Having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Doctor weighs in on some possible fixes
Are you or is someone in your life having trouble getting a good night’s sleep? It may be due to something called obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Earl Bogrow said -- and this could lead to a number of serious health problems.
Is your sleep schedule having an impact on your weight?
Struggling to lose weight? Dr. Geri Williams from Ideal You Health Center talked with “Live in the D” host Tati Amare about the ways the center has found sleep and weight loss are linked. With support from coaches and some lessons on how to eat healthier, the center says it can help you not only lose weight, but keep it off. After sunset, your body releases hormones for sleep, along with hormones for repair and fat loss. Williams said delaying sleep past midnight or sleeping during the day often results in higher instances of obesity and cardiovascular problems.
Tips on adjusting to daylight saving time
However, experts say daylight saving time does have a significant impact on many people and you might be feeling it even more if you’re now working from home. The dangers of adapting to daylight saving time. Our bodies need daylight to help reset our internal clock. That will help people to feel rejuvenated and better during those episodes where they feel a little bit drowsy or sluggish,” said Pena. Experts say exercising in the morning is another way to help reset your internal clock.
How the COVID pandemic is impacting sleep, health
For many people, an unfortunate consequence is the inability to sleep -- and that can have a serious impact on your health. Dr. Gary Trock, a sleep specialist at Beaumont Hospital, said stress can rob you of a good night’s sleep and the benefits sleep offers. And what should you do to get a better night’s sleep? “Healthy sleep for the average adult should be between seven and eight hours a night,” Trock said. We surveyed our Morning Report newsletter subscribers to learn more about sleep habits during the pandemic.
Does it have to be cold or warm for you to go to sleep?
How did you sleep? We’ve all been asked at some point in our lives. It’s one of the most important things we can do every day, but sometimes sleeping isn’t that easy. The group answered questions about snoring, the comfort level of your pillow versus your mattress, and if you can sleep in the cold or heat. They also shared their tricks on what they do to fall asleep.
ClickOnDetroit pandemic sleep survey: View results here
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‘COVID-somnia’ -- how pandemic impacts sleep, dreams
Sleep neurologists have dubbed it “COVID-somnia.”They’re seeing an increase in patients suffering from insomnia, sleep disturbances and the misuse of sleep medications. The pandemic is even impacting our dreams, and not for the better. More than half of them reported dreams that were pandemic-specific. Disrupted schedules, work stress, shifting family responsibilities and fears about the virus itself can all contribute. Sticking to a sleep schedule, getting regular exercise and time outdoors will help if you are struggling to get good sleep.
U-M researchers develop app to track sleep patterns during COVID-19 lockdowns
ANN ARBOR According to researchers at the University of Michigan, COVID-19 stay-at-home orders have impacted much more than our social lives - they have impacted our sleep patterns as well. The research team developed the free Social Rhythms iOS app to help users understand their own sleep rhythms and give tips on how to maximize sleep during extended periods of quarantine. Scientists are hoping that data generated by the app could shed light on lockdowns and circadian rhythms -- our internal clocks that regulate everything from sleep and wake time to eating and digestion. In short, many of us may be experiencing circadian disruption which could lead to fatigue, mood changes, changes in sleep patterns and decreased immune function, Forger added. What also is very unhealthy is some people are going to bed at 2 a.m. one day and then 8 p.m. the next day and midnight the next day, Forger said in a statement.