Topic: Sleep in the News

Sleep For the Job You Want, Not the Job You Have

It’s a stereotype that Americans will work themselves to death to get ahead.  We don’t get enough sleep, and we don’t take near as much vacation time as the rest of the world.  This stereotype is somewhat true, until you get to upper management.  That’s apparently when people figure out to get a good night’s…
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Football Can Lead to Sleep Apnea

We’ve all become aware in the last handful of years about the risks of playing football.  Repeated concussions can cause a variety of life-threatening health problems later in life.  But, head injuries are not the only serious risk involved in playing the sport.  Previous studies with professional football players have shown that sleep apnea, a serious…
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What Fruit Flies Can Tell Us About Our Body Clocks

Humans and fruit flies may have not shared a common ancestor for hundreds of millions of years, but the neurons that govern our circadian clocks are strikingly similar. Now, University of Michigan researchers have made a discovery in fruit flies that may teach us a little more about our own sleep cycles. Using the fruit…
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Does Sleep Keep our Brains Limber and Flexible?

The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. In short … why do we sleep? Psychiatrists Chiara Cirelli and Giulio Tononi of the Wisconsin Center for Sleep and Consciousness suggested back in 2003 that sleep is the price we pay for brains that are able to keep learning new things. A few…
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Study Identifies Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea During Pregnancy

New research funded by the National Institutes of Health says it has identified risk factors for sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep).  The researchers say individuals who snore, are older, and are obese are at particular risk.   “Our study found an easy, inexpensive way to screen large numbers of women at higher risk of sleep…
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“Back to Sleep” Efforts Not Working for Newborns

An analysis of trends over the past two decades finds that while there’s a significant drop in fatalities from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID), there hasn’t been a drop in such deaths among children in their first month of life.  The report from investigators from MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHfC)…
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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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Scientists Hope to Learn About Human Sleep from a Sleepless Fish

Nearly all animals studied need to sleep, but little is known about why some animals sleep most of the day, while others not as much.  Researchers are trying to learn more by studying a fish that hardly sleeps at all. As a result of living in total and permanent darkness in a small location in…
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New Three-Year Project Launches to Study Insomnia

About a quarter of U.S. adults suffer from insomnia, which significantly impacts their quality of life.  But, it’s not just the individual that suffers.  Estimates put the burden of insomnia on the U.S. economy at a whopping $63 billion per year in lost productivity, increased health care expenses and costs associated with workplace errors and accidents….
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Does Apple’s “Night Shift” Really Work?

The light emitted by portable electronic devices (PEDs), particularly when used at night, has drawn a great deal of interest recently.  The main concern is over the short-wavelength “blue” light emitted by smartphones, tablets, and even televisions.  Exposure to what some call “light at night” (or LAN) can acutely suppress melatonin, a hormone produced at night and…
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