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20 More Minutes of Sleep = Higher Grades

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With kids going back to school, there always seems to be an awkward transition period of readjusting to school sleep schedules. We all know how important it is for them to be well rested for school, but a new study from the journal, Sleep Medicine, found one more reason to add! The study observed that […]

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Constructing the Ideal Sleep Environment: The 5 Senses

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Sleep eludes us all from time to time, but if you’re finding yourself sleep deprived more often than not, it may be time to reevaluate your sleep environment! Chronic insomnia is a prevalent problem, with more than 3 million cases in the US per year, and often linked to other health issues. Believe it or […]

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Healthy Sleeping Habits for Happy Vacationers

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  Summer is here which means it’s vacation season! It’s the perfect time of year to frequent beaches, host cookouts late into the evening, and visit with friends and family. I love traveling to new locales in the summer, but sometimes that doesn’t equate to a good night’s sleep. For most of us, except for […]

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Lack of Sleep Could Reduce Testosterone

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Some effects of sleep deprivation are immediately obvious—like fatigue, difficulty focusing, reduced productivity, and increased appetite. Lack of sleep can also have much broader effects on the body—like the reduction of testosterone levels in men. A study conducted from 2003-2009 revealed that sleep deprivation decreased testosterone levels up to 15 percent among male study participants. […]

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The Road to Healthy Sleep for Teens

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  I remember as a teenager feeling the rising anticipation for the arrival of summer each year. Summer meant a reprieve from the daily grind of homework and quizzes, and a break from getting up at the crack of dawn. The downside to the break from the regular school schedule is that teens’ sleep schedules […]

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Researchers Investigate the Link Between Sleep Deprivation and the Cycle of Poverty

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  The culture of sleep deprivation as an indicator of success has begun to dissipate, thanks in part to champions of the Sleep Revolution movement, like Arianna Huffington. Several years ago, Huffington woke up to the idea that getting the right amount of rest can play a huge role in defining success. A busy schedule […]

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The Army Takes a Step Toward Better Sleep

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When you’ve had a late night or a tough time sleeping, it’s easy to feel the effects of sleep deprivation at work the next day. It’s hard to focus and you feel like you’re unable to give 100 percent to the task at hand. Soldiers have stressful jobs with odd hours and in tough working […]

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5 Steps to Better Sleep After a Vacation

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The saying “you need a vacation to recover from your vacation” is often too true. Some vacations are restful but many are packed with constant traveling, switching time zones, and zipping through as much site seeing as possible. Between the time hopping and jet lag, you can arrive home feeling exhausted and struggling to get […]

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How to Sleep Well During Spring Allergy Season

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Spring is such a beautiful time of year. I love the return of bright sunlight, watching flowers emerge from my garden, and enjoying seasonal fruits and vegetables. The only downside I see to spring is the resurfacing of seasonal allergies that vary in intensity from year-to-year. Untreated allergies can result in restless nights from constant […]

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Why Women Need More Sleep Than Men

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I remember when the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” generated a lot of buzz. That book became a go-to tagline about how different men and women are and it still resonates today—The Huffington Post actually has a blog on relationships that’s named after the book. Some would argue that men and […]

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