Menstrual cycles might cause sleep disruptions in the days before a person gets her period, a new study finds. These disruptions may result from the hormonal shifts that are common at different stages of the menstrual cycle. Specifically, the researchers found that spikes in estrogen and/or progesterone might account for sleep disturbances in the days
Americans are getting more sleep than they were in 2015 and sleep for an average of more than seven hours per night, according to a new report. Last month, sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle celebrated its 10-year anniversary by launching the Sleep Cycle Institute. In the Institute’s inaugural report, Sleep Cycle shared insights into the
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. 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 pressure.
If you spent last week walking around like a zombie, you’re not alone. Research consistently finds that daylight saving time leaves people sleep-deprived and tired. Now, a new series of six studies suggests the tiredness provoked by daylight saving time may lead consumers to opt for more variety in their purchasing habits. What’s more, this
World Sleep Day (March 15) is a celebration of sleep. According to the World Sleep Society, which hosts the annual event, it’s “a call to action” regarding sleep health issues ranging from sleep medicine and education to how sleep impacts us socially and emotionally. With that sentiment in mind, we’ve gone through the archives and
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
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
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
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
If you’re still holding onto some leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate, you may want to think twice about eating it before bed. That’s because research (including a new study that evaluated the effect of diet on sleep) suggests there may be a negative relationship between sugar consumption and sleep. “Just as a lack of sleep can
Sleep fitness and mattress company Eight Sleep recently unveiled its new smart bed, the Pod. The high-tech mattress includes temperature-regulating technology, biometric tracking, and even an AI sleep coach. According to the company, the Pod is designed to help you get the healthiest sleep possible. We spoke with Jeff Hornstein, marketing manager at Eight Sleep.
Purple has added a second pillow to its line up — and it’s the only one that does not feature the company’s patented Smart Comfort Grid™ support system. Instead, the Purple Plush Pillow (say that five times, fast) is filled with the popular mattress brand’s “interlocking, Smart Fluff poly-fiber balls” and has zippers along the side