Sleeping Through the Ages–Overcoming Sleep Challenges at Every Age

As human-beings we all need sleep. Just as every living animal does. But the amount of sleep we need, and the challenges that prevent us from getting the sleep we need, changes as we age. Let’s start at the very beginning; newborns sleep from 16 to 20 hours a day. Of course, not all of the hours a baby sleeps are in a row – as new parents know very well! It can be challenging to get your little one into a sleep routine so that they sleep through the night, and their parents can, too. After 4 … [Read more...]

Cancer and Healing: The Sleep-Health Connection

Sufficient sleep is considered the cornerstone of health and well-being. Conversely, insufficient sleep has serious health repercussions, including an increase in the risk of stroke, depression, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, dementia, obesity, osteoporosis, motor vehicle accidents, and on-the-job accidents and injuries. Recent research has demonstrated even more alarming downsides to sleep deprivation, including an impact on some of the most prolific cancers: breast, prostate, and … [Read more...]

Restless Evenings Can Lead to Stressful Days

While progress is a good thing, it can have its side effects. The technology-centric world that we live in means we’re frequently connected to our devices like umbilical cords—creating a heightened sense of vigilance with little room to relax. Such an always-on mentality can have significant health implications—especially when it comes to sleep. A recent infographic, created by Nursing@Georgetown’s Online FNP Program, highlights both the challenges that technology presents, as well as … [Read more...]

Having trouble falling asleep? Your phone may be to blame

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Temperatures are swiftly falling across the United States — which for some people is a prompt to curl up in a warm blanket and sleep until spring. However, many Americans struggle with falling asleep. Why? One reason is our relationship with technology. The link between technology and sleep rests with our circadian rhythm — the cycle that determines when we feel tired or awake. According to a Harvard Medical School study, our phones emit short-wavelength blue light that sparks cortisol … [Read more...]