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Stressed and sleepless in the UK

According to a couple of news reports from Britain, the ongoing…

Another Reward for Living Longer

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You got it: better sleep may actually be one of the secret benefits of living longer and living healthier. A study in the May 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that sleep factors big time into one’s quality of life and longevity.

Accupuncture and Accupressure: Can They Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?

I get asked pretty frequently about alternative therapies to treat sleep problems. While drugs do have their place in treating some types of sleep disorders, there’s something to be said for the array of so-called alternative methods that don’t entail pharmaceuticals but do, in fact, support restful sleep.

Sleep Loss, Brain Loss

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A mind is a terrible thing to waste, as the old adage goes. But so is sleep. Last week a new study emerged indicating that chronic insomnia may be doing more damage to your brain than you ever thought: it could be associated with a wasting away of its gray matter.

Headaches and Insomnia Go Hand in Hand

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A new study shows that 59 percent of participants with tension-type headaches complained of sleep problems as a trigger of those headaches. What can headache-prone people do to help alleviate the pain without napping or throwing off their evening sleep schedules?

Sleep In, Save Your Heart

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If you're looking for a great holiday cocktail hour topic, try this: an extra hour of sleep can be good for your heart. A new study just reported indicates that an extra hour can lower your risk of developing calcium deposits in your arteries.

Hope for Jet Setters and Shift Workers

Nothing is more frustrating than needing to be and feel awake and alert, but you just can’t for whatever reason. Although life is usually very busy for those who have regular 9 to 5 jobs and families to run, it’s quite different for people whose jobs have them covering odd shifts or traversing the country through different time zones and long journeys (ahem business travelers).

Wall Street Got Your Sleep?

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It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that sleeping pill prescriptions are on the rise as the economy is on the decline, or at least in a temporary ditch. About one in five people take non-narcotic sleep aids now. Even though those who take something to help them fall and stay asleep are not advised to use them every single night. But my bet is that people who can’t get a handle on their stress load or learn how to cope with the constant noise from the news and media are reaching for them routinely.