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Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach

Sleeping position is a matter of personal preference.  It seems like everyone has a way they can fall asleep quicker and more comfortably.  However, there is one position that’s not as healthy as others. Sleeping on your stomach can cause a variety of problems, both short term and long term.  In fact, many stomach sleepers…
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Why Can’t You Sleep Well on the First Night of Vacation?


Have you ever heard of “sleeping with one eye open” in a dangerous situation?  It turns out your brain thinks anything new is a dangerous situation, and that’s why it’s hard to sleep well on the first night in a strange place. A study from Brown University looked at the phenomena, which sleep experts call…
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New Anti-SIDS Infant Sleep Guidelines Announced


According to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface.  The new guidelines are designed to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths. Recommendations call…
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Lack of Sleep Can Impact Male Fertility

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New research has found yet another way not getting the right amount of sleep can prove harmful.  Researchers from Boston University say getting either more or less than the optimal amount of time asleep can negatively impact male fertility. The “sweet spot” appears to be 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night, said study author…
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Study: Sleep Abnormality Plays Role in Schizophrenia


There’s more evidence that sleep issues cause a variety of seemingly unrelated problems.  According to new research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a sleep abnormality likely plays an important role in schizophrenia. “One of the most exciting advances in sleep research over the last decade has been the growing understanding of sleep’s causal relationship to psychiatric…
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From the ASA: What is Sleep Hygiene?


By Dr. Neil Kline, American Sleep Association Sleep hygiene refers to behavioral interventions that have the intention of promoting good sleep opportunities. They are based on basic biologic principals, and by understanding these principals and adjusting lifestyles to maximize sleep opportunity, sleep can be maximized. A well-rested person has more energy during the daytime and…
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Sleep Deprived Preschoolers May Become Overweight Preschoolers

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It’s well known that Americans, on average, don’t get enough sleep.  What people don’t think about is that many American children aren’t getting enough either, and it may end up making them overweight. According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 30-percent of preschoolers do not get enough sleep.  A new study from the University of Colorado…
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Ask the ASA: Settling an Overactive Brain


Welcome to Ask the ASA, a regular feature that allows our visitors to ask questions and receive answers from the American Sleep Association!  Use our contact form to send in your questions (or send them to us via Facebook or Twitter), and we’ll select the best ones to receive answers from the ASA. This time around, Dr….
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Despite Autumn Chill, a Lower Thermostat Will Help You Sleep Better


In parts of the U.S., the chill of autumn is starting to take hold. Some areas are starting to see leaves changing, while others are seeing morning temperatures dipping down into the 30s and 40s for the first time of the season. These cooler temperatures may have you reaching to turn up the thermostat, but…
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Your Brain Makes You Thirsty Before Bed

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Remember when you were a kid and asked your parents multiple times for a glass of water before bed? They may have pushed you off and told you to go to sleep, but it turns out you’ll have the last laugh.  According to a new study, our brains stimulate thirst before going to sleep. The…
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