Why High Schools Should Start Later

Two students in 7th grade, Grace and Maya, tell us why school start times should be pushed back for better sleep. Melatonin and the Sleep Cycle Melatonin is a hormone produced by a gland in the brain that helps control your sleep. Sleep cycles are pushed back during the teen years. Adolescents’ sleep cycle changes to where they get their

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Can’t Sleep? It Could Be Your Diet

We’ve all heard various theories about which foods and drinks to consume before bedtime in order to assure a good night’s rest—like warm milk, hot toddies, or chamomile tea. But one of these three is actually not a good choice. Here’s a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for pre-slumber snacking. 1. DO have a high-carb, low-protein snack. Complex carbohydrates help

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Can’t Sleep? Your Prescriptions Could Be to Blame

Medications That Can Cause Insomnia and Other Sleep Problems Therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can be highly effective treatments for insomnia. However, my clinical experience (and numerous studies) has shown that one of the causes of insomnia can be the medications you take on a regular basis. So, when my patients are taking something that could be causing

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What Is Insomnia

Most people think insomnia means simply not falling asleep or being able to stay asleep. It is more complex than that, so here are five scenarios I typically see in my practice from patients that suffer of insomnia:

I go to bed and it takes more then 20 minutes to fall asleep. My eyes feel tired, the anxiety grows but I just can’t fall asleep.
I wake a couple of hours after I fall asleep. I feel wide-awake, wired, and exhausted. Anxiety grows eventually, wondering how I will be able to face tomorrow.
I wake up at about 3am at least a few times a week. By the time I get to sleep again the alarm goes off and I feel as if I need a few more hours of sleep to feel ready for the day.

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