SIESTA Program Finds Possible Avenues To Improving Sleep For Hospital Patients

A patients can't sleep.

For many, being in the hospital is rarely an enjoyable experience. However, 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

Woman early riser

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

Outdoor light pollution

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?

Students take an exam.

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

A doctor checks a patient's blood pressure.

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

screens and sleep

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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