Does Ashwagandha Help You Sleep? What To Know About This Ancient Remedy
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by Dr. Michael Breus
9M ago
Do you use any natural remedies to help you sleep? They’ve become very popular alternatives to over-the-counter (OTC) and even prescription sleep aids, because they lack the potentially problematic side effects of traditional medications.  I’ve written a bunch about natural sleep aids, from melatonin to essential oils to tea. It’s safe to say that there’s no shortage of options available if you’re looking for a natural sleep aid. While some natural remedies are completely bogus— like many of those featured in TikTok sleep hacks— there are plenty of natural remedies that can help you get b ..read more
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Is Mercury in Retrograde Right Now? How It May Affect Your Sleep
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by Dr. Michael Breus
9M ago
How often do you check your daily horoscope? Do you know your zodiac sign? Many people can readily talk about what Zodiac year they were born in or what their star sign is, even if they may not fully believe they have any influence in their lives. For others though, astrology can be a divine driving force, with the cosmos guiding them through all of life’s ups and downs. Astrology is nothing new though— in fact, it’s been around for thousands of years. However, one astrological concept you may have heard a lot about lately is Mercury retrograde. It’s often to blame for inconvenience or misfort ..read more
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Is It Ok To Use Benadryl for Sleep?
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by Dr. Michael Breus
9M ago
There are many allergy medications designed for daytime and nighttime use. Typically the nighttime medication contains certain ingredients to help you fall asleep. Some— like Benadryl— make people sleepy no matter when they take it because of their histamine-blocking properties.  Many Americans also use Benadryl for sleep even when they aren’t experiencing allergies. It’s more common than you might think. However, Benadryl isn’t something you should use as a sleep aid— unless you’re experiencing nighttime allergies. When overused, Benadryl can potentially cause some undesirable side effec ..read more
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Does Your Favorite TikTok Sleep Hack Actually Work? Viral Sleep Hacks Debunked
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
Are you an avid social media user? Thanks to social media, you can share content with your family and friends in the blink of an eye. Some of the most popular videos that circulate around social media are “life hacks—” creative ways to perform simple tasks, like cooking, cleaning, and even sleeping. These life hacks are supposed to be easier or better ways to do everyday tasks. But do they actually work? A lot of sleep hacks from TikTok have been going viral— including mine about how to get back to sleep when you wake up in the middle of the night, with over 1.5m views.   I’ve even w ..read more
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Is Sleep Addiction Real? What You Need to Know
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
“All I want to do is stay in bed and sleep!” Have you ever had a morning where you just didn’t want to get out of bed? Maybe you had a really nice dream that you weren’t ready to wake up from. Perhaps staying in the warm bed sounded much nicer than putting your feet on the cold floor. Or maybe you weren’t looking forward to the day, and just wanted a few more minutes of comfort. Everyone has had mornings like that. For some people though, relying on the comfort of sleep may become a compulsion— or even feel like an addiction. Sleep is a vital life process, but getting too much can be as bad as ..read more
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How to Use a Sleep Diary
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
Keeping a sleep diary is one of the most healthful sleep habits around. It’s a practice that will deliver major benefits for your nightly rest and will keep you alert to issues with your sleep, helping you to find the best and most effective remedy for your sleep problems. Using a sleep diary pays dividends beyond sleep, too: it’s a practice that leads to improvements in your energy and performance during the day—and can have a big impact on your overall health. It’s an easy habit to adopt—and with a little know-how, you can collect an invaluable trove of information and insight about your sle ..read more
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Should We Get Rid of Daylight Savings Time?
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
Daylight savings time— you either love it or you hate it. Whether you spring forward or fall back, it may seem like you’re feeling the effects for weeks after. And then by the time you’re finally used to it, it’s time to change the clocks again! I’ve written before about how to prepare for daylight savings time, but what if I told you that you may need to worry about that anymore? There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not we should get rid of daylight savings time. I was even asked about it last week by one of my readers!  The US Senate is currently working to pass a bill put ..read more
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Does Sleep Help a Hangover? Yes and No.
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
It’s not uncommon for some to enjoy an occasional alcoholic beverage— a glass of wine with dinner, a cold beer on a summer night, or a social drink with friends. But as with many good things, alcohol is best enjoyed in moderation. Too many drinks at once can not only make you feel tipsy and clumsy, but drinking to excess in the evening can also come back to bite you in the morning. Of course, I’m talking about the dreaded hangover that often comes after a long night of heavy drinking. Hopefully for you though, this didn’t involve shenanigans in Las Vegas with tigers or Mike Tyson! Alcohol and ..read more
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What is HRV and Why Does it Matter for Sleep?
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by Dr. Michael Breus
10M ago
You might be familiar with HRV—heart rate variability—as a popular training tool for workouts, and a biomarker for measuring exercise recovery. Beyond exercise tracking, heart rate variability has a lot to tell us about the underlying health of our nervous system and our risk for disease. And there’s an important two-way relationship between HRV and sleep that’s often overlooked. What is HRV, and why is it important? Heart rate variability—HRV for short—is a measurement of variation in time between heartbeats. It is different from heart rate, or pulse, which is a measurement of the number of t ..read more
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Turn Off The Light: How Sleeping With Lights On Can Ruin Your Health
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by Dr. Michael Breus
11M ago
How often do you fall asleep with the lights on? I’m sure we’ve all done it at some point. Sometimes it just happens— especially if you’ve ever taken an accidental catnap on the couch when you meant to only rest for a moment. But if you regularly sleep with the lights on, you may want to reconsider that. New research has come out about the potential negative effects that sleeping with lights on can have on your body. And while electricity has definitely made our lives easier and more convenient, this unfortunately isn’t good news for your sleep. It may seem odd to sleep with lights on, but it ..read more
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