Tag Archives: Insomnia

Revised FDA Dosages for Popular Sleeping Pills: Lunesta and Ambien

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If you have taken or currently take the prescription pills Lunesta or Ambien, it’s important to know that the US Food and Drug Administration has lowered the recommended dose for these sleeping pills.

Study Finds Drinking Tart Cherry Juice Helps Adults with Insomnia Sleep Better

We recently reported about a study touting kiwi as a possible natural sleep enhancer. Now, a recent study conducted by researchers at Louisiana State University indicates that a ritual of drinking tart cherry juice in the morning and at night can help you sleep better throughout the night.

New Gallup Poll on Sleep

A recent Gallup poll reveals that 40 percent of Americans aren’t getting the recommended number of hours of nighttime sleep. The general recommendation for optimal sleep is seven to nine hours per night. The average amount of sleep among Americans across the board is 6.8 hours.

LED Lights and Sleep

It doesn’t take much to throw your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal sleep clock) completely off balance. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, it can take quite a while to get your rhythm back so you can get a good night’s sleep once again. The really strange news, however, is that your alarm clock may even be one of the culprits keeping you up nights.

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.

Sleep Hygiene

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You probably know that it’s advised to practice good hygiene to keep yourself healthy, and to help prevent the spread of diseases. But did you know that “sleep hygiene” plays an important role in getting the quality sleep that you need each and every night?

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

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An estimated 10 million people suffer from fibromyalgia here in the U.S., and up to six percent of the population worldwide have this condition, reports the National Fibromyalgia Association.  While the disorder does occur in men and children, up to 90 percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are first diagnosed with fibromyalgia during middle age. Painful and baffling, fibromyalgia is a condition without a definitive cause, treatment, or cure.

How to Stay Asleep

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Anyone who has suffered from insomnia, particularly how to stay asleep at night, has spent a lot of time wondering about this very thing. Sleep problems due to interrupted or insufficient sleep can lead to a wide range of health conditions if allowed to go unchecked, according to Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, D.O., who is director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Cleveland Clinic. These health risks include heart failure, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The good news is that you won’t have to worry about how to stay asleep much longer if you put the practical, actionable advice below to work.

Bright Light Therapy

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Bright light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is a helpful way to treat the winter blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as some sleep disorders. SAD is a form of depression, occurring in the fall and winter months, when the amount of daylight and sunshine is reduced.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

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While many of us are plagued with occasional bouts of insomnia from time to time, others unfortunately find insomnia a part of their regular nighttime ritual. For these individuals, a glass of warm milk isn’t enough to help them fall asleep and stay asleep.  That’s when cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can step in and help, as the Mayo Clinic points out.