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Lack of Sleep Could Reduce Testosterone

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

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 can […]

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The Army Takes a Step Toward Better Sleep

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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How to Sleep Well During Spring Allergy Season

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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Not All Sleep Labs are Created Equal

Sometimes I wonder how we evaluated businesses before the Internet. Before going to a restaurant, booking a hotel, or hiring a contractor, we consult reviews online to find the most reliable vendor for the best price. Even with reviews at our fingertips, it can still be difficult to decide which vendor to choose from the […]

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How Parents Can Win the Bedtime Battle

Taking care of little ones can be exhausting, and even more so when they refuse to go to sleep at night. Negotiating a corporate merger might be easier than convincing an over-tired toddler to go to bed. In an effort to ease those nighttime negotiations, here are a few ways to out-maneuver your toddler and […]

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Not a Morning Person? You May Suffer From Sleep Drunkenness

A cheerful, “Good morning! Isn’t it a beautiful day?” is not the most welcome greeting to individuals that aren’t “morning people.” It’s easy to spot someone who isn’t a morning person—they have their head down, a large cup of coffee in hand, a grouchy look on their face, and they might as well be holding […]

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Oral Treatments Provide Alternatives to CPAP Therapy

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy has long been the go-to, gold standard for treating sleep apnea. This form of therapy is widely known as the most effective way to reduce apneas, which are the pauses in breathing that patients with sleep apnea experience during the night. However, “anywhere from 30% to more than half […]

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How Veterans Can Win the Battle Against Sleep Disorders

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the more commonly known conditions that veterans struggle with upon returning from war. Between 11 and 20 percent of veterans that served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Understandably, many veterans also battle sleep disorders like insomnia […]

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Sleep Your Way to a Healthy Heart

I’m a firm believer in the three pillars of health—exercise, diet and sleep. Doctors often emphasize regular exercise and a balanced diet for a happy ticker, and a recent study reinforced that sleep is also a very important part of the formula for a healthy heart. The study tracked 657 men aged 25 to 64 […]

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