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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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Science Discovers Sleep’s “Off Switch”

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Oxford University researchers have discovered what causes a switch to flip in our brains and wake us up. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, brings us closer to understanding the mystery of sleep. Sleep is governed by two systems–the circadian clock and the sleep homeostat. While the circadian clock is quite well understood, very…
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Electric Brain Stimulation During Sleep Can Boost Memory

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When you sleep, your brain is busy storing and consolidating things you learned that day — stuff you’ll need in your memory toolkit tomorrow, next week, or next year. For many people, especially those with neurological conditions, memory impairment can be a debilitating symptom that affects every-day life in profound ways. For the first time,…
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Lack of Childhood Sleep Increases Chance of Emotional Disorders

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Children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life.  That’s according to new research conducted at the Sleep and Anxiety Center of Houston (SACH). Funded by a grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the study sought to determine the precise ways…
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Sleep With a Chicken to Avoid Malaria

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What may sound like a joke at first could lead to a way for people to avoid a dangerous disease. For the first time, scientists have shown that malaria-transmitting mosquitoes actively avoid feeding on certain animal species such as chickens, using their sense of smell. Odors emitted by species such as chickens could provide protection for humans…
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Studying Sleep Related Poor Decisions

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Researchers from Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center received a $1.7 million grant to develop and test ways to reduce decision-making errors that contribute to failed military missions, industrial accidents, workplace injuries, financial losses and other serious consequences. Funding for the three-year project comes from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, a partnership between…
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Try the Cognitive Shuffle for Quicker Sleep

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We’ve all heard about the age-old practice of counting sheep to fall asleep faster.  One researcher says it doesn’t work, but he has an alternative. Canadian cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin has invented a new cure for insomnia, which he calls the “cognitive shuffle”. Essentially, it’s a method for deliberately scrambling your thoughts, so they make…
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Sleep Disorders, including Sleep Apnea, Rising Among Veterans

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A new study found a six-fold increase in the prevalence of any sleep disorder diagnosis among U.S. veterans. The largest increases were identified in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), other mental disorders, or combat experience. Results also show that the prevalence of PTSD tripled during the study period. In a sample of more than…
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Early to Bed for Preschoolers Helps Avoid Obesity Later

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Preschoolers who are regularly tucked into bed by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening, new research has found. The study, conducted by The Ohio State University College of Public Health, said that bedtimes after 9 p.m. appeared to double the…
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Apple Bakes in New Sleep Features

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Back in March, Apple took a big step toward helping to solve the problem of light from screens keeping our brains awake by releasing the “Night Shift” feature.  Android phones had similar features available through apps, but this was the first time the function, which removes much of the blue light from your screen in…
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