Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest medicines in the world and in today’s world its practice is also backed by modern research. Traditional Chinese Medicine pays a lot of attention to sleep issues and differentiates between trouble falling sleep, difficulty staying asleep (“light sleep”), and having dream-disturbed sleep, as each is related to an imbalance in a different organ system.
Sleep is a critical component to one’s physical and emotional health and well-being. Increasing evidence suggests a role for sleep in women’s health, particularly in the context of the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy and menopause; male fertility has also been shown to be negatively affected by lack of sleep.
Insomnia is defined as a difficulty related to sleeping: sleeplessness, wakefulness and restlessness. In this article are a few considerations that will help you assess whether your sleep difficulties are considered insomnia.
Transitions into and out of Daylight Saving Time (DST) change the social and environmental timing and therefore affect millions of people annually. The clock change causes a sudden shift in the external cues which help our internal body clock to maintain a 24-hour track.
Sleep is one of the most important foundations for good health and wellbeing. Lack of Sleep can affect your sexual function and desire, affecting your hormone levels as well as your sense of emotional well-being in the relationship.
Obesity affects more than one-third of the U.S. adult population and the numbers are constantly rising. Another epidemic of the western society is sleep deprivation where over the past years, lack of sleep and low quality of sleep have become a routine. Studies have shown a strong correlation between sleep disorders and obesity.
Hypertension is a major public health epidemic all over the world. Nearly seven million deaths worldwide are attributed to high blood pressure each year. In recent years it has been discovered that short sleep duration and poor quality of sleep greatly increase the risk for developing high blood pressure, which in turn increases related risks.
Jet lag is known as a sleep disorder that results from crossing time zones too rapidly for the biological clock to keep pace. The symptoms of jet lag consist primarily of insomnia and daytime sleepiness but can also include mood changes, reduced physical performance, cognitive impairment and gastrointestinal disturbances.
ADHD is one of the most common neuropsychiatric disorders, with symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Children with ADHD may have trouble sitting still, following directions and completing tasks at home or school. The prevalence of sleep disturbances in individuals with ADHD is reported to be in the range of 35-70% and differs as a function of gender, age, ADHD subtype, psychiatric comorbidities and medication use.
Good night sleep during pregnancy is highly important, not only physically but also psychologically. Nevertheless, the hormonal changes and the physical discomforts associated with pregnancy can affect a pregnant woman's quality of sleep. Moreover, stress or anxiety about labor, delivery and/or balancing work and motherhood may result in significant sleep loss and might cause insomnia during pregnancy.