We’ve reached the end of Better Sleep Month, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop talking about it! In fact, with the way research is going it looks like there will always be something new to explore and consider when it comes to understanding sleep and discovering ways to improve it. Here are some studies and ideas that caught our eye, and we’d love to hear what you think of them.
We've all faced sleepless nights. Sometimes the biggest struggle seems to be
Do I stay in bed and try to sleep or just get up and do something?!”
In one study, people who couldn't fall asleep immediately were instructed to get out of bed and go to another room. Over time, researchers noted, “...by associating the bed with ‘It’s time to go to sleep’ and not with other activities (reading a book, just lying there, etc.), participants were eventually able to quickly fall asleep due to the repeated process: it became almost automatic to fall asleep in their bed because a successful trigger had been created.” This prompts us to ask: what activities or environmental factors do you associate with sleep? Do they contribute to a good night's sleep, or do you need to change something?
Considering a sleep aid? Like any other prescription or over the counter medicine, it's important to understand exactly how sleep medications work (they're not all the same), potential interactions with other medicine and how sleep aids can affect the way you think and feel. What else can you do during the day to help your body feel and work its best, while setting yourself up for better sleep? These are great things to discuss with your MOBE Guide as well. For even more insights, this news story looks at the use of sleep medications, behavior modifications and an approach called “sleep restriction” in helping people improve their sleep. It also includes a closer look at how most sleep aid medications work.
What do you think about these? Have you found an interesting article, story or fact related to sleep? What did you think of it – what did it make you stop and think about? Tell us about it.
Just imagining a stressful event or situation may make your heart beat faster, your palms sweat and your mind kick into high-alert mode. But what if that stress response isn’t always bad? What if it can actually be beneficial? And what if there is actually a difference between a good stressor and bad stressor? Researchers are finding that there is more to the story than you might expect from all the bad press about stress.
Medicine isn’t perfect. For every breakthrough that cures a disease (or makes it easier to live with one) there are many more treatments that only help a little. And there are many more that may have no effect or that may actually cause a particular person more harm than good. So, it’s important to approach any decision that affects your health, or the health of someone you love, with eyes wide open.
Ever wondered whether it’s better to see the glass as half empty or half full? There’s a growing body of research that has your answer...
Stories aren’t just for Oscar-winning movies or best-selling novels. They’ve been at the heart of human communication from the beginning. Before Snapchat, email, or snail mail, our survival depended on remembering the stories told around the community fire. And now, researchers are discovering that storytelling can be transformative for personal health.
There is no doubt that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications can come with tons of confusing directions, warnings, disclaimers, and information on the paperwork. So, we’re digging into what some of these often-confusing terms or sections of a label mean. Because we believe, the more you know about your medications, the more you can make sure they are working for you.
The role of the supplement is just that – to supplement the levels of a nutrient already found in your body. Some supplements are more beneficial than others, and some are absorbed better than others. Today we’ll walk through what you need to know about supplements so that you can have an informed conversation with your doctor about whether or not they’re right for you.