Every year, the National Sleep Foundation releases an annual poll that tells many of us what we already know – we're a sleep-deprived nation. But this year's poll contains a new wrinkle. The culprit isn't always stress or some undiagnosed disease. It could be that great new gadget you've become addicted to.
Years ago I read an essay that referred to sleep as the sex of the nineties. It still seems to be true. Everyone I know is tired. Here are great tips from recovered and recovering insomniacs.
My cousin, when he awakes in the night, takes off his pj's and walks around. Getting cold and then returning to a warm bed puts him back to sleep. This works for me, except I just kick off the covers till I start to shiver. Then pull them up again and return to dreamland.
You know that getting enough sleep is crucial to your health, and not just the physical aspect—a new study in the journal SLEEPfound that getting fewer than eight hours a night puts you at greater risk of both depressive and anxious symptoms. But, sigh, locking in those elusive eight hours can be a struggle, especially at mid-life. One thing that might help? Investing in a new mattress.
I've always been a light sleeper so I am jealous of friends who can sleep through anything. Why are some people lucky enough to sleep like a baby long past the age of 50? And why do others (like me) struggle for years to get through eight hours without waking up? Scientists think they have found the answer.
The older you get, the more sleep seems like a luxury from a past life. Remember when we were teenagers and could doze until noon? Those days are long gone. We work hard during the week and try to make up for some of the lost sleep over the weekend. But does that really solve the problem?
Is your husband snoring more than usual? Has it gotten so bad that it wakes you up at night? This could be more than a mere annoyance – although you are probably pretty angry in the morning because you're so tired. Snoring is common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that ultimately leads to a life-threatening disease, according to a new study.
With an Oscar on her mantel and the right to use "Dame" before her name, Helen Mirren definitely doesn't need to strip down for the camera to publicize her latest movie. But when you look as good as she does at 65, why wouldn't you? The British actress has caused quite a stir by posing naked, soapy breasts quite visible through bathwater, in the latest issue of New York magazine (you can see it on the magazine's website). The photos, shot by artsy fashion photographer Juergen Teller, have an understated quality that helps Mirren come off as in control and anything but desperate for attention. They're arrestingly beautiful and beg the question, how the hell does she look better than many 45 year olds?
Sleep is essential for good health, and an insufficient amount of it can put you at risk for many negative physical and psychological issues. If you are experiencing insomnia or other sleep problems, rest easy…Life Goes Strong has all the sleep articles and videos you need to help you snooze more soundly. Improve your quality of slumber and read up on the latest information on sleep disorders, snoring, and other sleep news.