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  • These look more like contact lenses for government workers

    04/11/2014 2:19:08 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-11-14 | The Looking Spoon
  • Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells, study suggests

    03/19/2014 10:20:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 19 March 2014 | Last updated at 02:50 ET | Helen Briggs
    Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests. In mice, prolonged lack of sleep led to 25% of certain brain cells dying, according to a study in The Journal of Neuroscience. If the same is true in humans, it may be futile to try to catch up on missed sleep, say US scientists. They think it may one day be possible to develop a drug to protect the brain from the side-effects of lost sleep. …
  • Three Reasons to Get Some Sleep

    02/01/2014 11:22:24 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 19 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 1-31-14 | Jonathan Parnell
    Life is short. Stay awake for it. So goes the tagline for the second largest coffee franchise in America. It’s catchy and practical. Drink our coffee, it suggests, not merely for its taste, but for its benefits, that is, to be awake to life. And the reason being — here comes the resonating connection — life is short. The clock is ticking. Our days are numbered. And we Christians agree (Psalm 90:10; 103:15–16; James 4:14). Life is too short to sleep all the time. But life is also too short not to sleep a large part of the time. The...
  • Study: Elderly Memory Loss Due to Lack of Deep Sleep

    01/29/2013 1:01:23 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 29, 2013 8:23 AM | Tiffany Kaiser
    Slow waves are generated by the middle frontal lobe, and as this region deteriorates with age, the elderly tend to lose the ability to experience long REM sleep University of California, Berkeley, scientists have found a connection between the amount of sleep one gets in their old age and the quality of their memory. The UC Berkeley team, led by Matthew Walker, believes that forgetfulness in old age may be attributed to a lack of deep, non-rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. According to the study, the slow brain waves produced during deep REM sleep help move memories from the hippocampus (short-term memory storage...
  • Doctor Says Setting a Schedule Can Help Sleep Routine

    01/11/2014 11:28:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NY1 ^ | 01/10/2014 | Jill Urban
    In part two of a report on sleep habits, NY1's Jill Urban offers some additional tips on how we can all get a little more shut eye. You lie there awake, tossing, turning and praying you can just get a little more sleep. In this 24/7 world, many people find it so hard to shut down. "We are a very sleep deprived society," says Dr. Steven Feinsilver of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital. "I'm amazed at how little people some people tell me they sleep, and how people assume that sleeping five or six hours is...
  • 6 Ways a Poor Night's Sleep Messes with You

    12/07/2013 5:42:41 PM PST · by Kenny · 20 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | December 6, 2013 | Ross Pomeroy
    We all know how we feel when sleep-deprived: tired, groggy, and grumpy. But have you ever considered all of the ways just a single poor night of sleep may be messing with you? Science has revealed a great many ramifications that you've probably never thought of. 1. You're more depressed and anxious. In 2008, researchers assessed 226 individuals who had six or more hours of sleep the previous night and 112 individuals who had less. The "poor sleep" group scored significantly higher in levels of stress, depression, and anxiety compared to those that slept longer.2. You pee more the next...
  • Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

    10/18/2013 4:40:43 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | Oct 17, 2013 | James Gallagher
    The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep. Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps between neurons and allow fluid to wash the brain clean. They also suggest that failing to clear away some toxic proteins may play a role in brain disorders. Their findings build on last year's discovery of the brain's own network of plumbing pipes - known as the glymphatic system - which carry waste material out of the brain.
  • Brain cleans itself during sleep: study

    10/17/2013 10:36:57 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 11 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 10/17/2013 | Yan
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Scientists said Thursday they have found what could be sleep's basic purpose: it clears the brain of toxic metabolic byproducts. The findings, published in the U.S. journal Science, revealed that the brain's unique method of waste removal, dubbed the glymphatic system, is highly active during sleep, clearing away toxins responsible for Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. Researchers from the University of Rochester, New York, also found that during sleep the brain's cells reduce in size, allowing waste to be removed more effectively. "This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep...
  • 3 nutrients linked with a better night's sleep

