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  • 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: 

  • 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>>
  • What we can learn from 9/11 about dreams and nightmares

    Sep 11 2013...
    The disturbing images of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, N.Y., were like a waking nightmare. But did the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, affect how we dream? And can we learn anything about the role of dreaming from our response to these events?

    Researchers from Tufts University School of Medicine and Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston, Mass., sought to answer these questions. The study by Dr. Ernest Hartmann and Tyler Brezler was published in the journal Sleep in 2008. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep helps boost production of brain cells

    Sep 05 2013...
    A new study finds yet another reason to get more sleep – it’s beneficial for the brain. Sleep increases the reproduction of the cells that go on to form the insulating material on nerve cell projections in the brain and spinal cord known as myelin, according to an animal study published in the September 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings could one day lead scientists to new insights about sleep's role in brain repair and growth.

    Scientists have known for years that many genes are turned on during sleep and off during periods of wakefulness. However, it was unclear how sleep affects specific cells types, such as oligodendrocytes, which make myelin in the healthy brain and in response to injury. Much like the insulation around an electrical wire, myelin allows electrical impulses to move rapidly from one cell to the next. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep Starts

    Aug 22 2013...
    Sleep starts are also known as hypnic or hypnagogic jerks. They are sudden, brief and strong contractions of the body or one or more body segments. They occur as you are falling asleep. READ MORE>>