Category: Recent Studies

A Personal Take on Memory and Sleep

I’ve been griping about my memory for years. Only recently, though, have I come to realize that the problem might have something to do with insomnia and sleep.

Memory Loss: What’s Sleep Got to Do with It?

We all know memory loss is part of aging, and that glimmerings of compromise start appearing in middle age.

A new study by sleep researchers in California suggests that age-related memory loss is caused by changes in sleep, and that remedies being developed to improve sleep may help us remember more.

The Low-Down on OTC Sleep Aids

Over-the-counter sleeping pills are readily available at the pharmacy: drugs like ZzzQuil, Benadryl, Unisom and Tylenol PM. All promise sound, refreshing sleep. Just how well do live up to that promise, and are they as harmless as they’re said to be?

Sounder Sleep with Regular Exercise

For several years, I jogged, rode a bicycle or worked out at a gym three days a week. This physical activity was both a duty and a pleasure. It kept me healthy, and often it made me feel good. But it didn’t seem to affect my sleep one way or the other.

A new survey suggests that exercise generally tends to improve sleep.

Insomnia may respond to treatment with acupuncture

Insomnia? Acupuncture May Be Worth a Bid

A live-in personal assistant named August, an insomnia sufferer I interviewed for my book, was convinced that acupuncture was the path to better sleep. One day he took his insomnia to an acupuncturist trained in China. After that, he was hooked.

Hands Off My Sleep Meds, Dr. Oz!

Last week Dr. Oz hosted a show about “killer” sleeping pills. Now, there are lots of reasons to be cautious about sleep meds, including the fact that some leave you feeling groggy in the morning.

But when celebrities like Dr. Oz use information like this to whip up hysteria about sleeping pills, it makes my blood boil.

Insomnia and the Sleep Switch

So what exactly is the “sleep switch,” and how might it figure in insomnia?

This sleep-regulating center in the brain was actually discovered almost 100 years ago.

Insomnia sufferers may want to try yoga to prepare for sleep

Too Aroused for Sleep? Try Yoga

Sat Bir Khalsa, a professor and researcher at Harvard Medical School, thinks that among alternative treatments for insomnia, yoga may also be a viable solution for people who feel too aroused to sleep.

I attended Khalsa’s presentation at a conference a while back. Here’s the gist of what he said.