    07/30/2013 5:07:41 AM PDT · by opentalk · 60 replies
    FOX news ^ | July 29, 2013 | Deborah Enos
    ... Trouble getting to sleep: Magnesium plays a key role in the bodily function that regulates sleep. Insomnia is one of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency ,and in fact,a 2006 analysis in the journal Medical Hypothesis suggests that such a deficiency may even be the cause of most major depression and mental health problems.… Trouble staying asleep: Potassium supplements may be helpful to those who have trouble sleeping through the night,according to a 1991 study in the journal Sleep.... When most people think about potassium,they think bananas. Bananas do contain a fair amount of this mineral (about 10 percent of...
  • Sleep Crisis: The Science of Slumber - Go to bed. On time. Tonight. Or else.

    06/18/2013 5:25:30 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 29 replies
    Maclean's ^ | JUNE 18, 2013 | Luiza Ch. Savage
    The sleep doctors are coming and they want you to go to bed. On time. Tonight. Every night. Or else. They want doctors to add a single question to routine checks of vital signs like body temperature, pulse, blood pressure and rate of breathing. The question is: How did you sleep? If you’re like most people, probably not well, or at least not enough. Coffee-fuelled North Americans, with our smartphones at our bedsides, are sleeping, on average, nearly two hours less than we were 40 years ago, when most people slept 8˝ hours or more. More and more people are...
  • The War on Sleep (soldiers who fight without fatigue)

    06/02/2013 1:17:35 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 109 replies
    Slate ^ | 05/29/2013 | William Saletan
    All over the world, scientists are experimenting on soldiers to keep them awake beyond the limits of normal endurance. Researchers are engineering, and militaries are deploying, chemically enhanced troops. Of all the superpowers we’ve imagined, the one that has turned out to be most attainable—so attainable we’re already using it—is the ability to go without sleep. Much of this research, which focuses on a drug called modafinil, is openly sponsored and supervised by military agencies. The United States leads the pack, conducting experiments
  • Perspective: Casting light on sleep deficiency

    05/24/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Nature ^ | 22 May 2013 | Charles A. Czeisler
    There are many reasons why people get insufficient sleep in our 24/7 society, from early starts at work or school, or long commutes, to caffeine-rich food and drink. But the precipitating factor is an often unappreciated, technological breakthrough: the electric light. Without it, few people would use caffeine to stay awake at night. And light affects our circadian rhythms more powerfully than any drug. Just as the ear has two functions (hearing and balance), so too does the eye. First, rods and cones enable sight; and second, intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) containing the photopigment... --snip-- The US Institute...
  • A Sleep Aid Without the Side Effects

    04/09/2013 6:43:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 3 April 2013 | Gisela Telis
    Insomniacs desperate for some zzzs may one day have a safer way to get them. Scientists have developed a new sleep medication that has induced sleep in rodents and monkeys without apparently impairing cognition, a potentially dangerous side effect of common sleep aids. The discovery, which originated in work explaining narcolepsy, could lead to a new class of drugs that help people who don't respond to other treatments. Between 10% and 15% of Americans chronically struggle with getting to or staying asleep. Many of them turn to sleeping pills for relief, and most are prescribed drugs, such as zolpidem (Ambien)...
  • Strange Sleep Disorder Makes People See 'Demons'

    04/02/2013 6:51:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 46 replies
    livescience ^ | 31 March 2013 Time: 10:20 PM ET
    Sleep paralysis happens when people become conscious while their muscles remain in the ultra-relaxed state that prevents them from acting out their dreams. The experience can be quite terrifying, with many people hallucinating a malevolent presence nearby, or even an attacker suffocating them. Surveys put the number of sleep paralysis sufferers between about 5 percent and 60 percent of the population. [Say what?] One man told her about his frequent sleep paralysis episodes, during which he'd experience extremely realistic hallucinations of a young child, skipping around the bed and singing nursery rhymes. Sometimes, the child would sit on his pillow...
  • It's official: Women ARE grumpier than men in the mornings

    03/13/2013 1:05:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:30 EST, 12 March 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    If the woman in your life woke up grumpy this morning, don’t be too hard on her. It is, apparently, only natural. Scientists have discovered that women need more sleep than men. And chances are, she’s not getting enough. In fact, the best thing a loving husband or partner can do is perhaps persuade her to get a few extra hours snuggling under the duvet. Or face the consequences. Scientists say women suffer more than men, both mentally and physically, if they are forced to skimp on their sleep. As well as a higher risk of heart disease, depression and...
  • Can Spicy Food Really Give you Nightmares?

