Research Roundup: The Benefits of Sleep From Childhood to College

Research Roundup: The Benefits of Sleep From Childhood to College

Benefits of Bedtime When your 6-year-old whines about bedtime, take heart. New research reveals that a regular, age-appropriate bedtime in childhood can lead to healthier teens. Researchers at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, analyzed longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, which included 2,196 subjects from 20 U.S. cities. They found […]

Sleep Texting? It’s a Thing

Sleep Texting? It’s a Thing

It’s likely you’ve heard of sleep talking, sleep walking and sleep eating. Now you can add sleep texting to the list of activities people unknowingly can do while snoozing. Researchers at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing in Radnor, Pennsylvania, found that a growing number of teens and college students are tapping away […]

You Might Be Dehydrated If …

You Might Be Dehydrated If …

If you slept poorly the night before, it couldn’t hurt to chug a glass of water. A study by researchers at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, has found that people who sleep six hours or less a night have a greater chance of being dehydrated the next day than those who sleep eight hours […]

Teens’ Lack of Sleep Harmful

Teens’ Lack of Sleep Harmful

If parents need another reason to monitor their teens’ sleep habits, a study by medical researchers in Boston, New York and Madison, Wisconsin, gives them just that. The study, which was published in JAMA Pediatrics Oct. 1, found that teens who get less than six hours of sleep each night on average are more likely […]

How Long Should You Sleep, Really?

How Long Should You Sleep, Really?

Adults perform best on seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Period. No more, no less. That’s one of several findings from what is billed as the world’s largest sleep study with more than 40,000 participants from around the world. Results from the study, launched in June 2017 by neuroscientists from the University of […]

Sleep Research: New Findings About Diabetes, Loneliness and Apnea

Diabetes Tied to Poor Sleep Poor sleep has been linked to eating more and moving less. And now a Japanese study indicates that losing just six hours of sleep may affect the liver’s ability to produce glucose and process insulin. Researchers from Toho University Graduate School of Medicine in Tokyo fed two groups of mice […]

Preschool Naps Aid Emotional Memory

Preschool Naps Aid Emotional Memory

Most parents and preschool teachers swear by an afternoon nap for young children. Without a nap, a child can become grumpy or giddy. Now research points to another benefit of napping — improved memory. A University of Massachusetts at Amherst study of 49 preschool children, ages 3 to 5 years old, found that naps, when […]

Dementia Caregivers Lose Sleep

Dementia Caregivers Lose Sleep

A whopping nine out of 10 people taking care of a loved one with dementia don’t get enough sleep, according to research conducted by the University of Buffalo School of Nursing in Buffalo, New York. Not getting enough sleep for these caregivers means sleeping less than six hours a night and frequent night wakings — […]

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 […]

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