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Driving Drowsy Can Ruin Your Holidays

Between marathon shopping trips, family gatherings, and office parties, drowsy driving is a big problem this time of year. A study of investigations done by the National Transportation Safety Board found that fatigue was a factor in 40% of highway crashes.  Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving is implicated in…
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Bad Dreams Serve a Purpose

No one really likes a bad dream, but according to new research they help us to better handle real life fear. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), Switzerland, – working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin (USA) – analysed the dreams of a number of people and…
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The Impacts of Sleep Deprivation Are Far Worse Than We Thought

One of the largest sleep studies ever conducted has revealed that sleep deprivation affects us much more than previously thought. The research from Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab is not only one of the largest studies, but also the first to assess how sleep deprivation impacts placekeeping – or, the ability to complete…
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The Tryptophan from Turkey Does Not Make You Sleepy

Every year around the table at Thanksgiving, someone makes a joke about the tryptophan in turkey making them sleepy.  It’s almost become cliche’.  But, is it true?  Turkey meat does indeed contain tryptophan.  The body uses tryptophan in a multi-step process to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that helps regulate sleep.  So, it…
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Thank Goodness Black Friday Isn’t as Important Anymore

Years ago, we wrote articles on SleepBetter.org urging people to not get up before the crack of dawn to shop, because it completely ruined their sleep schedule.  People didn’t really listen then, but these days technology has taken care of the problem for us. Black Friday deals were enticing before online shopping became too prevalent…
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Tips to Ensure Your Thanksgiving Feast Doesn’t Ruin Your Sleep

The traditional American Thanksgiving feast is a major highlight of the holiday season for families across the country, but all of the food and revelry can keep you from sleeping properly afterward. The wonderful thing about Thanksgiving is seeing family and friends, and of course being thankful for the things and people we have in…
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Less Than One Hour of Extra Sleep Could Be a Huge Benefit to College Students

Between studies and social life, it’s tough getting a good night’s sleep in college.  But, a new study shows that even a fraction of an hour of extra sleep could bring big benefits. In a study led by Penn State, researchers found that when asked to extend their sleep, college students were able to get…
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Ask Happy Dan: Can I Wash My Foam Pillow?

When you have questions about pillows and other bedding, Happy Dan the Pillow Man is your guy! He’s happy because he always gets a good night’s sleep. Happy Dan is the alter ego of Dan Schecter, Senior Vice President at Carpenter Co., and the creator of SleepBetter.org. He’s spent 30 years learning about pillows and…
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Five Sleep Better Tips for Holiday Air Travel

Millions of Americans soon will take flight and travel to visit relatives for Thanksgiving or other year-end holidays.  Anyone who’s ever been on a plane knows that it’s cramped, crowded, and uncomfortable even if you’re not trying to sleep.  If you’re trying to catch a few zzz’s, it can be downright miserable.  If you’re one…
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Could Sleep Help Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?

A new partnership between two leading medical research charities has launched today to explore how improving the brain’s waste disposal system could be the key to preventing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The glymphatic system, a recently discovered brain-wide pathway, works to remove waste products from the brain. Parkinson’s UK and Alzheimer’s Research UK have teamed…
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