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Use Sleep To Your Advantage When Studying For Exams

Kids across the U.S. are wrapping up their school year.  While they’re obviously looking forward to summer vacation, many of them have one obstacle in the way — exams. Cramming for exams is almost a rite of passage for high schoolers and even some middle school students, but it’s never been a good idea.  Unfortunately, what…
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How to Reverse Sleep Problems in Teenagers

New research shows that by limiting evening exposure to screens like those on smartphones and tablets for just one week, many sleep problems in teenagers can be reversed. Recent studies have indicated that exposure to too much evening light, particularly the blue light emitted from screens on smartphones, tablets and computers can affect the brain’s…
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Preschoolers Who Watch TV Sleep Less

New research into preschool sleeping habits is making a significant case for limiting TV time for young children. The new study by University of Massachusetts Amherst neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer and developmental science graduate student Abigail Helm found that preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don’t. More surprising, perhaps, was that 36…
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How Employers Can Help Workers Sleep Better

Well-rested workers are healthier, happier, and more productive.  It obviously benefits employers to help workers get a better night’s rest, and a new study has revealed how they can help. Results show that in most studies, employer-sponsored efforts to encourage improved sleep hygiene and healthier habits have yielded improvements in sleep duration and sleep quality,…
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Good Sleep and Mood Leads to Better Memory Later in Life

A team of psychologists has found strong associations between working memory — a fundamental building block of a functioning mind — and three health-related factors: sleep, age, and depressed mood. The team also reports that each of these factors is associated with different aspects of working memory. Working memory is the part of short-term memory…
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Online Bullying Leads to Sleep Loss and Depression for its Victims

Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which causes a vicious circle because lack of sleep can raise levels of depression  Although research has examined the relationship between online bullying and depression, the University of Buffalo study is one of few to explore the connection between cyber victimization and sleep…
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New Guidelines Hope to Improve Hospital Sleep

Even though people in hospitals need plenty of sleep, hospitalization is seldom restful. Nighttime awakenings for various tests can disrupt sleep. This can cause grogginess, delirium and falls. To ameliorate this problem, researchers designed a study known as SIESTA (Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff To Act). SIESTA urges doctors and nurses to avoid nighttime disruptions…
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Top Five Spring Cleaning Sleep Tips

The long and cold winter is in our rear-view mirror, and summer is right around the corner.  In between, however, is time for spring, which is a perfect occasion to consider some changes in your sleeping environment. As the days are getting warmer, the change of seasons is a golden opportunity to take a look…
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Sleep and Exercise Affect New Moms and Dads Differently

In a study looking at the daily lives of new parents, a team led by Penn State researchers found that in general, getting more physical activity and more sleep from day to day was linked with more personal well-being, a better couple relationship and more closeness with their baby.  But, it definitely effects new moms…
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Study Says Insomniacs Less Able to Get Over Past Mistakes

Cringe-worthy mistakes and embarrassing blunders happen to everyone, but it turns out that insomniacs are more likely to relive them over and over.  Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience asked participants to relive their most shameful experiences of decades ago while making MRI scans of their brain activity. While good sleepers literally settled those…
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