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Restful routine: not planning for sleep is planning to fail

According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep deficiency is a common public health problem. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 35.2% of adults in the U.S. sleep less than the minimum recommendation of seven hours per night.

“Sleep is vital for our physical health and mental well-being,” says Dr. Alessandra Morello Gearhart, who specializes in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Oklahoma State University Medicine in Tulsa.

“While we sleep, our bodies are healing and our brains are processing the vast amount of information we receive throughout the day, including organizing our emotions and newly made memories.”

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Funny Sleep Puns & Jokes

Some people have nightmares while some have just plain bizarre dreams. Whatever kind of dreamer you are, if you need funny sleep puns and jokes, you’ll never be caught napping again!

That’s because you couldn’t dream of better sleep puns than these. So enjoy them.

Health

Clinical study shows therapeutic sleep training for older adults can prevent depression

A new clinical study revealed that therapeutic sleep training can ease symptoms of depression in older adults.

The form of cognitive behavioral sleep training, tabbed CBT-I, helps teach adults how to break bad habits to prep their mind and body for a good night's sleep.

The peer-reviewed study, published last week in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, showed that adults who have insomnia can are less likely to develop depression. The study's findings are among the first to show evidence of treating insomnia through a behavior strategy and not medication.

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Sleep Hacks

Restful routine: not planning for sleep is planning to fail

According to the National Institutes of Health, sleep deficiency is a common public health problem. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 35.2% of adults in the U.S. sleep less than the minimum recommendation of seven hours per night.

“Sleep is vital for our physical health and mental well-being,” says Dr. Alessandra Morello Gearhart, who specializes in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at Oklahoma State University Medicine in Tulsa.

“While we sleep, our bodies are healing and our brains are processing the vast amount of information we receive throughout the day, including organizing our emotions and newly made memories.”

Read more.

Product
Highlights

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Products for Better Sleep

More than one-third of American adults don’t get enough sleep, and the holidays may cause us to lose even more zzz’s due to stress and changes in our normal routine. Quality sleep is essential for our mental and physical health. Why not give that gift to someone you care about? We put together this quick guide with five products that we love and know you will, all of which are designed to help you get a better night’s sleep during the holiday season and beyond.

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Q & A

Our readers are invited to email us with their questions!

Q: What’s Happening To Your Brain While You Sleep? (Jodi B.)

Jodi, while you’re asleep, your body may be at rest, but your brain remains is at work. A small number of brain cells are responsible for keeping us asleep. One part of the hypothalamus is responsible for shutting down the brain’s arousal signals (and other areas of the hypothalamus and brain stem promote wakefulness). During sleep, your temperature and blood pressure drop. A full sleep cycle has four stages (some sleep researchers say that it’s five stages, but we’re going to go with the four theory) that you cycle through every 90 to 110 minutes.

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Q: Does the light from a tablet or smartphone really stop you from sleeping effectively? (Gerald R.)

Gerald, in general, the light from your screen can affect your circadian rhythms. Using light later at night suppresses the release of melatonin. Once melatonin gets released, your brain starts preparing for sleep. Is it better to put your phone aside or in another room? Yes, under that principle. Any temptation to keep your brain stimulated is just going to make your brain think it should be awake.
Beyond that, it depends on what you’re doing. If you’re checking the global markets on your iPad, you’re engaged. Your brain will think you should be awake. If you do something that makes your brain think you should be awake, your chances of sleeping aren’t great.

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