Known as the "hormone of darkness," melatonin, a natural-occurring hormone primarily released by the brain's pineal gland at night, is commonly taken as an oral supplement for the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. It is by far the most used sleep aid used in the United States, with 3 million Americans using it in 2012, according to a nationwide survey from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Questions remain, however, as to its effectiveness; it has been found that while it may induce sleep faster in some people, it may not necessarily improve overall sleep maintenance or increase sleep duration.
In August, authors Pat Byrne and Suzanne Byrne published their new book, “Inconvenient Sleep: Why Teams Win and Lose,” in which the father-daughter duo discuss the latest research and findings related to sleep and fatigue solutions for athletes, teams, sports leagues and officials. While their book provides insight for athletes and teams, the knowledge and new ideas discussed are applicable to anyone that sleeps. Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, RST, CCSH, and Monica Roselli, assistant editor of A2Zzz, recently spoke with Pat and Suzanne about their book, the current state of sleep and sports, and what they hope people take away from reading their recent findings.
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The parasomnia known as night terrors (also referred to as sleep terrors or pavor nocturnus) is generally discussed within the context of families. It’s commonly presumed that only children experience these disruptive episodes, but the fact is, adults are just as likely to experience them.
The holiday season is in full swing and that means endless cheer and celebration. The holidays may seem merry and bright, but this time of year can greatly impact how you and your family sleep. How do the holidays impact sleep? While you may enjoy the fa-la-la of the season, know that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can cause increased anxiety and depression, insomnia and changes in your sleep cycle. View the below studies and articles to learn more about how to healthily sleep during the holidays and avoid turning into Mr. Grinch.