Sleep & Your Lifestyle

How Alcohol Affects the Quality—And Quantity—Of Sleep

Anyone who drinks alcohol from time to time knows that beer, wine, or spirits can sometimes leave you feeling drowsy. In fact, as many as 20 percent of Americans use alcohol to help them fall asleep. But while alcohol, a depressant, can help you fall asleep faster, it also contributes to poor quality sleep later. Here’s what happens—behind your closed eyes—when you go to sleep after drinking.

There’s a battle of sleep rhythms.

Holiday Shift Work: How to Get the Sleep That You Need

Solve your holiday shift work problems with these three smart sleep solutions.

How to Get Better Sleep After Military Service Ends

Returning home from service is exciting for soldiers—but it’s also a time when troubling sleep issues may continue or arise.

Do Soldiers Get Enough Sleep?

Experts recommended that we get seven to nine hours of sleep a night—but do the U.S. military troops hit that mark?

How Trauma Can Affect Your Dreams

Stressful experiences can turn into terrifying nightmares that force you to relive your darkest moments. But there are simple strategies that will help you cope.

How Lack of Sleep Impacts Cognitive Performance and Focus

Learn how good sleep helps us to think clearly, remember information, and make decisions!

PTSD and Sleep

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.

Exercise and Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll will focus on Exercise and Sleep. We asked the experts on the poll task force to tell us more about important exercise and sleep topics and the research behind them.

Shift Work and Sleep

Are you a shift worker? Shift workers often don't get enough sleep because of their long or late hours. Find out how you can get more sleep so you can perform better at your job.

Parkinson's Disease and Sleep

Parkinson's disease can cause a lot of debilitating symptoms for those who suffer from it. Unfortunately, it can also affect their sleep. Learn more about Parkinson's and how to help those with the disease sleep better.


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