As viewers of the popular TV show Mad Men know, people in the 1960s dressed better, with guys in sharp slim suits and ladies in elegant pastel-colored dresses. But what viewers might not know is that people slept better back then, too. Thanks to modern-day working hours and late-night TV and computer habits, people now get about 1½ to 2 hours less sleep per night than their grandparents did. And doctors think this sleeplessness -- coupled with more stressful lifestyles -- takes a toll on heart health.
- Q Is sleep good for my heart?
- Q Do people sleep better alone or with a partner?
- Q What can I do to my daughter's room or bedtime routine to help?
- Q Does getting adequate sleep help me stay slim?
- Q What should I include in a sleep diary?
- Q How can sleep affect hormones?