Tagged: sleep

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How long is the optimal midday nap?

The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7-9 hours of sleep daily, but for some of us with night shifts or early mornings, 7-9 is difficult to achieve. Instead we recharge our heads and our willpower...

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Sleep deprivation increases brain sensitivity

Busier folks lose a lot of sleep. Consequences include teary eyes, frequent yawning, and inattention during meetings or work. Apparently, not getting enough REM sleep also increases sensitivity to dopamine. Tufic et al. published findings...

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Cholesterol! Why you should care

Facts: One in five adults in America has cholesterol levels in the borderline high/high range (107 million above 200mg/dL). Cholesterol, as recommended by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), should be checked once within...

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Want to lose weight? Try sleeping more

A calorie deficit is hard to maintain (just ask anyone on the Atkins!), but more and more research is suggesting that losing weight gets even harder without sufficient sleep. The American Heart Association in...