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  • Sleep soundly with white noise in the bedroom

    Dec 27 2013...
    A silent bedroom is not always the best environment for a good night's sleep. Sudden sounds from your home or from outside are more likely to interrupt your sleep when your bedroom is too quiet. 

    David Neubauer, MD, a sleep physician at Johns Hopkins, advises his patients to pay attention to the noises in your bedroom. In the video below, he explains how you can improve your sleep with white noise in your bedroom.

  • Steam Train, Dream Train: Book review

    Dec 24 2013...
    Children have always loved trains. But bedtime? Not so much. Maybe that will change when you read Steam Train, Dream Train with your child. The picture book by Sherri Duskey Rinker tells the story of a mighty steam engine pulling into the station at night.

    At the station the train’s freight is loaded by a dreamlike animal crew. Juggling monkeys, bouncing rabbits, hopping kangaroos and giant dinosaurs quickly get to work. The book is skillfully illustrated in oil pastels by Tom Lichtenheld. His dark color palette provides a soothing atmosphere for the hustle and bustle of activity at the train station. READ MORE>>
  • Improve your golf game with CPAP therapy for sleep apnea

    Dec 16 2013...
    New research involved avid golfers with moderate to severe sleep apnea. They were treated with CPAP therapy for up to six months. During that time they played 20 rounds of golf. Then their Handicap Index was recalculated.

    Results show that their average handicap dropped 11 percent during the study period. Better golfers saw even greater improvement. Those who started the study with a handicap of 12 or less lowered it by 31.5 percent. READ MORE>>
  • Aaron Taylor interviewed about his sleep apnea in USA Today

    Dec 13 2013...
    CBS College Football analyst and former NFL player Aaron Taylor spoke about his experience with obstructive sleep apnea in a special supplement in this weekend's edition of USA Today. Taylor is partnering with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to raise public awareness of the sleep disorder.

    The death of friend and teammate Reggie White, who likely had sleep apnea, served as a wake up call for Taylor. His suspicions about his own sleep were confirmed when he had a sleep study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. READ MORE>>
  • Video preview: Free sleep apps for children

    Nov 22 2013...
    Children will have fun learning about sleep with two new apps from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Each app is available for free download on your iPad, Kindle Fire or Android tablet.

  • Late afternoon and early evening caffeine can disrupt sleep

    Nov 15 2013...
    That extra afternoon jolt of caffeine may be responsible for your tossing and turning at night. New research looked at caffeine’s effects on sleep taken 0, 3, or 6 hours before going to bed.

    The study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine involved 12 healthy normal sleepers. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University in Detroit looked at the effects of a given dose of caffeine taken at different times before sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Promoting healthy sleep with the CDC

    Nov 14 2013...
    As the nation’s health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackles the biggest health problems in the U.S. One problem on its radar is our lack of sleep.

    A wealth of research shows that sleep is essential for the health of your brain, heart and body. When sleep is lacking, problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression are much more likely to occur.

    Yesterday the AASM announced a new partnership with the CDC to develop the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Strategic direction for the project will be provided by the CDC, AASM and the Sleep Research Society. READ MORE>>
  • Night owls face disadvantages in high school years

    Nov 13 2013...
    Teenagers who stay up late during the school year are likely to have lower grades and more emotional problems than their morning lark counterparts, according to a study that looked at the long-term sleep habits of teens.

    The study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health involved a large sample of teens from across the country. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley looked at the teens’ academic records and reported bedtimes throughout their middle and high school years.

    About 30 percent of the teens had bedtimes later than 11:30 p.m. on school days and 1:30 a.m. in the summertime. This group was unable to meet their recommended 9 hours of sleep during the school year. As a result, these teens had lower GPA scores than their peers and more reported behavioral problems. READ MORE>>
  • Fall time change and how to adjust your sleep for the winter

    Oct 30 2013...
    Most of the United States will “fall back” to standard time on Sunday, November 3, at 2 a.m. Most people associate the fall time change with an extra hour of sleep followed by shorter days with earlier sunsets.

    Sleep physicians see the end of daylight saving time as a possible conflict between your body’s circadian rhythms and the expectations of society. READ MORE>>
  • Set a technology curfew to help your child sleep

    Oct 28 2013...
    How can sleep compete for kids’ attention in a new era of on-demand media? Making sure that children have a consistent bedtime is a good starting point. But a bedtime is not enough.

    It’s time for moms and dads to implement Bed 2.0. In addition to establishing a bedtime, parents need to develop some practical rules for media use in the home. This includes setting a technology "curfew” for media devices and cell phones prior to bedtime.

    Parents also should keep the TV and all Internet-connected devices out of a child’s bedroom. It is important for the bedroom to be a calm, quiet retreat from the day’s activities. READ MORE>>