Sleep Health

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Joe Auer

Social Media Linked To Less Sleep In Teens

Most teens aren’t getting enough sleep – and social media could be part of the problem. A Canadian study published this month analyzed data collected from 5,242 students aged 11-20. They found that only 36.4 percent of students “met or exceeded” the recommended amount of nightly sleep, which they listed as 9-11 hours per night

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Joe Auer

Study Uncovers What Sleep Talkers Say At Night

An estimated 5% of adults talk in their sleep – and a new study published in the journal Sleep delves into exactly what sleep talkers are saying at night. A research team from Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, France, studied 232 adult participants over two nights. While 15 of the subjects had no sleep-related disorders, 129 had

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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 American Academy of Sleep Medicine describes as “a series of healthy sleep habits that can improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. These habits are a

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Joe Auer

Cut Down On Sweets By Getting More Sleep

Those 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. The

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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 one fall asleep faster, according to a new study from Baylor University 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 People Sleep Better

Many of us probably know that the “blue” light we see on phone screens and other electronics can make it more difficult to sleep — this type of light stops the brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy. People 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?

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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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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