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Lack of Childhood Sleep Increases Chance of Emotional Disorders

Children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life.  That’s according to new research conducted at the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH). Funded by a grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the study sought to determine the precise ways…
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Sleep With a Chicken to Avoid Malaria


What may sound like a joke at first could lead to a way for people to avoid a dangerous disease. For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species such as chickens could provide protection for humans…
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Studying Sleep Related Poor Decisions

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Researchers from Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center received a $1.7 million grant to develop and test ways to reduce decision-making errors that contribute to failed military missions, industrial accidents, workplace injuries, financial losses and other serious consequences. Funding for the three-year project comes from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, a partnership between…
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Try the Cognitive Shuffle for Quicker Sleep

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We’ve all heard about the age-old practice of counting sheep to fall asleep faster.  One researcher says it doesn’t work, but he has an alternative. Canadian cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin has invented a new cure for insomnia, which he calls the “cognitive shuffle”. Essentially, it’s a method for deliberately scrambling your thoughts, so they make…
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Sleep Disorders, including Sleep Apnea, Rising Among Veterans


A new study found a six-fold increase in the prevalence of any sleep disorder diagnosis among U.S. veterans. The largest increases were identified in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mental disorders, or combat experience. Results also show that the prevalence of PTSD tripled during the study period. In a sample of more than…
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Early to Bed for Preschoolers Helps Avoid Obesity Later


Preschoolers who are regularly tucked into bed by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening, new research has found. The study, conducted by The Ohio State University College of Public Health, said that bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the…
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Apple Bakes in New Sleep Features

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Back in March, Apple took a big step toward helping to solve the problem of light from screens keeping our brains awake by releasing the “Night Shift” feature.  Android phones had similar features available through apps, but this was the first time the function, which removes much of the blue light from your screen in…
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You Shouldn’t Drive After One Night of Bad Sleep


We all know that after a few drinks, you have no business driving a vehicle.  But, did you know the same is true after a missed night of sleep? A panel created by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently concluded that individuals who have slept less than 2 hours in the prior 24 hours are too…
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We Really Do Lose Sleep Over Bad News

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It may sound like an obvious thing, but there is now research that proves we do lose sleep over upsetting news. The United Kingdom last month voted in a referendum to exit the European Union.  While obviously more than half of the people who voted were in favor of the so-called “Brexit,” the opinions were…
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Study: Tuesday is the Best Night for Sleep


While you may think that you get your best sleep on the weekends, a new study in the UK says that’s not so. The study, which looked at the heart rate data of almost 5,000 men and women, showed that while a mid-week sleep isn’t the longest, it is the most restorative.  Of those mid-week days,…
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