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Joe Auer

New Survey Says Americans Are Sleeping Longer

We’ve all heard about the dangers of sleep deficiency — and a new study suggests that people are actively taking steps to sleep more. According to research published in the journal Sleep, Americans are slowly but surely getting more rest each night. The survey used data from the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), a survey

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Joe Auer

What Exactly Is Sleep Hygiene?

“Sleep hygiene” is one of those buzzy phrases everyone is talking about. But what does it actually mean? Sleep hygiene is a set of behaviors that the National Sleep Foundation describes as “practices and habits that are necessary to have good nighttime sleep quality and full daytime alertness.” Translation: It’s a bunch of things you

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Joe Auer

Cut Down On Sweets By Getting More Sleep

If you’re looking to cut out sugar, getting more sleep could help. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a link between getting more sleep and consuming less sugar. A group of 42 people aged 18 to 64 who slept between five and seven hours each night took part in the study.

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Katie Golde

The Interesting Link Between To-Do Lists and Sleep

Taking five minutes before bed to write out tomorrow’s to-do list may help you fall asleep faster, according to a new study from Baylor Universtiy in Waco, Texas. The team compared participants who wrote out their obligations for tomorrow to those who listed activities they’d already completed. “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our

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Joe Auer

How Amber-Tinted Glasses Could Help You Sleep Better

You probably know that the “blue” light you see on phone screens and other electronics can make it more difficult for you to sleep — this type of light stops your brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. You can counter this by avoiding screens before bedtime or using apps that block out

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Joe Auer

Is Sleep-Texting The New Sleepwalking?

Ever woken up to see messages on your phone that you don’t recall sending? You 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

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Joe Auer

Eating Fish May Help Children Sleep Better, Boost IQ

According to a new study, regularly eating fish is linked to reduced sleep problems in children. Researchers studied 541 Chinese schoolchildren, collecting information about their fish consumption and sleep quality at ages 9 through 11. The subjects’ parents answered questions about their kids’ sleep patterns, on topics including sleep duration, sleep anxiety, daytime sleepiness, sleep

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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 You 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 you up and keep you awake; napping will restore your energy and leave you refreshed. But why combine the two things, when just one would suffice? As it turns out, the “coffee nap”

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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 you sleep. While it often goes

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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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