Sleep Health

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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 you don’t wear this tracker on your wrist or place it on your bedside table. Instead, you wear this sleep tracker like you 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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Katie Golde

Sleep Cycle App Reveals Sleep Trends, Launches New Institute

Americans are getting more sleep than they were in 2015 and sleep for an average of more than seven hours per night, according to a new report. Last month, sleep tracking app Sleep Cycle celebrated its 10-year anniversary by launching the Sleep Cycle Institute. In the Institute’s inaugural report, Sleep Cycle shared insights into the

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Napping lowers blood pressure
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Laura Newcomer

Afternoon Naps Might Help Lower Blood Pressure As Effectively As Meds

Research already suggests that short naps may help improve memory, boost mood, and increase alertness. And a 2007 review suggested that naps might even reduce the risk of heart disease. Now, a new study suggests a possible explanation for naps’ heart-healthy benefits: People who enjoy a midday nap may experience a drop in blood pressure.

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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 Your Sleep

If you’re still holding onto some leftover Valentine’s Day chocolate, you 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

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