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Simple Tips for Staying Asleep

Debra Murray

  Getting a good night's rest is a precious commodity. However, if you're like the ranks of many others, you may find yourself tossing and turning through the night. Worse yet, you may not even be able to fall asleep in the first place, finding yourself staring up at the ceiling and wondering why counting sheep doesn't work.     There's nothing more frustrating than heading off to bed, drifting off as soon as your head hits the pillow, only to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, unable to fall back to sleep. Here are some simple tips...

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Health Warning: Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Life

Debra Murray

  When it comes to staying healthy, nutrition and exercise are not the only things the body needs. The amount of sleep a person gets can also affect your health. When people don't get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep, their physical and mental well-being can take a beating.   Sleep and mood changes are closely linked, so being moody all the time is a classic symptom of sleep deprivation. Missing out on even a couple of hours of sleep per night can cause stress, crankiness and agitation. Routinely missing sleep can also increase the risk of mood disorders like...

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How Much Sleep is Needed for Health

Debra Murray

  Sleep - we all know we need it, but how much is too little or too much? Is it healthy to sleep a lot? Or is it bad for your body to spend too much time in bed?   The amount of sleep you need depends upon many factors and that includes your age. According to the National Institutes of Health, most adults should get between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep a night. It's a myth that people need less sleep as they age. Adults in their 60s, for instance, need just about the same amount of sleep as those in...

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