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The Link Between Insomnia and Depression

Many look at insomnia and think it’s a symptom of something else, such as stress, bad diet, lack of exercise, or even a disease.  But, that may not be true at all.  Researchers in Japan are looking at insomnia from a different angle — that insomnia is the cause of those problems. Using previous research…
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Why Bad Sleep Doesn’t Always Lead to Depression

Poor sleep is both a risk factor and a common symptom of depression. But, not everyone who tosses and turns at night becomes depressed. Individuals whose brains are more attuned to rewards may be protected from the negative mental health effects of poor sleep, says a new study by Duke University neuroscientists. The researchers found…
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Good Sleep Helps with Depression Treatment

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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Sleep Deprived Teens at Risk for Depression and Suicide

A psychology professor who specializes in childhood development says the consequences for kids skipping sleep can be dire. George Mason University professor Adam Winsler, along with collaborators from Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School, gathered data from the Fairfax County Youth Survey in Virginia. This assessment given to all county students in grades eight,…
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Obesity and Depression Can Cause Sleepiness

It has been established in the last few years, and we’ve reported at length, that lack of sleep can cause obesity as well as depression.  New research indicates that obesity by itself can cause the reverse of sleeplessness — daytime drowsiness. Obesity and depression — not only lack of sleep — are underlying causes for regular…
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Potential Link Found Between Insomnia and Depression

A new study of firefighters suggests that insomnia and nightmares may increase the risk of depression by impairing the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively. Results show that a high percentage of participants reported clinically significant insomnia symptoms (52.7 percent), depression symptoms (39.6 percent) and nightmare problems (19.2 percent). Further analyses revealed…
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Insomnia and Depression Can Equal More Nightmares

Insomnia and depression are a predictor for nightmares, according to new research conducted in Finland. The study, published in the journal Sleep, had two goals.  First, it wanted to find out if factors associated with frequent nightmares could be reproduced in a large population sample.  It also wanted to examine whether there were previously unreported factors…
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Ask SleepBetter: Sleep-Related Depression?

Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but…
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Sleep Deprivation Increases Chance of Depression for Teens

The warning signs of depression among teens may be fairly easy to recite.  Among them are withdrawing from friends and favorite activities, tumbling grades, and lack of motivation.  But the reasons for teen depression are many and varied.  Researchers on two continents conducted two different studies, and both found one of those reasons is lack…
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Scientists Looking Into Links Between Sleep Deprivation & Depression

Scientists are looking more and more at sleep deprivation being the possible cause of many cases of depression.  Postpartum depression, for example, affects between 5 and 25 percent of new mothers with symptoms that include sadness, fatigue, anxiety and irritability.  A 2001 study of women with postpartum depression at the University of San Diego found…
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Excessive Teen Internet Usage Linked to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

A new study indicates teenagers who log on too frequently could be prone to depression, and the cause of that depression is most likely sleep deprivation. The study, mentioned in an article in the New York Daily News this week, was conducted in China.  It looked at 1,041 teens between 13 and 18 in Guangzhou,…
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Teen Sleep Deprivation can Cause Depression & Other Problems

Sleep deprivation among high school students can cause depression and a variety of other issues.  That’s the finding of a new study of teens in New Jersey.  The research, conducted by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, looked at 300 high school students in Mercer County, NJ.  The study found that during…
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Teen Sleep Deprivation can Cause Depression & Other Problems

Sleep deprivation among high school students can cause depression and a variety of other issues.  That’s the finding of a new study of teens in New Jersey.  The research, conducted by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, looked at 300 high school students in Mercer County, NJ.  The study found that during…
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Teen Sleep Deficit Linked to Depression

A new study shows teens who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from depression and even suicidal thoughts.  The CBS Early Show discussed the story this morning.  You can watch the video below. Read the article from CBS here. For more tips on adolescent sleep, read the article on Teens and Sleep…
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Sleep and Depression

If you happen to keep up to date with what is going in the world of sleep by reading sleep research studies or sleep articles, you may have come across some that discuss the effects alcohol has on sleep, and chances are you’re curious about your own health after reading them. Maybe you’re even suffering…
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Researchers Identify Genes Associated with Sleep Duration

