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Getting healthy in the new year is a goal for many, and while diet and exercise are often priorities, doctors say sleep is just as critical. "People, in general, would be better off with more sleep (say 7-8 hours)," said Michael Perlis, PhD, an associate professor in Psychiatry and director of the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program. "This said, everyone's sleep need, ability and opportunity greatly differ, and thus what is optimal for one person may differ from what is optimal for another person."
Hitting the snooze button is quite harmful for the heart, according to a recent study. David Dinges, PhD, chief of sleep and chronobiology, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
Just one night of poor sleep can lead you to crave all the fatty, no-good-for-you foods as soon as you wake up the next morning, according to a study from Hengyi Rao, PhD, a r research assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging, and colleagues.
Whether prompted by boredom, stress or the temporary insomnia of too much screen time, after-hours feeds temporarily satisfy, soothe and satiate. The problem is they can also wreak havoc on the body, both for casually repeating night eaters and for those who develop Night Eating Syndrome. Kelly Allison, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted.
Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, explains how sounds affect sleep and why rituals are the key to a restful night.
Setting up a sleep routine, including going to sleep at the same time every night, can improve your rest. "Most people need a good hour of winding down down time before they're just physically and mentally ready to go bed," said Philip Gehrman, PhD, an assistant professor of Psychiatry.
Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, an assistant professor of Psychiatry, comments in an article from CNBC on the importance of having a good sleep routine. "Most people need a good hour of winding down down time before they're just physically and mentally ready to go bed," Gehrman said.
Try timing your meals earlier in the day. Prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin and cholesterol levels, as well as other heath concerns, according to research by Namni Goel, PhD, a research associate professor in Psychiatry, and Kelly Allison, PhD, an associate professor in Psychiatry and director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.
Wine Spectator rounds up the latest scientific research to break down what wine lovers need to know about alcohol and sleep. Ilene Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, is quoted.
GQ publishes a Q and A with Sigrid C. Veasey, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, about why the effects of chronic sleep loss create a deficit you might never overcome, and how to maintain better sleep habits.
Sleep is vital to your mental and physical health in general, but especially when your body is trying to fight off a cold. The article references a Penn Medicine roundworm study from senior author David M. Raizen, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Neurology and a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, that reveals the mechanism for sleepiness when sickness strikes.
Charles Bae, MD, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, offers tips on how to make getting out of bed easier on dark winter mornings, considering temperature, light, and knowing how much sleep an individual needs.
Many Americans don't get enough rest, but women seem to have more difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep. “Sometimes, sleep problems can result from hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy and especially around perimenopause and menopause when estrogen levels decline,” said Ilene Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine.
When you eat, how you watch TV, and a number of hygiene habits may be seemingly harmless, but in reality, they can be very detrimental to health. Ilene M. Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, discusses the dangers associated with sleep loss.
A meta-analysis from Philip Gehrman, PhD, an associate professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Penn Sleep Center, and Elaine Boland, PhD, a clinical associate at Penn and a research psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, finds that sleep deprivation in controlled inpatient settings can offer temporary relief from depression in nearly half of patients with the condition.