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Topic: Sleep in the News

Study Links Irregular Sleep With Metabolic Disorders

A new study has found that not sticking to a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule, and thus getting different amounts of sleep each night, can put a person at higher risk for obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, high blood sugar and other metabolic disorders. In fact, for every hour of variability in time to bed and…
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Poor Sleep Tied to Memory Troubles Later in Life

A new study has found that inconsistent sleep times and reduced sleep quality adversely affect the memory of older adults.  Researchers say that more investigation is needed, but the findings could help open up a new area of research aimed at understanding the potential connection between poor sleep and the memory declines associated with aging….
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Temperature Extremes Keep You From Dreaming

New research shows you’re unlikely to dream when it’s either too hot or too cold. That’s because your brain will focus all its energies on its primordial role — keeping you alive. Swiss scientists studying the brains of genetically engineered mice were able to watch how changes in temperature affected the sleep state of these…
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Sleep Disturbances Put Firefighters at Risk

Sleep disturbances and mental health challenges are putting close to half of America’s firefighters at high risk of emotional fatigue and exhaustion, new research shows. The research was conducted by Monash University in Australia in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Of the 6,307 firefighters from 66 fire departments across the USA that…
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More Than a Third of People in the Americas Have Sleep Apnea

New research shows that more than a third of all people across North and South America have sleep apnea. The study, conducted by ResMed, is a deeper analysis of 2018 research.  It concludes that: 170 million people in North and South America (37 percent of adults) have sleep apnea 3 countries with the highest number…
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California Group Fights to Save Standard Time

A number of states around the country are currently considering ending the twice-per-year time shift between Standard Time and Daylight Saving Time, instead keeping DST as the year-round time.  The reasons for ending the time change include public health because shifting an hour two times a year is difficult for many, and also to allow…
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Lack of Sleep Linked to College Student Mental Health Issues

Preliminary results from a new study suggest that there is a relationship between insufficient sleep and mental health symptoms in collegiate students. Results show that in adjusted models, insufficient sleep was associated with all mental health variables. With every additional night of insufficient sleep, the risk of experiencing mental health symptoms increased on average by more…
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Poor Sleep and Poor Nutrition May Be Linked

Many Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep, and many do not consume the recommended amounts of important vitamins and minerals. A new study suggests the two factors may be connected. The research is based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults….
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Sleeping With the Light On Can Lead to Weight Gain in Women

Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The…
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How to Train Yourself to Become an Early Bird

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits and a decrease in depression and stress. New international research by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the…
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