A new study has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration. The study by a team that recently reported finding gene sites associated with insomnia risk and chronotype – the tendency to be an early riser or a ‘night owl.’ The study was conducted by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Exeter Medical…
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Scientists Find Genes Responsible for Insomnia

An international team of researchers has identified, for the first time, biological processes in the brain that can lead to a genetic risk of insomnia. The finding made possible by assessing DNA and sleep features in 1.3 million people. The findings are a major step towards getting grip on the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. …
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Presidential Sleep Problems

Being President of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the world.  So, it’s understandable if the individual holding that position has some sleepless nights.  Today is President’s Day, so we decided it would be interesting to look at Presidential sleep habits and problems throughout the years.  Here’s a rundown of…
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Teens Too High on Screen Time, Too Low on Sleep and Exercise

Only one out of twenty adolescents in the United States is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research released this week. The study, conducted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent…
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Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Memory

People with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, according to new research conducted in Australia. Estimated to affect more than 936 million people worldwide, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.  People with…
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Kids Using Screens in the Dark Before Bedtime Won’t Sleep as Well

Pre-teens who use a mobile phone or watch TV in the dark an hour before bed are at risk of not getting enough sleep, when compared to those who use these devices in a lit room or not at all. The study by British and Swiss researchers is the first to analyse the pre-sleep use…
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Anxiety Linked to Violent Sleep

A new study has found a list of risk factors for a violent sleep disorder. REM sleep is the dream state of sleep. During normal REM sleep, your brain sends signals to prevent your muscles from moving. However, for people with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, those signals are disrupted. Individuals with the…
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Light Pollution Causes Insomnia in Older Adults

It can be difficult to sleep sometimes when bright artificial lights are shining outside your bedroom, and a new first-of-its-kind study shows there is a significant association between light pollution and insomnia in older adults.   Results show that increasing nighttime levels of artificial, outdoor light exposure were associated with an increased prevalence of sleep drug…
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The Pros and Cons of Ending the Time Change

The debate about Daylight Saving Time is heating up, and some states in the U.S. are doing something about it.  Last week, California passed a measure that clears the way for doing away with the twice-per-year time shift, leaving the state in Daylight Saving Time all year.  Florida passed a similar measure that was signed…
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Fall Back Gracefully As Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States and some other countries on November 5, 2017.  We all know the mantra to help us remember what to do with our clocks for the time change: Spring Forward, Fall Back. Springing forward is the hard one, as you’re losing an hour of sleep and most of us…
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Sleep and Work Productivity Go Hand in Hand

Sleep may not be a direct part of most workplaces, but how much or how little sleep you get can play a huge part in how well you perform while during the workday.  Everyone experiences some loss of productivity from a range of sources, such as competing demands, stress, or interpersonal issues. A new study…
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Researchers May Have Found a Neurological Reason for Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome is a condition that can severely impact its victim’s ability to relax and sleep.  Its causes have been a mystery, and in fact it was only fairly recently that it was recognized as being legitimate.  A new study, however, may be zeroing in on its cause. Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say new…
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Regular Bedtimes Can Help People of All Ages

Parents have known for years that keeping their kids on a regular schedule is best for everyone involved.  A new study indicates that parents should be following their own advice.   The study, conducted at Duke University, suggests that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older…
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Parents Blame Electronics for Poor Teen Sleep

What is your teenager doing when they’re supposed to be sleeping?  The majority of parents say they’re staring at their screens.   According to a new survey, 56-percent of parents of teens who have sleep troubles believe it’s because of electronic devices like smartphones.   Not being able to stay off electronics – including social media and…
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Being an Early Bird Can Make You Happier

We’ve all heard about how the early bird gets the worm.  But, who wants a worm if you’re not a bird?  New research does show another benefit of being the type that prefers to wake up early — less chance of depression. The study of more than 32,000 female nurses, published in the Journal of Psychiatric…
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Writing Down Your “To-do” List Can Help You Sleep

Writing a “to-do” list at bedtime may aid in falling asleep, according to a Baylor University study. Research compared sleep patterns of participants who took five minutes to write down upcoming duties versus participants who chronicled completed activities. “We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and…
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Sleep More and You Will Feel Less Anxious