    02/15/2013 9:18:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meghan Holohan
    After a restless night of sleep, filled with nightmares where velociraptors and chainsaw-wielding maniacs chase you down, you wake up and wonder what caused such vivid, frightful dreams. Could it have been that spicy Thai food you had before bed? Actually, there is some evidence that eating a spicy meal shortly before going to sleep can lead to some wacko dreams. In fact, eating anything too close to bedtime can trigger more dreams, because the late night snacks increase the body’s metabolism and temperature, explains Dr. Charles Bae, MD, a sleep medicine doctor at Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland...
  • Windsor votes to remove fluoride from drinking water (Canada)

    01/30/2013 7:10:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 45 replies
    Windsor star ^ | January 28, 2012
    Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority.… “I want to be shown that when we ingest this, we are safe,” said Kimberley DeYong of Fluoride Free Windsor. She and others said not a single study among those cited by fluoridation proponents looked specifically at the industry-sourced chemical...
  • Cleaning a G*U*N - ASMR (help falling asleep, LOL)

    01/14/2013 9:41:52 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 29, 2012 | RelaxingASMR
    A little humor. Let's fall asleep to someone cleaning their gun. Heck! It's reassuring as heck! With a soft voice, of course. ;-)
  • Daylight Saving Time 2012: Time to Set Clocks Back This Weekend.

    11/03/2012 2:27:47 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sat, Nov 3, 2012 | ABC News
    You'll lose an extra hour of light but gain an hour back this weekend as daylight saving time officially ends. As standard time resumes at 2 a.m. Sunday, it's time to "fall back," so set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed tonight. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time. Daylight saving time is mandated by governments, which instituted the time switch during World Wars I and II to save energy and resources for the war effort. Previously, daylight saving time was observed in the United States from April until mid-October.
  • Goodnight kiss is a 'thing of the past'

    10/14/2012 9:29:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:38AM BST 14 Oct 2012
    The goodnight kiss is a thing of the past and most of us sleep with our backs turned to our partner, according to a new study. The research into our nocturnal habits suggests romance is now dead in British bedrooms. Indeed, a quarter of lovers say they cannot bear their partner touching them while they are sleeping. The sleep behavior study found that 54 percent of Brits choose to turn away and sleep with their back to their lover in a bid to get a good night's sleep. And it isn't just cuddling that's off the agenda as 90 percent...
  • How Well You Sleep May Hinge on Race

    08/21/2012 8:06:25 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | DOUGLAS QUENQUA
    Moleendo Stewart can’t say for sure what’s caused his lifelong sleeping problems. But he has his suspicions. There’s the childhood spent in loud, restless neighborhoods in Miami. “You hear people shooting guns all night, dealing drugs,” said Mr. Stewart, 41, who lives in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. He also cites his weight, 260 pounds, down from a peak of 310.
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Friday, July 13, 2012

    07/13/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 208 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 07/13/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Take charge of your dreams with the Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask

    05/13/2012 5:19:57 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 5/11/2012 | ennifer Schiller
    Would you like to experience Superman-style flight? Do you want to conquer your fear of elevators or resolve issues with a long-dead relative? What would you pay to jam with Jimi Hendrix or get writing advice from Ernest Hemingway? Lucid dreaming promises all this and more, and Bitbanger Labs wants to give it to you with the Remee Lucid Dreaming Mask. The science behind the mask is relatively simple. There are five stages of sleep, divided into two broad categories: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, where dreams occur, and non-REM sleep. We cycle through these stages multiple times per night,...
  • Did Morning Joe Bore Michael Steele To Sleep?

