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Topic: Sleep in the News

Newly Discovered “Short Sleep” Gene Has a Side Benefit

The scientists who identified the two known human genes that promote “natural short sleep” — nightly sleep that lasts just four to six hours but leaves people feeling well-rested — have now discovered a third, and it has some side benefits. Researchers at University of California San Francisco say that third gene is the first…
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Sleep Disturbances Linked with Alzheimer’s

Sleep disturbances among Hispanics may increase their risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by a neurologist and sleep expert. “Insomnia, and prolonged sleep duration appear to be linked to a decline in neurocognitive functioning that can precede the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias,” said Alberto R….
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Rare Sleep Disorder More Common Among Vets with PTSD

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or concussion symptoms suffer from a thrashing form of sleep behavior at a rate that is far higher than the general population.  The study was conducted by researchers at the VA Portland Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University.  They say they next want to probe whether…
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Urban Poverty Leads to Sleep Problems for Diverse Mothers and Children

African-American and other ethnically diverse mothers know the value of a good night’s sleep, but they and their young children are at risk for developing sleep problems if they live in urban poverty, a new study finds. The study, conducted at Rutgers University, looked at the sleeping patterns of 32 women and their children ages,…
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Junk Food Just Smells Better When You’re Sleep Deprived

When you’re sleep deprived, you tend to reach for doughnuts, fries and pizza. A new Northwestern Medicine study has figured out why you crave more calorie-dense, high-fat foods after a sleepless night — and how to help thwart those unhealthy choices. Blame it on your nose – or olfactory system — which is affected in…
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Bees Have a Sleep Skill That All Moms Would Love to Have

It’s not going out on a limb to say all moms, at some point or another (or all of the time) are sleep deprived.  Unfortunately, young children don’t always sleep the way we hope they will.  New research shows that bees have the solution.  They hardly sleep when taking care of young ones, and it…
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Better Sleep Habits Equal Better College Grades

It may seem obvious that sleep is an important key to succeeding in college, but a new study shows just how critical it really is. Two MIT professors found a strong relationship not just between students’ grades and how much sleep they’re getting, but also what time students go to bed, and how often they…
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New Study Charts Differences in Sleep Due to Age and Geography

A new and exceptionally extensive worldwide study on sleep looked at nearly a quarter of a million nights of sleep among sleepers ranging between 16 and 30 years of age, and came away with some very interesting findings. The researchers indicate that there are differences in the duration and timing of sleep by age, geographical…
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Technique Can Lead to More Sleep for Teens

Americans in general don’t get nearly enough sleep, which leads to a variety of health problems.  For teens, those problems are amplified because their bodies need the energy to grow.  That’s why new research announced today is so exciting.  Researchers say they’ve found a technique to reset teen body clocks, and help them get an…
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REM Sleep is a Time for the Brain to Forget

Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is a fascinating period when most of our dreams are made. It’s also apparently a time to forget. A team of Japanese and U.S. researchers say that according to their new research, REM sleep is when the brain actively and intentionally forgets things.  Their results suggest that forgetting during…
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