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 […]

Midlife sleep problems may lower cognition

Midlife sleep problems may lower cognition

Middle-aged people with sleep problems such as insomnia, nightmares or waking up too early are more likely to suffer from cognitive impairment as they age, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Swedish researchers, examined data from four studies, two of which followed almost 3,400 people for more than two decades, starting in […]

An activity that may work better than counting sheep

An activity that may work better than counting sheep

Can’t sleep? Try spending five minutes writing down your to-do list for tomorrow. Researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, conducted a study with 57 university students. Half were asked to spend five minutes writing about what they needed to do the next day. The others were asked to spend five minutes writing about what […]

Marital conflict increases with lack of sleep

Marital conflict increases with lack of sleep

You know how a lack of sleep makes you feel—cranky, grumpy, and tired. Now a study by researchers at The Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research in Columbus, Ohio, finds that it puts people at risk for stress-related inflammation such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. How does that relate to […]