Sleep Better Now
By Brandon Peters, M.D., About.com Guide
- Basics of Sleep
- Determine Your Sleep Needs
- Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits
- Living with Sleep Disorders
- Sleep and Your Health
Basics of Sleep
Discover the basics of sleep and answer some curious questions. Reflect on just why it is that we sleep. Learn about sleep stages, sleep architecture, clock genes and sleep inertia. Expand your sleep-related vocabulary by learning some new words. Contemplate many bodily functions - including wet dreams, morning wood, sneezes, and farts - and whether and why they occur in sleep. Get some sleep-related movie recommendations. Discover what it is about Thanksgiving dinner that makes you feel so sleepy. Remind yourself of when daylight saving time occurs.
- Why Do We Sleep?
- Sleep Stage Basics
- Sleep Architecture
- What Causes Morning Dreams?
- Expand Your Sleep Vocabulary
- What Are Clock Genes?
- What Is Sleep Debt?
- Sleep Inertia
- What Is a Wet Dream?
- What Causes Morning Wood?
- Can You Fart While Asleep?
- Can You Sneeze While Asleep?
- Can You Sleep With Your Eyes Open?
- Top 10 Sleep-related Movies
- Quotes About Sleep
- What Causes Thanksgiving Sleepiness?
- When Is Daylight Saving Time?
Determine Your Sleep Needs
How much sleep do you really need? Determine your sleep needs with a simple experiment. Evaluate the sleep needs of your children, no matter their age. Consider the special sleep requirements of teenagers and whether they should be allowed to sleep in. Also learn how being in college can disrupt sleep. Finally, learn whether you might be sleeping too much and what this might mean.
- Determining Your Sleep Needs
- How Much Sleep Do I Need?
- How Children's Sleep Needs Change
- Should Teens Sleep In?
- How Being in College Can Disrupt Sleep
- How Much Sleep is Too Much?
- What Is Polyphasic Sleep?
Promoting Healthy Sleep Habits
Certain changes may help you to sleep better. It is possible to improve our sleep through simple interventions that foster a better sleep environment and promote healthy sleep. Start by identifying what might be secretly ruining your sleep. Learn how to improve your sleep as well as the sleep of your children. Consider whether you should use an alarm clock or allow pets, television or cell phones in your bedroom. Finally, learn some tips to wake up more easily and stay awake during the day.
- Help Me Sleep Better
- The 10 Worst Things to Ruin Your Sleep
- Better Sleep Guidelines
- 10 Ways to Sleep Better
- Improve Sleep Habits in Children
- Teen Sleeping Tips
- Bedtime Routines
- Importance of Sleep Environment
- Pets Sharing the Bed
- TV and Your Bedroom
- Sleep Texting: Is It Possible to Send Text Messages While Asleep?
- Should You Use an Alarm Clock?
- The 10 Best Ways to Wake Up
- 10 Tips for Staying Awake
- How to Choose a Pillow
Living with Sleep Disorders
For people who have a sleep disorder, there can be certain hurdles in living with the condition. Whether you are learning to cope with the treatment or overcoming the effects of your disorder, you may find it worthwhile to reach out to others. There are many resources, support groups, and foundations that might be helpful to you. It will be important to maintain your commitment to your treatment as it will improve your overall health and well-being. Find out how you can accomplish this and thrive in life with your sleep disorder.
- Coping With a Sleep Disorder
- Finding Support Among Others with Sleep Disorders
- Ways to Conserve Energy
- Top 10 CPAP Compliance Solutions
- How to Clean CPAP
- CPAP and Your Sex Life
- CPAP Compliance Monitoring
- Should You Tape Your Lips with CPAP?
- What Is Aerophagia?
- Five Steps to Fix Nighttime Relationship Conflicts
- Augmentation in Restless Legs Syndrome
- What Is the Narcolepsy Network?
- What Is the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation?
- How to Cope with Parasomnias
- How Long Does Fatigue Last in Mononucleosis?
Sleep and Your Health
Sleep problems may have important consequences on your overall health and well-being. Something as common as sleep deprivation may lead to negative physical effects, hallucinations and even death. Sleep apnea may worsen multiple medical conditions as well as increase your risk of stroke and sudden death. There are also serious consequences when children have sleep disorders, often leading to behavior and growth problems. Consider the myriad ways that sleep may affect your health.
- Sleep Deprivation and Obesity
- Getting Beauty Sleep
- Deadly Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Apnea and Stroke Risk
- Women's Sleep and Marriage
- What Are the Physical Effects of Sleep Deprivation?
- What Are the Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation?