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  • 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>>
  • Smartphones for sleep: Can sleep-tracking apps improve your sleep?

    Oct 23 2013...
    Health and fitness tracking are a booming business rooted in our smartphones. Calorie counters help us watch we eat. Workout trackers log the miles we run and bike. But can sleep apps improve the way we sleep?

    Search on the App Store or Google Play for sleep and you’ll find an assortment of sleep apps of varying quality. There are apps that generate white noise or soothing background sounds, apps that interpret your dreams and special alarm clocks that supposedly align with your sleep cycle.

    Sleep tracker apps tend to be the most popular. The apps use your smartphone’s motion sensor to detect your movements while you sleep – most require that you sleep with your phone under your pillow or next to you. In the morning, you’ll get a report with information about your sleep length and quality. READ MORE>>
  • Fun, free apps help children learn about sleep

    Oct 14 2013...
    Help your child become a super sleeper using two free children’s apps from the AASM. Download the fun, interactive apps for your iPad, Kindle Fire or Android tablet.

    The AASM recommends sharing the apps with children during the daytime for educational enjoyment and interaction. Special features make learning fun for kids. Each app includes pop-up facts, a coloring book, puzzle, quiz and matching game. READ MORE>>
  • A high school student's "Sleep Story"

    Oct 04 2013...
    The American Sleep Medicine Foundation recently challenged high school students around the country to create a video sleep story. A few dozen aspiring scientists and filmmakers answered their call, submitting documentaries, dramas and other creative takes on sleep topics. A panel of sleep physicians and researchers had the challenging job of narrowing the field down to a winning and several runners-up. 

    Congratulations to Jasper Lown, of Wheaton-Warrenville South High School for winning the 2013 ASMF Sleep Story Video Contest with this video: 

    READ MORE>>
  • Children will love to see the sleeping animals: Book review

    Sep 27 2013...
    Children will be instantly drawn into I See the Animals Sleeping: A Bedtime Story. They will enjoy the pictures, storyline and writing pattern, while learning about the science of animals, their habitats and the importance of sleep. There is a smooth and rhythmic feel to the story that creates an enjoyable read. READ MORE>>
  • Study finds daytime naps improve learning in preschoolers

    Sep 25 2013...
    Not only is sleep important for children’s bodies it’s also important for their brains. A new study shows that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memory.

    Children who napped performed significantly better on a visual-spatial task in the afternoon after a nap and the next day than those who did not nap. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Like a Tiger: Book review

    Sep 20 2013...
    In her first children’s picture book, Sleep Like a Tiger, poet and author Mary Logue crafts a soothing bedtime story about “a little girl who didn’t want to go to sleep.” Logue’s story is as warm and comforting as a winter blanket. She alternates simple text with bursts of poetic imagery. READ MORE>>
  • CPAP helps you feel and look your best

    Sep 16 2013...
    People with sleep apnea often report that they feel like a new person when they begin using CPAP therapy. They sleep better at night and have more energy during the day. As a result their mood also improves. Now a new study shows that CPAP may help you look better too. READ MORE>>
  • Sleepless in Japan: the capsule hotel experience

    Sep 16 2013...
    I lay awake in a cramped fiberglass box, sleepless from the echoes of snoring that surrounded me. An alarm clock seemed to go off every time I started to fall asleep. I had made a terrible mistake in the name of adventure.

    Throughout my travel experiences, I’ve found a way to fall asleep in hostel dormitories packed with rowdy Australian travelers, dirty hotels that more than likely had bedbug infestations and on the couches of strangers. None of those experiences would prepare me for the Japanese equivalent of a cheap room. READ MORE>>