    02/29/2012 5:59:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies · 3+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Morning Joe likes to think of itself as the most scintillating three hours on morning TV. But did the show have a soporific effect on Michael Steele? When the camera cut to him today at 7:50 ET, Steele appeared to be, well, I believe the polite term is "resting his eyes." Hat tip NB reader Susan J, who points out Steele is due considerable slack since he was up late doing primary coverage for MSNBC. Steele rebounded quickly and was able to laugh off the moment. View the video here.
  • Daily stress is leading to a rise in the potential nightmare of 'sleep texting', expert claims

    11/23/2011 6:06:17 AM PST · by DeFault User · 21 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 11/23/11 | Frank Thorne
    The stress of daily life has sparked a new phenomenon - sleep texting. People with the rare condition send incoherent text messages while asleep to their friends and family - completely unaware that they are doing it. Sleep specialist Dr David Cunnington, of Melbourne Sleep Disorder Centre in Australia, said patients had reported incidents of sleep texting - and he has advised people to leave their mobile phones outside the bedroom. I did what? Dr David Cunnington claims 'sleep texting' sufferers send incoherent messages to friends and family members - and have no recollection of doing so I did what?...
  • Shift work in teens linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk (and more - circadian disruption)

    10/18/2011 7:19:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | October 18, 2011 | Unknown
    Circadian disruption and sleep restriction contributing factorsResearchers from Sweden have uncovered an association between shift work and increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). Those who engage in off-hour employment before the age of 20 may be at risk for MS due to a disruption in their circadian rhythm and sleep pattern. Findings of this novel study appear today in Annals of Neurology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society. Previous research has determined that shift work—working during the night or rotating working hours—increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, thyroid disorders, and...
  • Heads Up! The Way You Are Sleeping May Be Killing You

    05/27/2011 1:23:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | May 27, 2011 | BY SYDNEY ROSS SINGER
    Every one of us has a mysterious double life. For about two thirds of the time we are conscious beings, thinking about the world within and without, and negotiating our ways through the obstacles of life. For the other one third of the time we are nearly lifeless lumps of flesh, unconscious to everything but our own fantasies, as we lie flat in bed asleep. We all know that sleep is important for health. But for an activity that consumes about 8 hours of everyday of life, surprisingly little is thought about the act of sleeping, or the way our...
  • Need ideas on how to find a slow leak in an air mattress. (Vanity)

    01/15/2011 12:25:21 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 47 replies
    Free Republic | 01/15/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Please excuse the vanity, fellow FReepers. I need some ideas on how to find a very slow leak in a Sleep Number interlocking-chamber air mattress. When the mattress is aired up all the way, it will fully deflate by morning with body weight on it. (So 8-9 hours?) With no body weight on it, it holds air for days. With/without body weight on it, there is no audible hissing sound, no current of escaping air that can be felt by hand, and no obvious tears or pinholes. The seams appear to be intact. The air hoses aren't twisted or crimped...
  • Need ideas on how to find a slow leak in an air mattress. (Vanity)

    01/15/2011 12:25:05 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Free Republic | 01/15/2011 | BuckeyeTexan
    Please excuse the vanity, fellow FReepers. I need some ideas on how to find a very slow leak in a Sleep Number interlocking-chamber air mattress. When the mattress is aired up all the way, it will fully deflate by morning with body weight on it. (So 8-9 hours?) With no body weight on it, it holds air for days. With/without body weight on it, there is no audible hissing sound, no current of escaping air that can be felt by hand, and no obvious tears or pinholes. The seams appear to be intact. The air hoses aren't twisted or crimped...
  • Intellect thrives on sleep

    02/22/2002 9:41:46 AM PST · by Oxylus · 7 replies · 218+ views
    Nature ^ | February 22, 2002 | Sara Abdulla
    Intellect thrives on sleep Land of nod is a learning experience Cramming all night might help you to scrape through exams, but it won't make you clever in the long run. Human and animal experiments are lending new support to a common parental adage: that a good night's sleep is essential to learning. "Modern life's erosion of sleep time could be seriously short-changing our education potential," warned Robert Stickgold of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston this week. Many pianists find that sleeping on a tune can help ...
  • Snoring linked to round heads

