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Sleep Your Way to Better Exam Grades

As the first half of the school year winds to a close for college students around the country, they still have one more thing to worry about before they can go home for the holidays — exams.  Sleep is critical to learning and memory, and whether you’re getting ready for a big test at school or…
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5 Tips to Enjoy Thanksgiving While Sleeping Better


Thanksgiving brings to the mind images of family get-togethers, football, and … of course … gorging on turkey.  It’s the latter of those three images, however, that can lead to sleep issues. Below are five SleepBetter tips that will help you stay well rested during the Thanksgiving weekend as well as the year-end holidays: 1)…
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Mondays are Hazardous

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Monday mornings could be harmful to your health. Many of us, particularly those who work overnights or “shift work,” keep a very different schedule on the weekends than during the week.  New research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, says, however, that sleep changes like that may raise the risk of…
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Five Sleep Better Tips for Holiday Air Travel


Millions of Americans are about to take flight and travel to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or other year-end holidays.  Anyone who’s ever been on a plane knows that it’s cramped, crowded, and uncomfortable even if you’re not trying to sleep.  If you’re trying to catch a few zzz’s, it can be downright miserable.  If you’re…
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Sleep Expert Calls for Automated “Bedtime Mode” on Phones

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While some smartphones have a nighttime “do not disturb” setting, a sleep expert has looked at the brightness of new phone screens and says that’s not enough. The ongoing problem with having smartphones, tablets, and even flat panel TVs in the bedroom is that they emit a wavelength of blue light that disrupts the body…
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Drowsy Driving: A Major Public Health Problem


A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine warns that drowsy driving is a serious public health concern requiring greater public awareness and increased efforts to improve preventive education. The AASM reports that drowsy driving, which is defined as the operation of a motor vehicle while impaired by a lack of adequate…
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Early Childhood Lead Exposure Can Cause Sleep Problems Later

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A new research study from the University of Pennsylvania shows that lead exposure in early childhood are associated with increased risk for sleep problems and excessive daytime sleepiness in later childhood. The research is based on data from a study involving more than 1400 Chinese children that began in 2004 to investigate the influence of lead…
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Sleep Better to Avoid Getting Sick, or Sicker

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While the weather outside isn’t frightful just yet in most parts of the country, the cold weather is coming soon.  With the arrival of winter comes the arrival of cold and flu season.  There are a lot of things you can do to avoid getting sick, such as getting a flu shot, washing your hands,…
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Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Diabetes

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A lack of sufficient sleep reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin, impairing the ability to regulate blood sugar and increasing the risk of diabetes. The new study adds to a growing body of information linking a lack of sleep to a range of ailments including obesity, metabolic syndrome, mood disorders, cognitive impairment and accidents. “We…
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Better Sleep and Tai Chi Reduce Inflammation

Chinese Elderly Woman Performing Taichi Outdoor by the beach under sunset sunrise

A new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry reports that treatment for insomnia, either by cognitive behavioral therapy or the movement meditation tai chi, reduces inflammation levels in older adults over 55 years of age. “Behavioral interventions that target sleep reduce inflammation and represent a third pillar, along with diet and physical…
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