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Relationship Problems Tied to Poor Sleep

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We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep. “Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turn improves their…
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Good Sleep Helps with Depression Treatment

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Medication is an important part of treatment for many patients with major depressive disorder, but the transition to antidepressants isn’t always smooth. It can take six weeks for a person to respond to depression medications, but researchers at the University of Michigan who specialize in both psychiatry and sleep medicine found a potential way to…
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Study Links Sleep to Teen Drug and Alcohol Use

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A study led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh has identified a possible link between adolescent sleep habits and early substance abuse. The study found that both sleep duration and sleep quality during late childhood predict alcohol and marijuana use later in adolescence. “Treating problems with drugs and alcohol once they exist and preventing them…
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Men are Better at Sleep Than Women

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It’s not new information to say it seems like women are more prone to sleep disturbances than men.  It turns out that information is true.  They are, for instance, up to twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. But, could there be a link between the body clock that regulates sleep and being…
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Sleep Organizes Memories Important to You

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It’s been known for some time that sleep plays a part in memory consolidation, but new research indicates that it is more effective at consolidating memories that you care about. The new research, conducted in Wales, gathered 80 non-Welsh speakers and taught them words in the language.  Participants were tasked with recalling the words immediately…
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“Short Sleepers” Are Probably Just Dangerously Tired

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Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual…
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Sleep More to Learn Faster

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Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you’ve forgotten, even 6 months later, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “Our results suggest that interleaving sleep between practice sessions leads to a twofold advantage, reducing the…
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Study: Implant Successfully Treats Central Sleep Apnea

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Results from an international, randomized study show that an implanted nerve stimulator significantly improves symptoms in those with central sleep apnea, without causing serious side effects. Dr. William Abraham, co-lead author and director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, recently presented the findings.  The study is published…
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How Sleep Deprivation Harms Memory

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Researchers from universities in the Netherlands and in Pennsylvania have discovered a piece in the puzzle of how sleep deprivation negatively affects memory. For the first time, a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, shows that five hours of sleep deprivation leads to a loss of connectivity between neurons in the hippocampus,…
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How to Reduce the Effect Your Screens Have on Your Sleep

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It’s been proven over the last few years that using smartphones, tablets, laptops, and even televisions before bed can negatively impact your sleep.  The blue light emitted by the screens tells your brain that it’s time to wake up, when in fact it’s actually time to sleep.  However, a new study is showing that plenty…
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