Posts Tagged ‘sleep’

Oh, Go Ahead, Sleep Through This Test

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

by Leigh Ann Otte

Lots of us resolved to move more this year, but how about resting more too? Getting enough sleep is important for our health. And it might give us more energy for that exercise!

So this month’s fun health quiz is all about slumber. You can take it here. How do you think you’ll do? Here’s a sample question:

This is a dangerous sleep disorder in which you stop breathing periodically:

a. Sleep oxidation
b. Sleep apnea
c. Sleep asthmatic syndrome

Do you know the answer? Hint: Symptoms include snoring loudly and being sleepy during the day.

By the way, after you take the quiz, you can now share it on Facebook. There’s a handy dandy button to make it easy. You can compare your score with your friends’.

And if you need help getting your snoozes in, check out this Q&A article, which gives tried-and-true tips to sleep lots and sleep well.

Have a blast … and then go take a nap. Tell everybody it’s for your health.

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer specializing in health and aging. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Morning and Night People: What’s Normal?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

by Leigh Ann Otte

Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m a night person. Doomed to be made to look lazy in the face of you early birds who get up and jog at 6 a.m. Six a.m.? Crazy!

Many of us prefer staying up late or getting up early, but some are really extreme about it. It all has to do with our biological clocks. Read more–and find out what’s considered extreme–in this week’s featured article, “Why Are Some People Morning or Night People?”

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance writer.

This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.

Good sleep prevents common cold by boosting immunity, study says

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The real question about one recent study may be, did these “volunteers” undergo torture as defined by the Geneva Convention?

Past studies have shown that poor sleep habits weaken your body’s natural immune function.  A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine gets more specific.  In it, researchers directly exposed volunteers to a cold virus to see if sleep made a difference in fighting it off.

In an experiment that I thought only medical students would volunteer to undergo, the participants were quarantined for five days.  They got drops with a high concentration of rhinovirus up their nose and waited for the consequences.

No animals were harmed in this study.

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