Sleep Info

Why it’s Hard to Wake Up on a Cold Morning

With summer right around the corner it seems like an odd time of year to be talking about it, but researchers say they’ve determined why our bodies don’t like to wake up on a cold morning.   Researchers at Northwestern University say we have a lot to learn about the link between sensory neurons and neurons…
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Keep a Journal to Help You Sleep Better in Stressful Times

Between the global pandemic COVID-19, the shutdowns that have happened since it emerged, and the taking economy, there’s no debating that we are living in extremely stressful times.  We have written several articles over the last couple of months about sleeping better during these challenging times, and one of the main points in each is…
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Don’t Just Sit There. Sleep Instead!

Moving more and sitting less was a challenge for many of us even before states started issuing stay-at-home orders. Despite disruptions to our daily work and exercise routines, there are some subtle changes we can make at home to help improve our mental health, and one of them includes sleep. Essentially, the research indicates that…
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When You’re Dreaming, Your Brain Tunes Out the World

French and Australian scientists have shown for the first tie how the brain suppresses information from the outside world, such as the sound of a conversation, during the sleep phase linked to dreaming. This ability could be one of the protective mechanisms of dreams. While we dream, we invent worlds that bear no relation to…
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Top Five Spring Cleaning Sleep Tips

Despite an unusual cold snap last weekend in many parts of the U.S., it now appears that the long and cold winter is in our rear-view mirror, and summer is right around the corner.  In between is spring, which is a perfect occasion to consider some changes in your sleeping environment. As the days are…
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New Research Watches Brain Replay Experiences During Sleep

When we fall asleep, our brains aren’t offline, they’re busy organizing new memories — and now, scientists have gotten a glimpse of the process. Researchers report in all new research the first direct evidence that human brains replay waking experiences while asleep. During sleep, the brain replays neural firing patterns experienced while awake, also known…
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Lack of Teen Sleep Can Cause “Loss of Pleasure”

Sleep patterns around the world have been disrupted as screen time increases and sleep routines change with COVID-19 self-isolation requirements. Negative mood is not unusual in adolescence, but lack of sleep can affect mental health, causing anhedonia (or loss of pleasure), anxiety, anger and significantly increasing the risk of depression, a global study of more…
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5 Tips to Sleep Better with Spring Allergies

With all of the talk about the COVID-19 pandemic, worrying about your allergies seems less important.  However, if you have seasonal allergies, it’s hard to breath well during this time of year when everything is blooming.  If you can’t breathe well due to congestion, sleeping becomes more difficult.  So, what’s a person to do?  Here…
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Survey: COVID-19 Pandemic is Significantly Reducing Our Sleep

According to new research that compares our sleep habits in January of 2020 to March of the same year, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing our quality of sleep to significantly decline. “The 2020 State of America’s Sleep” study was conducted by The Better Sleep Council (BSC), the consumer education arm of the International Sleep Products…
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Depression and Lack of Sleep During Social Distancing

In the best of times in the United States, about seven percent of the population lives with major depression.  When you add in a pandemic, lost jobs, and government-mandated isolation, you’ve got a recipe for a much more widespread problem.  In fact, calls to the federal mental health crisis hotline are 900-percent greater than this…
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