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Sleep, Healthy Aging and Longevity

Sleep is one of the most important factors in determining how you feel everyday: it's an important part of health and healthy aging. Getting good sleep may even increase your longevity. Read here about sleep tips, sleep disorders and problems, napping and much more.
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Top Sound Machines Under $25 to Help You Sleep
White noise and nature sounds can help you get a better night's sleep. Find out which inexpensive sound machines work the best.

Does Counting Sheep Work?
Trouble falling asleep is no fun. Many people try counting sheep as a way of falling asleep -- but does it work? Believe it or not, researchers have actually studied counting sheep as a way of falling asleep and beating insomnia. FInd out what they discovered and how you can fall asleep faster.

How Do You Fall Asleep At Night?
To fall asleep each night do you count sheep? Listen to music? Just lay down? Take a bath? Read a book? Give us your best ideas, tips and tricks to fall asleep and stay asleep all night long.

Simple Ways to Get Back to Sleep
Wakefulness during the night is a frustrating problem as we get older; find out how to get back to sleep if you're up in the wee hours.

Melatonin and Aging
Melatonin is a hormone that helps your body to regulate sleep. There are people and so-called "anti-aging doctors" that claim melatonin supplementation can reverse the effects of aging. Find out what the research really says and what conditions melatonin may be helpful for.

Tai Chi and Sleep in Older Adults
Tai chi can help older adults improve their sleep. When older adults practice tai chi, they fall asleep faster and sleep longer than other people of the same age doing low impact exercise. Tai chi is a great exercise with many benefits, including improved sleep.

Sleep and Your Life Expectancy
Sleep and life expectancy are linked, according to a study of more than 10,000 people in Britain. Over a 12-year-period, people who got more or less of the ideal amount of sleep had a greater chance of dying. Find out how much sleep you need and why.

Sleep Quality in Hospitals
Sleep is part of healing, but sleep in hospitals and ICUs is a challenge. New research shows that sleep in hospitals is of poor quality, possibly interfering with healing and increasing the amount of time for recovery from surgery and major illness.

Sleep Well in a Hospital
Sleep is an important part of healing, but sleep in hospitals and ICUs is challenging. Increase your chances of healing fast by focusing on sleep with these easy tips.

Snoring Reduces Sexual Satisfaction
Snoring and sex (and sexual satisfaction) are linked. Turns out that people who snore a lot have less satisfying sex lives. Snorers report more sexual problems and less pleasure from sex than non-snorers. Obstructive sleep apnea and other problems may be explain the sex-snoring link. Learn how to stop snoring for a better sex life.

Daylight-Saving Time - A Health Hazard?
Daylight Saving Time might negatively impact health. A study shows an increase in the suicide rate in the weeks after the time change. Overall, researchers do not fully understand the impact of time changes on overall health. Protect yourself be following simple tips to improve your sleep.

Sleep Duration and Longevity
Can how much we sleep impact our longevity? A 22-year study of more than 21,000 twins shows that it just might. Sleeping more than 8 hours a night or less than 7 is linked to a higher risk of mortality. Sleep duration seems an important sign of mortality.

Ways to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep hygiene is a term used to describe the habits a person has about sleep. By improving your sleep hygiene, you will increase your chances of getting a refreshing, uninterrupted night of sleep. These tips will help you to fall asleep faster, sleep through the night without waking and feel great in the morning.

Understanding Sleep
Sleep problems can cause serious suffering in a person’s life. By understanding the causes of sleep problems and the factors that can make sleep difficult, you stand a good chance of improving your sleep. Changing your sleep habits can help with insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep problems, such as snoring.

Health Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to increased risk for weight gain, depression, colon cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Doctors and researchers are just beginning to understand the health benefits of sleep.

Tips for Great Naps
Napping can be a wonderful way to recharge during the day. Some easy guidelines and tips can help you make the most of your naptime. A great nap can turn your day around, make you more productive and even improve your health.

Getting Enough Sleep
Our sleep needs vary throughout life. Young children need more sleep. However, as we get older we need just as much sleep as younger adults. Find out if you are getting enough sleep and learn some ways to improve your sleep.

Sleep and Aging
As we age it becomes more difficult to get a good night’s sleep, but all adults still need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Understanding why sleep is difficult for older adults is the first step to solving this problem. Read about how hormones, health conditions, lifestyle changes and medications can change your sleep as you age.

Understanding Dreams
Dreaming happens during the REM stage of sleep. Researchers do not yet understand why we dream and what is happening during dreams. However, they do know that this stage of sleep is essential to good health.

Sleep Myths
Sleep is an important part of health and life. There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings about sleep. Clearing up these 10 sleep myths may help you correct your sleep habits and have more energy during the day.

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Circadian rhythms is a term that refers to our body’s daily changes. Through a reaction to light, the body reduces certain hormones which make us feel awake. Jet lag, poor sleep habits and illnesses can interfere with this cycle and cause sleep problems.

The Stages of Sleep
Your sleep cycles through 5 different stages each night. These phases have different brain activity and muscle movement. These sleep cycles also have different effects on your body. Learning good sleep habits will help you stay energized throughout life.

How Does Exercise Help You Sleep?
Most Americans do not get enough sleep. Exercise is one way to help your body fall asleep at the end of the day.

Benefits of Sleep
Sleep is important for maintaining healthy body functioning. Without sleep, our bodies have a difficult time repairing themselves from damage caused during the day. Sleep is also important to the growth of children, the health of skin (beauty sleep) and overall longevity.

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