including how long you’ve had them, how frequent they are, and how they interfere with work or social life.
  • Your work schedule...
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If you have control over your work schedule, here are factors to keep in mind to make the adjustment easier.

Night shifts

  • Try to keep the same sleep and wake times each day, even on your days off. This will help regulate your...
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Student STEM Projects Demonstrate Understanding of the Effects of Light and Sleep on Student Health and Performance

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2016) — Fifty teams of middle schools students have been named national finalists in the inaugural Bright Schools Competition™. The competition is a collaborative effort of the National Sleep...

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Helping kids get a better night’s sleep sometimes starts with managing their anxiety. Children’s stress often goes unnoticed by parents, but one-fifth of kids ages eight to 17 say that they worry a great deal.

Chronic stress may lead to a number of...

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A recent piece on NPR examines snoring and how it can be a strong indicator of obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. More than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea, and it occurs in all age groups and both sexes. There are a number of factors,...

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Many people find sleep aids helpful for insomnia. Your doctor may recommend that you take a sleep aid to help you fall asleep, sleep longer during the night, wake up less frequently, or improve the quality of your sleep. There are a few things to consider when you're...

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Most people notice that they naturally experience different levels of sleepiness and alertness throughout the day, but what causes these patterns? Sleep is regulated by two body systems: sleep/wake homeostasis and the circadian biological clock.

When we have been awake for a long period of time, sleep/wake homeostasis...

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Many people realize that their level of hydration can affect the way they feel and function throughout the day. A lack of fluids can make you sluggish, irritable, and off your game. But hydration also plays a critical role in how well (or not) you sleep at night. Understanding the impact of your daily fluid intake on your nighttime...

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If you think you have Non 24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder (Non-24)and are meeting with your doctor, it’s best to go prepared.

Adolescents today face a widespread chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Although society often views sleep as a luxury that ambitious or active people cannot afford, research shows that getting enough sleep is a biological necessity, as important to good health as eating well or exercising....

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Meir H. Kryger

Meir H. Kryger, MD

Are people experiencing sleep problems following the...

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