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Is Melatonin a Good Idea for Kids?

Sleeping Child

A US News & World Report story published this week asks a question that may rankle parents who swear melatonin is a miracle drug that helps their children sleep better.  The news magazine wants to know if the drug, which is sold over the counter in the U.S. but only by prescription in many countries,…
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Lack of Sleep Causes Weight Gain in Teens


Staying up late to play one more video game or watch one more show on Netflix may lead to your teen packing on the pounds, according to a new study published this week. The study, conducted at the University of California Berkeley and published in the journal Sleep, looked at more than 3,300 teens and young adults…
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Device Can Bring Relief from Sleep Apnea

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The standard treatment for sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing to be briefly but repeatedly interrupted throughout sleep, is currently a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.  The problem is that the machines are bulky and can be uncomfortable.  Scientists now say that for many, an implantable device can provide the needed relief. The treatment,…
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Sleep May Help Your Body “Remember” How to Fight Diseases


More than a century ago, scientists demonstrated that sleep supports the retention of memories of facts and events. Later studies have shown that deep sleep is important for transforming fragile, recently formed memories into stable, long-term memories. Researchers are now going one step further, proposing that deep sleep may also strengthen immunological memories of previously encountered pathogens….
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Caffeine at Night Delays Your Body Clock


It’s no secret that downing caffeinated drinks in the evening can disrupt sleep, but according to a new study, it actually goes one step further than that. The study, led by University of Colorado Boulder and the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, shows for the first time that evening caffeine delays…
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Sand In Your Toes = Better Sleep


Anyone who has ever been to the beach has surely spent some time walking in the sand and reflecting upon life.  According to a new study, those walks by the sea have anything purpose — promoting sleep. The UK study, conducted by Britain’s National Trust, found that people sleep on average for 47 minutes longer the night…
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Under or Oversleeping Can Equal More Inflammation


Whether you sleep too little or too much, it may lead to a higher incidence of inflammation. A new study conducted in Finland found that those who sleep less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours suffer from low-grade inflammation more often than persons sleeping 7-8 hours per night. “Earlier studies have found a…
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Study Indicates Insomnia is Genetic

Portrait of a young woman suffering from insomnia

It’s been suspected for years, but scientists in Virginia say they’ve conducted a study involving twins that suggests insomnia in adults is at least partially explained by genetics. Results show that the genetic influences on insomnia symptoms in adults were substantial and largely stable over time while differing significantly by sex. The estimated heritability of…
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Social Media Pressure Leads to Poor Teen Sleep

Sleep Computer Key Showing Insomnia Or Sleeping Disorders Online

Today’s teens not only worry about the latest clothing or music trends, like many generations of teens before them, they also worry about being available on social media 24 hours each day, and that’s costing them sleep. In a study conducted in Scotland, researchers asked 467 teenagers ages 11 to 17 about their use of…
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Too Much or Too Little Sleep Could Be Bad for Your Heart


While it’s been reported over and over that too little sleep is bad for your health, researchers in South Korea say they’ve found that too much sleep can cause at least one of the same problems. The study’s lead author, a scientist from the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, says too…
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