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Another myth misses the mark

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Everyone knows that exercising at night makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep, right? Well, maybe not. In a very small study of 11 middle-aged healthy male volunteers, researchers found not only that afternoon and evening exercise did not interfere with good quality sleep but also that exercise later in the day actually […]

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Watch Out: Your rug (and your bed) can maim you

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Common sense would tell you that most hip fractures in seniors occur in the winter when people with less mobility and resilience are more likely to fall on slippery – wet or icy – surfaces. But if your common sense tells you that, turns out that your common sense may be wrong, at least according […]

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How to improve your sleep

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An interesting recent study published in Lancet Psychiatry found that a web-based program of cognitive behavioral could improve sleep in some people. There are several weaknesses in this study – online registration, self-reporting, large drop-out rate – but still, the results are encouraging in that insomnia is very prevalent and there are simply not enough […]

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Watch Out: Your Ipad may be ruining your sleep

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We all do it – read computers, laptops, notepads, cellular phones before trying to sleep – even though we know we shouldn’t because many studies have implicated the blue light emitted by such gadgets as interfering with sleep – harder to fall asleep, waking more often, waking early, etc. So you will all probably ignore […]

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Watch out: Sleeping too much may lead to nightmares

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A survey of 850 people published in the New Scientist concludes that as one would expect, worrying too much is linked to a higher rate of nightmares (or as my awake-at-2 AM wife now calls them, Trumpmares). But surprisingly, at least among the people in this survey, sleeping more than 9 hours a night also […]

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Perhaps our insomnia is not much to worry over

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If you suffer from any form of insomnia – unable to fall asleep easily, frequent nocturnal wakening, too-early rising – a¬†fascinating study done on a tribal group of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania will come as very welcome information, I think, because this study tells you that, hey, despite the ubiquitous efforts to convince you that you […]