New Studies Explore How Sleep Deprivation Messes With Emotions

Sleep loss and emotions

Failing to get enough sleep can impair emotional functioning and prime the brain to perceive situations in a more negative light, according to a new series of five studies. The studies examined the effect of sleep loss on a range of emotional functions including empathy, mood, emotional perceptions, and emotional regulation. “Emotion regulation is the …

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Fisher-Price Recalls 4.7 Million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers

Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel, have voluntarily recalled more than four million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. The sleepers, which were marketed as an “inclined sleeper designed for all-night sleep,” have been linked to more than 30 infant deaths since the product’s launch in 2009. The voluntary recall was announced on April 12 and followed …

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Sleep Training: A Q&A With Pediatric Sleep Consultant Susie Parker

Quality sleep and a new baby don’t always go hand in hand. While babies sleep for approximately 14 to 17 hours in a 24-hour period, these stretches of sleep are often intermittent at best. To help their infants adopt more sustainable sleep schedules, many parents are turning to pediatric sleep consultants. A 2018 study from McGill …

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Could Gratitude Help Improve Our Sleep?

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A new study found that being thanked during the day could have a positive effect on our overall health and sleep quality. Business and psychology researchers from Portland State University and Clemson University found that nurses who receive expressions of gratitude throughout the day reported better sleep quality and healthier eating habits. We spoke with …

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“Anti-Energy” Drinks Emerge As Sleep-Inducing Trend

Anti-energy drinks

Anti-energy drinks may be the next big trend in the sleep aids market. Anti-energy drinks aren’t new (they’ve been around for approximately a decade), but they are undergoing a new surge in popularity. According to an IBIS World report, the relaxation drink industry has grown by almost 16% over the past five years and hit …

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Researchers Unveil Smart Pajama Sleep Tracker

A new type of sleep tracker may be hitting the market soon. But you don’t wear this tracker on your wrist or place it on your bedside table. Instead, you wear this sleep tracker like you would a pair of pajamas. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst recently unveiled the “Phyjama,” smart pajamas outfitted …

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Australian Survey Finds Higher Rates Of Sleep Loss From Mobile Phone Use

Results from a 2018 survey conducted by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia found that one in every five women and one in every eight men are getting less sleep because of time spent on their smartphones. Researchers looked at the results from a survey on smartphone use that involved more than 700 Australian men and …

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The Gregory Hotel In NYC Offers Guests A Sleep-Promoting Hotel Room

Guests who choose to stay in The Gregory Hotel’s Ultimate Sleep Room will spend the night in a room that’s decked out with one purpose in mind: helping vacationers get those all-important, high-quality Zzzs. “We developed this activation to help promote National Sleep Awareness Month,” Area Managing Director for Highgate Yaniv Packin told Mattress Clarity …

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Brooklyn Bedding Debuts New Luxury Sheets

Adding to their growing list of offerings, direct-to-consumer mattress brand Brooklyn Bedding launched a new set of luxury sheets made with plant-based TENCEL™ fabric. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are said to absorb moisture more efficiently than cotton and help the body with temperature regulation by keeping the skin cool and dry throughout the night, according to …

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How Your Period Might Mess With Your Sleep, According To Science

Periods and sleep

Menstrual cycles might cause sleep disruptions in the days before a person gets her period, a new study finds. These disruptions may result from the hormonal shifts that are common at different stages of the menstrual cycle. Specifically, the researchers found that spikes in estrogen and/or progesterone might account for sleep disturbances in the days …

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