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Why Can't I Sleep?

Technology, work and stress can lead to sleep disorders. See what you know about healthy sleep with our quiz.

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Why Can't I Sleep?
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many stages of sleep does the body go through each night?

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The correct answer is: You sleep in cycles, with each cycle lasting about 90 to 100 minutes. During each cycle, the body passes through 5 important stages of sleep.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What happens during dream sleep, a stage also known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. During REM sleep, your heart beats faster, breathing quickens, and your arms and legs don't move.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: We generally can remember our dreams if we wake up during REM sleep.

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The correct answer is: True. During REM sleep we have the most vivid dreams. Generally we can remember these dreams if we wake up during REM sleep.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How many people in the U.S. are affected by a sleep problem?

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The correct answer is: According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorder Research, approximately 70 million people in the U.S. are affected by a sleep problem.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women are more likely to experience sleep problems than men.

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The correct answer is: True. Of the 40 percent of Americans who have trouble sleeping, more than half of them are women.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What term is used to describe good sleep habits?

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The correct answer is: Good sleep hygiene involves creating an environment that provides the best opportunity for a good night's sleep and works with your body's natural desire and need for sleep.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is an example of good sleep hygiene?

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The correct answer is: In addition to all of the above, adding white noise, investing in a quality mattress and sticking to a schedule can all help you sleep.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. How long do these episodes usually last?

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The correct answer is: Brief interruptions of breathing during sleep will usually last 10 seconds or longer and occur repeatedly throughout the night. When this happens your brain notices and wakes you up so you'll start breathing again.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sleep texting is a rising phenomenon among teens.

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The correct answer is: True. Sleep texting is a rising phenomenon among teens: Teens are reaching for their phones during the night, firing off messages, and waking up with no recollection of their actions.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.

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The correct answer is: False. While getting 8 hours of solid sleep is the age-old goal, our actual needs seem to be a little less than that. Getting 7.4 hours of sleep a night for men and 7 hours of sleep a night for women can make a profound difference on your brain and your heart.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can help you sleep better?

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The correct answer is: Watching the sunset daily can actually help increase your body's production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Eating a light dinner and cutting out naps can also help you sleep.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol makes it harder to sleep.

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The correct answer is: True. While alcohol can help you fall asleep, it prevents you from getting the REM sleep that you need to feel refreshed.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these foods can help you sleep?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Before bedtime have a light high-carb snack such as bread, cereal or pasta. Eating foods high in complex carbohydrates can raise levels of serotonin, a mood-elevating brain chemical that often leads to sounder sleep. Also, try eating foods rich in B vitamins such as whole grains, peanuts, bananas, and sunflower seeds, which help to counteract the effects of stress.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lack of sleep can contribute to obesity.

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The correct answer is: True. Research from the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that study participants who reported sleeping less than seven hours had a higher BMI and were more likely to become obese than those who slept more.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women who work shifts use sleeping pills, tranquilizers and alcohol more frequently than women with regular hours.

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The correct answer is: True. Shift work is hard on family life and friendships, especially if there is no one at home to help with house work or child care. As a result, female shift workers may become more isolated, losing valuable support networks and increasing their stress levels.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What is RLS?

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The correct answer is: RLS stands for Restless Leg Syndrome, a sleep disorder that causes an intense, often irresistible urge to move your legs. RLS typically occurs at night, making it difficult to fall asleep. Fortunately RLS is fairly easy to treat with medication.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night can increase your risk of colon cancer.

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The correct answer is: True. Studies show that people who regularly get fewer than six hours of sleep a night have a 50 percent increased risk of developing colon polyps, which can lead to colon cancer. With too little sleep the body can't produce enough melatonin, an antioxidant which repairs cells and helps keep cancer at bay.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How many American adults suffer from sleep eating?

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The correct answer is: Up to 1 million adults could be sleep eaters, a possible contributing cause of obesity. In fact, a good percentage of patients who attend obesity clinics have been diagnosed with a sleep-eating condition.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Shift work sleep disorder can lead to…

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The correct answer is: In addition to all of the above, shift work sleep disorder can lead to an increased risk of obesity, as well as colds and flu.

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What is the "Sleeping Beauty"?

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The correct answer is: "Sleeping Beauty" is a type of sleeper who sleeps on the side, her back slightly curled with knees bent and arms folded. This is the healthiest position to sleep in, as the posture complements the natural curvature of the spine.

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