    01/08/2002 8:53:37 PM PST · by Oxylus · 11 replies · 61+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Janaury 9, 2002 | Roger Highfield
    IF your home resonates to nightly snoring, it could be because your family inherited a round-shaped head. Round-headed people tend to interrupt sleep with snoring more than those with long, thin faces, says a study at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. There is now a hunt on for the "snoring genes" that influence head shape, says Dr Mark Hans, of the department of orthodontics at the university's school of dentistry. Before the study, age, sex and obesity were used to predict chronic snoring. Now his team has used the shape of a person's head as one indicator of ...
  • Sleep Study Suggests Later School Starting Times Could Improve High Schoolers' Performance

    07/06/2010 4:19:18 PM PDT · by Decombobulator · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2010/07/06
    Once the carefree days of summer are over, teenagers across the country face the brutal reality of waking up for school. Many high schools open their doors early in the morning, with classes starting at 7:30 a.m., and sometimes earlier. It's tough for teens to wake up for those early morning classes, and new research suggests that an early school bell may be fighting a losing battle against Mother Nature. A study of teens at a Rhode Island boarding school found that pushing back the school day by 30 minutes improved concentration, mood and even encouraged students to consume healthier...
  • Japanese told to go to bed an hour early to cut carbon emissions

    06/24/2010 9:30:34 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 53 replies
    telegraph UK ^ | 6-23-10 | Danielle Demetriou
    A typical family can reduce its carbon dioxide footprint by 85kg a year if everyone goes to bed and gets up one hour earlier, according to the campaign The Japanese government has launched a campaign encouraging people to go to bed and get up extra early in order to reduce household carbon dioxide emissions. The Morning Challenge campaign, unveiled by the Environment Ministry, is based on the premise that swapping late night electricity for an extra hour of morning sunlight could significantly cut the nation's carbon footprint.
  • Obama's 17-minute, 2,500-word response to woman's claim of being 'over-taxed'

    04/02/2010 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 112 replies · 4,970+ views
    Washington post ^ | 4/2/10 | Anne E. Kornblut
    CHARLOTTE - Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy. Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a "wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care" package. "We are over-taxed as it is," Doris said bluntly. Obama started out feisty. "Well, let's talk about that, because this is an area where there's been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I'm going to have to work...
  • Poll Reveals Sleep Differences among Ethnic Groups

    03/11/2010 3:46:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 580+ views
    Poll Reveals Sleep Differences among Ethnic Groups EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: 12:01 A.M. ET, MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 National Sleep Foundation's Annual Sleep in America Poll Explores Sleep Issues among Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites The 2010 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups. NSF's Sleep in America poll found that more than three-fourths of respondents from each ethnic group agree that poor sleep is associated with health...
  • N. Korean Army Running out of Food...Soldiers Ordered to Sleep Rather Than Do Training

    03/03/2010 8:42:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,203+ views
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 03/04/10 | Zu Sung-ha
    /begin my excerpts N. Korean Army Running out of Food...Soldiers Ordered to Sleep Rather Than Do Training 2010-03-04 03:00 Sources, "Officers go AWOL for a long time to feed himself." N. Korea's recent shortage of food is reaching close to the level during the famine in 90's, aka 'March of Suffering.' In particular, discontinued food aid from international community is reportedly hurting soldiers most. Sources say that food situation in N. Korean military have rapidly deteriorated since the second half of last year. Civilians learned to survive without government ration, but soldiers cannot survive unless the state provide them with...
  • Top 10 spooky sleep disorders

