Catch Your ZZZs
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Catch Your ZZZs

Whether you're a sleep walker or a snorer, see what you know about common sleep disruptions and their remedies.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many people say they get a good night's sleep almost every night?

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The correct answer is: Only 40 percent of people say they get a good night's sleep, according to a 2010 survey by the National Sleep Foundation.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Insomnia is nearly twice as common in women than in men.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Insomnia is nearly twice as common in women than in men. A woman's sleep is influenced by her menstrual cycle, biological life stage, stress level, health, mood, parental status and work hours, among other life responsibilities.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

In which stage of sleep do most sleep disorders take place?

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The correct answer is: Most sleep disorders take place during the REM stage of sleep. REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep is the deepest sleep stage. Your eyes are moving fast, but your body is paralyzed.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Who is more likely to suffer from sleepwalking?

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The correct answer is: Sleepwalking is most common among children. Experts estimate between 1 and 15 percent of people suffer from sleepwalking.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Who is most likely to have restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

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The correct answer is: Although people of any age can get restless legs syndrome (RLS), the condition typically strikes older adults and women more than men.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Restless legs syndrome is the most common movement disorder in the world.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Roughly 10 percent of the general population has restless leg syndrome, or RLS. Symptoms include cramping, tingling, burning and a restless sensation in the legs that occur mostly at night. Talk to your doctor if you're bothered by any of these symptoms.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How many people snore?

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The correct answer is: Almost 60 percent of people snore, according to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help prevent snoring?

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The correct answer is: Drinking and sleeping on your back can actually cause you to snore. So can being overweight. Fat around your neck can decrease the internal diameter of your throat, which can cause snoring.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How much cumulative sleep do spouses lose each night because of their partners' snoring?

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The correct answer is: Spouses lose an average of one hour of sleep a night because of their partners' snoring. If you've got a partner who snores, try listening to a sound machine or meditation music, or put a pillow between you and your partner to block the noise.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

On average, how many times do you change sleep positions every night?

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The correct answer is: One study concluded that people average 13 body position changes every night.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Interrupted sleep increases pain symptoms.

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The correct answer is: One study concluded that a lack of sleep can increase your sensitivity to pain. The researchers speculated that if you already have a pain problem like arthritis, fibromyalgia or low back pain, having disrupted sleep could actually make that pain worse.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these dreams is a common sign of stress?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Michael Breus, dreaming about losing teeth is one of the most common stress dreams. Dream researchers think this is a representation of stressful events where someone is either keeping a secret or is nervous about an upcoming, physically painful event.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Individuals earning a lower income are more likely to have nightmares compared to the more affluent.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A recent study reported that people earning the lowest incomes were 2.3 times more likely to have three or more nightmares a week compared to the more affluent.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Excessive dreaming, even if it disrupts your sleep, is good for you.

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The correct answer is: The answer is false. If excessive dreaming is disrupting your sleep, you should be evaluated by a sleep expert. This could be a sign of narcolepsy, sleep deprivation or alcohol overuse and withdrawal.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How many people allow their pets to sleep with them?

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The correct answer is: A study by the CDC claims that more than half of people with pets allow them to sleep in their beds. But letting your cat or dog sleep next to you may do more than disrupt your sleep -- it can also increase your risk of parasites and certain diseases.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sleeping medications will improve your sleep.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Sleep medication usually improves the quantity of your sleep, but not the quality. In fact, they may keep you out of the deeper stages of sleep, so you don't feel as rested.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What happens to our skin when we sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of the above happen while we sleep. This helps explain why, in one recent study, people who were sleep deprived were rated as less healthy looking, more tired looking and less attractive.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: A warm glass of milk contains enough tryptophan to make you sleepy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You'd have to drink half a quart of milk to get the desired effects of tryptophan, which would likely wake you up in the middle of the night for a trip to the bathroom.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Sleep eating is a sleep disorder that causes sufferers to eat voraciously while they sleep. How many Americans are sleep eaters?

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The correct answer is: Up to 1 million American adults could be sleep eaters, a possible contributing cause of obesity. If you think you're a sleep eater, keep high-calorie, empty carbs out of the pantry and fridge, and talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Why is it sometimes hard to fall asleep after a midnight trip to the bathroom?

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The correct answer is: A bright bathroom light tells your brain it's morning. Try deep breathing exercises to fall back to sleep.

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Healthy Sleeping

Healthy Sleeping

Healthy sleep isn't just about getting enough sleep; getting the right kind counts, too. While you sleep your brain stays active, and it actually takes several stages of sleep to make you feel well and refreshed. Just how much sle...

ep we need changes as we age, from 16 to 18 hours a day for newborns to 7 to 8 hours a night for adults. If you find yourself feeling tired or fatigued during the day even after a full night in bed, you may have a sleep disorder. See your family doctor or a sleep specialist for help.
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