Author: Sleeping Well Staff

Spring Fever

Feeling restless?  Sleeping less?  Looking longingly out of the window?  You may have spring fever, defined by Merriam-Webster as “a lazy or restless feeling often associated with the onset of spring.”  While you may not have an actual fever, the arrival of spring does alter our production of certain hormones, including melatonin.  The change in available light affects the body’s production of melatonin, often called the vampire hormone – the hormone is only released at night. The seasonal change can trigger both sleep benefits and sleep challenges. Warmer Days. It’s great to be outside again!  Our physical activity tends...

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Sleep On It:  Fact or Fiction?

“Let me sleep on it.”  A common phrase that can mean one or more of the following: I want to delay telling you that the answer is “no.” I can’t make up my mind, so ask me tomorrow. I really need to think about it before making a decision. Does “sleeping on it” make a difference? In much the same way as pulling an “all-nighter” isn’t the best method to learn information or study for an upcoming exam, sleeping before making a big decision can actually be beneficial, according to a new study in Cell Journal. We know that...

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Sleep Can Help – Whatever it is!

We know that we just feel better after a good night’s sleep – or at least most of us know the opposite.  The Centers for Disease Control calls sleep deprivation a public health epidemic in the US, with more than 30% of adults getting less than 6 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is powerful.  And you may be surprised at the health benefits that come from getting enough zzz’s. Lower Cholesterol. A recent study showed that not getting enough sleep can lower levels of HDL, often called “good” cholesterol.  Sleep deprivation actually affected the genes that regulate cholesterol,...

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Who Needs More: Men or Women?

Is there a gender related difference in the need for sleep?  Who needs more, but probably gets less? Not surprisingly, a Duke University study determined that women need more sleep than men.  Why?  Multi-tasking.  Women tend to use more of their brain everyday than do men, and their brains likely need more time to recover and rest.  Unfortunately, women tend to get less sleep than men, even though they spend more time in bed. To make matters worse, sleep deprivation appears to be more detrimental to women than to men, increasing their risk for diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,...

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Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution?

Happy New Year!  If you made a resolution, you’re not alone.  About 45% of us make New Year’s resolutions- but only 8% of people who make them achieve their goal.  A third of us will abandon those resolutions by the end of January. Making resolutions at the turn of the calendar appears to date back to ancient times – the Babylonians and Romans used the beginning of the calendar to make oaths and promises. The best way to keep a resolution?  Share it and focus on the process once you’ve set the goal.  People that are focused on the...

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