Healthy Habits when You Work Nights

Night shifts are part of life for nurses, factory workers, and truck drivers, among others. In fact, nearly 15 million Americans work nights. There are drawbacks to this kind of schedule, including health risks. Working nights has been shown to have adverse effects on heart health, metabolism, reproductive health, and even susceptibility to cancer.  If you […]

Sleep Awareness Week

Think over the conversations you’ve had in the past week. Chances are good that at least one of those conversations was about not getting enough sleep. And if, as you think back, it almost feels like some of the time those claims sounded like bragging, it’s probably not your imagination.  Teens may see staying up […]

Coping with Nightmare Disorder

Up to 85% of American adults have occasional nightmares, and they are nothing to worry about. When you have frequent nightmares that interfere with your well-being, however, you may be facing nightmare disorder.  This condition affects an estimated 8% of adults. Fortunately, it can be treated. What is nightmare disorder? Someone who has nightmares once […]

When Should You See a Doctor for Sleep Problems

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that one-third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis; 35% of U.S. adults get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night. Some people choose to ignore sleep recommendations, but many have sleep problems that prevent getting good quality sleep. Having trouble falling […]

23 Things to Do When You Can’t Sleep

Worry, stress, excitement, work, travel, the latest season of your favorite show — there’s a lot that can keep you up at night. Occasionally finding it difficult to sleep isn’t cause for alarm. However, you may need to make some changes, or talk to a medical professional, if sleepless nights are a common problem for […]

Can You Ditch Your Sleep Schedule in the Summer?

Summertime disrupts routines and sleep schedules for many families. Children no longer have to wake up early and get ready for school each day. The sun lingers in the sky much later into the evening, and it can be difficult to stick to that 8:30 bedtime when it’s still bright outside. College students may find […]

Are Naps Good For You?

Getting enough sleep and getting good quality sleep are essential for your physical health, mental health, safety, and your overall quality of life. However, there are many who do not get the sleep that they need each night. While establishing good sleeping habits is the best long-term solution, that doesn’t help you with the fatigue […]

Festival of Sleep Day

Yes, tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for: January 3, the Festival of Sleep. It’s time to get ready. The origins of this special day are shrouded in mystery, but it makes sense. Many of us have been busy shopping, cooking, cleaning, entertaining, partying, cleaning up after parties, and generally celebrating since Thanksgiving… or […]