Refinery 29: Is Your Pillow Giving You Neck Problems?
Can sleeping on the wrong type of pillow cause neck pain? Actually yes: Your pillow matters quite a bit, says Raj Dasgupta, MD, FAASM, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Sleep is like a puzzle, with "different pieces that can help individuals obtain that great sleep," Dr. Dasgupta says. One piece of the puzzle might be the lighting and temperature of your bedroom. Your sleep positionis another, and you
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Brit + Co: Women Are Way More Tired Than Men, Says Science
Dr. Rajkumar Dasgupta, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (who was not involved with the new study), tells us the study is really important for better understanding women’s health. He also tells us there are a few different things that might make women more likely to have sleep problems. He tells us that estrogen and progestin may work to regulate sleep, though doctors aren’t totally sure how. But becau
Nylon.com: Get To Know The Podcast That’s “Better Than Ambien” Sleep with Me is our new podcast obse
Dr. Rajkumar Dasgupta (who goes by Dr. Raj), a spokesperson for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, says that while a podcast like this can be helpful for getting to sleep, there are other pieces of the sleep hygiene puzzle necessary for achieving a good, full night’s rest, and those shouldn’t be neglected. “The role of sound, temperature, your pillow and bedding, the role of meditation—certain things work for some individuals and not for others because sleep is very indi
Fox News: 6 things not to do if you need to fall back asleep fast
If you can’t doze off within 15 or 20 minutes and you’re feeling frustrated, there’s no sense in just lying there. The best thing to do is to get out of bed and do something relaxing like read (a book, not a device), do breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, meditate or listen to music that makes you feel calm.Then, “you should only go back to bed when you’re ready to go back to sleep again,” Raj Dasgupta, MD, a sleep expert and an assistant professor at the Univ
MarketWatch: Watching Netflix at night? Why you might be ‘sleeping’ with the enemy
Of course, refraining from watching Netflix before bed is easier said than done. Binge-watchers can take certain steps to make sure that their viewing habits don’t cut into their sleep. Maintaining good sleep hygiene — meaning reserving the bed only for sleeping — is one factor, according to Raj Dasgupta, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California. He also suggested reserving “movie time” during the day or week for watching TV early e
Forbes: Are Sleep Problems Killing Older Adults?
“I’d just like to further stress the seriousness of obstructive sleep apnea and how it can hurt hearts,” said. Dr. Raj Dasgupta, MD, a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). “Research shows untreated, severe obstructive sleep apnea more than doubles your risk of dying from heart disease.” Dasgupta is referring to a study done last year b
Newsweek: Daylight Saving Time Makes People Clumsy, Lazy and Sick
Dr. Raj Dasgupta, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, believes that daylight saving does more harm than good. “When we talk about the benefits, people are thinking that any type of retail or activities involving sunlight would benefit from this,” Dasgupta says. He believes that the detriments of sleep deprivation outweigh the health benefits of getting more sunlight. “When you’re sleep deprive
CBS News: Don't let daylight saving time knock you off-kilter
Sleep quality has far-reaching implications for health, with a lack thereof being a risk factor for diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety and weight gain, said Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a professor at Keck School of Medicine at USC. Combine the longstanding risks with a years-long trend toward fewer sleep hours for most Americans, and you’ve got a scary formula. “When we talk about the clinical manifestations of havi
Today Show: Why am I tired all the time?
“The risk for hypothyroidism increases with age, so some women, for example, might think their exhaustion might be due to the menopause when in fact it’s a thyroid issue,” says Dasgupta. Many people snore. But when snoring is linked to breaks in breathing, sleep apnea is the most likely cause. The most common symptom is chronic fatigue. Obesity is a risk factor, as is smoking, heredity, and excessive alcohol use, among others. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause some seriou