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High Tech Intelligence Could Help Diagnose Sleep Disorders

Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve efficiencies and precision in sleep medicine, resulting in more patient-centered care and better outcomes, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The statement was developed by the AASM’s Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Medicine Committee, and says the electrophysiological data collected during polysomnography — the…
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What Kind of New Pillow Should You Buy?

Do you dream about a deep slumber that lasts all night?  There are many, many things that can keep us from sleeping soundly, and if you’re not sleeping as well as you like, you should definitely discuss it with your doctor.  One thing you may be told, however, is to evaluate whether your bedding is supportive…
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New Surveys Show Impact of Time Change on Americans

The United States and other countries “spring forward” to begin Daylight Saving Time on March 8, and a new survey tries to show just how that time change impacts the average person. The start of daylight saving time means many will lose an hour of sleep – and 55% of Americans report feeling tired after…
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Improve Your Learning While You Sleep, With a Rose

People have been trying to learn while sleeping for decades, but according to new research, it might have been more effective if they were also smelling the right smells. The supportive effect of smells on learning success when presented both during learning and sleep was first proven in an extensive sleep laboratory study. Researchers at…
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Later School Start Times Means Fewer Car Crashes

A new study found that later school start times were associated with a significant drop in vehicle accidents involving teen drivers. Researchers analyzed motor vehicle accident statistics involving adolescents in Fairfax County, Virginia, for two school years before and after the implementation of later school start times. Results show that the crash rate in 16-to-18-year-old…
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Why Does Poor Sleep Increase Heart Problems in Women?

New research is looking into why lack of sleep tends to lead to heart issues with women, and the answers are pointing to food as the culprit. Women who sleep poorly tend to overeat and consume a lower-quality diet, according to a new study from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The findings provide…
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The Smell of Your Partner Can Help You Sleep

The scent of a romantic partner can improve sleep, suggests new psychology research from the University of British Columbia. The researchers found that study participants who were exposed to their partner’s scent overnight experienced better sleep quality, even though their partner was not physically present. “Our findings provide new evidence that merely sleeping with a…
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Mental Health in Children is Impacted by Sleep Duration

Lack of sleep can make adults cranky and irritable, but among children, the impacts are more severe.  According to new research, depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance in children are all effected by the amount of sleep they get. Sleep states are active processes that support reorganization of brain circuitry. This makes sleep…
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Apparently Some People do Hibernate in the Winter

For many, the dark, cold winter months are a time to catch up on sleep. According to a recent American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey, 34% percent of U.S. adults report sleeping more in winter, compared to 10% who sleep less than usual. This is a near reversal from the brighter, more activity-filled months…
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Family and Environmental Risk Factors Linked to Poor Sleep in Children

Poor sleep habits and sleep disorders are very common in early childhood, especially in children exposed to multiple family and environmental risks like parental depression and poverty, say researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Focusing on otherwise healthy children ranging in age from two to five years old, researchers recruited 205 pairs of children…
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