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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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Alcohol Abuse Leads to Severe Sleep Disturbances

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While we’ve warned here at SleepBetter about how drinking alcohol can lead to disrupted sleep, new research is looking at how abuse of the drink can lead to significant sleep issues even after the individual isn’t drinking anymore. The research, conducted at Boston University School of Medicine, led to a hypothesis that chronic alcohol use leads to…
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Learning While You Sleep May Be Possible

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It turns out your brain may be more “awake” while you’re sleeping than previously thought. Researchers in France and England recently teamed up to study the processing capacity of sleeping brains. The researchers used a simple word test, having participants use a hand signal device to categorize the given word as being either an animal or…
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Stresstember: Study Says This Month Starts the Stress Season

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Feeling stressed lately? It’s probably the time of year.  A study from The Sleep Council, a UK-based trade association, indicates that September is the beginning of the stress season for many. As schools re-start and work re-boots, the study found that ‘Stresstember’ not only marks the return to routine, but also pressure levels. The research shows millions of…
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“Sleep Drunkenness” More Common Than Previously Thought

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Have you ever awakened from a deep sleep (perhaps thanks to you mortal enemy, the alarm clock) and not known what time it is, what day it is, or even where you are?  That’s a condition called “sleep drunkenness” or “sleep inertia”, and scientists now say it’s more common than they previously thought. For most people,…
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Good Sleep Reduces Sick Days

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Early to bed and early to rise, or at least the right amount of sleep, will leave you with a happier boss. New research from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki indicates that simply getting the appropriate amount of sleep can reduce the number of sick days you need to use.  The study is published…
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Pediatricians: Teenagers Need To Sleep In

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With the vast majority of American schools back in session, it’s time to get back to what’s becoming an annual discussion — school start times.  This year, pediatricians are throwing their weight behind the argument that school for teens needs to start later. In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recommending…
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Workers With Windows Sleep 46 Minutes Better

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While we all want an office in our workplace, it turns out you’re better off just asking for a window. An interdisciplinary team of architects and medical researchers recently conducted a small case study comparing people exposed to natural light at their jobs with those who aren’t. The window workers scored better on common self-report health…
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