How Much Sleep Do I Really Need?
The purpose of this blog is to promote Health and Wellness to parents and their children. Our job as physicians is to do exactly this and additionally improve the quality of life of everyone that I come into contact with. How much sleep do we really need? This is a question I get a lot from children and adult patients. We know a child requires more sleep than adults, but how much more? Is 8, 9, or 10 hours enough? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine published guidelines in
WOMEN'S HEALTH: How To Keep Up Your Healthy Routine While Traveling
MAKE A HOTEL FEEL LIKE HOME Call it the “first night effect.” “In a new environment (like a hotel room halfway across the world), we have a hard time falling asleep,” says Raj Dasgupta, M.D., an assistant professor at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Blame your brain. “We’re hyper-alert and cognitively aroused.” The trick to finding shuteye: convincing your body that you’re somewhere familiar. Bringing a small blanket or a photo of family memb
NY TIMES: Does Magnesium Help You Sleep?
Q. Does magnesium help you sleep? A. Studies have found a link between low levels of magnesium, an essential mineral that plays a crucial role in a wide range of bodily processes, and sleep disorders. But if you are concerned you aren’t getting enough magnesium, changing your diet may be a better option than taking a supplement, as “there is really sparse evidence that taking super-therapeutic doses of magnesium will give you a benefit,” said Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of
What Is Light Sleep vs. Heavy Sleep, and How Can You Get What You Need?
Lack of Shut-eye and a Sleep Deficit Crisis Many health experts are calling attention to what they see as a public health crisis today: major sleep deficit. Between busy schedules at work and home, and devices that constantly connect us to email and social media — and let us binge-watch our favorite shows — we are more sleep deprived than ever. This can wreak havoc on our physical, mental, and emotional health, says Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, assistant professor of clinical medic
MEN'S HEALTH: Those Weird Noises You Make in Your Sleep Might Not Be Snores
There’s a long list of weird things that can happen when you sleep—think sleepwalking, sleep sex, or even waking up unable to move your body. But as for the noises you make, those are pretty normal, right? Well, not all the sounds you make when you sleep are regular old snoring. In fact, there’s a condition called catathrenia, or sleep groaning, which is more common than you may think. While research suggests sleep groaning is rare— affecting 0.3 percent to 0.5 percent of the
Women's Health: The Best White Noise Machines To Help You Sleep Through Anything
Are you kept awake by night-owl neighbors, or other creaky, screechy noises that go more than just bump in the night? You may want to consider white noise machines and their dependable, sound-drowning capabilities. First, you’ll want to understand what noise is before you run out and buy a sleep machine, one of the trusty go-to solutions for insomniacs everywhere. “White noise is basically a constant noise that covers all hearable frequencies,” says Rajkumar (Raj) Dasgupta, M
Prevention.com: 12 Foolproof Natural Sleep Remedies That Experts Swear By
Insomnia can do worse than just tire you out the next day. If you're suffering from chronic lack of sleep, it can take a toll on your overall health. Ongoing sleep deficiency can lower your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections. It can trigger mood changes like irritability, depression, and anxiety. And studies have linked insufficient sleep to weight gain; increased risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes; and ev
iHeart Media: Sleep Disturbances associated with Binge Watching
Netflix biggest competitor is SLEEP!! Cognizant arousal may get you anxious at the time where you should be gearing down, turning off your electronics, lowering the light and getting ready for sleep. It's easy to get emotionally invested in the characters and the scene you are watching. Most people who are planning to binge watch weren't planning to binge watch in the first place. If binge watching is keeping you from seeing friends and family, being social or preventing y
Health Day: Sleepless Nights Plague Many Women In Middle Age
THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of middle-aged American women are fretfully counting sheep each night, new research shows. The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that close to 20 percent of all women aged 40 to 59 said they had trouble falling asleep on four or more nights in the prior week. Sleep troubles were even more likely if the woman was in the years where she's transitioning into menopause ("perimenopause"). Among t
Shape: How to Sleep On Any Flight, According to Top Sleep Docs
Booking a first-class seat that doubles as a bed might be the best bet for sleeping on a plane, but what's a girl to do when her bank account calls for coach? Well, no matter *where* your seat is, you're still going to want to focus on getting some quality rest to set you up for a healthier trip. That's because not getting enough sleep majorly multiplies your chances of catching a basic cold (like from that jerk sitting in front of you not covering his mouth when he sneezes).