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Snoring Doesn’t Necessarily Lead to Poor Sleep

It’s a common belief that individuals who snore are usually tired the next day.  But, new research suggests snoring does not lead to a bad night’s sleep, at least not for the person doing the snoring.  Scientists did some myth busting with a study of 74 people.  Volunteers had a device containing a small microphone…
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Peanut Allergies Affected by Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation and exercise can make people with peanut allergies more sensitive, according to a new British study The team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital found that exercise and sleep deprivation each significantly reduce the threshold of reactivity (the amount of peanut needed to trigger a reaction) in people with peanut allergy, putting them at greater risk…
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“Night Owl” Teen Girls Gain More Weight

A new Harvard Medical School study looked at the connection between when teens go to bed and the weight they gain, and found that night owl girls have more weight problems. Sleep experts call your sleep schedule a “chronotype.”  This new research found that for adolescent girls, but not boys, bigger waistlines and greater fat…
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Higher Brain Activity During the Day Drives More Need for Sleep

The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we’ve been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new British study on zebrafish. The research found a gene that responds to brain activity in order to coordinate the need for sleep. It helps shed new light on how sleep is…
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Researchers Hope to Improve Night-Shift Sleep

New research is examining strategies to help night-shift workers get more restful shuteye, critical to preventing ill health effects. “By next year, a quarter of the workforce will be over 55 years old,” said Yuan Zhang, an associate professor in UMass Lowell’s Solomont School of Nursing. “Inadequate sleep is one of the most difficult problems…
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Sleep Comfortably Without Electricity

The 2019 hurricane season is heating up in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  We’ve all seen the damage brought to the Bahamas and coastal North Carolina by Hurricane Dorian, and more storms are currently brewing.  While no one can truly prepare for a direct hit by a major hurricane, one of the most common problems…
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Smoking and Vaping Will Both Steal Your Sleep

According to new research, it doesn’t matter whether you use traditional cigarettes or e-cigarettes, smoking isn’t good for your sleep.   The study included 1,664 college students, 41% of whom reported ever trying or currently using e-cigarettes and 29% of whom reported ever trying or currently using traditional cigarettes. Across all groups, average sleep scores indicated…
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What To Do About Occasional Sleeplessness

Every now and then, nearly everyone goes through through periods when sleeping is difficult.  The list of reasons this could happen is very long.  But, what do you do about it?  Check out these SleepBetter tips: Review your bedding and sleep environment.  Many times, the place in which you sleep can be blamed for your…
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Impulsive Behavior Linked to Sleep and Screen Time

New research suggests that children who do not sleep enough and use devices like computers and smartphones more than recommended are more likely to act impulsively and make poorer decisions.  “Impulsive behavior is associated with numerous mental health and addiction problems, including eating disorders, behavioral addictions and substance abuse,” said Dr. Michelle Guerrero, lead author…
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Myths About Sleep [Infographic]

Myths About Sleep When it comes to sleep, there’s a lot to learn, and scientists are still trying to figure out a lot of things.  And, it doesn’t make it any easier that there are a lot of persistent false information about sleep.  In the 11 (and final) of our weekly summer infographics (which, when…
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