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What Companies Can Do to Help Employees Sleep Better

Clearly, employers are not responsible for the sleep quality (or lack thereof) of their employees.  However, there is something they can do to help it. A novel new study published in the March issue of Sleep Health found that employees at an IT company slept an average of one hour longer each week when their bosses were…
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Melatonin Can Help With Sleep if You’re in a Noisy Place

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According to a new study, if you’re the type who gets a better night’s rest from wearing a sleep mask and earplugs, you might consider looking into melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone secreted by the body to regulate sleep, usually in periods of darkness. Synthetically produced melatonin is used to boost the body’s own melatonin…
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Boost Your Memory Up to 5X with a Power Nap

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Power naps, quick sleeps in the middle of the day, are a wonderful thing.  They can help make up for a bad night’s sleep the night before, relieve stress, improve productivity later in the day, and, according to new research, can also help boost your memory dramatically. Researchers at Saarland University in Germany tested the memory…
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Sleep Myth Monday: Bedbug Feeding Time

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This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at SleepBetter.org: Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re actually not myths at all. Myth or Truth: An adult bedbug can survive for up to one year without eating. TRUTH It’s disgusting, but it’s true.  Bedbugs seem to…
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Ask SleepBetter: Nighttime Pain Prompting a Sleep Switch

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Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but…
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Survey: Economic Pressures are Ruining Our Sleep

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Many things are blamed for the overwhelming inability to get the proper amount of sleep.  Included in that list are technology, work, and chronic pain.  A new survey, however, points to economic trouble as being the top problem. The study, conducted for technology maker Phillips, included 7,817 people surveyed in the United States, Brazil, the UK,…
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Avoid March Madness Sleep Deprivation

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It’s March, and the college basketball conference tournaments have ended.  The seedings have been selected by the NCAA, and that means all that’s left is for the games to be played … LOTS of games. March Madness, otherwise known as the NCAA Basketball Tournament, starts today.  Over the two-and-a-half weeks , 68 teams from around…
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Just 30 Fewer Minutes of Sleep Could Mean Weight Gain

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Science has known for some years that getting less sleep than your body needs can lead to increased desire for fatty foods and thus weight gain.  New research shows just how little of a sleep deficit is needed. “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found…
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Tips to Help You Survive the First Few Days After the Time Change

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It’s the Monday after the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.  We’re already enjoying the extra daylight in the evenings, but something’s just not right and we’re all really, really tired.  Most likely, it’s that lost hour.  For a lot of people, it doesn’t really sink in until they have to get up for work or…
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Losing Your Daylight Saving Hour as Painlessly as Possible

The idea of beginning Daylight Saving Time is attractive in many ways.  In the spring and summer, days are longer, which means outside activities after work hours.  It also marks the end of the dark days of winter.  The downside, however, is that we all lose an hour of sleep.  It’s like a nationwide jet lag…
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