Good sleep may protect against fear

Good sleep may protect against fear

A good night’s sleep does so much for the body—and the mind. Now add fear reduction to the list. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, conducted a study to determine whether people’s sleep patterns would be a good indicator of whether they would be susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder or fear. The findings […]

How much are tired employees costing your business?

How much are tired employees costing your business?

If you’re concerned about your bottom line—and who isn’t?—you might want to check out this free online calculator. If you’re concerned about your bottom line—and who isn’t?—you might want to check out this free online calculator. The Itasca, Illinois-based National Safety Council teamed with investigators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston to develop an […]

Depression doesn’t always follow poor sleep

Depression doesn’t always follow poor sleep

While not sleeping well can lead to depression or be a symptom of depression, it isn’t true for all people. A study conducted by neuroscientists at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, found that people who have a more active reward system in their brains are less likely to be affected by bad sleep. This […]

Why it’s OK to let Spot sleep in your bedroom

Why it’s OK to let Spot sleep in your bedroom

Pet owners have strong feelings about allowing their pets to sleep with them or not. For those on the pro side, here’s a piece of good news—a recent study by the Mayo Clinic shows it’s just fine to have your dog nearby while you sleep. But there’s a caveat: The dog should sleep in the […]

Sleep is a no-brainer, even for primitive jellyfish

Sleep is a no-brainer, even for primitive jellyfish

They might be brainless, but even jellyfish need sleep. Three graduate students at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, studied the late-night habits of the Casseopia jellyfish. The sea creature has a net of nerve cells, but no brain to speak of. It sucks in food through pores in its tentacles. “They’re weird […]

Cool sleep equals quality sleep and has other benefits

Cool sleep equals quality sleep and has other benefits

Those who like to drop their thermostat to cool at night have the right idea, according to research. Dr. Christopher Winter, director of Charlottesville Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of “The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It,” says the ideal temperature for sleep is cool […]