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Smoking in your teens may lead to insomnia in your thirties

We already know that the the sleep health of our children influences a number of health outcomes including obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, academic achievement and even risk of self-harm. Now it would appear that unhealthy habits such as smoking may increase the risk of developing insomnia later in life. [...]

Is your spleen to blame for your insomnia?

Chinese medicine suggests that those who suffer from insomnia are experiencing an imbalance in their spleen. This imbalance can reduce nourishment to the heart which can lead to anxiety, worry and other thoughts that make sleep difficult. Before you dismiss these ideas entirely, it's worth being reminded that Chinese doctors [...]

Stress may not be the direct cause of your insomnia after all

It's no surprise that stressful events often lead to short-term insomnia. The real problem arises when short-term sleeplessness develops into long-term, chronic insomnia. It's thought that as many as 20% of adults suffer from short-term insomnia - and it's more prevalent in women than men. A recent study by the [...]

Improve your sleep by returning that fancy Kindle!

Or at least, avoid using it late at night! As I've been saying for years now, using electronics at night is a bad idea. Not only can electronic gadgets be stimulating, but the light they emit can damage sleep. Unfortunately, this advice is continuously ignored, even as more studies come [...]

The link between insomnia and high cholesterol

Dyslipidemia (otherwise known as high cholesterol) is a risk factor for a number of conditions, including stroke and heart disease. A recent Chinese study suggests that insomnia is associated with higher rates of dyslipidemia - particularly among women. The study in question involved over 10,000 Chinese adults who were asked [...]

The reason why seniors (and those with Alzheimer’s) find sleep difficult

As we age, we typically find it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep - yet we don't really know why. A new study set out to determine why seniors (and adults with Alzheimer's disease) appear to be more susceptible to insomnia. The study looked at the brains of 45 [...]