Category Archives: Sleep Science

How to Boost Your Melatonin Production Naturally

melatonin

Produced naturally by your body by the pineal gland, melatonin is a hormone that helps to regulate your sleep cycles. It is affected by light exposure: at night when it is dark, your body releases increased melatonin to help promote sleep.

Best Pajamas for Sleeping

woman in pajamas on bed

Nearly 75 percent of Americans wear pajamas to bed, according to a poll conducted by Anna’s Linens, a linen and home decor company. Whether they are pajamas, jammies, PJs, sleeping clothes, whatever your special name for them is, it’s valuable to pair the right pajamas with the right season and/or occasion. Taking size, type, fabric, and style into account, keep these things in mind as you shop for the perfect pajamas for any occasion.

Sleep Quality May Impact Skin’s Glow

glowing skin

Turns out all that all this talk about “beauty sleep” is real. Researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center determined a link between sleep deprivation and skin function, including skin aging.

What Your Go-To Sleeping Position Says About You

sleeping positions

You’ve probably heard about the various silent signals you send through eye contact, or lack thereof, and body language. Did you also know that your favorite sleep position is revealing as well? Below are a few of the secrets you may reveal while you are sleeping.

Couples Sleeping Together Linked to Better Sleep Quality and Health

couple sleeping together

Valentine’s Day is a day that celebrates love and lovers. Did you know, that in bed, two heartbeats are better than one? At least, that’s what a University of Pittsburgh, Rush University Medical Center, and University of Michigan School of Public Health study determined.

Sleep Study Part 9: Sleep-Deprived Teens at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

young teenage driver

When teens are sleep deprived, they have an increased risk of car accidents, according to a recent study. This was the finding of a spring 2013 study out of Sydney, Australia that was published online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Sleep Study Part 8: The Effect of “Screen Time” on Your Child’s Sleep

young girl using tablet pc in bed

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that kids who had more “screen time”, consisting of watching TV, using the computer, or playing video games before going to bed fell asleep later than children and teens who had less screen time. On the other hand, the kids who had more time away from electronics, fell asleep earlier overall.

Sleep Study Part 7: Sleep in Menopausal Women

menopause sign

Being bombarded with hot flashes and night sweats — so called vasomotor symptoms in medical speak — makes it a challenge for women in menopause (or perimenopause for that matter) to get a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, a new study published in Menopause,  the journal of the North American Menopause Society, finds that menopausal women may get better shut eye if they up their physical activity.

Drooling at Night

man drooling

Drooling, also referred to sialorrhea, is the process of saliva seeping, or in some cases flowing, outside of the mouth. It can occur in adults as well as children.

Daytime Napping Mistakes

napping on sofa

Daytime napping has historically received a bad rap because it was thought to interfere with nighttime sleep. But lately, daytime naps have been peeling off their bad-for-you reputation layer by layer.  For one instance, a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College in White Plains, N.Y, researchers concluded that significant cognitive benefits and increase in overall sleep time in older people were found as a result of napping, as reported in Harvard Health Publications.