Sleep Health

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Laura Newcomer

Sleep-Deprived Teens Are Almost Twice As Likely To Engage In Unsafe Sex

Chronically sleep-deprived teenagers may be more likely to practice unsafe sexual activities than teens who obtain adequate sleep, suggests a new study. Those unsafe sexual behaviors might include having sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs or not using condoms. “Insufficient sleep may increase the potential for sexual risk-taking by compromising decision-making and influencing

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Laura Newcomer

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy May Decrease Sleep Disturbances For Women Going Through Menopause

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may provide a nonmedication treatment option for women who are experiencing sleep disturbances as a result of menopause, concludes a new study. “Compared to premenopausal women, women who are going through menopause transition complain of more sleep disruption,” Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia

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Marten Carlson

Cyberbullying Could Be Linked To Poor Sleep Quality And Depression In Adolescents

A new study may have discovered a mediating factor between cyberbullying and increased rates of depression in adolescents: sleep. The University of Buffalo researchers found that teens who report instances of cyberbullying sleep more poorly, and this lack of sleep increases their chances of developing depression. “Cyber victimization on the internet and social media platforms

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Marten Carlson

SleepScore Labs Will Pay Employees To Track Sleep

Employees of sleep tech company SleepsScore Labs are experiencing a new type of workplace incentive. In short, they’re being paid to sleep. The leadership team at SleepScore Labs recently announced the “Sleep For Success” Incentive Program. With this program, the company says they plan to financially motivate employees to track their sleep using their own

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Teen screen use
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Laura Newcomer

Teens Can Get Better Sleep Just By Reducing Screen Time For One Week

Teens who cut back on screen time for as little as one week may enjoy more sleep and feel less fatigued, according to a new study. Frequent screen users who reduced their screen time and/or utilized blue-light-blocking glasses during the study went to bed earlier and experienced more natural circadian rhythms compared to when they

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Katie Golde

New Study Finds Preschoolers Losing Sleep To TV

Preschool-aged children who watch more than an hour’s worth of television a day get notably less sleep than those who don’t watch, suggests research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The study, which was published in Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation, monitored the sleep quality and sleep quantity of 470

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Marten Carlson

Discrimination Could Be Linked To Poor Sleep Quality In Minority Teens

Minority teens may be sleeping less due to daytime discrimination, a new study says. Based on actigraphy data and self-reports, researchers from Fordham University and Auburn University found that experiences of discrimination negatively affected sleep duration, alertness, and daytime functioning in minority adolescents. While previous research has linked discrimination to poor sleep quality in minority

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Cannabis and sleep
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Laura Newcomer

Science Says: Can Cannabis Help You Sleep Better?

Whether or not cannabis can assist people in obtaining better sleep is a matter of hot debate. As cannabis is legalized in a growing number of states, cannabis researchers are finding more opportunities to study the plant, its properties, and its potential effects on human health. So far, 10 states have legalized recreational marijuana, while

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Sleep loss and emotions
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Laura Newcomer

New Studies Explore How Sleep Deprivation Messes With Emotions

Failing to get enough sleep can impair emotional functioning and prime the brain to perceive situations in a more negative light, according to a new series of five studies. The studies examined the effect of sleep loss on a range of emotional functions including empathy, mood, emotional perceptions, and emotional regulation. “Emotion regulation is the

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