Sleep Info

Questions and Answers About Dreams, With the ASA

The most common questions we get from visitors to SleepBetter.org are about dreams.  It’s not surprising, as they are rather mysterious even to the experts.  We asked some of the most common questions to Dr. Neil Kline from the American Sleep Association (ASA). Why do we dream? Dr. Kline: Although there is much that we…
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New Study: Having Your Dog in the Bedroom is a Good Thing

It turns out maybe having Fido or Fifi in your bedroom with you is okay, as long as the pup isn’t actually in your bed. It’s no secret that dogs love to sleep near their favorite humans.  And, in many cases, the feeling is mutual.    According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40…
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Six Tips for Your Autumn Sleep Check-up

Labor Day has come and gone and it’s time to get back into the fall routine.  The kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter, and it won’t be long before the leaves start changing colors.  Autumn has always been an ideal time to step back and look at your family’s needs. Getting…
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Sleep Comfortably Without Electricity

The entire nation has been watching the destruction from the wind and incredible amount of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, and is now bracing itself for the monster Hurricane Irma to hit somewhere in Florida and in the southeast.  Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that doesn’t have to evacuate,…
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Childhood Sleep Quality Linked to Mother’s Insomnia

Swiss and UK researchers say their new study indicates that children more often sleep poorly if their mothers suffer from insomnia symptoms. This report comes from researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the University of Warwick in England.  It grew from a study of 200 school-aged children and their parents. Sleep plays…
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Ingredient Found in Sugarcane Can Help Stressed People Sleep

It’s not news that stress can keep you from sleeping, or at least sleeping well.  But, a new study from a Japanese university says there’s a cure: sugarcane. The research group led by Mahesh K. Kaushik and Yoshihiro Urade of the University of Tsukuba, found that the substance octacosanol reduces stress and restores stress-affected sleep…
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Discovery May Lead to Cure for Some Types of Insomnia

Johns Hopkins researchers report the unexpected presence of a type of neuron in the brains of mice that appears to play a central role in promoting sleep by turning ‘off’ wake-promoting neurons. The newly identified brain cells, located in a part of the hypothalamus called the zona incerta, they say, could offer novel drug targets…
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Lack of Sleep Increases Risk-Taking

Not sleeping the correct amount has a lot of downsides, including obesity, heart disease, and reduced mental capacity.  Add another possible side effect: increased risk-taking. Young adults have a natural sleep requirement of about nine hours a day on average.  Older adults need seven-and-a-half hours. According to studies, however, about one-third of the persons in…
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Less REM Sleep Tied to Risk of Dementia

When you have rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, you dream.  But, according to a new study, individuals who get less REM sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia. There are five stages of sleep. Stage one is light sleep. Stage two is when the body begins to prepare for deeper sleep, including stages…
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Half of Parents Not in Favor of Later School Start Times

With school back in session (or nearly back in session) across the country, sleep for students is a big issue around many households.  Leading pediatrics and sleep associations agree that teens shouldn’t start school before 8:30 a.m.  However, a lot of parents are not on board for changes to fix the problem. A new study…
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