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Couples Who Sleep Apart are Healthier?

February 26th, 2013 Raquel Rothe
By Irmina Santaika
“Want the dream marriage? Then sleep in separate beds”dailymail.co.uk, 2009 August 1, 2012, L ifestyle My Joy Online The secret to a long and happy marriage could be having separate beds, an expert on sleep claims.
Not only will a couple escape arguments over duvet-hogging and fidgeting, but they will have a proper night’s rest.
This will have a huge impact on both their health and the relationship as poor sleep increases the risk of stroke, heart disease and divorce, said Dr Neil Stanley.
The consultant, who set up sleep laboratories at Surrey University, said: ‘Poor sleep is bad for your physical, mental and emotional health. There is no good thing about poor sleep.
‘If you sleep perfectly well together, then don’t change. But don’t be afraid to relocate.’ If a husband or wife snores, twin beds might not be an option either, and they should sleep in separate bedrooms, he told the British Science Festival.
Dr Stanley, who follows his own advice and sleeps in a different room to his wife, said that double beds are just not conducive to a good night’s sleep.
He said the tradition of the marital bed began with the industrial revolution, when people moved into cities and found themselves short of living space.
Before the Victorian era it was not uncommon for married couples to sleep apart.
He said that now the British way is to have a 4ft 6in double bed. ‘A standard single bed is 2ft 6in or 3ft, that means you have nine inches less sleeping space in bed than your child does in theirs.
‘You then put in this person who makes noise, punches, kicks and gets up to go to the loo in the middle of the night, is it any wonder you are not getting a good night’s sleep?’ He added:
‘Poor sleep increases the risk of depression, heart disease, stroke, respiratory failure and increases the risk of divorce and suicidal behaviour.’
A recent large- scale Japanese study concluded that seven and a half hours of sleep a night is optimal for good health.
A third of British adults regularly have fewer than five hours. Dr Stanley’s advice follows studies at Surrey University on the impact of tossing and turning on sleeping partners.
When one partner moves in his or her sleep, there is a 50 per cent chance the other will also change position.
Despite this, couples are reluctant to sleep apart, with just 8 per cent of those in their 40s and 50s bedding down in different rooms.
Separate bedrooms are much more common in old age, with more than 40 per cent of those aged 70-plus sleeping apart.
This could be because long-established couples feel more secure in their relationships.
They may also find it easier to bring up the touchy topic of one moving out of the marital bed and could also be more likely to have a spare room than a younger couple.
Dr Stanley said the argument that it is comforting to sleep beside someone else holds little water.
He said: ‘Sleep is the most selfish thing we can do. People say that they like the feeling of having their partner next to them when they are asleep. But you have to be awake to feel that.
‘We all know what it is like to sleep in a bed with somebody and have a cuddle. ‘But at one point you say, “I’m going to go to sleep now”.
‘Why not at that point just take yourself down the landing?
‘Intimacy is important for emotional health. But good sleep is important for physical, emotional and mental health.
‘Getting a good night’s sleep is something we should all aspire to.

Sleeping Well While Sitting Up? This WebMD member can’t fall asleep while lying down. Have you had a similar problem?

October 7th, 2011 Raquel Rothe

Great article to share if you are having difficulty sleeping except in strange positions


Insomnia, Propofol Back in the Spotlight as Trial of Michael Jackson’s Doctor Begins

October 3rd, 2011 Raquel Rothe

Insomnia is the inability to fall or stay asleep or sleep that is simply not refreshing. Michael Jackson reportedly had grave difficulties with this condition and turned to unorthodox treatments in attempts to get some rest.


Do 5 Easy Things Now to Extend Your Life, what do sleep and sex have to do with it?

September 29th, 2011 Raquel Rothe

New Guidelines for Exercise in Type 2 Diabetes

September 2nd, 2011 Raquel Rothe

It is now well established that participation in regular physical activity improves blood glucose control and can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes mellitus, along with positively affecting lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular events, mortality, and quality of life.


Words to expand your sleep vocabulary-#2

May 15th, 2011 Raquel Rothe


Somniloquy is the act or habit of talking in one’s sleep.

Caffeine Negatively Affects Children

January 24th, 2011 Raquel Rothe

Caffeine Negatively Affects Children

Caffeine consumption in children is often blamed for sleep problems and bedwetting. Information on childhood caffeine consumption is limited, and many parents may not know the amount or effects of their child’s caffeine consumption. In a 

Dr William Warzak and colleagues from the University of Nebraska Medical Center surveyed the parents of more than 200 children 5 to 12 years old during routine clinical visits at an urban pediatric clinic. Parents were asked to report the types and amounts of snacks and beverages their child consumed on a daily basis.

According to Warzak, “Some children as young as 5 years old were consuming the equivalent of a can of soda a day.” The authors also noticed that the older children drank more caffeinated beverages. “Children between the ages of 8 and 12 years consumed an average of 109 mg a day,” Warzak explains, “the equivalent of almost three 12-ounce cans of soda.”

Researchers found, however, that caffeine was not linked to bedwetting in these children. “Contrary to popular belief,” Dr Shelby Evans, coauthor and statistician, clarifies, “children were not more likely to wet the bed if they consumed caffeine, despite the fact that caffeine is a diuretic.”

