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Scientists Are Studying an Indian Herb That Induces Sleep

Can’t sleep? Your sleep problems may be improved if you try an Indian herb, Ashwagandha. Researchers in the sleep institute in Japan found that an active component of Ashwagandha leaves significantly induces sleep. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a central herb in Ayurveda, the traditional home medicine native to India. As signified by its Latin name…
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Truckers With Untreated Sleep Apnea Have Higher Crash Risk

Truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and do not attempt to treat their disorder have a fivefold increase in the risk of a severe crash, according to a new study co-authored by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers. Drivers who did not follow the sleep apnea treatment administered by the study fleet were discharged or…
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A Case Against Delaying School Start Times

While there’s been a big push over the last handful of years to delay start times for high school, a group of researchers says it won’t help. The research, conducted in the UK by the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more…
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Cut Down on Salt for Fewer Nighttime Bathroom Trips

Lowering your salt intake could mean fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, a new study suggests. Most people over age 60, and many even younger, wake up to urinate one or more times a night. This is called nocturia. This interruption of sleep can lead to problems such as stress,…
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Sleep Deprivation Impairs the Ability to Decipher Facial Expressions

After a rough night’s sleep, your ability to recognize whether those around you are happy or sad could suffer, according to a study led by a University of Arizona psychologist. The research found that study participants had a harder time identifying facial expressions of happiness or sadness when they were sleep deprived versus well-rested. The sleepy…
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Improving Your Sleep is as Beneficial as Winning the Lottery

Improving your sleep quality is as beneficial to health and happiness as winning the lottery, according to new UK research.   Dr Nicole Tang in the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick has discovered that working on getting a better night’s sleep can lead to optimal physical and mental well-being over time –…
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Untreated Childhood Sleep Apnea Can Cause Serious Cognitive Issues

A new study shows that leaving sleep apnea untreated in children can cause significant cognitive and mood difficiencies. The study compared children between 7 and 11 years of age who have moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea to children the same age who slept normally.  It found significant reductions of gray matter – brain cells involved…
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Poor Childhood Sleep May Lead to Problems Later

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood. The study found significant differences in the responses of parents and teachers to surveys regarding executive function – which…
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To Boost Memory and Sleep, Try “Pink Noise”

New research conducted by Northwestern Medicine shows that sound stimulation significantly improved sleep and memory in older adults. Deep sleep is critical for memory consolidation. But beginning in middle age, deep sleep decreases substantially, which scientists believe contributes to memory loss in aging. Researchers found, however, that stimulation like the rush of a waterfall significantly enhanced…
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High Tech Sleep Tracking Can Actually Cause Sleep Troubles

It seems every day a new high-tech device pops up that promises to tell you exactly how well you sleep, and how you can sleep better.  But, do they work?  Unfortunately, enthusiasm for the devices may overshadow what they can deliver. “It’s great that so many people want to improve their sleep. However, the claims…
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