The British Are Sleepless, Too

Americans aren’t the only ones complaining of poor sleep, no sleep, and abysmal bed partners. News just hit that the majority of Britons are losing ground on the war against insomnia, too. When more than 3,000 adults were quizzed about their sleeping habits in a survey commissioned by the shopping channel QVC, the results were, well, eye-opening.

“Active Sleep” Is Not an Oxymoron

I still get amused by people who think sleep is a state of nothingness. Or that it’s a time when the body takes a much needed time-out. On some level, it’s true that sleep is a break from busy wakefulness for the body’s renewal processes, but there’s a lot going on up in the brain to make sleep far from a state of inactivity.

Fit And Sleepless Can Equal Heart Attack

You can be an avid marathon runner, health food nut, gym rat, non-smoker, non-drinker, and even a relatively stress-free lean person but still suffer the consequences of getting less-than-adequate sleep in the form of a heart attack at a young age. Just ask Ranjan Das’s family, who are still scratching their heads as to why he suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 42. He was a young and popular CEO in India and famously freakish about fitness. He seemed to do everything right but sleep—getting only 4 to 5 hours a night when he really needed more. News like this should remind us that getting enough sleep is a vital sign of health just like blood pressure or respiratory rate.

CBT Good for Sleep and Pain

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) just got another star for treating insomnia, especially for people who suffer from chronic neck or back pain.

One Stop Shopping to Boost Your Memory: Take a Nap

It’s no surprise to me that another study confirms what I’ve long known to be true: naps are magic bullets to dramatically boost and restore brain power. Naps are exercise for the brain. Here are the highlights from UC Berkeley’s recent findings:

Hope for SIDS Kids and Their Parents

Recently, a little bit of good news finally surfaced in the hunt for what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): abnormal serotonin levels in the baby’s brain. This mysterious condition has long been a big black hole in scientific circles. Though rare, it’s one of the most common causes of death in babies between 1 and 12 months of age. Now, a group of Boston doctors has found a potential link between kids at risk for SIDS and low levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which controls breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure during sleep. And too little serotonin could prevent a baby lying on its stomach from waking up to turn its head and breathe fresh air. So what can you do if you worry about SIDS?

Hope for Children with Insomnia

Is there anything worse than a child who can’t get to sleep? Okay, maybe a relentlessly crying kid whose having a temper tantrum in public. But for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who can’t fall asleep easily, there could be a new solution: melatonin.