Tag: Sleep

The Pandemic May Spare Us From Another Plague: Bedbugs

This year’s plague, the newly emerged coronavirus, will likely spare many people from being attacked by an ancient scourge: bedbugs. Given the drastic pandemic-induced reductions in travel and nights spent in hotels, motels and other venues outside one’s home, the chances of being bitten by or bringing home these uninvited guests have been greatly curtailed. […]

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Parents Are Relying on Melatonin to Help Their Kids Sleep. Should They?

For the Langstaff family, the bedtime routine had become more like a bedtime marathon. “My son has struggled with sleep from the moment he was born,” Anna Langstaff, the head of a Montessori school in Portland, Ore., said of her 6-year-old son, Henry. “We used to joke that he was like a little knight fighting […]

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Let the Sunshine In

Deciding whether to head outdoors or to stay at home has never before felt so fraught, as many of us continue the weigh the benefits of getting some fresh air versus the risks of getting sick. For many, however, the enticements of a spring day are too powerful to resist. “Yesterday it was raining and […]

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Considering Trying Melatonin for Sleep? Here’s a Guide to Help

It’s understandable that you may be struggling to fall asleep these days. Our world has been turned upside down, so it is especially hard to unplug from the day and get the high-quality sleep your body needs. “Almost every single patient I’m speaking with has insomnia,“ said Dr. Alon Y. Avidan, a professor and vice […]

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Do New Moms Dream Differently After Giving Birth?

This story was originally published on Oct. 31, 2019 in NYT Parenting. My infant son was suffocating. I clawed at hardwood floors, panicked about reaching him, convinced that he was trapped under my bed, unable to breathe. Only, he wasn’t there. Slowly, my eyes adjusted to moonlight. My child was sleeping, peacefully, in his crib. […]

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Why am I having weird dreams lately?

The question of whether “anyone else” has “been having” strange dreams (“lately”) is perennially popular online. It is a spooky yet comforting query: Has anyone else stumbled onto possible evidence that the universe possesses a finite metaphysical infrastructure occasionally detected by the subconscious? In recent weeks, however, the question has been posed with increasing frequency. […]

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep (At Long Last) With the Finest Melatonin Gummies Around

We’re living in stressful, uncertain times right now. It’s perfectly understandable if it’s harder than ever to get a full night’s sleep. Melatonin supplements taken in the form of gummies may very well be a solution that works for you, however, and a relatively cheap one. Advertisement Melatonin is a popular sleep aid that’s actually […]

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Your Kids Refuse to Nap? There’s Hope

Having a child who won’t nap is frustrating during the best of times. But being locked in a house with a grumpy, screaming toddler during a lockdown or social distancing is torture. Scientists tell us that naps improve children’s moods, help them learn better and even reduce their risk of injury. We don’t need medical […]

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Supplements for Coronavirus Probably Won’t Help, and May Harm

In the past few weeks, Ashley Koff, a registered dietitian in Columbus, Ohio, has gotten a deluge of requests from people who want to know which dietary supplements they should take to protect themselves from the coronavirus. People ask how much elderberry syrup, colloidal silver and oil of oregano they should take to boost their […]

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I Tried 6 Popular Anti-Snoring Devices. Here’s How They Did.

A year ago, I was diagnosed with nasal polyps and regularly snored like a wild boar. I’ve had the polyps removed, but the snoring continues. I’m not alone. According to Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine (Fifth Edition), “about 40 percent of the adult population” snores. Sometimes my snoring wakes up my husband (and vice […]

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Psychology Around the Net: February 15, 2020

12 Subtle Signs of Anxiety: Do you have anxiety? Even if you don’t get outwardly nervous (shaking hands, quick breathing), you may still be struggling with anxiety that manifests in your behavior. Here are 12 little-known signs of anxiety, including constantly planning ahead and having difficulty delegating responsibilities to others. Sleep, Brain Development, and Mental […]

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