Major Benefits of Side Sleeping

Major Benefits of Side Sleeping

Sleeping on your side can prevent health problems ranging from Alzheimer’s to stillbirth. Researchers posit that sleeping on your side — rather than your stomach or back — helps the brain’s lymphatic pathway clear out chemicals linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, said Dr. Josh Axe in a Sunday Express article published June 21. […]

Sleep Problems Tied to High Blood Pressure

Sleep Problems Tied to High Blood Pressure

The medical community already knew that routinely not getting enough sleep can increase high blood pressure, but a new study shows mild sleep disturbances and poor sleep quality also put women at risk. Researchers studied 323 healthy women ages 20 to 79 who had participated in an ongoing American Heart Association Go Red for Women […]

Extra weekend rest may make up for short weekday sleep

Extra weekend rest may make up for short weekday sleep

So much for you snooze, you lose. Researchers from Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute in Sweden have found that getting extra sleep on the weekend may counteract not getting enough sleep during the work week. In a study published May 22 in the Journal of Sleep Research, researchers looked at the sleep patterns of 43,000 […]

New theory connects sleep stages and creativity

New theory connects sleep stages and creativity

Scientists agree that sleep inspires creative problem-solving. The question is, how? Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales have suggested that both REM and non-REM sleep work together to make creative connections, according to a May 15 article by Ed Yong in The Atlantic. In the first wave of sleep, people enter a light phase and […]

Later school start times do improve sleep time

Later school start times do improve sleep time

While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an 8:30 a.m. school start time, some have questioned if that would actually lead to more sleep for teens. Would teens stay up later because they had a later start time? A study by researchers at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience in Singapore found that a 45-minute later […]

Taking work to bed with you

Taking work to bed with you

One of the major causes of sleeplessness is the very thing you spend many, if not most, of your waking hours thinking about—work. A survey of 2,800 people by global staffing firm Accountemps in Menlo Park, California, found more than 40% of professionals say they can’t sleep because they’re worrying about their job. The biggest […]

Why sleep is harder to come by as you age

Why sleep is harder to come by as you age

Older adults generally experience changing sleep patterns as they age. In fact, a national poll by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, found that 46% of older adults had trouble falling asleep at least one night a week and 15% had trouble sleeping three or more nights a week. Now researchers at the […]

Is the sleep message getting through?

Is the sleep message getting through?

Americans are getting more shut-eye than before. That’s according to data from 181,000 people, ages 15 and older, who took part in the American Time Use Survey between 2003 and 2016. “Over 14 years, Americans were getting 17 more minutes of sleep every night, or a full four days more sleep per year,” says lead […]

CDC studies poor sleep among teens

CDC studies poor sleep among teens

Many teens aren’t getting enough sleep. But how many? A Jan. 26 study from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at 2015 data from Youth Risk Behavior Surveys in nine states to see how youth were faring First, it’s important to understand how much sleep teens should be getting. The […]

Toolkit helps employers address workers’ rest

Toolkit helps employers address workers’ rest

Business in the Community, a British business-community outreach charity, has created a toolkit to tackle sleep deprivation in the workplace. With contributions from The Sleep Council, the Sleep and Recovery kit gives employers steps they can take to support sleep and provides advice on how they can address the issue with employees. The Sleep Council […]

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