Kids, Smartphones, and Sleep

Kids, Smartphones, and Sleep

Two-thirds of high schoolers sleep next to a phone or tablet—and 47% awake at least once per night to respond to messages! A meta-analysis of 17 studies finds the use of smartphones and tablets at night are a significant problem for the amount and quality of sleep...
Sleep Deprivation Associated with Excess Weight

Sleep Deprivation Associated with Excess Weight

Increasing evidence demonstrates inadequate sleep may significantly influence obesity rates. Researchers with the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study found participants with short sleep (less than 8 hours per night) experienced changes in the appetite regulatory hormones....
Sleep Matters!

Sleep Matters!

Lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing 2.28% of the GDP because of lower productivity levels and a higher risk of mortality. Each year employees lose 1.2 million working days a year, and experience 13% increased risk of mortality. Researchers...
Sleep Deprivation Leads to Less Cognitive Flexibility

Sleep Deprivation Leads to Less Cognitive Flexibility

Sleep deprived people may perform expected tasks well. Yet, when they are faced with unexpected events their reaction times are significantly impaired. These impairments can lead to safety errors and accidents. Early research has found sleep loss or disruptions to...
Sleep Deprivation Common on the Street

Sleep Deprivation Common on the Street

This time of the year many of us savior the blessings of home and family. A survey from France compared age, sex, and location-matched individuals in the general population with homeless people and found they got significantly less sleep. The homeless, especially...
A Web-based Strategy for Insomnia

A Web-based Strategy for Insomnia

Close to 20% of the population struggle with insomnia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered the best first-line treatment, yet there are very few therapists with appropriate training. A randomized year-long clinical trial of a web-based CBT insomnia...
Early Bedtime for Preschoolers

Early Bedtime for Preschoolers

A new study suggests that putting preschoolers to bed early may help prevent the risk for adolescent obesity. The risk for adolescent obesity was cut in half when children went to bed before 8:00 PM compared to those who stayed up past 9:00 PM. It is estimated that...
84 Million U.S. Adults Don’t Get Enough Sleep

84 Million U.S. Adults Don’t Get Enough Sleep

One third of U.S. adults get less than the recommended 7 hours or more of sleep each day. The U.S. Centers for Disease control analyzed the sleep habits of almost 450,000 participants. Those aged 25-44 were the most likely to report inadequate sleep while those over...
Video: What if You Didn’t Sleep?

Video: What if You Didn’t Sleep?

In spite of growing evidence that adequate sleep is essential to every aspect of healthful living, estimates suggest that in the U.S. 66% of teens and 30% of adults are sleep-deprived. This short video animation provides an excellent summary of the importance of...
Just One Night of Sleep Deprivation?

Just One Night of Sleep Deprivation?

When thinking about treating obesity, most of us think of diet and exercise. However, sleep loss increasingly appears to be an important factor. Dogs deprived of sleep for one night suffered a drop of 33% insulin sensitivity. The same 8 dogs had a 21% drop when fed a...
Short Sleeping Equals More Colds

Short Sleeping Equals More Colds

Your mother may have told you that if you don’t get enough sleep you will get a cold. Now researchers have found that sleeping less than 6 hours per night does increase your risk of developing a cold when exposed to rhinovirus (the virus responsible for most...

Improve Your Game with Optimal Sleep!

When crunch time comes sleep is often sacrificed first. Athletes are no exception! Stanford University researchers found basketball players who got at least an extra hour of sleep each night for 5-7 weeks experienced increased shooting accuracy and sprint times by...
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