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Does Warm Milk Help With Sleep? Your Bedroom May Play A Role In Sleep Apnea and How You Lose Weight When You Sleep.

I had a great weekend meeting with some of the top minds in Health and Fitness at The Consumer Health Summit. I spent time with some amazing founders like Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof; Vishen Lakhiani founder of MindValley; and Derek Flanzraich founder of the website www.greatist.com. It is wonderful to see people embracing the message of the importance getting good sleep and understanding that it is the foundation for better health and wellness across all categories.  I’m happy to play a role in getting this message into important programs across the health spectrum.

I can’t believe it’s still cold. Even though I have the least of it here in Southern California, we are feeling it all over the US. I had to chuckle when I heard someone say it was the 137thday of January! That said, I was inside this week, catching up on my reading; I have some fascinating new insights for you.

I actually get this question quite often, “Does drinking warm milk help you sleep?” This week the question came from a writer at Kitchn. The short answer is, maybe, but not for the reason you think. Basically, it would take about a gallon of warm milk to jumpstart the sleep process. L-tryptophan in milk is commonly thought to be the cause of

Gadgets To Help You Sleep Better

Most of us are guilty of doing this: sacrificing sleep in order to pursue many of the things we want in life. Sleep can be the first on our list of what we can afford to lose because we have an unending and insatiable desire to do more each day. Back then, sleep wasn’t a big of an issue as we don’t have anything sensible to do once nighttime falls. However, it is an entirely different story today. Day or night, you won’t run out of things to do and the list will likely just get longer as the years go by. But has it ever occurred to you that you can use technology to your advantage? After all, “if you can’t beat them, join them” can’t be any truer. When used right, technology can help you get back on lost sleep and not the other way around. This site can help with that.

There are newer advancements today that are geared toward promoting sleep health. These innovative sleep technologies are designed to help you sleep like a baby once more and not pose as distractions like what most technologies we are more familiar with nowadays. If you really do have sleep issues, you better start doing your research on the available products on the market that screams high-tech …

What Does “Cry-it-Out” Really Mean?

We hear the term “cry-it-out” a lot when it comes to sleep training, and it doesn’t always have the nicest connotation. Many new parents tend to think it involves placing their newborn in the crib, closing the door, and leaving their precious new baby alone until 7:00 rolls around. For anyone under this impression, I can happily tell you that isn’t the case.

I personally don’t use a traditional cry-it-out approach in The Sleep Sense Program, but I feel like the term itself needs a little clarification so that everyone has the facts they need to decide for themselves if it’s the approach they want to take.

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Sleep Apnea: A Silent Killer

It is not uncommon for people to die in their sleep. As horrible as it sounds, it may seem a welcome reprieve for some rather than to die a tragic death from a terrible accident or suffer long from a debilitating and painful medical condition. Of course, dying in your sleep seems like rather smooth and easy but if you still want more in life, the last thing you want to happen to you is to no longer wake up the next day. People slip off of life in their slumber for several reasons. Some suffer from a fatal heart attack or a stroke while for some, it can be a sleeping disorder. Sleep apnea is a common condition affecting millions of Americans today. It is no longer a funny case of how we view it decades ago when we joke around our snoring sleeping uncles.

Sleep apnea can kill you and it is not just from the loud and annoying snoring sound patients with sleep apnea make but more so because of the deadly breathing gaps while they are asleep. When you have sleep apnea, your brain essentially has to constantly decide whether to breathe or sleep during your slumber. It is such a scary thought that you are basically in a 50/50 situation while sleeping; there are those …

Here’s Why You Can’t Think Straight When You’re Sleep Deprived

After a bad night of sleep, we all typically feel distracted and off our mental game. But do you really know all the ways a lack of sleep interferes with your cognitive performance? Most of my patients are surprised to learn just how broadly a lack of sleep affects their ability to think at their best.

It’s difficult to identify a cognitive skill that isn’t affected by sleep, and compromised by sleep deprivation. That’s how pervasive the effects of not-enough sleep are on the brain.

Thanks to recent research, we now know that sleep deprivation interferes with brain function at a cellular level. A study by scientists at UCLA found that sleep deprivation interferes with the ability of some brain cells to function and communicate with one another. We’ve got billions of neural cells working on our behalf, enabling us make decisions, process information, focus on important information—and remember it down the road. Sleep deprivation slows that work down, compromising our mental performance.

Less robust brain-cell activity isn’t the only way poor sleep hampers the brain, and our ability to think.  Other recent scientific discoveries have told us more about how lack of sleep changes brain function, and cognitive performance. Sleep deprivation:

  • Disrupts levels of hormones, including serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol, that affect thought, mood, and energy
  • Leaves key areas

Being A Night Owl May Be Killing You, Alzheimer’s, Aggression and Sleep And Do You Suffer From Sleep Misperception?

