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Survey: 60% Don’t Get Enough Sleep

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It shouldn’t be a shock that a lot of us don’t get enough sleep, but a new survey conducted in Britain is a bit alarming. The survey, conducted on behalf of a professor at the University of Hertfordshire, found that 59% of the respondents get fewer than seven hours of sleep each night.  The recommended amount…
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Sleeping Without Disturbance Helps Your Memory

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New research points out just how important sleep is when it comes to memory, while at the same time showing us that we need quiet and uninterrupted sleep. The research, conducted by scientists at several New York City institutions, looked at what happens when new information is introduced while a subject is sleeping.  During sleep,…
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TV Viewing Again Linked to Poor Sleep for Children

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Once again, researchers are warning us that television and childhood sleep don’t mix very well. Propping up previous studies, scientists in Massachusetts followed more than 1,800 children from ages six months to nearly eight years. Mothers kept track of how much time each day infants were in a room where a television was on, how much…
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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills Can Shorten Your Life

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New research indicates that two of the most prescribed sleeping pills on the market may shorten your life. The study, conducted at the University of Warwick in the UK, looked at the impact of sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs when taken over a long period of time.  Researchers followed nearly 35,000 subjects over seven-and-a-half years….
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Exercise at Night is Okay for Sleep

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Feel free to exercise at night if that’s when you have the time.  It won’t impact your sleep.  That’s the result of new research conducted at Arizona State University. Researchers analyzed data from the 2013 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America Poll, which surveyed 1,000 adults about their exercise patterns, including what time of day…
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Lost Sleep Equals Lost Brain Cells

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New research indicates that in cases of severe sleep deprivation, it’s impossible to pay back your “sleep debt” because the damage is done. The study adds to research announced earlier this year that showed chemicals in the brain usually found in brain damage cases were found in higher concentrations among individuals who are sleep deprived….
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Less TV = Better Sleep for Kids

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New research indicates that reducing the amount of TV your child watches could lead to them getting a better night’s sleep. The research was conducted at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, Spain.  Scientists there looked at data provided by the parents of 1,713 children.  The parents tracked the average number of hours…
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Mobile Phones in the Bedroom Still a Problem

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For years, we’ve published articles here at SleepBetter that warn about having smartphones and tablets turned on in the bedroom while it’s sleep time (a search on SleepBetter for “smartphones” uncovers quite a few of them) but a new survey indicates that it’s still a widespread practice. According to the survey, conducted by the UK regulatory…
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Oily Fish = Better Sleep For Kids?

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What if a daily supplement could make your child sleep better?  New research is suggesting that may be the case for some kids. The study was conducted at Oxford University.  Researchers studied 352 children aged seven to nine who were struggling readers at a mainstream primary school.  Parents filled out a questionnaire which showed that 40-percent…
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Parents Warned About Infant Sleep Machines

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Infant sleep machines, or white noise machines, are a godsend for parents of light-sleeping children or children who have to sleep in a noisy environment.  But, a new study is warning about their use. The popular devices promise to help infants stay asleep by lulling them with white noise, such as flowing water, a heartbeat,…
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