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Topic: Sleep in the News

Bad Dreams Serve a Purpose

No one really likes a bad dream, but according to new research they help us to better handle real life fear. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland, – working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (USA) – analysed the dreams of a number of people and…
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The Impacts of Sleep Deprivation Are Far Worse Than We Thought

One of the largest sleep studies ever conducted has revealed that sleep deprivation affects us much more than previously thought. The research from Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab is not only one of the largest studies, but also the first to assess how sleep deprivation impacts placekeeping – or, the ability to complete…
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Less Than One Hour of Extra Sleep Could Be a Huge Benefit to College Students

Between studies and social life, it’s tough getting a good night’s sleep in college.  But, a new study shows that even a fraction of an hour of extra sleep could bring big benefits. In a study led by Penn State, researchers found that when asked to extend their sleep, college students were able to get…
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Could Sleep Help Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

A new partnership between two leading medical research charities has launched today to explore how improving the brain’s waste disposal system could be the key to preventing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The glymphatic system, a recently discovered brain-wide pathway, works to remove waste products from the brain. Parkinson’s UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK have teamed…
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Only Half of US Children Get Enough Sleep During the Week

Only 48% of school age children in the United States get 9 hours of sleep most weeknights, according to new research. Those who do, the study suggests, are significantly more likely to show a positive outlook toward school and other signs of “childhood flourishing,” a measure of behavioral and social well-being. “Chronic sleep loss is…
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Huge Majority of Americans Lose Sleep to Binge Watching TV

According to a new survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), U.S. adults rank sleep as their second most important priority, following family. However, what they’re showing by their actions is that TV ranks higher. In the AASM survey, a whopping 88% of U.S. adults admitted they had lost sleep due to staying up…
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More Americans Can’t Fall Asleep or Stay Asleep

Getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep every night is a struggle for most people, even for those who are trying. New research from Iowa State University finds more Americans have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. The changes were independent of sleep duration, and difficulties were most prevalent in people with healthy…
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New Research Suggests School-Based Sleep Education

Reading, writing, arithmatic, and … sleep?  It may be so in the future.  A recent study uncovered that there are potential long-term benefits of a school-based sleep education program for adolescents. The study included 3,622 adolescents, 286 in the intervention group and 3336 in the control group. Data were collected before the intervention and at a…
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Sleep Better for a Less Stressed Life

Are you feeling stressed out lately?  Have you been sleeping poorly?  Those two could be connected.  According to new research from the University of California, Berkeley, a sleepless night can trigger up to a 30% rise in anxiety levels.  The good news is that a good night’s sleep can reverse those symptoms. UC Berkeley researchers…
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“Sleeping On It” Really Does Help Solve Problems

New research shows people actually might solve a problem better if they “sleep on it.” In fact, the researchers were able to improve problem solving upon waking by manipulating a critical process during sleep. The Northwestern University study provides important information about information processing during sleep, as well as incubation for problem solving – why…
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