Did you know that how you eat affects how well you sleep?. A small experiment found that eating less and eating more balanced meals improves sleep quality. Additionally, those who ate more fiber had better sleep.
Moderate and severe sleep apnea carries a significantly elevated risk of stroke, cancer, and overall mortality. Heart disease risk is not increased. Mild sleep apnea does not appear to significantly increase risk of mortality.
Exercising at night does not reduce sleep time or REM sleep. However, certain types of exercise may decrease your ability to stay asleep. Higher body temperatures from exercise also may reduce the quality of sleep.
If you feel like an evening person, it might because of your genes. There are morning people genes and night owl genes. Your genetics partly determine how early, or late, you get up in the morning.
When doctors work long hours, they feel sleepier and less alert. They have slower reaction times and drive as if they've had a few drinks. This has potential implications for patients being treated by tired doctors.
In rare cases, Ambien can cause sleep walking and other complex sleep behaviors. The FDA has added a Boxed Warning for Ambien. We review the data behind this decision.