Afternoon Naps Might Help Lower Blood Pressure As Effectively As Meds

Napping lowers blood pressure

Research already suggests that short naps may help improve memory, boost mood, and increase alertness. And a 2007 review suggested that naps might even reduce the risk of heart disease (1). Now, a new study suggests a possible explanation for naps’ heart-healthy benefits: People who enjoy a midday nap may experience a drop in blood …

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New Parents May Be Signing On For Six Years Of Sleep Deprivation

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We all know that parenting a newborn is guaranteed to lead to some sleepless nights. But new research suggests parents may deal with sleep loss well past the infant stage. In fact, they may be signing on for at least six years of disrupted sleep and less satisfying sleep overall. The study, which was published …

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Like A Kid Again: Study Says Adults May Benefit From Being Rocked To Sleep

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Many of us can probably remember a time when we enjoyed being rocked to sleep, whether in a dedicated rocker, in a car seat, or in a parent’s arms. And even if you can’t remember it, you’ve probably witnessed children being rocked to sleep in any of these ways. Now, a new study suggests how …

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Sleep Deprivation Can Make You Feel Less In Control of Your Life

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Even on the best of days, it can sometimes be challenging to connect to a sense of agency in your life. And according to a new study, failing to get enough sleep can make it way harder to feel like you’re actually steering your own ship. That study, which was published in The Journals of …

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Proper Sleep Could Strengthen Our Immune System, Study Says

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A new study gives a possible reason doctors keep telling their sick patients to “get good rest.” Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany discovered that our bodies might be more able to fight infection with healthy sleep. The researchers focused on T Cells, or lymphocytes (a type of white blood cells) that are …

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SIESTA Program Finds Possible Avenues To Improving Sleep For Hospital Patients

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For many, being in the hospital is rarely an enjoyable experience. And pain from illness or injury can be even more uncomfortable when coupled with a lack of sleep. Now, a new study may have found a way to cut down on one of the main causes of patient sleep disturbances: late-night interruptions by nurses …

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Women Morning Larks Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk Than Night Owls

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A new study suggests that women who generally wake up early have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than women who stay up late. The study also found that women who sleep for longer than the recommended seven to eight hours per night joined night owls in having a higher breast cancer risk. Previous …

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Economic Stressors Are Depriving Americans Of Sleep

It’s a well-known stat that approximately one in three Americans fail to obtain adequate sleep on a consistent basis. And new research suggests the trend toward sleep deprivation is only getting worse. Per a new review of data from 2004 to 2017, Americans have been running increasingly short on sleep since 2013. What’s more, the research …

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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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