Cryotherapy And Sleep And Does Sleeping On Your Back Increase Alzheimer’s Risk?

It was hard to get a great cryotherapy image that I could use but I think the one above gives you the idea of what I’m about to talk about, cold and sleep! It was a crazy week for me. I was in Toronto, lecturing for a company that is interested in the relationship between…

10 Of The Most Effective Natural Sleep Aids

If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am deeply interested in how to employ natural therapies to help sleep. I’m not alone in that interest: I’m asked all the time about how to treat sleep with supplements and natural remedies. Over the years, I’ve written in-depth about some of the best-studied, most effective…

5 Surprising Takeaways From The ‘World’s Largest’ Sleep Study

I’m fascinated by studies that look at sleep in different cultures and societies. I’m also interested in studies that investigate sleep in the “real world,” as opposed to exclusively from within the scientific sleep laboratory. Don’t get me wrong. Laboratory sleep research is of vital importance. There are innumerable factors scientists can identify and control…

The 2-Way Street Between Loneliness And Sleep That’s A Very Big Deal For Your Health

If you’re a regular reader here (and I hope you are!), you’ve heard me talk in recent weeks (including with Gail King on The CBS Early Show and others) about a new study that points to poor sleep as a cause of loneliness and social isolation. This is a fascinating study. It’s also big news…

Understanding Glycine

This amino acid enhances sleep and supports whole-body health You might not know it by name, but the tiny amino acid glycine is hard at work in your body right now, maintaining strength and support in your muscles and bones, helping keep your metabolism functioning right, supporting a healthy brain, and contributing to a good…

The Latest on Sleep and Gut Health

I’ve been having lots of conversations lately about sleep and gut health, with patients and with colleagues. (I recently talked with the UK’s The Guardian newspaper about the topic.) I wanted to bring some of these conversations back here, because there have been some significant new scientific developments in our understanding of the relationship between…

Here’s the new science you need to know about poor sleep and Alzheimer’s risk

I work every day at keeping my brain in good shape. I read, I play games with my kids (Words with Friends, anyone?), take supplements, you name it. I eat a diet that emphasizes brain food—including those omega 3s I wrote about recently. I also make sure to get plenty of sleep. I’m working hard…

Eat Your Way to Better Sleep

This week has been a fun one for sure. I was in NYC for a lecture and I can tell you I missed the sunny California weather! But I enjoy New York in the Winter, and I got to see some friends and enjoy the cheesecake at my favorite place Juniors (if you have never…

Sleep Disorder Linked to Risk of Dementia

Anyone who has a family member suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s knows how difficult and heartbreaking these illnesses are. And it’s often anyone’s guess as to what ultimately causes dementia in a given person. What about sleep habits? Well, it turns out that we may have clues now to a link between the development of…