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Joe Auer

Is Sleep-Texting The New Sleepwalking?

Those who have woken up to texts on their phone they don’t recall sending may have been sleep-texting. The name explains it all: Sleep texting involves sending text messages while asleep. “It’s like your brain is on autopilot,” Dr. Shelby Harris, director of behavioral sleep medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, told CNN

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Bedding Industry
Katie Golde

The Coolest Sleep Tech From CES 2018

The newest and most innovative sleep technology was on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this January. The National Sleep Foundation sponsored a special section on sleep technology at the year’s biggest technology event and more than a dozen sleep vendors provided exhibits. From sleep trackers to sleep robots, here’s a collection of some

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Joe Auer

Experts Say People Can Perk Up With A “Coffee Nap”

Ever heard of a coffee nap? On the surface, the idea doesn’t make much sense. Coffee is a stimulant that will perk anyone up and keep them awake; napping will restore one’s energy and leave the individual refreshed. But why combine the two things, when just one would suffice? As it turns out, the “coffee

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Joe Auer

Can Opening The Bedroom Windows Improve Your Sleep?

Could opening a window help you get a better night’s sleep? According to one small study, it’s certainly possible. For the study, researchers from the Netherlands explored how ventilation can affect sleep. “We spend nearly a third of our life in the bedroom environment, but the air quality in our sleeping environment is often overlooked,”

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Katie Golde

New Research Suggests Synthetic Cannabis May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

Move over CPAP machine, there may be new hope for those suffering from sleep apnea. In a recent trial study, researchers found that synthetic cannabis may help treat obstructive sleep apnea in some patients. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes pauses in breathing or shallow breaths when a person sleeps. While it often

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Lifestyle
Joe Auer

Could Afternoon Napping Help Improve Job Performance?

Napping on the job sounds like a workplace faux pas. But in reality, more companies are encouraging their employees to take a midday snooze — because it might increase productivity. The National Sleep Foundation reports: “29 percent of workers report falling asleep or becoming very sleepy at work, and a lack of sleep costs the

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Joe Auer

Sleep Apnea May Be Connected To Alzheimer’s Disease

New research suggests that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, scientists have found a connection between sleep apnea and high levels of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid. According to Stanford researchers, the beta-amyloid protein is “strongly implicated in Alzheimer’s disease” because it helps build the brain plaques associated with the

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Joe Auer

How Thinking One Has A Sleep Problem Could Be Just As Bad As Having One

Believing a person has a sleep problem may have a similar effect on that individual’s health as actually having one, new research suggests. A review published in Behaviour Research and Therapy looked at 20 existing studies in which participants were asked to describe their own sleep, and researchers quantified the participants’ sleep. And researcher Kenneth Lichstein,

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Joe Auer

Sleep Deprivation Is Way More Serious Than We Thought, Says Study

We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep, but a new study reinforces that sleep deprivation is pretty serious stuff. In fact, lack of sleep slows down the brain and can create “mental lapses.” Researchers observed 12 patients who were about to have surgery to treat their epilepsy at UCLA. “The patients had

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Katie Golde

New Study Suggests Tart Cherry Juice Could Help Older Adults Battle Insomnia

A new pilot study published in American Journal of Therapeutics found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice helped extend the sleep time in older adults who struggled with insomnia by one hour and 24 minutes. “Insomnia is quite common among older adults and it can lead to a range of health issues if left untreated,” said lead researcher Jack Losso,

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Joe Auer

Why Being Unable To Remember Dreams Could Be A Bad Sign

Plenty of people don’t remember their dreams. But could that actually be a sign of poor health? One sleep expert claims so, while other researchers are dubious. Rubin Naiman Ph.D., a psychologist, and sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, wrote a review in the Annals of the New

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