    02/28/2010 1:02:13 PM PST · by cajuncow · 96 replies · 2,244+ views
    msnbc ^ | 2-28-10 | Stephanie Pappas, LIveScience
    Sleep is supposed to be a time of peace and relaxation. Most of us drift from our waking lives into predictable cycles of deep, non-rapid-eye-movement sleep, followed by dream-filled rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. But when the boundaries of these three phases of arousal get fuzzy, sleep can be downright scary. In fact, some sleep disorders seem more at home in horror films than in your bedroom.
  • Naps Clear Brain's Inbox, Improve Learning

    02/23/2010 8:38:33 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies · 537+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 22, 2010 | Victoria Jaggard
    If your brain is an email account, sleep—and more specifically, naps—is how you clear out your inbox. That's the conclusion of a new study that may explain why people spend so many of their sleeping hours in a pre-dreaming state known as stage 2 non-rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep. For years sleep studies have hinted that shut-eye improves our ability to store and consolidate memories, reinforcing the notion that a good night's sleep—and power naps—is much more conducive to learning than an overnight cram session. Now scientists may have figured out how, in part, this happens: During sleep, information...
  • Babies and sleep: Another reason to love naps

    02/21/2010 5:06:01 PM PST · by decimon · 11 replies · 480+ views
    University of Arizona ^ | Feb 21, 2010 | Unknown
    UA researchers find naps are an integral part of learning for infants, helping the developing brain retain new informationAnyone who grew up in a large family likely remembers hearing "Don't wake the baby." While it reinforces the message to older kids to keep it down, research shows that sleep also is an important part of how infants learn more about their new world. Rebecca Gomez, Richard Bootzin and Lynn Nadel in the psychology department at the University of Arizona in Tucson found that babies who are able to get in a little daytime nap are more likely to exhibit an...
  • Naomi Wolf: sleep is a feminist issue

    02/05/2010 11:10:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 971+ views
    The Times ^ | February 6, 2010
    Sleep, say US feminists, is the next big issue for women to address — doing less and enjoying more duvet time is the way to goJust as Virginia Woolf noted in A Room of One’s Own that one can’t “think well, write well, love well” if one has not “dined well”, so it would seem that women in particular can’t function well if they haven’t slept well. Two of America’s leading feminist super-achievers are on a crusade to get us all to have a lie in, or at least to take a nap. Arianna Huffington, the powerhouse publisher of The...
  • Bed sharing 'drains men's brains'

    01/23/2010 6:03:48 PM PST · by driftdiver · 57 replies · 1,939+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 20, 2010 | BBC
    Sharing a bed with someone could temporarily reduce your brain power - at least if you are a man - Austrian scientists suggest. When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day. The lack of sleep also increases a man's stress hormone levels. According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply.
  • Watching TV Before Going to Bed Causes Chronic Health Problems

    11/07/2009 6:05:01 AM PST · by mlizzy · 33 replies · 1,560+ views
    Natural News ^ | 10-07-09 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) Television viewing before bed is a significant contributor to chronic health problems, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Although most adults need at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night, as many as 40 percent of U.S. adults fail to get this much. Lack of sleep is a major contributor to chronic health problems, including obesity, heart disease and depression. In an attempt to find easy ways for people to get more sleep, researchers surveyed 21,475 people over the...
  • People with pensions sleep better after retirement

    11/04/2009 7:23:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 90 replies · 1,380+ views
    Reuters Health on Yahoo ^ | 11/4/09 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Retirees have something else to look forward to besides playing golf -- much better sleep -- particularly if they have decent retirement benefits and retire relatively early. That's what Dr. Jussi Vahtera of the University of Turku in Finland and colleagues found in a study of 14,714 people who had retired from the French national gas and electric company. But because the workers in the study had excellent retirement benefits, including generous pensions, the findings don't apply to everyone, Vahtera noted in a prepared statement. "In countries and positions where there is no proper pension...
  • A Connection Between Sleep and Alzheimer's?

    09/25/2009 6:26:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,349+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 24 September 2009 | Greg Miller
    You shouldn't stay up all night worrying about it, but a new study has found a connection between a lack of sleep and a biomolecule thought to be important in the development of Alzheimer's disease. In both humans and mice, levels of a peptide called amyloid-β rise during waking hours and decline during sleep, researchers have found. They also report that sleep-deprived mice are more prone to developing deposits of amyloid-β, called plaques, like those found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Although far from proven, the finding suggests that sleep disorders could be a risk factor for Alzheimer's. On...
  • VANITY: Anyone use a CPAP machine?

