Irritability, loss of focus and daytime sleepiness can all occur when you do not get enough sleep. But what exactly are we talking about when we discuss getting a good night’s rest. If you sleep the recommended amount of time, does that mean you will wake up refreshed and well-rested?
New Year's resolutions tend to favor quick change for permanent results, but by day 17... who is still sticking to their new plans? By day 17, most of us have abandoned ship.
Improving your sleep habits might be an easy resolution to achieve in just one period of two and a half weeks, with results that really could reshape your sleep health.
Here are some ideas for mindfully moving toward a healthier sleep practice so you can take on all the other highs and lows of the new year. (You can also read about our favorite resolutions for better sleep for 2017 here.)
Check out these other tips for keeping a comfortable bedroom during the winter so you can make sure you get all your Zzzs:
Disrupted sleep is a common problem for people suffering from dementia.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that all individuals who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia also be screened for sleep disorders; they report that "Two-thirds of those in long-term care facilities suffer from sleeping problems."
Treating some common sleep disorders, such as restless legs or sleep apnea, can help improve the quality of life for these people as well as reduce the severity of their symptoms by improving their ability to get enough protective, restorative sleep.
Seattleites love their coffee. According to a coffee culture article in The Daily Beast, we number 35 coffee shops for every 100,00 residents, making us the most caffeine-saturated American city. (Another fun fact: we frequently rank as having the most bookstores per capita, too.) At $36 per month, our average personal monthly coffee budget is also one of the highest in the nation.
We're the proud home of Starbucks since 1971, as well as the city of origin for other successful chains like Tully's, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Stumptown. Our coffee culture has had a major influence on how coffee is purchased, prepared, presented, and enjoyed across the U.S. and internationally.
Coffee is a huge part of Seattle life, where it's both a favorite drink and a major industry. But have you ever stopped to think what drinking all this java is doing to your sleep?
Many e-cigarette users enjoy the nighttime ritual of one last puff before bed. Before enjoying those flavored e-cigs, you may want to read up on vaping and what exactly it is you're inhaling. The sleep-stealing components of e-cigarette vapor may surprise you.
Have you ever wondered if, during your sleep study, you might sleep differently than normal?
Maybe you can't sleep at all, or your sleep seems shallow and not adequate enough for the test to be an accurate portrait of your sleep health?
If so, wouldn't these factors and variables contaminate or invalidate the results of your sleep study?
What you are imagining is actually a valid concern.
It's called First Night Effect, and it's the source of ongoing debates among sleep researchers.
In many cases, the problems we have with sleep aren't related to an undetected sleep disorder or other health-related cause.
Sometimes we just do things that unwittingly sabotage our sleep.
Here are some of the worst personal habits that can mess with the quality and quantity of our sleep:
If you can't sleep tonight, or didn't sleep last night, chances are, one of the reasons listed below explains why:
5 good reasons to skip the evening nightcap at bedtime
#1. Alcohol disrupts sleep architecture
While it's true that alcohol may help you to fall asleep faster, this doesn't come without a price. The metabolism of alcohol in the bloodstream during sleep leads to disruptions in overall sleep architecture.