According to new research, among the many benefits of sleeping at least eight hours per night is that it can reduce stress and anxiety.   Binghamton University Professor of Psychology Meredith Coles and former graduate student Jacob Nota assessed the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thoughts,…
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Sleep Better, Despite Holiday Stress

Holiday time is upon us, and with it comes family trips, household visitors, home decorating chores, party planning, gift-shopping and — of course — all those extra bills to pay. All of this added stress can lead to sleepless nights. In fact, the 2010 SleepBetter.org Holiday Slumber Index showed one in six Americans were expecting to lose…
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Worrying About Losing Sleep is Worse Than Losing Sleep

People who worry about poor sleep have more emotional and physical problems during the day than those who do not worry, regardless of how well either sleep, according to research conducted at The University of Alabama. In a review of more than a dozen sleep studies going back more than 20 years, Dr. Kenneth Lichstein,…
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Fight the Late Year Blues with Sun Therapy

We are officially in the time of year that a lot of people hate.  For much of the country right now, sunset is around 5:00 p.m. or even earlier, and it’s not going to get any later until after December 21.  With sunrise at around 7:00 a.m., many people are waking up in the dark…
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Blame Your Mental Blunders on Poor Sleep

Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or, even worse, space out on the highway and nearly hit a stalled car? A new study is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts our brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses that affect…
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A Natural Answer to Young People’s Sleep Problems

A collaborative research project from two Australian universities indicates high rates of sleep problems continuing through teenage years and into early adulthood – but also suggests a natural remedy. Dr. Yaqoot Fatima from James Cook University was associated with a study that tracked more than 3600 people from the age of 14 until they were…
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Not Dreaming Enough is a Big Problem

A silent epidemic of dream loss is at the root of many of the health concerns attributed to sleep loss, according to Rubin Naiman, PhD, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona who recently published a comprehensive review of data. His study details the various factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream…
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Six Tips for Your Autumn Sleep Check-up

Labor Day has come and gone and it’s time to get back into the fall routine.  The kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and it won’t be long before the leaves start changing colors.  Autumn has always been an ideal time to step back and look at your family’s needs. Getting…
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Less REM Sleep Tied to Risk of Dementia

When you have rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, you dream.  But, according to a new study, individuals who get less REM sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia. There are five stages of sleep. Stage one is light sleep. Stage two is when the body begins to prepare for deeper sleep, including stages…
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Half of Parents Not in Favor of Later School Start Times

With school back in session (or nearly back in session) across the country, sleep for students is a big issue around many households.  Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree that teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 a.m.  However, a lot of parents are not on board for changes to fix the problem. A new study…
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Researchers May Soon Have a Treatment for Jet Lag

Neurons in the brain that produce the pleasure-signaling neurotransmitter dopamine also directly control the brain’s circadian center, or “body clock” – the area that regulates eating cycles, metabolism and waking/resting cycles – a key link that possibly affects the body’s ability to adapt to jet lag and rotating shift work, a new University of Virginia…
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School Start Times Linked to Less Sleep and Lower Grades in Middle Schoolers

There has been a lot of talk about early school start times for high schoolers, and how adolescence leads to the students’ bodies pushing them to stay up later.  But, what about middle schoolers?  A new study says the findings are very similar to their older counterparts. Researchers looked at nearly 33,000 middle school students…
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Sleep Problems an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s

New research says it has found a link between sleep disturbances and biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease found in the spinal fluid. “Previous evidence has shown that sleep may influence the development or progression of Alzheimer’s disease in various ways,” said study author Barbara B. Bendlin, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “For example, disrupted sleep…
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Can Science Override the Urge to Sleep?

