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Does Obesity Actually Lead to Sleep Loss?

Can staying up late make you fat? A growing body of research has suggested that poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of obesity by deregulating appetite, which in turn leads to more calorie consumption. But a new study published this week found that the direction of this reaction might actually be flipped:…
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Babies Retain More Information After Naps Than Previously Thought

New first-of-its-kind research from Germany shows that babies build their episodic memory when they nap. What this means is that they are able to remember the details of their individual experiences after napping. The scientists examined this relationship using a three-phase study. During the learning phase, the 14 to 17-month-old children in the study were…
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Early Bedtime Helps Children Maintain Healthy Weight

Going to bed early and following a consistent bedtime routine may help reduce children’s risk of becoming overweight or obese, according to a new study. In the study of 1,258 Indigenous Australian children with an average age of 6 years, children who consistently went to bed late experienced greater weight gain over several years than…
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We’re More Negative When We Haven’t Slept

Much of what we see on the news is negative, and these days it’s even more so.  If you’re not getting enough sleep, everything seems even worse. New research shows that we perceive neutral items far more negatively when we haven’t slept well.  In the study, participants were tested the morning after five nights of…
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Sleep Better in These Stressful Times

It’s not news to say that many people around the U.S. and elsewhere in the world are stressed out right now.  With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, if you don’t have the virus you’re likely concerned that you or a family member might get it.  All of that stress is definitely not good for sleep. …
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Alcohol and Sleep During Social Distancing

One of the running jokes about our extended “time out” from society during social distancing is that all of us are drinking a lot of alcohol.  Despite bars and restaurants being closed, it’s true that many people are drinking more than usual.  It’s also true that overdoing it can lead to sleep problems. While it’s…
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The Risk of Doctor Burnout Due to Lack of Sleep

During this pandemic, we’re all hailing the medical professionals who are putting their health in danger to try to help the sick.  But, according to a new position statement published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, physician burnout is a significantly underappreciated public safety issue, and sleep loss is often overlooked as a contributing…
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What Happens When Your Child Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep?

There are so many good reasons to try to ensure that your child gets enough sleep that it’s not possible to list them all here.  But, does your child get enough rest?  “If we make sure our children get enough sleep, it can help protect them from mental health problems,” says Bror M. Ranum, a…
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Keep a Consistent Bedtime For Heart Health

Despite increasing awareness of how critical sleep is to our health, getting a good night’s rest remains increasingly difficult in a world that’s always “on” — responding to emails at all hours, news cycles that change with every tweet and staring endlessly into the blue light of cell phone, tablet and computers screens.  It’s become…
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Bad Sleep Habits Lead to Depression in Teens

It’s a difficult time for some teenagers.  Schools being closed across the country due to COVID-19 social isolation is a reason for some of them to celebrate.  But, for some, not having the social time that comes with school and other activities can lead to depression.  Now, a new study shows that bad sleep habits…
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