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We all know the basic, 8-hour-a-night sleep prescription. That’s the number that gets tossed around a lot, as the amount of sleep we’re all supposed to be shooting for every night. Like with so much about sleep, the reality on the ground is more complex. Let’s look at...read more
If you’re a parent of a teenager, you’re doing your best to set limits and boundaries on screen time. (You’re also probably just trying to keep up with all the ways teens use technology, because they’re changing all the time.) This is a brave new world for everyone,...read more
Insufficient sleep syndrome is the formal, clinical name for a sleep disorder that might be lurking right under many of our pillows. This sleep disorder occurs when people suffer chronic sleep deprivation, as a result of not having enough time and opportunity for...read more
I’ll be honest. I write about sleep a lot, and until I started researching this piece, I didn’t know there were 80 different sleep disorders. That’s a whole lot of different types of troubled sleep. Sleep disorders affect an estimated 70 million adults in the United...read more
The other day, we talked about the benefits for sleep that can come from snoozing in the nude. Especially in summer, it can be a great way to cope with the heat and get a better night’s rest. Turns out, sleeping naked may do a lot more than helping us sleep better on...read more
You’ve probably heard of seasonal affective disorder. Often referred to as SAD, it’s a form of depression that happens seasonally, usually arising in the late fall and winter. But have you heard of reverse seasonal affective disorder? Also called Summer SAD, and it’s...read more
The state where you live may say a lot about how well you sleep—or don’t. About a third of American adults regularly sleep less than seven hours a night. That’s a problem. Sleep experts widely agree that while individual sleep needs vary somewhat, sleeping between 7-9...read more
Snoring is so common, it can be easy for people to write it off as NBD—no big deal. If you were to remind those blasé-about-snoring folks that the noise of snoring is annoying and disruptive, that snorers often feel tired in the morning, and that their bed mates feel...read more
In the U.S., we’re celebrating Independence Day tomorrow, with fireworks and cookouts and those quiet moments when we remember what the day is there to mark: the ideals of liberty that drove our founding as a nation. My family will meet up with friends for a hike and...read more
Eating dinner al fresco, shopping at the local farmers’ market, picking dinner right from the garden—these are some of the simple joys of summer. Here in New England, we’re sticking rhubarb into pies and crumbles, and attempting to balance things out for our...read more