Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue

Researchers have known for a while that blue light from screens discourages sleep. Now researchers from the University of Manchester in England have a identified a specific shade that has an impact on sleep — cyan. Exposure to higher levels of cyan blue light, a color between green and blue, drops the production of the […]

Gender Equality Equals Better Sleep

Gender Equality Equals Better Sleep

Living in a country with more gender equality means better sleep for men and women, a new study has found. Published May 8 in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the study examined 14,143 couples from 23 European countries. Women reported having their sleep disrupted by children under the age of 5 and working a […]

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 […]

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