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
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
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
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).
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
Tonic Vice: There's a Sweet Spot for Making Your Power Nap Count
"Most of us spend a lot of time exercising, watching what we eat, and seeing our doctors, but we forget there's a whole eight hours per night that affect what we do during the day," says Rajkumar Dasgupta, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Sleep deprivation also has a noticeable effect on cognition—our brains simply don't function as well when we haven't slept enough. "When you're sleep deprive
Sleep Review Mag: Wedge-Shaped Pillow Can Help Ease Nighttime Reflux Symptoms, Study Says
Cleveland Clinic researchers previously tested the Medcline in patients with gastroesophygeal reflux disease (GERD), although that data has not been published. While GERD tends to present as classic heartburn symptoms, LPR can be more subtle and harder to diagnose, says Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, who was not involved in the study. It can also happen at any time of day, he