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What Companies Can Do to Help Employees Sleep Better

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Clearly, employers are not responsible for the sleep quality (or lack thereof) of their employees.  However, there is something they can do to help it. A novel new study published in the March issue of Sleep Health found that employees at an IT company slept an average of one hour longer each week when their bosses were…
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Melatonin Can Help With Sleep if You’re in a Noisy Place

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According to a new study, if you’re the type who gets a better night’s rest from wearing a sleep mask and earplugs, you might consider looking into melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone secreted by the body to regulate sleep, usually in periods of darkness. Synthetically produced melatonin is used to boost the body’s own melatonin…
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Boost Your Memory Up to 5X with a Power Nap

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Power naps, quick sleeps in the middle of the day, are a wonderful thing.  They can help make up for a bad night’s sleep the night before, relieve stress, improve productivity later in the day, and, according to new research, can also help boost your memory dramatically. Researchers at Saarland University in Germany tested the memory…
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Survey: Economic Pressures are Ruining Our Sleep

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Many things are blamed for the overwhelming inability to get the proper amount of sleep.  Included in that list are technology, work, and chronic pain.  A new survey, however, points to economic trouble as being the top problem. The study, conducted for technology maker Phillips, included 7,817 people surveyed in the United States, Brazil, the UK,…
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Just 30 Fewer Minutes of Sleep Could Mean Weight Gain

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Science has known for some years that getting less sleep than your body needs can lead to increased desire for fatty foods and thus weight gain.  New research shows just how little of a sleep deficit is needed. “While previous studies have shown that short sleep duration is associated with obesity and diabetes, we found…
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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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