Category: sleep and insomnia

Here’s The Latest On How To Tackle Fibromyalgia Sleep Problems 0

Here’s The Latest On How To Tackle Fibromyalgia Sleep Problems

I treat a number of patients with fibromyalgia syndrome. They often come to me with chronic insomnia, and difficulty staying asleep throughout the night. Even when they do manage to get a decent night of sleep, my patients with fibromyalgia tell me they still feel exhausted and worn out the next day.

The fatigue that comes with fibromyalgia affects their work lives, their social lives, and their relationships, and compromises their quality of life. So often, I hear these patients talk about needing to cut back on activities and commitments they want to pursue, because they’re tired and in pain.

I thought of these patients recently, as new research has been released with some promising news about how to treat fibromyalgia and its sleep problems. Two recently published studies show that a couple of sleep therapies I’m particularly interested in—mindfulness meditation and Vitamin D—may have particular effectiveness in helping people with fibromyalgia improve their sleep, as well as reducing the severity of other fibromyalgia symptoms.

Fibromyalgia basics

Before we dive into the latest news on sleep treatments, let’s

8 Things You Can Do When You And Your Partner Don’t Go To Bed At The Same Time 0

8 Things You Can Do When You And Your Partner Don’t Go To Bed At The Same Time

It’s bedtime and your partner is nowhere to be found!

You are getting sleepier and sleepier and yet you are alone in bed, maybe the dog is next to you (or the cat is under the covers) but it’s kind of weird and lonely when you are going to bed by yourself, especially when the person you want near you, isn’t!

So, what is a healthy sleeper to do?

8 Things You Can Do If You And Your Bedpartner Do Not Go to Bed At The Same Time.

1 – Know Your Chronotype. What’s a Chronotype? This is your biological schedule that tells your brain when to wake up and when to sleep (among about a million other things), many people call these things like Early Bird or Night Owl. You and your bedpartner may not have similar Chronotypes, if you want to find out check out my Chronotype Quiz.

If you are an early bird (what I call a Lion) and your partner is a Night Owl (what I call a Wolf) then you may have …

The 2-Way Street Between Loneliness And Sleep That’s A Very Big Deal For Your Health 0

The 2-Way Street Between Loneliness And Sleep That’s A Very Big Deal For Your Health

If you’re a regular reader here (and I hope you are!), you’ve heard me talk in recent weeks (including with Gail King on The CBS Early Show and others) about a new study that points to poor sleep as a cause of loneliness and social isolation.

This is a fascinating study. It’s also big news for all of us who care about sleep, and how improving sleep can help us live better, fuller, healthier lives.

We’ve got a big problem with loneliness and social isolation in the U.S. and elsewhere today. And sleep plays a major role. Let’s take a closer look at the impact of loneliness and social isolation mental and physical health, and the emerging two-way street between sleep and loneliness.

As a society, we’re increasingly lonely and more sleep deprived

We all have moments when we experience loneliness and feel disconnected from others around us. It can happen when you’re actually alone, but also when you’re in a crowd of strangers, or when you’re surrounded by people you know well.

But more of us than ever

Why Do My Arms Go To Sleep At Night When I Lay Down? 0

Why Do My Arms Go To Sleep At Night When I Lay Down?

Quickly, in case you missed it, you may enjoy the Today with Megan Kelly segment I did recently.

This morning, my son asked me an interesting question, and one that I get asked all the time: Why did my arm go numb at night? Here is what you need to know to understand when this is a harmless problem, and when you may need to consider seeing your doctor!

I recently saw a great article in Medical News Today which did an excellent job of summarizing the complex answer to this question. I will give you the summary and my own personal thoughts on this interesting question.

This is not the first time I am being asked this question, by far.

The official medical term for this sensation is called “ paresthesia” and it refers to the “ pins and needles, numbness, or crawling skin” feeling many people report experiencing in their limbs, hands, or feet. This experience can happen at any time, with little or no warning.

Most people have this experience. Often, this is due to the position

Your Fall Sleep Survival Guide 0

Your Fall Sleep Survival Guide

Here’s how to sleep well as the season shifts

Sure, there are a few more weeks of summer, according to the calendar. But this week after Labor Day is when we all mentally make the move into fall mode.

The kids are back to school—or soon to be. Summer Fridays at work are over. We’re thinking less about trips to the beach or the mountains, and more about getting the full bounty out of our vegetable gardens while they last.

The air is cooling (at least a little, for most of us) and the days are getting noticeably shorter. Even if it’s been decades since you entered a classroom, most of us experience at least a hint of that “back to school” excitement (or dread) when fall arrives. It’s a beautiful, interesting time of year—and with a few strategies in your pocket, fall can be one of the most restful and refreshing times of year for sleep.

Get your family on the right sleep schedules

Summer tends to affect everyone’s sleep routine. Kids don’t have to get up for school.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep 0

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

how-to-get-a-good-night-sleepDid you wake up this morning and your first though was how you could sleep for two hours more? It can get even worse when your tiredness stick with you through the day. Isn’t it time to change your sleeping routine? A lot of people underestimate the power of quality sleep. Luckily, there are few […]

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Things to Consider while Buying CPAP Cleaners 0

Things to Consider while Buying CPAP Cleaners

Are you wondering about what things to be considered while buying CPAP cleaners? Comparing the best CPAP cleaners is quite intensive task. There are few essential factors which shall be considered while buying CPAP cleaners. Studying below factors will give you a brief knowledge of CPAP cleaners and its features. · Compatibility- While buying CPAP […]

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Colleges Begin To Help Students Learn To Sleep Better And New Information about Sleep Restriction Therapy 0

Colleges Begin To Help Students Learn To Sleep Better And New Information about Sleep Restriction Therapy

Colleges Are Waking Up To Learn About Better Sleep:

I recently was reading about sleep on the College Campus, and discovered that before arriving on campus, Harvard’s incoming Class of 2022 has been asked to complete “Sleep 101,” an interactive online module designed to educate students on the importance of sleep health, reports The Harvard Gazette.

This all stemmed from one student who took one of the most popular classes on campus: “Time for Sleep: Impact of Sleep Deficiency and Circadian Disruption in our 24/7 Culture”.

For his final project, the student developed and disseminated a survey for students sleeping in the dormitories about how noise impacted their sleep quality. Next, he took these data and presented them to the Administration to see if the well-known “Bells” at Harvard could be rung later to accommodate for the students who wanted to sleep in. Unfortunately, tradition seems to have won out over science and common sense, but the student did apply for and was granted a small amount of money to help educate other administrators on campus, and Harvard has an …

How Does Your Work Life Affect Your Sleep? 0

How Does Your Work Life Affect Your Sleep?

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What You Can Learn From Elon Musk About Sleeping 0

What You Can Learn From Elon Musk About Sleeping

Between his multiple companies, and growing concerns about his electric car company Tesla, he reported at times working 120 hours per week. That’s about 17 hours a day leaving the rest of that time (7 hours) to do everything else necessary in his life, including sleep whenever possible. If I had to guess he would probably go stretches until almost collapse, as opposed to giving himself some much needed rest (but I do not know for sure).

By his own admission in the interview, his relationship with friends, family, and co-workers have suffered tremendously. This sounds a lot like last week’s blog about how sleep deprivation can not only make you personally feel lonely, but can alienate people from you as well. In addition I have written extensively about how sleep can affect our emotions.

Now people are questioning his recent set of tweets talking about his stock price, sending the stock market reeling.

The journalist also reported:

“To help sleep when he is not working, Mr. Musk said he sometimes takes Ambien. “It is often a choice