Sleep Info

Ask Happy Dan: Pillow for Side and Back Sleeper

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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Sleep Health Program Helps Our Heros

Firefighters are the first to rush into a burning building to save a life.  They don’t think about it … they just do it.  One of the downsides of being a firefighter, other than the risk of fire, is the very strange hours you’re sometimes forced to work.  The odd sleep schedule required for the…
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20% of Teens Lose Sleep over Social Media

New research says one in five young people regularly wake up in the middle of the night to check social media, making them far more likely to feel constantly tired at school than their peers who do not log on at night. Over 900 pupils, aged between 12-15 years, were recruited and asked to complete a…
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40+ Sleep Tips for Those Who are 50+

Sleeping definitely gets more difficult as you get older.  With that in mind, a new report has loads of sleep tips designed specifically for those who are older than 50. The report is authored by the Global Council on Brain Health, a group convened by the AARP, and looks at the link between brain health and…
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Sleep Labs Could Soon Become a Thing of the Past

Researchers have developed a new system to evaluate sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) without a trip to a sleep lab. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a new system to assess obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity while a patient is awake and analyze sleep-wake activity, using his or her smartphone….
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Afternoon Naps Can Boost Brain Function in Older Adults

Preserving your memory, as well as your ability to think clearly and make decisions, is a key goal for people as they age. New research says the key may be taking an hour-long nap in the afternoon. In a new study, researchers examined information provided by nearly 3,000 Chinese adults aged 65 and older.  Nearly…
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The Dangers of Sleeping in the Cold

A large portion of the country is living in a deep freeze right now, with temperatures staying well below freezing for days on end.  Between heavy snow and wind, power outages are assured.  How can you sleep at night in a cold house, and what are the dangers?  Here are some tips from SleepBetter: Be…
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Sleep Aids in Brain Injury Recovery

After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), people also experience major sleep problems, including changes in their sleep-wake cycle. A new study shows that recovering from these two conditions occurs in parallel. “These results suggest that monitoring a person’s sleep-wake cycle may be a useful tool for assessing their recovery after TBI,” said study author Nadia…
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High Schoolers Would Benefit From Later Start Times

With students around the country settling back into their school schedules after the winter break, a new study says they should be starting later in the day. A review of the scientific literature by a group composed of representatives from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sleep Research Society,…
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Your Most Important New Year’s Resolution: Sleep

Are you thinking about your New Year’s Resolution?  If you’re like most people, it’s some version of one of the following: Be a nicer person Lose weight Get ahead at work/find a job Did you know that you could be more successful in actually living up to each of those resolutions by getting a good…
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