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Study: Driving After Missing Just a Little Sleep is Like Driving Drunk


Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the…
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The U.S. is Paying a Lot for Lack of Sleep


Lack of sleep among U.S. workers is costing the country’s economy up to $411 billion a year, which is 2.28 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, a new report finds. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and lower productivity levels among the…
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A Child’s Sleep Education Starts With The Parents


A new study indicates that children’s sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions. Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an…
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How One Late Night Impacts a Child

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Any parent can tell you about the consequences of their child not getting enough sleep. But there is far less known about the details of how sleep deprivation affects children’s brains and what this means for early brain development. “The process of sleep may be involved in brain ‘wiring’ in childhood and thus affect brain…
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Study Links Poor Sleep and Soda Consumption

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People who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to also drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, according to a new study of more than 18,000 adults. The authors, from the University of California in San Francisco, emphasize that it’s not yet clear whether drinking sugar-sweetened beverages…
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Debunking the Myth of the Sleep-Inducing Turkey


Every year people joke after their Thanksgiving feast that the tryptophan in turkey is making them need a nap.  There’s no doubt that many people end up groggy and sleepy after devouring loads of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and everything else that goes with Thanksgiving, but is it really the turkey that leads to the…
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Star Wars Fans Will Enjoy This Sleep Research


What do the Star Wars movies and sleep research have to do with each other?  Princess Leia … that’s what. Every night while you sleep, electrical waves of brain activity circle around each side of your brain, tracing a pattern that, were it on the surface of your head, might look like the twin hair…
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Research May Lead to Test for SIDS


Thanks to new research, babies could soon be test for being at risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) shortly after birth. Researchers at Australia’s Children’s Hospital at Westmead have discovered babies who die from SIDS have greatly decreased levels of a certain brain protein which regulates sleep arousal.  They also found the Orexin protein…
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Poor Sleep May Lead to Heart Problems

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It’s been known for some time that sleep apnea can cause heart problems, but new research says disrupted sleep by itself, without the presence of sleep apnea, can cause similar problems. Obstructive sleep apnea, sleep interrupted by pauses in breathing, is a known risk for atrial fibrillation – an irregular heartbeat that can lead to strokes,…
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Bedtime Use of Devices by Kids Doubles Risk of Poor Sleep


A new study has found that children using screen-based media devices such as smartphones and tablets at bedtime more than double the risk of inadequate sleep compared to children without access to such a device. The study, conducted at Cardiff University, comprised a systematic review of 20 existing observational studies, involving 125,198 children, also found…
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