Researchers in California have identified a neural circuit in the brain that controls wakefulness. What does that mean?  What it means is that the finding could lead to new treatments for insomnia, oversleeping, and sleep disturbances that accompany other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depression. The work was done in the laboratory of Viviana Gradinaru, assistant…
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Online Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia Helps Military

Cognitive behavioral therapy, which traditionally includes regular, and often weekly, visits to a clinician, is recommended by the American College of Physicians and other organizations for treatment of chronic insomnia.  However, when you’re in the military, that might be difficult.  According to a new study, there is a viable alternative. For military personnel, internet-delivered cognitive…
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Scientists Take Important Step Toward Curing Insomnia

An international team of researchers has taken a first step toward unraveling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia.  The team announced that it has found, for the first time, seven risk genes for insomnia. Insomnia is probably the most common health complaint, and many experts claim it is purely a psychological condition.  This new…
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Sleep Problems Different for Men and Women

Men and women are biologically different, and we all know that.  But, what’s new information is that according to a new study, men and women are affected differently by sleep disorders. Results show that women are more likely than men to have more severe symptoms of depression, trouble sleeping at night, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Women…
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Lonliness and Poor Sleep Quality Linked in Young Adults

Researchers in the UK have found a link between loneliness and poor sleep quality in a study of more than 2,000 British young adults. Lonelier people were 24-percent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day, according to the study published today in Psychological Medicine. Loneliness is defined by researchers as a…
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Tai Chi Can Help Relieve Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

If you’ve ever had insomnia, you know worrying about sleep makes it even harder to fall asleep. For the 30 percent of breast cancer survivors who have insomnia, sleepless nights can lead to depression, fatigue and a heightened risk of disease. Now, new UCLA research shows that tai chi, a form of slow-moving meditation, is…
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More Regular Sleep Schedule = Better Attention and Creativity

Skimping on sleep, followed by “catch-up” days with long snoozes, is tied to worse cognition — both in attention and creativity — in young adults, in particular those tackling major projects, Baylor University researchers have found. “The more variability they showed in their night-to-night sleep, the worse their cognition declined across the week,” said study…
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Study: Much Room for Improvement Among Sleep Apps

An analysis of 35 popular smartphone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically sleep-deprived. Many of the apps soothe users with nature sounds, calming music, colors and images. Some also offer white noise, guided…
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Scientists Find “Night Owl Gene”

We’ve all known people who are night owls, or perhaps you’re even of them yourself.  Night owls find it extremely hard to get up early in the morning, and are most awake at times when most people are asleep.  Now science has an explanation for some of these individuals.   Some people stay up late…
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Circadian Disruptions May Be Passed to Unborn Children

Animals can pass the damaging effects of nighttime light exposure to their offspring, a new study has found, adding to a growing body of evidence that there’s a health cost to our increasingly illuminated nights. Hamster pups are born with weakened immune systems and impaired endocrine activity when their parents don’t receive a natural mix…
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Insomnia Linked to Higher Chance of Asthma

New research says individuals experiencing insomnia symptoms have a higher risk of developing asthma. Asthma affects approximately 300 million people worldwide, with major risk factors including smoking, obesity and air pollution. More recently, symptoms of depression and anxiety have been associated with a risk of developing asthma in adulthood. Sleep researcher and last author of the…
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More Evidence School Should Start Later

It’s an argument that many have been making for years, that U.S. high schools should start later.  There’s new evidence that it would be helpful, this time coming from Canada. In a study published in the Journal of Sleep Research, the researchers found that students from schools that started earlier slept less, were less likely…
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Student Athletes Are Not Sleeping Enough

College athletes are not getting enough sleep, but a simple intervention built around education and support could go a long way in improving sleep quality and athletic performance. The research was conducted by Michael Grandner, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the Sleep Health Research Center at the University of Arizona College…
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Genetics Links Sleep Disturbance with Restless Leg Syndrome

A team of American and British scientists have for the first time discovered genetic connections between sleep disturbance and a range of medical disorders, including restless leg syndrome. Lead author Jacqueline Lane, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and joint senior authors Richa Saxena, PhD, assistant professor of Anesthesia at MGH and Harvard…
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Study: Daily Smartphone Associated With Reduced Sleep

It’s well known that using a smartphone in the evening can make going to sleep more difficult, due to the light emitted by the screen.  However, new research indicates that regular smartphone use in general is also associated with less sleep. Smartphones are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of everyday life.  However, poor sleep is…
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Study: Sleep Abnormality Plays Role in Schizophrenia

There’s more evidence that sleep issues cause a variety of seemingly unrelated problems.  According to new research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a sleep abnormality likely plays an important role in schizophrenia. “One of the most exciting advances in sleep research over the last decade has been the growing understanding of sleep’s causal relationship to psychiatric…
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Seasonal Change May Trigger Sleep Problems