The study authors stress the importance of parental awareness regarding their child’s caffeine consumption. “Parents should be aware of the potentially negative influence of caffeine on a child’s sleep quality and daily functioning,” Warzak asserts. The authors suggest that primary care pediatricians may be able to help by screening patients for caffeine consumption and educating parents about the potentially harmful effects of caffeine.

study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that 75% of children surveyed consumed caffeine on a daily basis, and the more caffeine the children consumed, the less they slept.

National Sleep Foundation-new study on ethnic groups

February 21st, 2010 admin

New Study Reveals 30 Percent of People Suffer from Sleepiness

And Ethnic Groups Display Significant Sleep Differences

Roanoke-Area Sleep Expert Raquel Rothe Provides Sleep Tips Essential to Health

SALEM, VA (March 8, 2010) – Sleep habits and attitudes among people in the Roanoke Valley and across the country vary significantly based on their ethnic background, according to the new 2010 Sleep in America Poll, an annual research initiative by the National Sleep Foundation (NFS). This research initiative is the first that examines sleep similarities and differences between Asians, African Americans, Hispanics and Whites. The study’s release coincides with National Sleep Awareness Week, which began yesterday and runs through March 13, 2010.

According to area sleep expert Raquel Rothe, CRT-NPS, owner of Sleep EZ Diagnostic Center, LLC (http://www.sleepezcenter.com) in Salem, Virginia, the study amplifies the need for stepped up communication on the importance of sleep to every individual’s overall health. Most adults require 7 to 8 hours a night on average.

“The fact there are differences in sleep habits among ethnic groups is a helpful wake-up call to the healthcare community throughout the Roanoke Valley and our nation. More education is needed to make patients aware of the negative consequences that poor sleep habits have on physical and mental health,” Rothe said.

For the NSF poll, a total of 1,007 telephone interviews were completed among a sample of Americans between the ages of 25 and 60. Respondents had to be and identify themselves as White, Black, Asian or Hispanic. Each ethnic group represented 25 percent of the survey group.

Research Highlights

More than three in 10 respondents surveyed across all ethnic backgrounds indicated their quality of life has been affected in some way by sleepiness.

African Americans have the highest rate of diagnosed sleep apnea (14%) compared to Asians, Hispanics and Whites. African Americans also reported getting the least amount of sleep on workdays (6 hours and 14 minutes) among the four groups. During the hour prior to sleep, they are more involved in watching TV, praying, performing job-related work, worrying about financial or job-related issues, and other activities.

“People should engage in calm, relaxing activities before bedtime to wind down and prepare for a healthy night’s sleep. For those who experience difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or getting enough sleep, consider changing before-bedtime routines that may inhibit the ability to get adequate, quality sleep,” Rothe advises.

Findings show Hispanics are the most likely to say they are kept awake by financial, employment, personal relationship and/or health-related concerns. Overall, at least one-third of Hispanics and African Americans report that any of these concerns disturb their sleep at least a few nights a week, compared to about one-fourth of Whites and Asians.

“For those who find themselves repeatedly staying awake at night with anxiety over work, health, financial or personal problems, focus on positive thoughts, comfortable surroundings and soothing activities before bedtime, Rothe suggests. “If sleep issues persist, seek the counsel of a healthcare provider or sleep professional right away because your health may be at risk.”

Whites report the highest rate of diagnosis for insomnia (10%) among the four groups. They are most likely to report using over-the-counter sleep aids at least a few nights a week. Whites are also the most likely to report sleeping with a pet, which can cause sleep interruption.

Asians report getting the best sleep, have the least amount of sleep problems, and rely on sleep aids less frequently than the other groups. The poll shows they are the least likely to watch TV an hour before sleep and have the lowest rates of losing sleep because of worry.

Respondents were also asked if their healthcare professional ever asked during an office visit about their sleep habits. Less than half of Whites (48%), African Americans (42%) and Hispanics (40%) said yes; yet, only 28% of Asians were asked by their doctor about their sleep.

“Physicians and patients should always discuss sleep habits during check ups because quality of sleep is an indicator of overall health and can exacerbate or lead to medical conditions.” Rothe emphasizes.

For a complete review of the 2010 Sleep in America Poll findings, visit www.sleepfoundation.org.

Healthy Sleep Advice
 Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.
 Use bright light to help manage your “body clock.” Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.
 Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.
 Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.
 Create an environment that is conducive to sleep that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.
 Reduce or eliminate your intake of caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
 Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a “worry book” so you can address those issues the next day.
 If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
 Exercise regularly, but avoid vigorous workouts close to bedtime.

About Sleep EZ Diagnostic Center

Sleep EZ Diagnostic Center is a stand-alone sleep diagnostic facility where patients can relax in a home-like setting. This environment contributes to a better quality sleep study and more accurate sleep disorder diagnosis compared to studies conducted in hospital-like settings. The center’s testing services enable proper diagnosis and treatment for sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, insomnia, parasomnias, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, periodic leg movement syndrome, shift work adjustment, and more than 80 other sleep-related problems.

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