Getting The Best Sleep Now

Posted May 26th, 2015 by | No Comments
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As anyone who has worked overtime to complete a project or stayed up through the night tending to a sick child can attest, lack of sleep affects just about everything - from well-being and personal relationships to job performance and alertness. And recent studies suggest that the repercussions of too little sleep aren't only personal: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused roughly 100,000 crashes on our nation's highways in 1998. Likewise, accidents attributed to sleep-deprived workers cost the federal government and private businesses billions of dollars each year in workmen's compensation.

Getting a good night's sleep isn't something to just dream about, though. As our commonsense tips show, a little planning and discipline are all that's needed to get eight hours of restorative zzz's. Continue reading Getting The Best Sleep Now »

Snoring Causes Are Harsh

Posted May 23rd, 2015 by | No Comments
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Snoring is such a problem for me that I recently decided to get in touch with Gary Zammit, Ph.D., director of the Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, who offered me an exam. Frankly, I wanted to know how to stop snoring.

Zammit examined my throat, took a medical history and asked me a long list of questions about both my snoring pattern and sleep habits. The questions were wide-ranging - from how much coffee I drank to whether I ever saw or heard things that weren't there as I was falling asleep or waking up (hypnagogic hallucinations). He was looking for two things: clues as to why I snored and warning signs that might indicate a condition called sleep apnea, a serious medical problem of which snoring is only a symptom. There are some interesting devices out there, though. Continue reading Snoring Causes Are Harsh »

Solve Sleep Problems Now

Posted May 3rd, 2015 by | 3 Comments
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So here we show you how to nip each type of sleep-disturbance pattern in the bud with the best self-help techniques. (See " Sleep-Disorders Clinics" in our help section for determining when your sleep problem is serious enough to deserve a sleep-medicine specialist's attention.)


Release the pressure valve. It's one thing to have trouble sleeping. It's quite another to start worring about having trouble sleeping. Before long, the worry itself can start to interfere with your ability to fall asleep, even when the initial cause of sleeplessness is gone. Fortunately, there's much you can do to eliminate this second tier of trouble. Continue reading Solve Sleep Problems Now »

How Serious Is RLS?

Posted April 26th, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Do your legs sometimes wake you up long before your alarm clock? Has your husband ever complained that you kick him in your sleep? Have you ever bolted awake, feeling as though you're tripping off a curb?

For many of us, such nocturnal jostling makes sleep anything but restful. Some of these experiences are nothing to worry about. Others are more troublesome and may require medical attention. Here, some of the most common nighttime occurrences:

A startling awakening is called a hypnic jerk - a harmless total body reflex that wakes people as they're falling asleep. "It involves a temporary disruption in the part of the nervous system that controls our Continue reading How Serious Is RLS? »

Arts And Crafts: Japanese Style

Posted April 9th, 2015 by | No Comments
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Although much has been written about the influence of Japan on Western design movements (the Aesthetic Movement. Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau), far less is known of Western influence on Japan. Yet, from about 1900 to the 1910s, Japanese designers, educators, architects, and craftspeople launched a "new style" of art and craft by incorporating elements from French Art Nouveau, the Vienna Secession, and the Glasgow School into traditional Japanese arts. In a later phase, in the 1920s and '30s, Japanese artists instead drew on the ideals and philosophy of John Ruskin and William Morris to create their own response to the modern world. This utopian phase of the Japanese Arts and Crafts Movement will be explored in the next issue of Style 1900. For now, we focus on the initial blending of Western design with traditional craft that first Continue reading Arts And Crafts: Japanese Style »

Nighttime Asthma Can Be A Killer

Posted April 1st, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Even people who have relatively little trouble with asthma during the day can have major difficulties at night. The reason: the body's 24-hour, or circadian, cycle. "In people with normal lungs, lung function falls during sleep--but only by about 8 percent, so it isn't a problem," says Dr. Martin. "But in asthmatics, lung function can fall by as much as 50 percent during sleep--with dire consequences. "

In addition, certain natural hormones that reduce inflammation and promote airway Continue reading Nighttime Asthma Can Be A Killer »