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Ask SleepBetter: A Question from a Young Visitor

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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Sleep Your Way to Better Exam Grades

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It’s college midterm exam time, but whether you’re getting ready for a big test at school or a big presentation at work, sleep should be an integral part of your preparation.  Here are some SleepBetter tips to help you sleep your way to success: Learn, sleep, then review: Sleep plays a huge role in memory.  Look over…
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Monday Sleep Myth: Adult Sleep for Kids


This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re true. Myth or Truth: Once children get to the age of 10, they need about the same amount of sleep as adults — around eight hours per night. TRUTH Children…
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Your Brain Isn’t Being Lazy While You Sleep


Increasingly, science is discovering that while sleep allows your body to rest and recuperate, your brain is quite active while you slumber.  Recently,, NewsCorp Australia’s news and entertainment website, put together a great list of five things your brain is up to while you’re asleep.  Here’s a brief look: Decision Making A recent study…
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Sleep aids: Understand over-the-counter options

Trouble sleeping? Over-the-counter sleep aids might help temporarily — but lifestyle changes are usually the best approach for chronic insomnia. You’ve followed the usual tips for getting enough sleep — sleeping on a regular schedule, avoiding caffeine and daytime naps, exercising regularly, and managing stress. Still, it’s been weeks and a good night’s sleep remains…
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Health Officials Urge Action Against Apnea


The nation’s sleep experts agree: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – a potentially life-threatening disease involving episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep – is dangerously on the rise. The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration launched this year by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
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Scientists Claim to Find the “Perfect” Amount of Sleep


Some people need more.  Some need less.  Some seem to need hardly at all.  Scientists now say, however, that they’ve found the “perfect” amount of sleep to keep you healthy. The study, published in the journal Sleep, used the data from more than 3,500 men and women collected from a Finnish health survey. The sleep data…
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Monday Sleep Myth: Insomnia Catch-Up


This is the latest installment of a regular feature here at Sleep Myth Monday, where we bust sleep myths wide open, or verify that they’re true. Myth or Truth: Insomniacs can’t usually catch up on sleep with an afternoon nap, even if they try. TRUTH While each person is different, for those with the type…
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Alcohol Abuse Leads to Severe Sleep Disturbances

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While we’ve warned here at SleepBetter about how drinking alcohol can lead to disrupted sleep, new research is looking at how abuse of the drink can lead to significant sleep issues even after the individual isn’t drinking anymore. The research, conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, led to a hypothesis that chronic alcohol use leads to…
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Insomnia treatment: Cognitive behavioral therapy instead of sleeping pills

Insomnia is a serious disorder, and effective treatment can be crucial to getting the sleep you need. Explore safe, effective, nondrug insomnia treatments. Insomnia is a common problem characterized by trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or getting restful sleep, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, often called CBT-I, is an…
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