Category Archives: Sleep Disorders

Preparing for Exams? New Study Says Skipping Sleep to Cram Will Lower Your Grade

 

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As the end of the fall semester looms ever larger, students across the country are hunkering down for the dreaded all-nighters: the non-stop cramming sessions that typically precede final exams. It’s a college tradition, one that many students consider a badge of honor. Staying up all night is a feat of endurance only the young relish. Unfortunately, all that extra studying is for naught. It turns out, cramming aside, a lack of sleep is the single best predictor of poor performance on exams. Dr. Philip Alapat, medical director of the Harris Health Sleep Disorders Center and assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, suggests that students study throughout the semester instead of cramming at the last minute. Sure, and pigs should fly, Dr. Alapat.

Can’t Sleep? Insomnia Costs Us Billions

 

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Insomnia is one of the most common ailments in adults. A full ten percent of the population suffers from it. Despite all of the sleeping pills on the market, that number isn’t going down. We live in an anxiety-driven, caffeine-fueled culture, and that’s just the beginning. Considering the economic situation in the United States over the past few years, people have a lot to worry about, and worrying and sleep don’t mix. For many of us, bedtime is the only time of day we really stop and think. It’s the first quiet moment we’ve had since we woke up, and our brains take full advantage. But at what price? The science is definitive: poor sleep means poor health and when you’re tired you aren’t at your best. Your job performance suffers, your relationships suffer, and your health slowly deteriorates. What’s really going on here?

Can’t Sleep a Wink? Eliminate the Drink… and Other Sleep Inhibitors

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People who sleep soundly often take the ubiquitous activity for granted. They are unfamiliar with the endless wakeful nights of the tormented insomniac. But most people have experienced insomnia at least once in their lives—a terrible night when no amount of tiredness can shut down an active brain. I’ve had many of these nights in my life. They often happen in times of stress, when my troubles occupy my thoughts. It took a few years of regular insomnia before I started really researching possible causes, from my diet to my brand of foam mattress. I was surprised to find some clear criminals among the commonly-used substances in my daily life. I didn’t realize that my lifestyle choices were sabotaging my sleep! They may be sabotaging yours too. Here are some common culprits.

Does Too Much Turkey Actually Make You Tired: How to Stay Awake this Thanksgiving

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Every Thanksgiving, the rumor goes around that eating too much turkey will make you tired. While there is tryptophan in turkey, it seems that the bird gets an especially sleepy wrap. But is every American’s favorite meal really forcing you to hit the botanical latex mattress harder on Thanksgiving night? While most of us role our eyes and continue chowing down, when we hear this theory, it made us wonder if there was actually any truth to this old wives tale, and what you can do to stay awake this Thanksgiving.

Sleeping While Stressed: Sleep Habits of Military Families

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With Veteran’s Day passing yesterday, it’s interesting and helpful to discuss the difficulties servicemen and their families can have in completing everyday tasks that most of us don’t even think twice about. One of the basic needs of all humans is sleep, but for those who are under stress or have been through a traumatic event in the military, sleep isn’t always easy to come by. We’ve talked about the effects of PTSD on sleep, but let’s talk about how soldiers and the families of soldiers can get sleep despite their very stressful and unique lifestyle.

Fighting Narcolepsy: How to Only Fall Asleep On Your Mattress At Night

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While some sleeping disorders can seem funny, some of the most humorous ones can also be the most serious. One of the most serious sleeping disorders is narcolepsy. Nearly half of Americans suffer from narcolepsy, a number that may in fact shock you. There are all different levels of narcolepsy, and while it may seem odd and intriguing that a person can fall asleep out of nowhere, the truth is, narcolepsy is no laughing matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re at your desk or on your talalay mattress, narcolepsy can strike at any time. Let’s learn how to prevent sleeping during the daytime, so that you’re only sleeping on your mattress at home tonight!

How Your Child with ADHD Can Finally Sleep Better

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It seems that in this day and age, there are more and more difficulties plaguing our children. Between the rise in childhood obesity and the increased number of children diagnosed with ADHD each year, it can be difficult to bring a child up healthy. Many marketing campaigns are being done to make the public more aware of these childhood problems and ADHD is a main area of concern.

There have been many issues for children with behavioral problems when it comes to falling asleep at night. Let’s first discuss the problems children with ADHD can face with sleeping and then we can talk about some solutions to have them falling asleep peacefully on their latex mattress tonight.

Preventing Acid Reflux During Sleep

 

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It happens to the best of us. You have a late night snack, or even just a rich dinner and you end up paying the price laying awake on your botanical mattress with acid reflux for the majority of the night. Reflux–also called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD–is a painful and bothersome condition that develops when stomach contents are able to flow back up into the esophagus. It can strike at any time, but many people are awoken at night because of the heartburn and chest pain that accompany reflux. If you experience this, you may need to make some changes to your eating habits and bedtime routine to help prevent reflux and ensure a better night’s sleep. Let’s learn how to stop acid reflux before it ruins your night of sleep.

This Halloween, Get Rid of the Monsters Under the Bed

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This Halloween, after your kids come down from their sugar high, they’re bound to here plenty of ghost stories on Halloween night. When they finally settle in for the night, they’ll be guaranteed to find monsters under the bed, which can be hard to explain, and cause you to lose sleep as well as them. This Halloween, let’s find a way to eliminate the monsters in question for once and for all so that you and them can sleep soundly on your foam latex mattresses tonight.

Busting the Myth: Sleeping with Wet Hair

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For years and years, my mother and grandmother have been telling me, “make sure you dry your hair before you go to sleep, you’ll catch a cold if you go to bed with wet hair.” For most of those years, I’ve often wondered if this was actually true or if it was just an old wives tale. I actually prefer going to bed with a wet head, that way in the morning, I can quickly style my hair without having to damage it by using the blow dryer. Let’s bust this myth open and find out if sleeping on your foam latex mattress with a wet head is actually dangerous or a myth gone too far.