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Can You Really Sleep With Your Eyes Open?

Sleeping with your eyes open sounds like something from a horror film, but it’s a real condition called nocturnal lagophthalmos. It occurs when the eyelids can’t close enough to cover the eye—either partially or fully. Surprisingly, the condition is quite common. As much as 20 percent of people experience it, and it even occurs in babies. It can be hereditary, so if you sleep with your eyes open, your infant might, too (but most children grow out of it). However, if you still experience nocturnal lagophthalmos as an adult, it’s important to check in with a doctor. First, sleeping with your eyes open robs your peepers of important moisture. When your eyes are closed…

Asthma and Sleep

When you think about it, it makes sense that having asthma—a common respiratory condition—can make it tough to get high-quality sleep. Since asthma constricts the airways, it can lead to nighttime coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness, all of which make it hard to fall asleep and/or cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. People who have a condition known as “nocturnal asthma” may even find that their symptoms get even worse at night. Certain changes happen to the body at night, which are part of the natural circadian rhythm. If you’re healthy, they’re no big deal, but if you have asthma, they can make a bad problem even worse. For example,…

COPD and Sleep

At first, it isn’t immediately obvious how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can have an impact on slumber. That’s because COPD isn’t a sleep disorder; it’s a category of lung disorders that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. But there are three main reasons why this link exists.COPD Symptoms May Disturb SlumberThe main symptoms of COPD are difficulty breathing, chronic coughing, and a tight chest, all of which can cause a person to suffer from sleep problems and sleepiness.COPD Drugs May Affect ZZZ’sMany medications that are used to treat COPD can cause insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and frequent urination (which can disrupt sleep).Some COPD Patients Have Obstructive Sleep ApneaThis is a…

Prevent Back Pain While You Sleep

If the first sound that you make in the morning is a groan instead of a yawn, it’s likely that you’re familiar with back pain. Back pain isn’t just an uncomfortable nuisance that you have to deal with during the day—it can also rob you of sleep. People with back pain report that the discomfort can wake them up as often as six times throughout the night. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep due to a sore back, read on for four simple tweaks that can help break the “ow!” cycle. Switch Positions. Certain sleep positions can place extra pressure on the neck, hips, lower back, and more—all of which can cause…

Chiropractic Sleep Relief

If you can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep, there’s some good news. Booking a visit with a chiropractor won’t just soothe your achy back—it may also improve the quality of your shuteye. While chiropractors generally aren’t thought of as being experts on sleep issues, one-third of people who have a chiropractic adjustment report that they experience immediate sleep improvement. Is this treatment right for you? If it’s pain that’s keeping you awake—whether it’s back pain, neck pain or headaches—then maybe. Chiropractic care helps alleviate discomfort and improve relaxation and blood flow. So if a lower backache is what’s causing you to toss and turn, then it may be worth a visit. But…

Wrinkles from Sleep?

While it’s a known fact that getting a good night’s sleep is key to looking your best, there is still a lot of confusion about whether sleeping with your face on its side can cause wrinkles. That’s probably because there is, unfortunately, limited scientific data on the topic. And research offers conflicting findings. For instance, one small study finds a link, while another doesn’t. The bottom line: Though some dermatologists aren’t convinced, some believe that there is a connection between the way that you sleep and wrinkles. How it happens: When you sleep on your side or stomach, your face is on its side and gets smashed into the pillow. That happens…

Seven Worst Sleep Habits

Avoid making these sleep-sabotaging mistakes before bed. It takes more than logging seven to nine hours to ensure a good night’s sleep. What you do—and don’t do—at bedtime and even in the hours before you turn in can affect how you look and feel when your alarm buzzes in the a.m. These seven common mistakes could be robbing you of precious zzz’s.Ignoring Your Coffee CurfewJust say no to that after-dinner cappuccino. While you’re at it, skip the 4:00pm java run, as well. It takes around six hours for just half of the caffeine that you drink to disappear from your body. Plus, you become less efficient at processing caffeine with age, so even…

What's Your Morning Routine?

Check out this advice from industry pros on how to kick-start your day to ensure better sleep. It’s 7:00am—what are you doing? Hopefully, you’re practicing one of the following morning routines that health experts, CEOs, and more use. Not only do these routines boost your overall wellbeing, but they can actually improve your sleep at the end of the day. Read on for tips on how you can make their habits work for you. Have a Regular Wake-Up Time. Scott Weiss, a New York City physical therapist and trainer who has worked with the National Football League and gymnast Kerry Strugg, sets his alarm for the same time every morning—whether or not he actually has to…

How to Prevent Neck Pain While Sleeping

Check to see if you’re making one of these ouch-inducing bedtime mistakes. Neck pain can be a real, well, pain in the neck. While some causes—like the wear and tear of aging, arthritis, or even an injury like a slipped disk—may be out of your control, many common triggers are things that you can control, like the way you’re hitting the hay at night. Check out if something on the following list is causing that crick in your neck. Your Pillow A pillow is supposed to position your head so that it’s in a healthy, neutral position. That means that your nose is in line with the center of your body, or your spine. If you…

What Sleep Does to the Body and Mind

How shut-eye is essential for wellbeing Humans spend a third of their lives asleep, so all that shut-eye must be doing something positive for the body and brain, right? Yes! It absolutely is. Find out, below, about all the various ways that your zzz’s are helping you stay healthy (both mentally and physically) and feel great.Video production in partnership with It Helps You Feel Refreshed Your brain is busy restoring itself while you sleep. While you’re awake, certain neurons in the brain are actively producing a chemical called adenosine, which is a by-product of cell…