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Eight Hours: Myth or Reality? How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM and Stuart J. Meyers, MD If the sleep fits... Although many factors influence how much sleep you really need, most young adults report sleeping about seven and a half hours on weekday nights and eight and a half hours on weekend nights. And the common recommendation is eight hours a night. But individual needs vary greatly. There are so-called short-sleepers and long-sleepers -- ...

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10 Tips to Get Better Sleep Set yourself up to get a good night’s sleep.

By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM and Stuart J. Meyers, MD We all have trouble sleeping from time to time. But you can make it easier to get a good night's sleep every night with these simple steps. Cut caffeine. Simply put, caffeine can keep you awake. It can stay in your body longer than you might think -- up to about 14 hours. So if you drink a cup of coffee at noon and are still awake at midnight, that might ...

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Sleep Dos & Don’ts “Sleep Hygiene” Solutions for Better Sleep

From having occasional difficulty sleeping to insomnia, there is a lot you can do to get a better night's sleep, feel refreshed when you awake, and remain alert throughout the day. It's called "sleep hygiene" and refers to those practices, habits, and environmental factors that are critically important for sound sleep. And most of it is under your control. There are four general areas important to sleep hyg ...

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Sleep: More Important Than You Think Chronic Sleep Deprivation May Harm Health

By Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM and Stuart J. Meyers, MD Not sleeping enough and not sleeping well is not OK. As a matter of fact, there is quite a price to pay. It may surprise you to learn that chronic sleep deprivation, for whatever reason, significantly affects your health, performance, safety, and pocketbook. There are many causes of sleep deprivation. The stresses of daily life may intrude upon our abilit ...

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