Sleep Cycles

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Recurring Dreams

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Recurring dreams can be as frightening as a night terror when you don’t understand what they mean. It might even feel like you’re the only person who experiences them, whether they are dreams that feel real (lucid dreams) or premonition dreams. That really isn’t the case though. Most people will experience them at various stages of life. The key is to discover what your recurring dream might be trying to tell you.

Halitosis (Morning Breath)

morning breath

You brush your teeth for the full two minutes before bed. You insert some plastic tape within your teeth at least once per day. You swish mouthwash until it makes your mouth burn. In other words, you do everything right in the oral hygiene department. So, why is it when you wake up that you have such offensive morning breath?

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Truth About Beauty Sleep

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Beauty sleep is so much more than just a myth. At least that’s the case according to a recent study conducted by the Karolinska Institute of Sweden’s John Axelsson.

Flame Retardant PBDE Chemicals Tied to Hyperactivity and Lower IQs in Children

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Flame retardant chemicals, known as PBDE, found in some common household items, such as carpeting, baby strollers, and certain types of mattresses, may be linked to cognitive problems in children, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Best Mattress for Hip Pain

painful hip

Hip pain is a common complaint, especially for older people. “A total of 14.3% of participants aged 60 years and older reported significant hip pain on most days over the past 6 weeks,” according to a John Hopkins School of Medicine survey. Women, at least according to this survey, have more frequent hip pain than men.

Sleep Lab

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For people who have trouble sleeping, snore loudly, are overly tired, or have chronic fatigue, often the first step to a diagnosis is an overnight stay in a sleep lab. If your doctor has ordered you to have an overnight sleep study (referred to as a polysomnogram) in a sleep center, here’s what you need to know about the experience.