Genetics May Influence How Much REM Sleep You Get

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Of all the sleep stages, REM sleep tends to get the most attention — but its mechanisms may be the least understood. Now, new research suggests genes may play a big role in REM sleep. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan have identified two genes that may be responsible for …

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Poor Sleep Can Destroy Your Social Life, Study Finds

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Sleep-deprived people tend to feel lonely and avoid social contact, a new study finds. Not only were sleep-deprived participants more likely to isolate themselves, but they also tended to repel other people — further driving their loneliness. What’s more, even well-rested people were more likely to feel lonely after encountering a sleep-deprived person. This feedback …

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Study Says Sleep May Enhance Your Family Tree’s Reproductive Success

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For decades, scientists have debated exactly why humans and other animals evolved to sleep on a regular basis. Now, new research suggests at least one explanation rests with reproductive success, or organisms’ ability to carry on their family trees. The study, which was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, used mathematical models to compare …

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Researchers Uncover Neural Link Between Poor Sleep Quality, Depression

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Psychological research has long held that depression may lead to diminished sleep quality. Meanwhile, sleep research suggests low-quality sleep may provoke or exacerbate depression. Now, a new study sheds some light on precisely why poor sleep quality and depression may be so closely linked. The study, which was published in JAMA Psychology, suggests that poor …

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Infants May Sleep Better When They Start Solid Foods Early, Study Suggests

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Conventional wisdom and current World Health Organization recommendations hold that parents should breastfeed infants for the first six months of their lives prior to starting solid foods. But a new study suggests introducing solid foods before the age of six months may result in small but significant improvements in infants’ sleep duration and quality. While …

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Eight Sleep Pairs With Mount Sinai To Measure The Accuracy Of Smart Mattresses

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For the past few years, mattress company Eight Sleep has made headlines for its line of smart mattresses, which aim to help people measure, understand, and optimize their sleep. Now, Eight Sleep is putting those claims to a formal test. The New York City-based company is partnering with researchers at the Mount Sinai Integrative Sleep …

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Adjustable Bases Skyrocket In Popularity Among American Mattress Shoppers

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At a time when conventional mattress foundation sales are dropping, sales of adjustable bases are growing at a significant pace. So concludes the ISPA Motion Foundations Report, a new analysis produced by the International Sleep Products Association. The report (which compared data from 2016 and 2017) found that unit sales of adjustable bases grew by …

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Purple Expands Its Distribution Thanks To Growing Partnership With Mattress Firm

Online mattress retailer Purple recently announced it has expanded its distribution relationship with Mattress Firm, one of the largest mattress retail outlets in the country. The move will extend the Utah-based mattress retailer’s distribution to Mattress Firm stores in Phoenix and California’s Bay Area. Already, Purple mattresses are available in select Mattress Firm stores throughout …

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New Study Finds Just One Night Of Binge Drinking Can Affect The Gene That Regulates Sleep

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Even a single night of binge drinking can impair a person’s ability to enjoy quality sleep for up to two days afterward. That’s the conclusion of a new study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia. We talked to the study’s lead author, Mahesh Thakkar, Ph.D., professor and director of research at the MU School of …

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