Sleep Info

How to Get More Infants “Back to Sleep”

The “Back to Sleep” program, touting appropriate sleeping positions and atmosphere for infants to avoid sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), is working.  But, how can it be even more effective?  A new study thinks it has the answer. Among mothers of newborns, participation in a mobile health intervention that included receiving frequent educational emails or…
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School Start Times Linked to Less Sleep and Lower Grades in Middle Schoolers

There has been a lot of talk about early school start times for high schoolers, and how adolescence leads to the students’ bodies pushing them to stay up later.  But, what about middle schoolers?  A new study says the findings are very similar to their older counterparts. Researchers looked at nearly 33,000 middle school students…
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Find a Purpose in Life for Better Sleep

Having a good reason to get out of bed in the morning means you are more likely to sleep better at night with less sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, reports a new study of older adults. This is the first study to show having a purpose in life specifically results in fewer sleep disturbances…
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Stop Blaming Electricity for Sleep Loss

It’s a standard line that humans sleep worse now than they did before most homes had electricity.  The logic goes that with electric lights to banish the darkness, the temptation to stay up late is increased.  According to a recent study, that’s just not so. In this study, researchers from the UK’s University of Surrey,…
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Poor Sleep in Middle Aged People May Lead to Alzheimer’s Later

A good night’s sleep refreshes body and mind, but a poor night’s sleep can do just the opposite. A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Radboud University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, and Stanford University has shown that disrupting just one night of sleep in healthy, middle-aged adults causes an increase…
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From the ASA: When Should You See a Sleep Specialist?

By Dr. Neil Kline, American Sleep Association Sleep specialists treat patients who have sleep disorders and sleep problems. A sleep specialist may be a physician or a clinical psychologist with extra training in sleep and sleep disorders. There are many types of sleep disorders and sleep problems. Generally, individuals should seek care for a sleep…
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Differences in Sleep Schedules Were an Evolutionary Adaptation

A study of modern hunter-gatherers in Tanzania finds that, for people who live in groups, differences in sleep patterns commonly associated with age help ensure that at least one person is awake at all times.  The research suggests that mismatched sleep schedules and restless nights may be an evolutionary leftover from a time many, many…
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A Cure for Blue Light Sleep Problems?

Problems with the blue light emitted by devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and even some TVs has been well documented.  They include a variety of symptoms, including problems sleeping.  Researchers now say they may have a solution. An exciting publication based on ongoing research on macular carotenoids from the University of Georgia demonstrates that…
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Device Invented to Help With Sleep in the Hospital

Anyone who has stayed overnight in the hospital knows at least one solid fact — it’s extremely difficult to sleep there.  Between the alarms and the frequent visits by hospital staff for vital signs checks, it’s hard to get a good night’s rest.  A new device is being introduced that might solve part of this…
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Sleep Problems an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s

New research says it has found a link between sleep disturbances and biological markers for Alzheimer’s disease found in the spinal fluid. “Previous evidence has shown that sleep may influence the development or progression of Alzheimer’s disease in various ways,” said study author Barbara B. Bendlin, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “For example, disrupted sleep…
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