Outdoor Light Pollution Might Increase Sleeping Pill Usage

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For decades, sleep scientists have known that nighttime exposure to artificial light in the form of “blue light” emitting electronics can interfere with sleep. Now, a new study reports there may be a strong link between nighttime exposure to artificial, outdoor light and sleeping pill usage among older adults. This suggests outdoor light pollution may …

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Can Delaying School Start Times Improve High School Students’ Performance?

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It’s difficult to learn when you’re falling asleep at your desk. But one Washington school district might have found a way to keep students’ eyes open and improve their grades. The Seattle Public School District pushed back school start times at all 18 high schools by almost an hour. Researchers at the University of Washington …

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LeBron James Sleeps A Lot. Here’s Why Other Athletes Should Too

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LeBron James has made headlines for many reasons over the years. The NBA powerhouse and newly minted Lakers star has earned multiple NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and two Olympic gold medals, among many other accolades. But more recently, James has been gaining attention for a different reason: The man sleeps a lot. During a …

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That Jerk At The Office May Impact Your Sleep (And Your Spouse’s, Too)

Most of us have had a negative experience with a coworker. It comes in the form of rude or sarcastic comments in a meeting or speaking over you at the water cooler. It’s easy to carry the frustration and stress home and share it with your spouse after a tough day. Now, new research from …

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NFL Players Are Using Sleep Number Beds To Help Optimize Their Performance

In January, the National Football League (NFL) and popular retailer Sleep Number announced a new partnership that made Sleep Number the Official Sleep and Wellness Partner of the NFL. Sleep Number also gave every active player in the league access to a Sleep Number 360® smart bed and accompanying sleep health tracking technology. Nearly a …

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Researchers Find New Connections Between Sleep Apnea And Hypertension In African-Americans

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A new study may have found more evidence of a connection between sleep apnea and cases of hypertension in African-Americans. The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Researchers found that, out of a cohort of African-Americans diagnosed with hypertension, about one-fourth suffered from sleep apnea. This is a sleep disorder …

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Science Gets One Step Closer To Understanding Exactly How Too Much Artificial Light Exposure Disrupts Sleep

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For more than a decade, researchers have known that certain cells in our eyes may play a role in resetting our body’s circadian rhythms when exposed to light. This helps explain the strong link between artificial (or “blue”) light exposure (particularly in the evening hours) and difficulty falling or staying asleep. Now, a new study …

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Late-Night Tweeting Impairs Basketball Players’ Sleep And Athletic Performance

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NBA players who skip sleep in favor of late-night tweeting perform worse in games the next day, a new study found. The study, which was published in the journal Sleep Health, examined how acute sleep deprivation impacts professional athletes’ game-time performance (1). This latest study adds to two distinct, growing bodies of research: one that …

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