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Five Ways to Improve Your Sleep Problems

Posted by Dr. Angie Randazzo on Jul 3, 2020 7:53:55 AM

There are few things in life more frustrating than the inability to fall asleep. The average adult should get at least seven hours of sleep every night. This is necessary for your physical and mental well-being. However, it has been estimated that at any given time, 10% of the population experiences insomnia. Many of these frustrated people seek a solution in sleep aids and remedies. But before you resort to pricey sleep solutions that may or may not be sufficient, here are unusual ways you should try to summon some slumber.

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Topics: trouble sleeping, sleep hygiene, diet

Swim to Improve Your Sleep and Health

Posted by Paisley Hansen on Jun 14, 2020 8:15:00 AM

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Topics: trouble sleeping, exercise, swimming

Dreams and Coronavirus

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on May 5, 2020 11:09:00 AM

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Topics: trouble sleeping, dreams, work stress

What 's Your Sleep Cycle?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jan 7, 2020 6:20:00 AM

What your brain does while you're catching zzz's each night?

Are you getting enough sleep? Today, in an effort to better understand the role of sleep in our lives, I ask a very basic question: What happens when our heads hit the pillow at night?

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Topics: trouble sleeping, apnea, napping, circadian rhythm, sleep hygiene

How Much Sleep Do You Need? (Pt.2)

Posted by Candace Osmond on Jan 17, 2018 4:00:00 AM

How Much Sleep Do You Need to Survive?

While this article is based on making sure you get the right amount of sleep to help you perform at your best at work and home, it might be difficult for you to actually get the recommended amount.

So just how much sleep do we need to stay alive? Scientists have tested how long humans can survive without air (about three minutes), how long a person can go without water (three days) and even how long someone can last without food (three weeks).

But when it comes to sleep, not as much research has been done.

Even one night of no sleep can have the same effect on the human body as being drunk. The longest anyone has ever stayed awake was about 11 days which was done for a school project (really!) in 1965.

Despite all the health problems listed above, no human has ever died from not having enough sleep alone. The problems are when someone develops other health complications through a lack of sleep.

A pretty horrible experiment on rats in 1999 did actually see the creatures die after two weeks of being kept awake.

Even people with sleep disorders manage to get a few hours every night.

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Topics: Sleep, Infant, sleep disorders, trouble sleeping, children, sleeping

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