It’s imperceptible at first, but before you know it, you’ll really start to notice that it’s getting dark earlier and earlier in the evening.  Golden autumn afternoons, fall foliage and cooler temperatures are a welcome change for most people after a long hot summer, but the change in seasons could also lead to sleep problems…
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Electric Brain Stimulation During Sleep Can Boost Memory

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

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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New Guidelines Released for the Amount of Sleep Kids Need

For the first time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has released official consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep that children and teenagers need. According to an AASM release, these are the guidelines: Infants four to 12 months should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours (including naps) on a regular basis…
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UK Group Calls for Better Sleep Guidelines

New research by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) says residents of the UK are losing a full night of sleep every week, and the group hopes to do something about it. The new report, titled “Waking up to the health benefits of sleep” says people in the UK are under-sleeping by about an…
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Sleep Issues in Young People Can Predict Later Pain Problems

For at least some groups of teens and young adults, sleep problems are a predictor of chronic pain and worsening pain severity over time, suggests a study conducted in the Netherlands. The study, published in the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain® (IASP), looked at relationships between sleep problems and pain in…
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Your Dentist Could Help You Sleep

The best time to identify signs of obstructive sleep apnea may not be at night while snoozing in bed but, instead, while sitting in the dentist’s chair. According to a new study led by University at Buffalo orthodontic researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, dentists are in the unique position as health care professionals to pinpoint signs of…
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There’s a New Nationwide Sleep Study, and You Can Participate

One of the largest tech companies in the world is launching a national sleep study, and they’re asking for your help.  The American Sleep Apnea Association and IBM are introducing the SleepHealth app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch and the patient-driven SleepHealth Mobile Study.  The crowd-sourced research hopes to help identify connections between sleep habits and health outcomes….
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Gene for Body Clock May Connect Mood and Sleep

If you pull an all-nighter or stay up late to binge watch on Netflix, you will probably be grumpy the next day. This is common sense.  But, if you don’t get enough sleep for weeks or months on end, you may develop depression or other lasting mood problems, and researchers have now discovered a possible…
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Sleep Apnea Can Damage Brain Function

One in 15 adults has moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person’s breathing is frequently interrupted during sleep — as many as 30 times per hour. People with sleep apnea also often report problems with thinking such as poor concentration, difficulty with memory and decision-making, depression, and stress. According to…
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Gene Changes Turn Seniors Into Early Birds

Nearly everyone knows an older person who is always up at the crack of dawn.  New research is shedding some light on why the people tend to become early birds as they get older. Examination of thousands of genes from nearly 150 human brains shows the circadian rhythm of gene activity changes with aging, according…
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Weight Loss Can Improve Sleep

Weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleepiness at any weight, says a study published by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania this month in the journal Sleep. The findings offer new insights into how weight fluctuations impact numerous aspects of sleep independent of body weight. Previous studies…
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Lack of Sleep Toys With Your Emotions

Cranky or grumpy after a long night? Your brain’s ability to regulate emotions is probably compromised by fatigue. A new study from Isreal’s Tel Aviv University has identified the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to only one night’s lack of sleep. The research reveals the changes sleep deprivation can…
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Better Sleep and Tai Chi Reduce Inflammation

A new study published in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry reports that treatment for insomnia, either by cognitive behavioral therapy or the movement meditation tai chi, reduces inflammation levels in older adults over 55 years of age. “Behavioral interventions that target sleep reduce inflammation and represent a third pillar, along with diet and physical…
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Therapy Better Than Counting Sheep for Chronic Pain

Research conducted at the University of Warwick in England indicates that therapy can be an effective way to treat sleep problems among those with chronic pain. Researchers found that cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) were either moderately or strongly effective in tackling insomnia in patients with long-term pain. They also discovered that chronic pain sufferers didn’t just benefit…
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Maybe Our Ancestors Didn’t Sleep More Than Us

It’s been said many times that modern humans don’t sleep nearly enough, and it’s also been said that technology is the reason.  Modern conveniences from the television and smartphones to simple things like the light bulb have conspired to keep us up later and later at night, when our ancestors would have been asleep for…
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Under or Oversleeping Can Equal More Inflammation

