Sleep Information Center Feature Archive

Assessing the Risks of Using Alcohol as a Sleep Aid

Discussing alcohol use with patients is important as alcohol consumption before bedtime is shown to negatively affect patient sleeping patterns.

Might Coffee Be Causing Your Poor Sleep?

Although the beneficial effects of drinking coffee include increased mental alertness, stamina, muscle recovery, and wakefulness, unwanted effects can include restlessness, palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, tremors, and increased urine output.

Helping patients get enough sleep

Teaching patients to practice good sleep hygiene can help them get the correct amount of sleep.

Is sleeping with a partner helpful or hurtful?

A study showed that sleep coregulation can occur in close, romantic relationships.

Psychotropic medication use in children

Whether to prescribe psychotropic medications in children with anxiety and sleep disorders is a common ethical dilemma faced by primary care providers.

How much sleep do we really need?

Although an average of 8 hours is recommended, people may need to sleep more or less than that.

Be careful of sleepy drivers

Patients who may be impaired by their medications or sleep disorders have a higher risk of fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Sleep sex disrupts a couple's relationship

A form of parasomnia, sleep sex has only been a recognized disorder since 2003.

A bed partner who groans during sleep

Not every noise made during sleep qualifies as a sleep talking. Learn about other sleep disorders that manifest vocally.

Substance addiction may influence patients' sleep patterns

Remember to ask about caffeine and alcohol use when patients present with sleep complaints.

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