Ask Our Doctors: After Dark

Sex Mistakes
Sex mistakes you didn't know you were making!

1. Racing through sex.
Slow down! Take your time and rediscover your partner's body.

2. Having sex at the same time, in the same place.
Change it up! Try a different location, plan a romantic rendezvous.

3. Having predictable foreplay.
OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says, "It's about getting a woman to the ultimate O. There are a lot of things that lead up to it and a lot of buttons, and what you want to do is find out where all her buttons are!"

4. Not being playful in the bedroom.
"You have to laugh in the bedroom," plastic surgeon Dr. Ordon notes with a smile.

5. Having sex during or after you watch TV.
Quite a few sleep studies indicate that the bedroom should be reserved for sex and sleeping only!

6. Not having enough physical contact. Physical touch and affection are critical for a healthy relationship, so reach out and give your honey a squeeze!

Study Smart
College students are notorious for pulling all-nighters to cram for tests, often turning to stimulants to fuel their study sessions. One such stimulant is caffeine, but is it safe in tablet form?

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says that you may retain more information with a little bit of caffeine in your system, but each pill contains 200 mg of caffeine, which is more than a double espresso. Consuming caffeine late at night can disrupt your sleep schedule. A message to college students: all-nighters don't work.

"During sleep, your brain processes all that information you've been studying," Dr. Travis says. Without sleep, you will not retain the information. It's a waste of time to try to stay up."

Dining in the Dark

Can dining in the dark promote weight loss? Alexis and Shane give new meaning to a blind date ... watch their experience in infrared!

Study Tips:
• Have a maximum of 300mg of caffeine per day, preferably in the morning
• Stay hydrated
• Exercise
• Get lots of sleep
• Take breaks -- get up, walk around and get some fresh air
• Eat a light dinner before a night of studying
• Eat healthy protein snacks
• Minimize sugar intake

If you have a loved one in college, surprise them with a Box-O-Box care package!

Hangover Help
There isn't a cure for hangovers, but the best remedy for over-indulging is prevention. Dr. Travis suggests always drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage. Drink slowly, choose your drinks wisely and make sure you have food in your system before a night out.

Dr. Ordon suggests taking a multi-vitamin the morning before a big night out, eating a banana for extra potassium and popping 200 to 400mg of ibuprofen before bedtime.

Oxygen bars are touted as the latest hangover remedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Doctors sidle up to an oxygen bar with Lauren, who is heading to Vegas for a bachelorette party, to test it out.

Night Sweats

OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains night sweats and how to treat them.

Nighttime Fevers
Body temperature increases at night around dinnertime, regardless of whether you have a fever. When you do have a fever, time in the day can exacerbate the symptoms.

"Kids, especially, have problems at night with croup, ear infections and runny noses, also because they're [lying] horizontally," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains. "It's normal that the fever would go up a little bit at night. Just treat it with the normal fever precautions -- a little Tylenol or Motrin every four to six hours."

Night Blindness
If you're having trouble seeing at night, be sure to book an appointment with a qualified eye doctor as quickly as possible. Ophthalmologist Dr. Roger Steinert says that many conditions can hinder an individual's ability to see at night, ranging from something as benign as needing corrective lenses to something as serious as cataracts or retinal degeneration.