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Topic: Sleep in the News

“Night Owl” Teen Girls Gain More Weight

A new Harvard Medical School study looked at the connection between when teens go to bed and the weight they gain, and found that night owl girls have more weight problems. Sleep experts call your sleep schedule a “chronotype.”  This new research found that for adolescent girls, but not boys, bigger waistlines and greater fat…
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Higher Brain Activity During the Day Drives More Need for Sleep

The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we’ve been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new British study on zebrafish. The research found a gene that responds to brain activity in order to coordinate the need for sleep. It helps shed new light on how sleep is…
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Researchers Hope to Improve Night-Shift Sleep

New research is examining strategies to help night-shift workers get more restful shuteye, critical to preventing ill health effects. “By next year, a quarter of the workforce will be over 55 years old,” said Yuan Zhang, an associate professor in UMass Lowell’s Solomont School of Nursing. “Inadequate sleep is one of the most difficult problems…
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Smoking and Vaping Will Both Steal Your Sleep

According to new research, it doesn’t matter whether you use traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes, smoking isn’t good for your sleep.   The study included 1,664 college students, 41% of whom reported ever trying or currently using e-cigarettes and 29% of whom reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes. Across all groups, average sleep scores indicated…
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Impulsive Behavior Linked to Sleep and Screen Time

New research suggests that children who do not sleep enough and use devices like computers and smartphones more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions.  “Impulsive behavior is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioral addictions and substance abuse,” said Dr. Michelle Guerrero, lead author…
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Scientists Find Additional Genetic Basis for Short Sleepers

About 10 years ago, researchers at UC San Francisco proved that “natural short sleep” — lifelong, nightly sleep that lasts just four to six hours yet leaves individuals feeling fully rested — was controlled by a gene in our body.  But, they realized that one mutation doesn’t account for all short sleepers.  Now, they’ve found…
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Optimistic People Sleep Better

People who are the most optimistic tend to be better sleepers, according to a new a study of young and middle-aged adults. More than 3,500 people ages 32-51 were included in the study sample. The participants included people in Birmingham, Alabama; Oakland, California; Chicago; and Minneapolis.  The research was led by Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social…
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Caregivers Lose a Lot of Sleep

Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep — a negative for themselves and potentially for those who receive their care. Informal caregiving for a person with dementia is akin to adding a part-time but unpaid job to one’s life, with…
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Is Diabetes Keeping You Up at Night?

A new study concludes that women with diabetes are at greater risk for sleep disturbances.  Hormone changes are known to alter insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, as well as interfere with women’s sleep patterns. But little was known about the association between diabetes and sleep disturbances during menopause until now. Estrogen and progesterone are known…
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Young People in Asia Get the Least Sleep

Are you tired? A new study of young and middle-aged adults shows it could be because of the way society functions in your part of the world. Researchers from Flinders University and the University of Helsinki collaborated with Finnish company, Polar, to compare the sleeping habits of 17,335 people wearing fitness trackers to measure their…
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