Welcome to the Sunday Sleeper.

I’m writing this blog post from the Consumer Health Summit in Paradise Valley, Arizona. It is tough to stay inside and listen when it is so beautiful outside. I am staying in (at least for now) because I’m learning so much from all the great health innovators at this conference. It is inspiring to meet them and hear what they are doing to improve the health of mankind and to be able to give something back by sharing with them.

A recent study of night owls showed some not so happy results. The study, published Thursday in the journal Chronobiology International, tracked almost half a million adults in the United Kingdom over an average of 6½ years. The researchers found that those people who identified as “definite evening types” at the beginning of the study had a 10 percent increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with “definite morning types.”

The study also concluded that night owls were more likely to have diabetes, neurological disorders, psychological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and respiratory disorders.

Kristen Knutson, associate professor of neurology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a leading author of the study said: “What we think might be happening is, there’s a problem for the night owl who’s trying to live in the morning world,” Knutson

Resist Junk Food By Sleeping Longer

Nowadays, getting enough sleep and eating right seems like a big mystery that many of us can’t seem to get right most of the time. It is obvious with the rising numbers of overweight and obese individuals and the numerous sleep clinics catering to hordes of individuals having sleep issues. The distractions are endless and odd sleeping patterns are no longer surprising as the distinction between day and night blurs all the more as the days, months, and years pass by. More often than not, humans compensate for their lack of sleep by eating lots of sleep or drinking caffeine. It gives them a temporary energy boost they badly need to finish their tasks and make it through one more day. It is the reason why many are trapped in this endless cycle that not only affects the quality of their lives but also shorten their lifespan.

The solution to this growing dilemma has been staring us right in the face all along. We don’t really have to look far to be able to get a hold of our health and protect us from life-threatening complications. All we need to do is to sleep. Yes, sleeping longer is the key to living healthily as it allows you to stick to a clean and healthy diet without any fuss at all. …

SleepScore Labs Acquires Snoring and Bruxism App Maker

SleepScore Labs, the company behind the SleepScore Max non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, has acquired Netherlands-based digital health company Sleep.ai to help consumers know if they snore or grind their teeth during sleep.

Founded in 2014, Sleep.ai created an app and wearable for detecting if a user is snoring and/or grinding their teeth, known as bruxism, and helps dentists monitor patients after they’ve begun dental treatment for either condition. On Android, the app is named “Do I Snore or Grind” and on Apple the apps are named “Do I Snore” and “Do I Grind.”

Roughly 8% of adults have bruxism, according to a 2005 study, and more than 30% snore, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Sleep.ai app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times from the App Store and Google Play store, and Sleep.ai apps will still be available on its own website as well as SleepScore Labs’.

Sleep.ai founder and CEO Michiel Allessie, a Dutch board-certified sleep dentist, will join the SleepScore Labs team in Carlsbad, Calif, as vice president of snoring and bruxism to continue advancing the latest technologies in detecting sleep issues.

“We are only at the beginning of what we can do to help improve people’s lives by diagnosing and improving their sleep health, helping them get better treatment and outcomes,”

SleepScore Labs Acquires Snoring and Bruxism App Maker

SleepScore Labs, the company behind the SleepScore Max non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, has acquired Netherlands-based digital health company Sleep.ai to help consumers know if they snore or grind their teeth during sleep.

Founded in 2014, Sleep.ai created an app and wearable for detecting if a user is snoring and/or grinding their teeth, known as bruxism, and helps dentists monitor patients after they’ve begun dental treatment for either condition. On Android, the app is named “Do I Snore or Grind” and on Apple the apps are named “Do I Snore” and “Do I Grind.”

Roughly 8% of adults have bruxism, according to a 2005 study, and more than 30% snore, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Sleep.ai app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times from the App Store and Google Play store, and Sleep.ai apps will still be available on its own website as well as SleepScore Labs’.

Sleep.ai founder and CEO Michiel Allessie, a Dutch board-certified sleep dentist, will join the SleepScore Labs team in Carlsbad, Calif, as vice president of snoring and bruxism to continue advancing the latest technologies in detecting sleep issues.

“We are only at the beginning of what we can do to help improve people’s lives by diagnosing and improving their sleep health, helping them get better treatment and outcomes,”

What is a “Sleep Prop?”

If you follow the Sleep Sense Program, or have watched a few of my other videos, you’ve probably heard me refer to “sleep props” a few dozen times by now. That’s because sleep props are the single biggest obstacle to your baby sleeping through the night.

“Not me,” you might be thinking. “My baby doesn’t sleep with a pacifier, stuffed animals, or toys of any kind.”

And while those things are all forms of sleep props, they’re not nearly the most common ones I see.

Check out today’s video and I’ll explain my definition of a sleep prop and why you may be using one without even knowing it.

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