Sleep Info

The Smell of Your Partner Can Help You Sleep

The scent of a romantic partner can improve sleep, suggests new psychology research from the University of British Columbia. The researchers found that study participants who were exposed to their partner’s scent overnight experienced better sleep quality, even though their partner was not physically present. “Our findings provide new evidence that merely sleeping with a…
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Mental Health in Children is Impacted by Sleep Duration

Lack of sleep can make adults cranky and irritable, but among children, the impacts are more severe.  According to new research, depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance in children are all effected by the amount of sleep they get. Sleep states are active processes that support reorganization of brain circuitry. This makes sleep…
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Apparently Some People do Hibernate in the Winter

For many, the dark, cold winter months are a time to catch up on sleep. According to a recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey, 34% percent of U.S. adults report sleeping more in winter, compared to 10% who sleep less than usual. This is a near reversal from the brighter, more activity-filled months…
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Family and Environmental Risk Factors Linked to Poor Sleep in Children

Poor sleep habits and sleep disorders are very common in early childhood, especially in children exposed to multiple family and environmental risks like parental depression and poverty, say researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Focusing on otherwise healthy children ranging in age from two to five years old, researchers recruited 205 pairs of children…
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New Study Provides First-Ever Criteria For Good Infant Sleep

According to a new study from Finland, sleep problems among infants are very common and normally improve by the time the child reaches the age of two.  The study, carried out by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the University of Turku, found that large changes take place in the sleep of…
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Night Shift Sleep Schedule Can Lead to Stroke and Diabetes

Shift workers, or people who work evening and overnight shifts, are at a significantly increased risk for sleep disorders and metabolic syndrome, which increases their risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes mellitus. That’s according to a newly published clinical review. Researchers say night-shift workers are especially prone to developing sleep disorders and…
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Springing Forward Brings a Surge of Car Crashes

With the shift to Daylight Saving Time just a bit more than a month away, a new study is out that shows the rate of fatal car accidents in the United States spikes by 6% during the workweek following the “spring forward,” resulting in about 28 additional deaths each year. The study from the University…
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Can’t Sleep? Blame Your Parents.

If you have trouble sleeping at night, you might want to blame your parents. Problems sleeping, from struggling to doze off to waking up through the night, are more common in people whose parents have the same issue, a study suggests.  The evidence suggests loud snoring may be partly inherited too, along with sleepiness during the…
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5 Reasons Why the Right Pillow Matters So Much

What’s the most important sleep item in your toolbox?  You could make a case for a number of things, depending upon how you sleep, but one that has to keep rising to the top is the humble pillow.  If you have the wrong one for your sleep style, it can create a variety of problems.  …
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Sleep is in Short Supply for Many Critical Workers in the U.S.

Lack of sleep is a big problem across the world, but a new study reports that it’s even more of a problem for people with some of the most critical jobs in the community — the military, health care workers, and truckers.   The Ball State University analysis of data from more than 150,000 employed adults…
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