Dr. Gene Spiritus of Bodymatter

Your immune system needs sleep. Don’t sacrifice it.

As society grows more conscious of our health and immune system, we thought it would be good to share data from previous scientific studies on sleep and the immune system.

Alarm Clocks: Is There a Better Way to Wake Up?

The majority of us depend on alarm clocks and they clearly are entrenched in modern life. Alarms keep us on schedule in a society that demands punctuality for work, school, and that early morning workout. Is there a better way to wake up?

Alcohol & Sleep - A Bad Combination

For years people have been under the impression a drink after work or a nightcap at bedtime would help them relax or perhaps better yet get a good night’s sleep. In fact, 20% of Americans currently use alcohol as their preferred sleep aid. Scientific evidence points to the fact that alcohol has complex effects on our sleep and in aggregate is detrimental to our health.

Women & Sleep, Are Women Getting Equal Treatment?

Research shows that women and men sleep differently. Women take longer to go to sleep (sleep latency), spend about 20 minutes longer in bed and spend more time in deep sleep than men.

Sleep Deprivation Kills

As a pulmonary physician, I have inquired about symptoms of Sleep Apnea but rarely have I been concerned about how many hours my patients slept. More recently, data has shown that sleep is a third cornerstone to good health, alongside diet and exercise.

How to Sleep: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Did you get up this morning feeling somewhat-rested or not rested at all? Are you ordering that third cup of coffee mid-morning to keep your eyes open? Are you having trouble concentrating by early afternoon? These signs might suggest that you did not have a good night's sleep. Light seeping into your sleeping environment may be a factor in preventing a restful sleep.