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New Treatment May Ease Jet Lag Symptoms

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Jet lag is a drag.  The effects of flying across time zones can be debilitating for some people, as the rising and setting of the sun no longer match their internal body clock.  The only treatment has been time to adjust, but a new study says there may be a way to start easily adjusting…
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Study Offers Hope for Sleep Apnea Patients


People with a condition that causes them to stop breathing in their sleep could be helped by new research. Scientists have gained fresh insights into the signals that regulate breathing during sleep, when oxygen levels are low. The study could lead to new treatments for the condition called central sleep apnea – which occurs during…
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Sleep Deprivation Linked to False Confessions


Sleep-deprived people are much more likely to sign false confessions than rested individuals, according to a groundbreaking study that has important implications for police interrogation practices. The odds of signing a false confession were 4.5 times higher for participants who had been awake for 24 hours than for those who had slept eight hours the…
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Irregular Sleep Schedules Can Lead to Metabolic Problems in Women

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A new study suggests that frequent shifts in sleep timing may be related to adverse metabolic health, among non-shift working, midlife women. Results show that greater variability in bedtime and greater bedtime delay were associated with higher insulin resistance, and greater bedtime advance was associated with higher body mass index (BMI). In prospective analyses, greater…
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Study Links Poor Sleep to Gestational Weight Gain in Pregnancy

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Researchers are presenting new information from a study that links poor sleep among pregnant women with gestational weight gain. Previous studies have pointed to a link between obesity and weight gain among women who are not pregnant. The researchers in this study set out to determine the relationship between objectively measured sleep duration and weight gain…
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Texting Keeps Teens from Sleeping

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If you know a teenager, you most likely know that it’s hard to separate them from their smartphones.  And, teen dedication to texting and instant messaging is hurting their sleep and their grades, according to a new study conducted at Rutgers University. The study, published in the Journal of Child Neurology, is the first of…
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Study Looks at Why We’re Emotional When We Don’t Sleep

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It’s a fairly obvious statement that when we don’t sleep enough, we can be irritable and oversensitive.  Researchers in Israel say they now found the brain mechanism that makes that happen. Participants in the research conducted at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Tel Aviv University were asked to recall a series of numbers and identify…
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Social Media Use by Young Adults Leads to Sleep Problems


Young adults who spend a lot of time on social media during the day or check it frequently throughout the week are more likely to suffer sleep disturbances than their peers who use social media less. Published in the journal Preventive Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study indicates that physicians should consider asking…
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Weekend Catch-Up Sleep Can Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

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The best policy when it comes to sleep is consistency.  Go to bed around the same time every night, and get up at around the same time every morning.  However, if that’s not possible, a new study has determined that using the weekend to catch up is beneficial in reducing at least one risk of…
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Study: Quality of Diet Impacts Sleep


A new study found that eating less fiber, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep. Results show that greater fiber intake predicted more time spent in the stage of deep, slow wave sleep. In contrast, a higher percentage of energy from saturated fat predicted less slow…
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