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  • Too little sleep could shrink your brain

    Sep 05 2014...
    A new study published online in Neurology suggests that getting too little sleep could lead to a shrinking brain.

    The study involved 147 adults with an average age of 54 years. They underwent two brain scans, one at the start of the study and one an average of three and half years later. Before getting the scans, participants completed a questionnaire about their sleep habits. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep well, work well: The link between sleep duration and sick time

    Sep 03 2014...
    A new study suggests that better job attendance may be one of the many benefits of healthy sleep. After all, you can’t perform well on the job if you don’t show up for work. To be there – and be well – you must sleep well.

    Results show that the sweet spot for sleep was between 7 and 8 hours. The sleep duration with the lowest risk of sick time for women was 7 hours, 38 minutes. For men it was 7 hours, 46 minutes. READ MORE>>
  • Five sleep tips for parents of tired teens

    Aug 27 2014...
    The summertime sleep habits of most teens today would be enough to make Ben Franklin blow a proverbial fuse. A 3 a.m. to Noon sleep schedule isn’t likely to meet his standard of “early to bed, early to rise.” But it can be the norm for night-owl teens when they are free from a school schedule.

    As teens go back to school for the fall, Ben will get his revenge each morning when the alarm clock sounds. These early morning wake-up calls will leave most teens short on sleep during the school week. Here are five tips from the AASM to help parents promote healthy sleep in teens. READ MORE>>
  • Severity of sleep apnea impacts risk of resistant high blood pressure

    Aug 25 2014...
    A new study shows a link between severe, untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the risk of high blood pressure even after using medications for high blood pressure. OSA is a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep.

    The current study included individuals participating in the baseline examination conducted for the Heart Biomarker Evaluation in Apnea Treatment (HeartBEAT) study. READ MORE>>
  • Fitband user data shows American cities need more sleep

    Aug 21 2014...
    If you live in a big city, chances are your neighbors aren’t getting enough sleep. Board certified sleep physicians recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and based on a newly released dataset, none of the major U.S. cities get that amount of sleep, on average.

    The wearable fitness tracking manufacturer Jawbone recently released its user data to the public. The device UP by Jawbone uses wrist actigraphy, a type of motion detector, to track how much sleep its users get per night. READ MORE>>
  • Health alarm: Snoring is a warning for sleep apnea

    Aug 12 2014...
    The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project is sounding the alarm that snoring is a warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. If you or your bed partner snores, pledge to stop the snore and talk to a doctor about sleep apnea.

    Like a fire alarm, snoring is a warning of danger that demands your attention. Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening disease involving episodes of complete or partial airway obstruction during sleep. Across the U.S. the problem of sleep apnea is growing. READ MORE>>
  • Back to school sleep tips for kids

    Aug 11 2014...
    For kids, the long summer of sleeping in, staying up late and enjoying leisurely mornings is coming to a rapid close. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) offers tips to help parents adjust their children’s sleep schedules for both success in school and to promote a healthy lifestyle. READ MORE>>
  • Gene mutation the real secret for successful short sleepers

    Aug 07 2014...
    New scientific evidence suggests that a small percentage of people have a short sleep gene. It allows them to retain their ability to think clearly and make informed decisions while sleeping very little.

    The research opposes the claims of some vocal short sleepers. These high-profile members of the so-called “sleepless elite” often brag about the competitive advantage of sleeping less than six hours per night. They preach that all of us can achieve more by sleeping less. READ MORE>>
  • Could Homer Simpson’s sleep apnea lead to his death?

    Jul 30 2014...
    Someone on The Simpsons will die in the season 26 premiere and it could be Homer Simpson, who has a newly-diagnosed sleep disorder. With a portly build and a large neck circumference, television’s most famous cartoon dad has long fit the profile of a person at-risk for sleep apnea.

    The teaser (see below) for the fateful episode shows Homer not only has sleep apnea, but an extremely severe case. Worse yet, he does not appear to be adherent to his CPAP treatment. It’s been well documented that untreated sleep apnea is associated with mortality, since the disease can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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  • Sleep deprivation may create false memories

    Jul 28 2014...
    A new study published recently in Psychological Science suggests that not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories.

    The study was conducted by psychological scientist Steven J. Frenda of the University of California, Irvine and colleagues. Results show sleep-deprived people who viewed photos of a crime being committed and then read false information about the photos were more likely to report remembering the false details in the photos than were those who got a full night’s sleep. READ MORE>>