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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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Scientists Now Know Why Seniors Don’t Sleep As Well

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Everyone knows that it’s not unusual to sleep more poorly as we age.  The aches and pains that come with becoming older keep us from being comfortable at night, and leading less active lifestyles can also contribute to a bad night’s sleep.  Scientists now say, however, that they have learned another reason sleep can be…
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What City is the Most Sleepless in the World?

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Do Americans sleep less than residents of other countries? How do our cities rank compared to those around the world? Thanks to a device that tracks sleep, activity and food, we now have an idea of the answers to those questions. The Wall Street Journal recently analyzed data released by Jawbone, the company that makes…
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Astronaut Use of Sleep Aids is Sky High

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There’s no way around it — space flight is stressful.  Between the cramped quarters and the sheer danger of the exercise, it’s enough to give anyone insomnia.  However, according to a recent study, the use of sleep aids both before and during space flight is astronomical. The study, conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston,…
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Research: Sleep Aids and Wake Aids Might Not Work

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A healthcare research firm is urging more study into use of drugs by third shift workers that are designed to keep them awake or help them sleep. The Cochrane Library says it has looked at the available research into the use of several sleep-related drugs, and found that there’s no evidence they actually do much to help….
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Kids React to Rhett & Link

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Back in 2010, SleepBetter partnered with Internetainers Rhett & Link to introduce the world to an amazing YouTube video, 2 Guys 600 Pillows.  The video became a worldwide viral sensation.  It won two Webby awards, was named to Time Magazine’s Top 10 of Everything, and has been viewed nearly 9,000,000 times on YouTube. We were delighted to…
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New Research: No Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cancer

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Previous studies put a scare into sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), saying those with the disorder were at a higher risk of cancer.  New research, however, is easing those concerns, saying there does not appear to be a link. Obstructive sleep apnea is a breathing disorder in which the airways repeatedly close while the…
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Scientists Locate the “Short Sleeper” Gene

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For years, researchers around the world have been looking into why some people are naturally able to thrive on less sleep than the rest of us.  There’s now been a breakthrough in that search, as scientists at the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve located the “short sleeper” gene. Short sleepers are able to function at…
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1/3 of Parents Give The Big Bedroom To Their Kids

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A home’s master bedrooms is designed generally designed with adults in mind, but more and more frequently that room is being occupied by someone under the age of 18. A new study into “space-starved families” in the UK found that nearly 1/3 of adults living with children under the age of 18 said they’ve handed over…
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An Update On American Sleep

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So, how are we doing? Are Americans finally “waking up” to the fact that they need more sleep? According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, the answer is a resounding “no”. According to the survey, U.S. adults reported sleeping an average of only about six-and-a-half hours on weekdays and seven hours hours, 22 minutes…
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