Melatonin and its usefulness as a sleep agent

Melatonin is the hormone of darkness and you need it to start falling asleep. . Avoid computers during the night, and smartphones before bedtime. People who took Melatonin before bedtime fell asleep 7 minutes faster and increased overall sleep time by eight minutes.  So Melatonin improves your sleep. Now go… Keep Reading

Tips on getting a better sleep

Stop tossing and turning. Here’s how. Create and maintain a consistent schedule. The more consistent your body functions become as a result. Set a regular bedtime.Stick to a sleep schedule. Use blackout curtains. Use earplugs and a sleep mask if you have to. Make your room dark. Nap early preferably… Keep Reading

Covid-Somnia.. the new normal

This is the epidemic of insomnla. Our lifestyles have changed as we shelter in place. With more people staying indoors, it means they are not getting enough light exposure. We need some sun to make things work in the evening. Sun helps set up our normal sleep-wake time. But if… Keep Reading

Do not read e books before bed

In one interesting study, 12 adults were randomly assigned reading from a light-emitting eBook for 4 hours before bed or reading from a print book for 4 hours before bed for 5 consecutive evenings. They found that those reading an LE-ebook displayed decreased subjective sleepiness, decreased EEG delta/theta activity, suppressed… Keep Reading

Sleep is divided into two forms – non-REM and REM.

 Non-REM sleep is further subdivided into 4 stages, each with its own properties. During non-REM sleep neuronal activity is low, metabolic rate and brain temperature are at their lowest, heart rate decreases, blood pressure lowers, and muscle tone and reflexes are intact. Contrast this with REM (rapid eye movement) sleep… Keep Reading

Humans display a 24-hour circadian rhythm

 This rhythm is endogenous, meaning it is maintained even in the absence of environmental cues. Human beings placed environments with no light, no time cues, no social cues, etc., will still display a 24-hour rhythm. However, external timing cues do modulate and adapt the rhythm to the environment. For example,… Keep Reading

Dr William Dement

He woke the world to the Health value of sleep. He used to say “Drowsiness is a red alert”, meaning it was the last step before falling asleep, or making a mistake. He used to make his students say it out loud in class. He studied insomnia, and narcolepsy in… Keep Reading