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Sleeping Homeless

tent city

According to a 2005 report to the United Nations, there are approximately 100 million homeless people worldwide. People rarely expect to become homeless. Life happens in ways that lead people from all kinds of backgrounds facing life without income, without money, and, on occasion, without affordable housing options even if they are fortunate enough to have a regular income.

Calories Burned During Sleep

calorie count

You’ve probably seen countless ads for diet pill wonder products promising you can burn calories during sleep and even shed pounds while getting your zzz’s. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it really was that simple? However, there is a fair amount of evidence to support the idea that it really is possible to do just that – given the right set of circumstances. The key is to set the stage to burn the maximum amount of calories at night.

Best Mattress for Allergies

allergic skin rash

The Prevalence of Allergies in the United States

In the United States, allergies comprise the fifth leading chronic disease for people of all ages. And, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the rank increases to become the third most common chronic disease in the U.S. for children under the age of 18. Common allergies include seasonal, pet, mold, chemical, dust, and more. If you suffer from severe allergies, you know how careful you must be when selecting bedding, carpeting, and even window coverings for your room.

Healthy Bedtime Snacks

bedtime snack

What you eat before bed can have a profound impact on your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. The key is to find foods that help you sleep and healthy bedtime snacks that will not prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Some foods, and portion sizes, interfere with your ability to fall asleep at night. You’ve probably been told not to eat large snacks filled with fried, fatty food right before going to bed. But, what is good to eat?

Teens and Sleep

teenager sleeping

The debate about teens and sleep has been raging for many years. Scientific evidence suggests, however, that parents really should give their teens a bit of a break for sleeping in on weekends. It seems that growing teen bodies need a little more sleep than the average adult. More importantly, the average teen, 90 percent of teens according a recent Journal of School Health study, are not getting their daily recommend hours of sleep.

People Who Can Sleep Through Anything

noisy jet landing

You know the type. You may even be one of them. They are the fortunate few who can sleep through anything. Bad weather. An early-morning rooster crowing. Things that go bump. You name it. It’s no problem for them. They seem to “miss out” on all the little things that keep other people up at night. Or, at the very least – the things that wake others up at night.

Sleep Cycles

woman sleeping

Most people never think about sleep cycles until they begin feeling the impact of not getting an adequate amount of sleep. In fact, there are some people who only know of REM sleep because they hear about it in movies, read about it in books, or watch shows on  television that mention it. However, they have little knowledge of what it means or how different sleep cycles impact their mental and physical health and well-being.

Sleep Study Part 5: Computers Can Now Predict Dreams

dream research

The exact science behind why people dream is still a mystery, but recent research using computer technology now brings us closer to understanding dreams.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Image (fMRI) scans can essentially “see” our dreams by revealing visual images our brains have while we are dreaming. What’s more, a computer is able to predict what you are dreaming about while asleep based upon your brainwave activity, according to a new study out of Japan.

Lack of Sleep and the Immune System

image of the immune system

Lack of sleep can do more than make you grumpier than Oscar the Grouch. It can have an impact on your immune system, according to a study conducted by the Surrey Sleep Research Centre. Researchers found that poor sleep quality for just one week could impact hundreds of genes related to metabolism, response to stress, and our immune system, which helps to protect us from illness and disease.

How to Sleep Better with Spring Allergies

woman with hay fever

For many people, spring is a welcome sight after a cold and dreary winter. For allergy sufferers though, the sight of blooming flowers, budding trees, and green grass is greeted with less of a warm-and-fuzzy welcome. The sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, coughing, congestion, sinus pressure, itchy and watery eyes, and even difficulty sleeping are all signs that it’s allergies are in full bloom.