Sleep Health

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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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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 Your 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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Katie Golde

Smartphones, TV, Linked To Poor Sleep In Teens

It may come as no surprise that teenagers love their smartphones, TV’s and video games, but new research out of Canada suggests it’s negatively impacting their sleep health. “Today’s adolescents sleep much less than previous generations, their sleep quality is poorer, and they report more daytime sleepiness, all of which have health and social consequences,”

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Joe Auer

Having a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Sleep Better

We all know you sleep better at night if you’re in a comfortable bed, in a room at the perfect temperature, when it’s as dark as possible. New research published in Sleep Science and Practice shows that something less obvious can help you sleep well — having a sense of purpose in life. Researchers used 825

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Joe Auer

How To Sleep Well When You’re Away From Home

Some people find it difficult to sleep well when they aren’t in their own home — and scientists may have figured out why. A June 2017 study published in the journal Current Biology suggested that we sleep with one-half of our brain alert during our first night in a new place. Researchers at Brown University

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Joe Auer

Letting Teens Sleep Could Boost Economy

A new study from the RAND Corporation suggests that starting middle- and high-school classes no earlier than 8:30 AM could have huge benefits. “Later school start times are associated with positive student outcomes, including improvements in academic performance, mental and physical health, and public safety,” the study’s authors wrote in an abstract. They predict that

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Joe Auer

Could Poor Sleep Be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease?

A study published this week in the journal Neurology connects poor sleep with dementia. Researchers studied 321 people from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) who participated in the Sleep Heart Health Study between 1995 and 1998, and who were over 60 years old at the time. They followed these participants for 19 years, and 32

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Joe Auer

Here’s How Blue Light Affects Your Sleep

Chances are you’ve read that limiting screen time before bed can help you sleep better. The reasoning behind that? Studies have shown that the blue and white light emitted by many electronic prevents the brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells your body when to go to sleep. So if you don’t have enough

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Joe Auer

Binge-Watching TV Is Hurting Your Sleep

A TV binge is one of life’s greatest small pleasures. Is there anything better than giving yourself the time and space to watch back-to-back shows in the comfort of your own home? No. Unfortunately, science suggests that TV marathons might be harming your sleep. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

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