Sleep Info

Sleep Loss Increases Sensitivity to Pain

Pain and sleep have one obvious connection.  When we’re in pain, we have a hard time sleeping. But, new research indicates that lack of sleep also makes pain worse.  The research, conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, helps explain the self-perpetuating cycles of sleep loss, chronic pain and even opioid addiction. A 2015 National…
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Presidential Sleep Problems

Being President of the United States is one of the most stressful jobs in the world.  So, it’s understandable if the individual holding that position has some sleepless nights.  Today is President’s Day, so we decided it would be interesting to look at Presidential sleep habits and problems throughout the years.  Here’s a rundown of…
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Having a Healthy Relationship Helps With Sleep

New research shows that having a solid relationship can not only help you sleep better now, but well into the future. The study from the University of Minnesota documented how the quality of a person’s romantic relationship and the life stress he or she experiences at two key points in early adulthood (at age 23…
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Getting Enough Sleep Reduces Heart Disease Risk

Getting plenty of sleep provides too many benefits to list, but researchers are tracking down the reasons for one of them.  A number of studies have shown that insufficient sleep increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have discovered one way that sleep protects against the buildup of arterial plaques…
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90% of Young People With Sleep Apnea are Undiagnosed

Up to 15-percent of children have some type of sleep disordered breathing (SDB), which may include obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and new research indicates that 90-percent go undiagnosed because symptoms are attributed to psychological or emotional issues. Sleep apnea and related conditions can cause lasting damage to brain development during crucial years. As a result, children…
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Here’s Why Sleeping With Your Cell Phone is a Bad Idea

We are a nation (and largely, a world) that is completely addicted to our smartphones.  It used to be when you walked into a restaurant or a bar, you saw people holding conversations.  Nowadays, a significant percentage of those people are staring at their screens.  It’s bad enough that states have had to pass new…
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Research Digs Into the Body’s Desire to Sleep When Sick

It’s obvious that the best thing for you when you’re sick is sleep.  But, science doesn’t really know what makes you need to sleep when you’re not feeling well.  Humans spend nearly one-third of their lives in slumber, yet sleep is still one of biology’s most enduring mysteries. In a study of over 12,000 lines…
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Teens Too High on Screen Time, Too Low on Sleep and Exercise

Only one out of twenty adolescents in the United States is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research released this week. The study, conducted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent…
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Sleep Apnea Creates Gaps in Memory

People with sleep apnea struggle to remember details of memories from their own lives, potentially making them vulnerable to depression, according to new research conducted in Australia. Estimated to affect more than 936 million people worldwide, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious condition that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep.  People with…
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You Can Learn While You Sleep

Years ago, you could buy language and even motivational tapes that were designed to be played while you slept.  Many people dismissed this technique, but new research shows it may have actually worked. Until now, sleep research focused on the consolidation of memories that had been formed during preceding wakefulness. However, learning during sleep has…
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