Sleep Health

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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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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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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 You Have A Sleep Problem Could Be Just As Bad As Having One

Believing you have a sleep problem may have a similar effect on your 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, a

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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 your 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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