    09/22/2009 2:51:14 PM PDT · by mom3boys · 78 replies · 2,270+ views
    Me
    I was just diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and waiting for a my prescription for my CPAP machine. I'm just wondering if there are any Freepers who've had experience with CPAP. Any hints? Tips? Websites? Will I ever be able to stop using it?
  • Bed sharing 'bad for your health'

    09/10/2009 8:41:28 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 73 replies · 3,086+ views
    bbc ^ | 9 September 2009
    Couples should consider sleeping apart for the good of their health and relationship, say experts. Sleep specialist Dr Neil Stanley told the British Science Festival how bed sharing can cause rows over snoring and duvet-hogging and robs precious sleep. One study found that, on average, couples suffered 50% more sleep disturbances if they shared a bed. Dr Stanley, who sleeps separately from his wife, points out that historically we were never meant to share our beds. He said the modern tradition of the marital bed only began with the industrial revolution, when people moving to overcrowded towns and cities found...
  • Scarborough Mocks Obama Decision Not to Use "Sleep Deprivation" on Terror Suspects - Video 8/25/09

    08/25/2009 7:04:33 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 633+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 25, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from this morning of Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Joe saying he believes it is a disaster for President Obama to have announced that a special team has been set up to do interrogations of terror suspects that will operate under White House and not CIA control. Scarborough mocked the fact this team will reportedly not use "sleep deprivation" any longer in interrogations. Scarborough said that would play well in "San Francisco" and other elitist neighborhoods, but to average Americans they are thinking, "My God, the do that (sleep deprivation) in fraternities." Scarborough says he believes most...
  • Internet-based Intervention May Improve Insomnia

    07/07/2009 9:31:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 392+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | July 6, 2009
    An online insomnia intervention based on established face-to-face cognitive behavioral therapy techniques appears to improve patients' sleep, according to a new report. About one-third of adults report symptoms of insomnia and approximately 10 percent meet diagnostic criteria for an insomnia disorder, according to background information in the article. The condition decreases quality of life, impairs daytime functioning, has personal and public health consequences and results in an estimated $41 billion in reduced productivity every year. Cognitive behavioral therapy—a psychological treatment focusing on the behaviors and dysfunctional thoughts that contribute to sleep problems—is one of the most effective treatments for insomnia....
  • EATING MELATONIN-RICH CHERRIES ARE ‘‘NATURAL” WAY TO RESET YOUR BODY CLOCK WHEN CROSSING TIME ZONES

    07/11/2009 9:24:53 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 45 replies · 1,719+ views
    EATING MELATONIN-RICH CHERRIES ARE ‘‘NATURAL” WAY TO RESET YOUR BODY CLOCK WHEN CROSSING TIME ZONES Research Reveals that Cherries Boost Your Body’s Melatonin Levels to Help Prevent Jet Lag After Long International Flights It takes mere seconds to reset our watch to a different time zone, but our body’s internal time clocks often take longer to sync up in our new locale. Experienced travelers often stash a bottle of melatonin supplements in their carryon bag to help adjust, but experts say there may be a more natural and tasty way to get melatonin: cherries. Recent studies have revealed that cherries...
  • Sleeping on a problem really can solve it, claim scientists

    06/08/2009 10:04:25 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 11 replies · 441+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | June 8, 2009 | Richard Alleyne
    Researchers found that people were able to think more laterally and quickly after a snooze and that if they dreamed the ability was even more enhanced. The scientists believe that "incubating" a problem often leads to a solution but that the effect was increased when people entered a phase of sleep known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM). They believe that REM- which occurs most predominantly just before we awake – helps the brain make connections between unrelated subjects. REM sleep they concluded was "important for assimilating new information into past experience" to come up with solutions to creative problems. The...