Sleep Health

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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Katie Golde

Fisher-Price Recalls 4.7 Million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers

Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel, have voluntarily recalled more than four million Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. The sleepers, which were marketed as an “inclined sleeper designed for all-night sleep,” have been linked to more than 30 infant deaths since the product’s launch in 2009. The voluntary recall was announced on April 12 and followed

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A man smiles and sleeps in a hammock.
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Marten Carlson

Could Gratitude Help Improve Our Sleep?

A new study found that being thanked during the day could have a positive effect on our overall health and sleep quality. Business and psychology researchers from Portland State University and Clemson University found that nurses who receive expressions of gratitude throughout the day reported better sleep quality and healthier eating habits. We spoke with

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Marten Carlson

Researchers Unveil Smart Pajama Sleep Tracker

A new type of sleep tracker may be hitting the market soon. But people don’t wear this tracker on their wrists or place it on their bedside tables. Instead, individuals wear this sleep tracker like they would a pair of pajamas. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst recently unveiled the “Phyjama,” smart pajamas outfitted

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Katie Golde

Australian Survey Finds Higher Rates Of Sleep Loss From Mobile Phone Use

Results from a 2018 survey conducted by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia found that one in every five women and one in every eight men are getting less sleep because of time spent on their smartphones. Researchers looked at the results from a survey on smartphone use that involved more than 700 Australian men and

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Periods and sleep
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Laura Newcomer

How Your Period Might Mess With Your Sleep, According To Science

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

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New parents and sleep
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Laura Newcomer

New Parents May Be Signing On For Six Years Of Sleep Deprivation

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

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Marten Carlson

Proper Sleep Could Strengthen Our Immune System, Study Says

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

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little girl sleeping with sugar
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Laura Newcomer

How Eating Sugar Influences Sleep

Those still holding onto some leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate 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 cause our

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