Morning Breath Blues
Kelly, 27, says that her 25-year-old boyfriend, Pat, consistently wakes up with bad morning breath. She asks The Doctors why it is so foul and how to fix it.
Dr. Ordon uses an animation to explain why morning breath occurs.
Dr. Travis says that some morning breath is normal. A swab of Pat's mouth reveals that it contains a normal amount of bacterial colonies in his mouth when he wakes up.
"In the morning, just give [Kelly] a kiss on the cheek, and then you can go brush your teeth. You can use mouthwash," Dr. Travis says. "Another great thing for people to do, since the bacteria live on your tongue, is scraping your tongue. Scrape bacteria off your tongue so they will create less of these sulfur compounds."
Using products such as the WaterPik Ultra Dental Water Jet, which uses water pressure and pulsations to clean deep between teeth, will help curb morning breath as well. If the problem persists, check with your doctor, because digestive problems or gum disease could be to blame.
Beating Razor Burn
Are you constantly left with frustrating razor bumps after shaving? The Doctors and dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio give you the top tips to terminate razor burn!
Dark circles under your eyes can make you look tired and worn out. Dr. Ordon explains why they occur, and Dr. Mauricio teaches you how to treat them!
Need for Sleep
Briana, 27, wakes up tired every day, regardless of how many hours of sleep she gets at night. Psychologist and sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus makes a house call to help Briana get some shut-eye.
He monitors her sleep patterns and finds that 73 percent of Briana's sleep is light sleep, while just 6 percent is deep sleep. The average person spends about 50 percent of their night in light sleep and between 20 and 25 percent in deep sleep. The rest of a person's night is spent in other stages of sleep, such as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and awake. The imbalance is the major reason Briana feels tired and groggy.
The results also show that Briana wakes up a number of times throughout the night. "The good news here," Dr. Breus says, "is this is very typical. This is exactly what we have a tendency to see with people."
Briana also has trouble turning her mind off before she dozes off, which Dr. Breus says also plays a role in her lack of deep sleep. If you suffer from this problem, Dr. Breus recommends counting backwards from 300 by threes. "I didn't tell anybody there was going to be any math involved here," he says. "But the truth of the matter is you can't think about anything else, and it's so doggone boring, you're out like a light."
A good pillow also helps with a good night's sleep, and Dr. Breus shows The Doctors how to pick the perfect pillow.
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