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Scientists Can Now Eliminate Memory Loss Due to Lack of Sleep

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Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to difficulty remembering things. In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set…
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Survey: Women Need 15+ Days More Sleep Per Year

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It’s no secret that the majority of us don’t get enough sleep, but what would you say if you learned you needed more than 15 days more sleep each year just to get the amount you think you should have? A survey conducted in Britain asked men and women how much sleep they get on average,…
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Firefighters at High Risk for Sleep Disorders

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Fighting fires is a dangerous job, but it may include dangers that are beyond rushing into burning buildings to save lives.  New research indicates that firefighters are also at high risk for sleep disorders. Using a sample of almost 7,000 firefighters, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) examined the prevalence of common sleep disorders. They also…
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Are You Neither an Early Bird Nor a Night Owl?

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We’ve all heard of night owls.  They’re people who are most energetic in the evenings.  Early birds, or larks, are the opposite.  They’re most energetic in the mornings. New research indicates, however, that there are two more types of “birds”. Researchers at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences asked 130 people to stay…
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TODAY Show Tackles Sleep [VIDEO]

You would think a group of people who have to wake up at 4 a.m. every day would have a lot to talk about when it comes to sleep, and this week that’s true.  NBC’s TODAY Show started a week-long series about sleep this morning by revealing a survey they commissioned about Americans and slumber….
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Get Lost a Lot? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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Do you get lost a lot? Do you have trouble remembering where you left your keys? Do you have sleep apnea?  These things could all be related. New research indicates that the ability to remember locations and directions may suffer when deep sleep is disrupted by breathing difficulties. Scientists at New York University who conducted…
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Why Can’t Teens Just Go To Bed Earlier?

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The debate about school start times is raging in school systems across the country.  Studies have found that later start times for high school can lead to fewer teen car accidents on Monday through Friday.  Additionally, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), adolescents who get enough sleep have a reduced risk of being overweight…
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Your Brain Isn’t Being Lazy While You Sleep

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Increasingly, science is discovering that while sleep allows your body to rest and recuperate, your brain is quite active while you slumber.  Recently, News.com.au, 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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Health Officials Urge Action Against Apnea

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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

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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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