We summarize the latest sleep research to help you overcome sleep difficulties — helpful for improving sleep troubles and mild cases of insomnia.
Many supplement manufacturers claim ingredients like melatonin, valerian root, 5-HTP, etc. are effective at improving sleep. This is a detailed look at the research behind each of them to see what actually works.
The research we've looked at clearly shows that blue light increases alertness and decreases melatonin production, leading to longer times to fall asleep and shorter overall sleep time.
In the long run, most people find that intermittent fasting helps them sleep better, if anything.
However, it’s quite common for people to report that fasting causes sleep issues resembling insomnia in the short term.
In general, dreaming does result in better sleep quality.
However, there are exceptions.
It’s also possible to dream while tossing and turning all night and wake up barely feeling rested.
The studies we have looked at here suggest suggest that oral consumption of ginseng can improve sleep efficiency and overall sleep quality.
Doctors typically prescribe a custom treatment plan that focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition, they can prescribe certain types of sleep medication for short term relief.
Research shows that early morning awakening insomnia has 4 main causes. Learn more about what they are, and possible treatment methods in this post.
Insomnia can refer to difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty waking up, or frequently waking up during sleep.
When referring to insomnia and frequent wakeups, it occurs mainly during stage 1 or REM sleep.
Cold is a relative term.
You won’t sleep well if you’re freezing.
But relative to the typical daily room temperature, then yes, most people sleep better at a cold temperature.
If you feel that you sleep better when it rains, you’re not imagining things.
There are 3 main reasons, backed by research, that explain why people typically sleep better during rainy weather.