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Debunking the Myth of the Sleep-Inducing Turkey

Every year people say after their Thanksgiving feast that the tryptophan in turkey is making them need a nap.  There’s no doubt that many people end up groggy and sleepy after devouring loads of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and everything else that goes with Thanksgiving, but is it really the turkey that leads to the…
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Five Sleep Better Tips for Holiday Air Travel

Millions of Americans are about to take flight and travel to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or other year-end holidays.  Anyone who’s ever been on a plane knows that it’s cramped, crowded, and uncomfortable even if you’re not trying to sleep.  If you’re trying to catch a few zzz’s, it can be downright miserable.  If you’re…
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Insomnia Linked to Alcohol Use in Adolescents

New research indicates that young people with insomnia are more likely to use alcohol, and vice-versa. “Parents, educators, and therapists should consider insomnia to be a risk marker for alcohol use, and alcohol use a risk marker for insomnia, among early adolescents,” writes Rutgers University-Camden researcher Naomi Marmorstein in the study. Marmorstein, a professor of…
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Fight the Late Year Blues with Sun Therapy

We are officially in the time of year that a lot of people hate.  For much of the country right now, sunset is around 5:00 p.m. or even earlier, and it’s not going to get any later until after December 21.  With sunrise at around 7:00 a.m., many people are waking up in the dark…
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Sleep Apnea May Increase Chances of Alzheimer’s

 Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may put elderly people at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to new research. According to the new study, biomarkers for amyloid beta, the plaque-building peptides associated with Alzheimer’s disease, increase over time in elderly adults with OSA in proportion to OSA severity. Thus, individuals with more apneas per…
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Blame Your Mental Blunders on Poor Sleep

Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or, even worse, space out on the highway and nearly hit a stalled car? A new study is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts our brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses that affect…
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Youth More Vulnerable to Mobile Device Sleep Disruptions

With their brains, sleep patterns, and eyes still developing, children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the sleep-disrupting effects of screen time, according to a new and sweeping review of the literature. “The vast majority of studies find that kids and teens who consume more screen-based media are more likely to experience sleep disruption,” says…
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Fall Back Gracefully As Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States and some other countries on November 5, 2017.  We all know the mantra to help us remember what to do with our clocks for the time change: Spring Forward, Fall Back. Springing forward is the hard one, as you’re losing an hour of sleep and most of us…
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Assaults Increase on Day After We “Fall Back”

In about 10 days, we’ll undergo a strange yearly ritual during which time actually changes — the end of Daylight Saving Time.  According to new research, that time change leads to more violent acts.  On Sunday, Nov. 5, Daylight Saving Time officially ends in the United States and elsewhere. That means as we “fall back,”…
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Researchers Find Cause for Some Cases of SIDS

International research has uncovered a developmental abnormality in babies – especially in premature babies and in boys – that for the first time has been directly linked to cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Researchers believe this abnormality in the brain’s control of head and neck movement, breathing, heartbeat and the body’s responses to…
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