Whether you sleep too little or too much, it may lead to a higher incidence of inflammation. A new study conducted in Finland found that those who sleep less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours suffer from low-grade inflammation more often than persons sleeping 7-8 hours per night. “Earlier studies have found a…
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Social Media Pressure Leads to Poor Teen Sleep

Today’s teens not only worry about the latest clothing or music trends, like many generations of teens before them, they also worry about being available on social media 24 hours each day, and that’s costing them sleep. In a study conducted in Scotland, researchers asked 467 teenagers ages 11 to 17 about their use of…
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Exercise Helps Ease Sleep Disorder

New research indicates that exercise can help alleviate excessive daytime sleepiness among depressed individuals. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care looked into blood samples that identified two biological markers for hypersomnia, which is characterized by sleeping too much at night as well as excessive daytime sleepiness in…
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Ask SleepBetter: I’m Afraid of the Dark

Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer?  Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter.  You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form.  We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not…
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Twitter Users Helping Sleep Disorder Research

Twitter, once the place you went for things like breaking news and celebrity gossip, is now helping us to better understand the relationship between insomnia and social media. Researchers have built the beginnings of “digital phenotype” of insomnia and other sleep disorders based on data from Twitter. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet…
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Poor Sleep is as Bad for You as Smoking

New research conducted in Europe shows that poor sleepers run as big of a risk for a stroke or heart attack as those who smoke or those who fail to exercise. The study, conducted by the World Health Organization, looked into the causes of cardiovascular disease.  The study involved 657 men aged 25 to 64…
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Behavioral Therapy is Better Than Sleep Drugs

While pills are an acceptable solution for very occasional sleeplessness, those with chronic insomnia would be better off just talking. A new study looked at the difference between cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and sleep drugs, and found that CBT is more effective. CBT is a type of talk therapy where the goal is to help people change their…
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Teen Sleep Patterns Tied to Drug Use

New research shows that teens who stay up late or sleep less are more likely to have used alcohol and drugs recently than those who haven’t. Researchers at the RAND Corporation surveyed more than 2,500 teenagers from Southern California.  The teens self-reported their total sleep time and bedtime, as well as alcohol or marijuana use….
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Vast Majority of Office Workers are Sleep Deprived

It’s no shock that a lot of us don’t get near the amount of sleep we need, but sometimes a study comes along that quantifies it in a way that reminds us that changes need to be made. Most experts recommend adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep.  The wide span accounts for vast…
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Treating Military Sleep Can Help With PTSD

It’s not uncommon for members of the military who are on deployment or even home after deployment to have a variety of sleep problems.  New research shows us that treating those sleep problems can help alleviate symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Scientists at the RAND Corporation surveyed more than 2,000 married…
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Study: Seniors Can Meditate Their Way to Better Sleep

For quite some time, SleepBetter articles have recommended that those who have sleep troubles, particularly issues with a racing mind, learn relaxation techniques to settle down for a better night’s sleep.  New research is taking that one step further, at least for senior citizens, by suggesting a meditation program. The research, which was a joint…
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Study: How Well You Sleep Is Genetic

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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Firefighters at High Risk for Sleep Disorders

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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Why Can’t Teens Just Go To Bed Earlier?

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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Use Sunlight to Reset Your Body Clock After the Time Change

Most people agree that the spring time change, when clocks move forward and we lose an hour, is easier than the fall time change when we gain an hour.  But, for many, any tinkering with the clock on the wall can cause them to have problems with their body clock.  At minimum, they have an…
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Pediatricians: Teenagers Need To Sleep In

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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Ask SleepBetter: How Do I Stay Asleep?

Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form. We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but…
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More Research Points to Cherry Juice Insomnia Treatment

The idea that cherry juice can fight insomnia is not a new one, but more research is out recently that points to its effectiveness. Researchers from Louisiana State University found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks helped increase sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia….
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Ask SleepBetter: Co-Sleeping Problems

Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer?  Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter.  You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter Facebook Page, or by using our Ask SleepBetter contact form.  We will try to answer as many questions as possible, but we are not…
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Stop Smoking to Sleep Better

Here’s one more reason to keep your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking.  Researchers at the University of Rochester have learned that quitting will help you sleep better. The study, published in the FASEB Journal, found that smoking can decrease levels of a molecule (SIRTUIN 1, an anti-aging molecule) which in turn alters the levels of a…
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Managing the End of Daylight Saving Time

We spring forward for Daylight Saving Time, and then we fall back to Standard Time when it ends.  This year we fall back on Sunday, November 3 at 2 a.m.  While the time change in the spring is generally regarded as the more problematic one because you’re actually losing an hour, “falling back” and gaining…
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Are Early Birds and Night Owls Wired Differently?

Some people seem better off going to bed late and getting up late, while others go to bed early and hop out of bed ready to go at the break of day. Scientists in Germany say they’ve found out why that difference exists, and believe these differences can unlock why some night owls are more prone…
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One Third of Couples (or More!) Are Sleeping Apart

We’ve talked before here at SleepBetter.org (here, here and here) about the benefits of couples sleeping apart, but for many it’s still a rather foreign idea. It turns out, though, that perhaps more couples have separate beds than previously thought. As reported by the CBC (among others) more and more people are realizing that sleeping…
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Sleep Lowers Suicide Risk

Individuals with insomnia are more inclined to consider suicide, but a new study shows just a little more sleep can dramatically lower the risk of those suicidal thoughts. The study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Behavioral Sleep Medicine Research Program and published in the journal SLEEP, looked at data from two studies of insomnia capturing 471…
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Poor Sleep More of a Problem for Women Than Men

Does it seem like your spouse handles lack of sleep differently than you?  If so, you’re probably not imagining things. Researchers from Duke University found that poor sleep is associated with greater psychological distress and higher levels of biomarkers associated with elevated risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. They also found that these associations…
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Study: Hundreds of Genes Impacted by Poor Sleep

Sleeping less than six hours per night can skew the activity of hundreds of genes, according to a new study. The research, conducted at Surrey Sleep Research Centre at Surrey University in the UK, tested people who slept less than six hours a night for a week.  It revealed substantial changes in the activity of genes…
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Experiment Reveals Big Barrier to Mars Mission: Sleep

There’s a lot of work needed to plan and execute the first manned Mars mission, and scientists say they’ve found yet another hurdle — sleep. In an experiment published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, volunteers were confined in a cramped mock spaceship in Moscow to simulate a 17-month voyage….
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Half of Those With Insomnia are Medicating Without A Doctor’s Advice

A new British study shows that half of those who have trouble sleeping are taking sleep aids without consulting a doctor. The research, which was conducted by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, was based on a survey of 2,077 people. In addition to finding that far too many people are medicating without talking to a physician…
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New Research Points to Sleep Trouble from Tech Use

New research out of Germany reveals that young people who are avid users of computer, cell phones, and social media run a higher risk of serious sleep problems. Researchers evaluated the habits of about 4,000 people between the ages of 20 and 24 by asking them to fill out questionnaires. It was found that the…
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Five Health Hazards Due to Lack of Sleep [VIDEO]

Even if you’re a first-time visitor to SleepBetter.org, it won’t take long before you realize just how important it is to your health to get the proper amount of sleep.  Good Morning America recently put together a list of what they think are the five biggest health hazards that can come about from not sleeping…
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Tired Sometimes Doesn't Have Anything To Do With Sleep

While being tired usually has to do with a lack of sleep, there are times that it doesn’t.  A new article from LifeGoesStrong.com charts out some of the non-sleep related issues that could cause exhaustion.  Among them: Allergies Anemia Thyroid Problems Diabetes Rheumatoid Athritis Depression You can read the full article here for more reasons….
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Depressed Moms Make Sleepy Babies

A new study reveals that moms who are suffering from depression may be negatively impacting their babies’ sleep. The results of this study show that mothers who are depressed are more likely to make poor choices about when it’s necessary to attend to a child at night.  Researchers at Penn State analyzed babies and their parents over a…
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More Birthdays = Better Sleep

Most people assume that as you get older, your sleep quality goes down.  A new study, however, is disputing that thought.  Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania originally began their work trying to prove that there was some connection between aging and reoccurring sleep problems, but in the end they…
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Police Officers Overwhelmingly Tired

