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Poll: Pain is the Biggest Sleep Problem

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A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds that pain is the biggest factor that’s keeping Americans from getting the amount of sleep they want. This week, March 2-6, is 2015 National Sleep Awareness Week.  Each year, the NSF publishes its Sleep in America poll during this week.  This year’s survey focuses on pain,…
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Research: Longer Sleep Means Higher Stroke Risk

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The current recommendations for sleep duration for the average person is around seven to eight hours.  Some people need more and some people can get by just fine on less.  The problem is, however, that new research indicates those who sleep more than eight hours each night run a higher risk of stroke later in…
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Study: Seniors Can Meditate Their Way to Better Sleep

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For quite some time, SleepBetter articles have recommended that those who have sleep troubles, particularly issues with a racing mind, learn relaxation techniques to settle down for a better night’s sleep.  New research is taking that one step further, at least for senior citizens, by suggesting a meditation program. The research, which was a joint…
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Napping Toddlers May Sleep Less at Night

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New research may change the way parents look at sleep for their kids. The study, published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, looked at the value of napping for children.  Parents have nearly always been encouraged to put their toddlers in bed for a nap during the day.  Generally, children start eliminating naps around the age…
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A Blood Test for Sleepiness May Be Coming

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Scientists say they’ve found a biological marker for sleep debt, a discovery that may pave the way for a blood test for sleep deprivation. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania tested blood samples from rats and humans after they’d had only four hours of sleep a night for five nights. What they found is that in both,…
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Teen Screen Time Wrecks Sleep

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We don’t know many teens who don’t love staring at screens, whether those screens are attached to TVs, computers, tablets, or smartphones.  New research is confirming, however, just how damaging those screens can be to teen sleep. Researchers surveyed more than 10,000 16-to-19-year-olds from Norway, questioning them about their use of electronics and sleeping habits….
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Sleep Foundation Updates “How Much To Sleep” Recommendations

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If you’re a regular visitor to SleepBetter.org, you know the answer to the question, “How much sleep do I need?” isn’t as easy as it seems. Your age adds variables, and there are wide differences between individuals.  However, the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), in an attempt to create a starting point for discussion on necessary…
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Sleep Better in Middle Age, and Remember Better Later in Life

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If you’re in your middle years right or will be soon, do everything you can to get a good night’s sleep.  According to new research, it may help you down the road. The researchers, from Baylor University’s Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, looked at 50 years of studies on the subject of sleep and memory, and…
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Even One Drink Can Harm Your Sleep

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It’s fairly common knowledge that when you drink a lot of alcohol, the quality of your sleep is diminished.  But, according to a new study, even a single nightcap can negatively impact your slumber. The research, conducted at the University of Melbourne in Australia, looked into the idea that even a little nip is a bad…
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Naps Are Key To Learning For Infants

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We all know sleep is important for all of us, but for babies it’s critical to not only their health and growth, but also their learning. New research conducted in the UK and Germany wanted to look into sleep in the first year of life, because the team conducting the study realized that very little…
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