Annoying? Unnecessary? Waking Patients for Vitals

Ask 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?

Are 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

A 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

A 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 …

The Best Pillow for Sleeping? The Choices Have Multiplied

Remember when the only choice for your sleep pillow was feather or foam? Wow, those days are sooo gone. A recent story in the Los Angeles Times on specialty pillows shows that the number of choices have exploded like feathers in a pillow fight. There are pillows for snorers, side sleepers, stomach sleepers and back sleepers, as well as people with allergies, headaches, acid reflux, tinnitus, neck pain, even worries about facial wrinkles. There are pillows to help support the …

Sleep Disorders More Common With Age

If your sleep quality feels like it’s worsening with age, you might not be dreaming: The older we get, the more we’re at risk for conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring, doctors say. Such sleep disturbances won’t merely leave you groggy in the a.m. — they can also up your risk of developing hypertension, depression, heart disease and brain problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even classified “insufficient sleep” as a public health epidemic.