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Tired Teens More Likely to Commit Crimes as Adults

We already know from previous research that teens who self-report feeling drowsy mid-afternoon also tend to exhibit more anti-social behavior such as lying, cheating, stealing and fighting.  Startling new research now shows that those same teens are 4.5 times more likely to commit violent crimes a decade and a half later. “It’s the first study…
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It’s Official, Everyone Skimps on Sleep

The urge is strong to binge watch one more Netflix show, read just a few more Facebook posts, or answer a couple more texts.  It can keep you from getting into your bed far later than you should.  But, do you think that would change if you didn’t have TV a laptop, a smartphone, or…
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You May Sleep Worse With the Air Conditioning On

While it’s still technically winter, people around the country have been getting a preview of spring and even summer, as temperatures have climbed over the last couple of weeks to heights rarely seen in February.  It’s enough to get us thinking about summer, and that means air conditioning for most.  New research conducted in Japan shows…
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What Causes Sleepiness When We’re Sick?

It’s well known that humans and other animals are fatigued and sleepy when sick, and it certainly makes sense when you think about why, but new research is telling us how the process works.  It turns out a microscopic roundworm is providing an explanation, and it could lead to treatment for conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome….
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More Quality Control Needed for OTC Melatonin Supplements

While SleepBetter is generally against the use of over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids, the use of many, including melatonin, is increasing.  There’s a new reason we should all be concerned.  A new study suggests that the amount of melatonin in dietary supplements could vary widely from what is listed on the label. Results of the Canadian research…
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Your Preschooler Needs a Nap to Learn Better

Naps aren’t just good for keeping preschoolers from getting too cranky in the afternoon, they also help them learn. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime plays an important role in language learning in preschool-age children. Researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds and found that those who napped after learning new verbs…
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Ask Happy Dan: Pillow for a Bad Neck

When you have questions about pillows and other bedding, Happy Dan the Pillow Man is your guy!  He’s happy because he always gets a good night’s sleep.  Happy Dan is the alter ego of Dan Schecter, Senior Vice President at Carpenter Co., and the creator of SleepBetter.org.  He’s spent 30 years learning about pillows and…
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Insomnia Linked to Higher Chance of Asthma

New research says individuals experiencing insomnia symptoms have a higher risk of developing asthma. Asthma affects approximately 300 million people worldwide, with major risk factors including smoking, obesity and air pollution. More recently, symptoms of depression and anxiety have been associated with a risk of developing asthma in adulthood. Sleep researcher and last author of the…
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Sleep Deprivation Hinder’s the Brain’s Ability to Form New Memories

Studying mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have provided still more evidence that a key purpose of sleep is to recalibrate the brain cells responsible for learning and memory, so the animals can “solidify” lessons learned and use them when they awaken. The researchers, all of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, also report they…
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Camping in February: A Recipe for Better Sleep

Filling the day with natural light and the night with true darkness for as little as a weekend can have a profound impact on how well we fall asleep and stay asleep, according to new research from the Colorado University.   “These studies suggest that our internal clock responds strongly and quite rapidly to the…
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