Category: Sleep

5 Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea

By robbing you of restorative sleep, sleep apnea leads to daytime drowsiness (especially dangerous when driving), irrita­bility, faulty memory, and inability to...

How to Choose the Best Pillow

Pillows often play a bigger role in sleep comfort than mattresses. People can sleep peacefully on pillows of varying thicknesses and materials. Be skeptical about claims...

Sleep Apnea Is Worse for Women

Characterized by frequent stopping of breathing during sleep—often followed by choking and gasping to recover—apnea is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes,...

5 Ways Your Sleeping Position Can Affect Your Health

Sleep apnea You likely know people who snore loudly, almost gagging periodically during the night as their breathing ceases and then resumes. This condition is known...

Are You a Good Sleeper?

When people are asked if they are good sleepers, they usually focus on how many hours they sleep. They may say, “I know I should get 7 or 8 hours of sleep, but I can...

Pink Noise for Sleep

Q: I’ve heard that “pink noise” is more effective than white noise for sleep. Is that true? A: They both may help, but it’s not clear whether one type is more...

Get More Sleep to Prevent Weight Gain?

Weight gain is blamed, rightly or wrongly, on a lot of things—from overeating and under-exercising to environmental triggers and genetics. An often overlooked factor...

Drugs That Interfere with Sleep

If you have sleep problems and take prescription medications, ask your doctor if one of the drugs could be the cause. In a study in Mayo Clinic...

Cut the Blue Light at Night

Blue light from sunlight and most device screens can boost alertness by reducing the body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps trigger sleep. The benefit...

6 Questions About Dreaming

Adults dream for about two hours a night, on average—that’s one-twelfth of their lives, adding up to more than six years of dreaming during an 80-year life. World...