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Job Stress = Poor Sleep

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Maybe one of the best ways to improve your sleep is to change jobs?  Or, the best way to do well at work is to sleep well? A new study conducted in Sweden suggests that there may be a direct connection between job strain and disturbed sleep, implying that interventions to treat sleep problems may improve…
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Sleeping With Your Smartphone is Frighteningly Common

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If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times — it’s a bad idea to sleep with your smartphone.  Despite that, people do it.  In fact, according to a new survey, a vast majority of us do it. The new survey, commissioned by Bank of America, indicates that more than 70 percent of…
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Scientists Locate Gene That Regulates Sleep

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A report published recently about research conducted on flies may have a significant role in learning more about human sleep. In research published online in Current Biology, researchers report that two genes, originally known for their regulation of cell division, are required for normal slumber in flies.  Researchers say the genes, taranis and Cyclin-dependent kinase 1…
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Your Sleep Problems Could Be Caused By Electricity

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There are many reasons for sleeplessness.  Some are physical, some are mental, and some are environmental.  According to new research, one environmental factor that is causing us to turn into a world full of sleep deprived humans is electricity. A team of researchers from several universities recently published the findings of a test of their theory…
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Twitter Users Helping Sleep Disorder Research

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Twitter, once the place you went for things like breaking news and celebrity gossip, is now helping us to better understand the relationship between insomnia and social media. Researchers have built the beginnings of “digital phenotype” of insomnia and other sleep disorders based on data from Twitter. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet…
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Poor Sleep is as Bad for You as Smoking

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New research conducted in Europe shows that poor sleepers run as big of a risk for a stroke or heart attack as those who smoke or those who fail to exercise. The study, conducted by the World Health Organization, looked into the causes of cardiovascular disease.  The study involved 657 men aged 25 to 64…
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Behavioral Therapy is Better Than Sleep Drugs

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While pills are an acceptable solution for very occasional sleeplessness, those with chronic insomnia would be better off just talking. A new study looked at the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and sleep drugs, and found that CBT is more effective. CBT is a type of talk therapy where the goal is to help people change their…
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One in Four Call in Sick for Sleep

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Have you ever called in “sleepy”?  New research indicates that, at least in Canada, it’s pretty common. According to a new survey, nearly four million people, or 26% of the country’s work force, have called in sick to catch up on sleep.  Taking into account those sick days, sleep deprivation has cost companies almost three-quarters of a…
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Could Sleep Be the Missing Puzzle Piece for Solving Alzheimer’s?

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Researchers looking for the long-sought cause of Alzheimer’s Disease may have found a giant piece of the puzzle. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found evidence that poor sleep is a channel through which certain proteins are able to attack the brain’s long-term memory and cause Alzheimer’s. Excessive deposits of protein beta-amyloid are…
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What’s the Least Amount of Sleep for Health?

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If you’ve read any amount of SleepBetter articles, you know that we always say the average person needs between seven and nine hours of sleep.  The reason for that wide range is a wide difference in people.  Some are fine with seven, while some need nine or else they’re tired all day.  Never before, however,…
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