We summarize the latest sleep research to help you overcome sleep difficulties — helpful for improving sleep troubles and mild cases of insomnia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a time where I trained late at night.
I’d come home exhausted...but then I’d end up lying in bed restless.
This is a pretty common story among people who try to sleep shortly after working out. I’ve summarized all the research I could find on this topic so that we can get some answers and potential treatment ideas.
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.
Most people are sleep deprived, even without knowing it. Although to different degrees.
I’m going to quickly go over the relevant research on sleep deprivation, how you can tell if you are sleep deprived, and how much sleep you actually need.