sleep

Eat to Sleep: Which Foods Help Your Zzz’s?

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDoes what you eat affect how well you sleep? The answer appears to be yes, and we’re not just talking about midnight snacking. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania finds that a more varied diet — including five nutrients in particular — could improve people’s sleep. The research was published online in May in the journal Appetite. The researchers were interested in the diet-sleep link because too little sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive …

The Fifth Habit Can Save Your Life

Posted on 07/19/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAre you practicing the fifth habit that could save your life? Thanks to a study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, we now know and can practice the four habits that reduce our risk for heart disease, including the risk of suffering a fatal heart attack: Exercising regularly Eating a healthy diet Avoiding smoking Consuming a moderate amount of alcohol. Practicing these habits is associated with a 57 percent lower risk of both fatal …

Annoying? Unnecessary? Waking Patients for Vitals

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAsk anyone who’s spent time in a hospital: One of the most annoying things is how the nurses wake you during the night to check your vital signs. Wouldn’t it be better for our health to let us sleep? Yes, says a new study, confirming what patients have groused about since 1893, when this practice first started. According to research published online Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, low-risk patients may heal faster and have a better attitude during …

Is a Cold Mattress the Key to Better Sleep?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAre you hot in bed? No, no — not that kind of hot. (Although I’m sure you are.) I mean literally hot. Like sweaty, restless and unable to sleep well. A new survey by the Better Sleep Council found that disagreements about bedroom temperature topped tossing and turning and even snoring for the reasons couples gave for not getting a good night’s sleep. In the survey, taken last year, a majority of American adults (85 percent) said they had problems …

Save Our Sleep: End Daylight Saving Time

Posted on 03/11/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA sleep-starved nation is begging: Enough with daylight saving time. A new survey — OK, it’s by the mattress industry, but still — shows that the morning after the “spring forward” time change that takes away an hour of our precious sleep, 61 percent of Americans are dragging. According to the Better Sleep Council’s survey of 1,038 adults, the immediate effects of losing an hour of shut-eye affected everything from people’s moods to eating and driving habits, the Los Angeles …

Say No to a Nightcap: It’s Bad for Your Sleep

Posted on 01/28/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA nightcap before bed may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it can also disrupt your sleep later in the night and worsen snoring, new research finds. Sleep researchers analyzed 20 previously published studies on the effects of alcohol on sleep. The studies included more than 500 healthy people who drank low, moderate or high amounts of alcohol before undergoing testing as they slumbered in a sleep lab, reported NBC News. What the researchers found was that drinking alcohol …