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Can you hack your sleep schedule?

What you need to know about biphasic and polyphasic sleep Everybody is busy these days, looking to squeeze as much as they can out of every moment of the day, and night. Sure, you know you need roughly eight hours of sleep—but wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow get that ‘ideal eight’ in […]

How to pick the perfect pillow

When was the last time you thought about your bed pillows? If your answer is “it’s been a long time,” or “not at all,” you’re not alone. I treat many patients who, when they think about their sleep equipment, focus primarily on their mattresses. Mattresses get a lot of attention, for good reason. Your mattress […]

Hot nights making you sleepless?

New research on how warm nighttime temperatures disrupt sleep Do you have trouble sleeping on hot summer nights? It’s a complaint I heard from many of my patients this summer, especially in California, where a late-summer heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to many parts of the state. Ambient temperatures—the temperature of the environment that surrounds […]

The surprising news about school start times and the economy

It might surprise you to learn that there’s also a very significant economic benefit to pushing school start times later. A first-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation and RAND Europe has found that moving school start times to 8:30 a.m. could contribute a whopping 83 billion dollars to the U.S. economy within a single decade. […]

When is it time for a sleep study?

When restless, sleepless nights need evaluation It’s not uncommon for me to send patients for an overnight sleep study. Not all sleep problems can be diagnosed at a doctor’s office. For some sleep conditions, it’s necessary to observe and measure a patient actually sleeping. Nobody relishes the idea of going to a sleep center for […]

What’s it like to take a sleep study?

Here’s what you need to know before you go “I have to sleep in a lab? Seriously?” This was the reaction from a patient of mine not long ago, in response to my calling for a sleep study. He’d been struggling in recent months with daytime sluggishness, headaches, and mood swings, as well as an […]

Why you wake sore, stiff, and unrested

Pain, inflammation, and sleep We all want to wake up feeling rested and refreshed, mind and body ready to dive into the day. Unfortunately, for many people, that’s not how mornings begin. I see patients every day who are frustrated by waking with pain, stiffness, and fatigue. “Why do I feel so physically uncomfortable when […]

Is caffeine causing your sleeplessness?

What you need to know about caffeine We all have our favorite caffeine vehicles—yours might be a thick, foamy espresso or a strong cup of Earl Gray tea, or chocolate! I like a good cup of black coffee made with a French press! One way or another, many people feel like they need caffeine on […]

Nightmares and Things That Go Bump In The Night

Exploring the scary side of sleep and dreaming I’m a sleep expert—but that doesn’t mean I’m immune from nightmares. Like most people, I have the occasional bad dream or nightmare (we’ll look at the difference between the two in just a minute), the kind of dream that wakes me up in a fright or leaves […]