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 […]

An easy tip for better sleep

An easy tip for better sleep

Aside from making sure you’re sleeping on a quality, comfortable mattress and using good sleep hygiene, researchers have found a simple thing you can try to get better sleep — open your bedroom door or window. A small study conducted by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, Netherlands, found that keeping a […]

Want to keep off weight? Get your rest

Want to keep off weight? Get your rest

With the turning of the calendar, many people make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise and lose weight. But if people don’t resolve to get more sleep, they may be hurting their prospects of success. Several studies have shown a lack of sleep can have an impact on weight gain. Now researchers at the […]

Dreaming is good for your health

Dreaming is good for your health

We’ve all been told that we dream, even if we don’t remember it. However, that might not be true—especially if we’re not sleeping enough. Rubin Naiman, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson, Arizona, published “Dreamless: The Silent Epidemic of REM Sleep Loss” in the Aug. […]