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Sleep Deprivation

One of the main functions of sleep is to allow the brain and other organs to recover and repair on a cellular level. Recent studies indicate that a poor night’s sleep is worse on a woman’s health than on a man’s. The greater the sleep deprivation in women, the higher the risk of heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes.

One of the reasons women need more sleep than men, explains sleep expert Michael Breus, Ph.D., is that women's brains are more evolved and complex than men's, and therefore require more sleep.

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“Since women, maybe, multi-task more than men throughout the day, they may, on average, need 20 more minutes of sleep per night,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.

The average sleep cycle is approximately 90 minutes long, and the average individual has five of those cycles per night. People cycle through five stages of sleep, approximately 50 percent of which is light sleep, 20 and 25 percent is deep sleep and the remainder is spent in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is associated with dreaming.

To calculate your ideal bedtime, count backward seven-and-a-half hours, or five 90- minute cycles, from your wakeup time. For example, if your alarm is set for 6:30 a.m., bedtime should be 11 p.m. the night before. If you find you normally sleep up until your alarm goes off, Dr. Breus advises making your bedtime a little earlier.

Stressors such as family, career and relationships can all take a toll on a woman’s ability to fall asleep and maintain a high quality of slumber. Learn the best way to catch zzz’s!

 

Health Smarts on the Street

 Test Your Smarts! Comedian Frank Nicotero hit the streets of the Original Farmer's Market in Los Angeles, CA to see just how much the average person knows about his or her body. Put your health smarts to the test!

          
            Part I                                                                                 Part II



Weaning Kids from the Bottle and Pacifier

Brooke Burke and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears offer advice on when and how to wean your child off the bottle and pacifier.



Alcohol and Teens
Experts say that during adolescence, certain areas of the brain have not finished developing. Excessive drinking can have detrimental effects, impacting essential functions such as learning, memory, reasoning and judgment.

Brooke says she and her husband, David, take a European approach to alcohol in her family. “David and I are very passionate about wine, so our children are exposed to it both conversationally and also by habit at the dinner table,” she says. “I’ve always made the choice that exposing my children in little bits and pieces is OK. It sort of takes the mystique out of it.”

Parents: What do you think is the best way to introduce the topic of alcohol in your home?
Share your thoughts.

Diagnose This!

Guests Jennifer and Charlisa step onto the stage and partner with plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson, respectively to play a game of word smarts. See who wins!

      

             Part I                                                                          Part II


What Do Your Pets Say about You?
A study by the University of Texas reveals that on average, the psychological profiles of cat owners and dog owners differ.

According to the findings, those who have cats tend to be more open, creative, philosophical, non-traditional and slightly more neurotic, and those who have dogs tend to be more social and outgoing.

“Having a pet in the house, if you have the time to take care of it properly, is a boon to your health,” Dr. Travis notes.


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