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 …

The Best Pillow for Sleeping? The Choices Have Multiplied

Posted on 09/10/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthRemember 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

Posted on 08/20/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIf 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.

Sleep and Stroke: Daytime Dozing Linked To Higher Risk

Posted on 08/16/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDo you typically nod off during the day? For older adults, that could be a sign of increased risk of stroke, a new study shows. Older adults in their 70s who unintentionally doze off during daytime activities  — for example, while reading, watching TV, sitting in a public place, or riding in a car or bus — have a three times greater risk of stroke than less sleepy seniors, New York and Florida researchers found. While problems like sleep apnea, …

Is 100 The New 50? Centenarians Advise Boomers

Posted on 06/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThose who have lived to be 100 have some advice for you young whipper-snappers in your 50s who want to reach the century mark: Sleep longer and eat a more healthful diet. That’s the finding from Unitedhealthcare’s annual “100@100 Survey,” which for the first time looked not only at the century-old group, but also at boomers age 50 to 55. As of 2010, the Census Bureau estimates there are 72,000 Americans who have lived 100 years or more. By 2050, …

Are Morning People Happier, Healthier Than Night Owls?

Posted on 06/18/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMorning people: They’re so annoying. All perky and cheerful, bounding out of bed, talking too much, smiling, even — heaven forbid — humming. And now these irritating early birds have something else to be smug about — a happier, healthier life as they age. Amazing as it may be to those of us who start the day grumpy and groping for coffee, a new study suggests that as we age, we become morning people. Not only that, but older morning …