Sleep and Your Health

5 Important Facts About Sleep

Written by 
Cathy Garrard
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

It’s a simple but unfortunate fact that most of us don’t sleep enough. These five truths shed light on why you don’t need to settle for less when it comes to this important aspect of your health and how some habits may be keeping you wide-eyed.

6 Sleep Strategies You Haven’t Tried

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Research shows that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity. While medications are helpful to many, they can also cause side effects. Consider trying these alternatives if you experience occasional insomnia.

6 Ways Sleep Changes as You Age

Written by 
Meghan Rabbitt
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

If you’ve noticed that it’s become harder to simply get a solid eight hours rest than it was even a few years ago, it’s not your imagination. Getting older affects sleep quantity and quality—it’s harder to fall asleep, stay asleep and, ultimately, achieve optimal sleep as we get older.

Bank a Better Night of Sleep

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

With our busy lives, getting more or better sleep may seem like a luxury. Though it might seem like you have no control over how much and how well you rest, there are some simple things you can do to get a better night’s sleep.

Considering Sleep Aids

Written by 
Cathy Garrard
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Karen Koffler, M.D.

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to help you get the rest you need, sleep aids may be something you’d like to consider, particularly if your issues have persisted for some time. Start down the path of more restful sleep by using this information to weigh your options wisely.

Create a Soothing Bedtime Routine

Written by 
Bob Barnett
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

The snooze-inducing power of a relaxing routine in a comfortable environment doesn’t fade as you get older. In fact, a cozy bedtime ritual is more important than ever for us grown-ups.

Health Risks of Lack of Sleep

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

After an evening of staying up watching late-night TV or desperately trying to fall asleep without success, you’ll feel the effects of lack of sleep the following morning. Long term, chronic lack of sleep can do much more harm than just leaving you feeling tired. Quality rest is essential to staying healthy.

How Sleep Affects Your Weight

Written by 
Bob Barnett
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

If you’re trying hard to eat a balanced diet, getting plenty of exercise and keeping your stress in check, but you’re not losing weight, there might be a surprising reason why. Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis may be the missing ingredient in your weight-control plan.

How Sleep Makes Us Healthier, Happier and More Successful

Written by 
Canyon Ranch Staff
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

When you get an adequate amount of top-notch sleep, the benefits across all aspects of your life—including your physical and emotional health, your relationships and your career—are powerful.

What’s Stealing Your Sleep?

Written by 
Bob Barnett
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

Even being subtly tired means you may not be enjoying “restorative sleep.” This phrase captures the essential truth that our bodies and minds need not just quantity but quality from the Zzzzs we get.

Why Adults Benefit From Naptime, Too

Written by 
Cathy Garrard
Canyon Ranch Reviewer: 
Param Dedhia, M.D.

While taking a snooze may feel like a frivolous indulgence, your brain will actually tell you otherwise. Mini rests give you a mental break from the stress of the day, but they also allow for actual changes in the brain that can help improve short-term mood, alertness and productivity.