Try to be nice to the next police officer who pulls you over for speeding.  He or she is probably very tired.  A new study indicates that police officers may be the sleepiest workers in our society. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that 40-percent of police officers have…
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Dr. Lisa Shives Gives Tips to End Daylight Savings Time (Fall Back) Successfully

By Dr. Lisa Shives (The Sleep M.D.) Daylight Savings Time ends in most of the United States, Canada and portions of Mexico at 2 a.m. on November 6, 2011, when clocks “fall back” one hour. This time change is essentially a massive experiment in jet lag, as your body clocks must reset to a time…
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Myth Busters: Sleep Edition

There are a number of “old wives tales” that people swear by when it comes to sleep. A new report from MSNBC Health points out some of these beliefs that actually turn out to be myths. The 5 myths about sleep include: 1) Napping only makes us more tired. In actuality a quick 10 to…
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Mayo Clinic: Most Sleep Troubles are Treatable

The Mayo Clinic is talking sleep.  In its most recent newsletter, the nonprofit organization gave some interesting and useful information about overcoming sleep troubles. Here at SleepBetter.org, we tend to avoid giving medical advice except when it’s written by our sleep expert, Dr. Lisa Shives.  The Mayo Clinic, however, is quite qualified to distribute that…
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Soldiers Suffer From Sleep Deprivation

Obviously soldiers returning home from a war face a number of problems, but one that they’re facing may not be the first that comes to mind.  According to the U.S. Army Medical Department more than seven out of ten soldiers suffer from a sleep disorder called short sleep duration, or SSD. SSD is defined as…
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Older People Need Just as Much Sleep as Younger People

There’s a great article this week from Sign On San Diego that addresses the myth that seniors need less sleep than younger people.  The article, written by gerontologist (doctors who study aging and the problems associated with it) Dr. Mario Garrett, points out that sleep disruption among anyone, let alone older individuals, can cause memory…
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Sleep Problems Widespread Among Deployed Military

The idea that members of the military who are deployed overseas would have sleep problems isn’t exactly a shocker, but the first large scale study on the subject shows that the problem is extremely widespread. A recent study conducted by the Department of Deployment Health Research at San Diego’s Naval Health Research Center looked at…
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Teenager Sleep Can Predict Mental Health Issues

We all know (or have been) teenagers who like to stay up late and sleep until noon.  New research indicates, however, the number of hours a teen sleeps, and at what times, could help parents and doctors determine if they are at risk of developing depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis. From today’s Sydney Morning Herald…
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Back-to-School Sleep Loss Can Lead to Unnecessary Stress

American families face a period of significant transition each year in August, as they transition from a summer sleep schedule to a school schedule. Not only are summer vacations coming to an end for elementary and high school students, millions of families are preparing to send students to college for the first time. The stresses…
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Poor and African-American Kids Suffer More From Lack of Sleep

An interesting study on the consequences of sleeplessness is published this month in the journal Child Development.  According to the research, conducted at Auburn University, poor children and african-american children suffer greater emotional consequences from lack of sleep than do white and middle-class kids. According to the blog al.com, published by the Birmingham News: [The…
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Lack of Sleep and Your Immune System

There’s a great Q&A on the Mayo Clinic web site, relating to how lack of sleep can make your immune system weaker. Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler gives this answer to a visitor question: During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines. These substances increase in the presence of an infection, inflammation and stress. Increased cytokines…
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Sleep News Roundup

There are a lot of sleep-related stories in the news this week.  Here’s a rundown of several of them: United Press International (UPI) reports on a new study shows that obstructive sleep apnea may worsen diabetes… The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, also confirmed the sleep disorder is…
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Sleep and High School

For sleeping questions and answers about school children and teens, go straight to the experts. Pediatricians and physicians can give you a wide variety of sleeping tips for teens, but it’s the people who actually see the effects of sleep deprivation in school students that can tell you more. Parents and teachers understand the connection…
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Sleep Deprivation, a trending activity

According to Examiner.com, Sleep deprivation can severely alter behavior. Lack of sleep can become fatal. In a study of rats that were not allowed to sleep, it took only three weeks for them all to die.