Sleep Disorders

Learn about sleep disorders such as insomnia, narcoplepsy, and restless leg syndrome, including prevention tips, triggers to avoid, and drug information to help cure sleep problems.

Tips to Help You Sleep Well With Incontinence

Can’t sleep through the night without waking up multiple times to use the bathroom? Here are steps you can take to help.

Latest

12 Ways to Sleep Better With Low Back Pain

Poor sleep and back pain pretty much go hand-in-hand. The first line of defense so you can catch some Z's would be to treat your back pain — which you can do with cold or hot compresses, acupuncture, or changing up your mattress.

By Martin Reed

Painsomnia: No, I Can’t 'Just Get More Sleep' — I'm Hurting!

Life with a chronic illness comes with pain. If your pain makes it difficult to sleep at night, you're not alone. There’s a name for it: 'painsomnia.'

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What to Eat, And What Not to Eat With Narcolepsy

If you’re battling narcolepsy you should be stocking your fridge with oily fish, chicken, and nuts — and steering clear of caffeine and alcohol. Sorry, we’re just the messenger — take it from the experts themselves.

By Martin Reed

Sleep and Dehydration: What's the Link?

Adults who sleep just six hours a night may have a higher risk of dehydration than those who get eight hours of sleep, say researchers.

By Diane Domina

Sleep Tips for People With Ulcerative Colitis

Sleep disturbances are common for people with UC. But these strategies can help you get the rest you need.

By Martin Reed

How Sleep Affects Your Osteoporosis Risk

Did you know that a lack of quality sleep can harm your bone health? Here’s what you can do to combat the effects.

By Martin Reed

Do You Have the Most Deadly Form of Sleep Apnea?

As it turns out, people with sleep apnea who have short breathing interruptions while asleep are at higher risk of death than those with longer interruptions.

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

What Insomnia Sufferers Are Tired of Hearing

You only know what it's really like if you’ve been there, and while your words of encouragement are thoughtful, telling me to "lay off the coffee" is not really the issue.

By Martin Reed

10 Myths About Living With Restless Legs Syndrome

People think they know, but they have no idea. RLS doesn’t occur while you sleep, and it doesn’t cause your limbs to move involuntarily. Let’s set the record straight.

By Martin Reed

Will Melatonin Supplements Help Lull You to Sleep?

If you’re over the age of 40, your natural melatonin has slowed production. So why not turn to a melatonin supplement as a replacement? Well, for starters, there’s little evidence that shows its worth as a sleep aid.

By Ask HealthCentral

Meet the Experts

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Eli Hendel, M.D.

Health Professional, Medical Reviewer

Eli Hendel, M.D., is a board-certified internist/pulmonary specialist with board certification in Sleep Medicine.

Stephanie Stephens

M.A., Health Writer

Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Martin Reed

Patient Expert

Martin is the owner of Insomnia Coach and is passionate about sleep. He has been writing for HealthCentral since 2014.

Health News

Early to Bed, Early to Rise Equals Less Depression

Middle-aged and older women who naturally go to bed and get up early (early birds) are considerably less likely to be depressed, according to a new observational study.

"Diet" of Adequate Sleep May Reduce Sugar Intake

Too little sleep on a regular basis has been linked to a risk of developing obesity.

Why Too Much or Too Little Sleep Is Bad for Your Health

Results of a new study suggest that sleeping fewer than six hours a night or more 10 hours a night increases your risk for metabolic syndrome that increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.