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Study: How Well You Sleep Is Genetic

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Scientists now say how well you sleep is in part determined by your genes. In a new study, researchers at Harvard Medical School examined the genes and sleep habits of more than 47,000 people of European descent and another nearly 4,800 African-Americans. They also reviewed previous studies for information about genetic variations.  In the end, they…
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Research: Night Owls are More Negative

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Are you the type that likes to stay up late?  If so, chances are you’re more prone to negative thoughts throughout the day than your early-to-bed counterparts. Research conducted at Binghamton University measured just how detrimental a late bedtime can be on the mind.  Scientists there surveyed 100 students on their everyday sleep habits and then put…
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Focusing on Business and Sleep

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When the calendar turns to December, most of us start spending a lot of time talking about the year-end holidays and even New Year’s resolutions.  The business media, however, has picked the last few days to talk about sleep … specifically how the lack thereof can harm your career. On December 1, Forbes published an…
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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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