Findings revealed that participants who read on an iPad produced 55 per cent less melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that tends to increase in the evening to induce sleepiness and regulate sleep. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory known to suppress cancer cell growth. When melatonin levels decrease they can shift the body's circadian rhythm and make it difficult to fall asleep.
Studies to unveil the marvels of our daily hibernation -- and the deleterious effects of deprivation -- will continue and many more discoveries will be made. In the meantime, as the cold and flu season continues to spread in Canada, we should take heed from the research suggesting slumber is critical to health.
Generally speaking, taking medications against depression or anxiety should not always be the first measure to find relief. A health-promoting lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep can be very helpful in dealing with many disturbances, both of body and mind.
Overly worried people reestablish a sense of perspective. While it is perfectly acceptable to be a little nervous before an exam or a job interview, getting paralyzed with fear over every eventuality is not. There is only so much the mind can bear in terms of apprehension. Beyond that things start spinning out of control.
Painful conditions, including headaches, back pain or arthritis, can have a serious impact on your quality of sleep. For those between the ages of 25 and 50, one common culprit related to disrupted sleep is rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic condition that causes pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.
Whoever coined the term "sleeping like a baby" clearly had no children. It is amazing how much being sleep deprived can affect one's ability to function. You assume it will be hard but you'll manage. In reality, often times managing would be an improvement. Here are some things sleep-deprived parents feel that they don't always share.
I know some parents who can function on very little sleep and so can quite handily go to bed late and still be fine when their offspring disturb their slumber. I'm not one of them. I need sleep - the undisturbed, drool-on-the-pillow-and-wake-up-when-I'm-damn-well-ready kind. And I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I haven't had enough of that in the last four-and-a-half years.
MONTREAL - Bedrooms are getting crowded with gadgets, giving a good night's rest and nookie some serious competition, say sleep experts."Two things ha...