Category Archives: Sleep Science

Couples Sleeping Together Linked to Better Sleep Quality and Health

couple sleeping together

Valentine’s Day is a day that celebrates love and lovers. Did you know, that in bed, two heartbeats are better than one? At least, that’s what a University of Pittsburgh, Rush University Medical Center, and University of Michigan School of Public Health study determined.

Sleep Study Part 9: Sleep-Deprived Teens at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

young teenage driver

When teens are sleep deprived, they have an increased risk of car accidents, according to a recent study. This was the finding of a spring 2013 study out of Sydney, Australia that was published online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Sleep Study Part 8: The Effect of “Screen Time” on Your Child’s Sleep

young girl using tablet pc in bed

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that kids who had more “screen time”, consisting of watching TV, using the computer, or playing video games before going to bed fell asleep later than children and teens who had less screen time. On the other hand, the kids who had more time away from electronics, fell asleep earlier overall.

Sleep Study Part 7: Sleep in Menopausal Women

menopause sign

Being bombarded with hot flashes and night sweats — so called vasomotor symptoms in medical speak — makes it a challenge for women in menopause (or perimenopause for that matter) to get a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, a new study published in Menopause,  the journal of the North American Menopause Society, finds that menopausal women may get better shut eye if they up their physical activity.

Drooling at Night

man drooling

Drooling, also referred to sialorrhea, is the process of saliva seeping, or in some cases flowing, outside of the mouth. It can occur in adults as well as children.

Daytime Napping Mistakes

napping on sofa

Daytime napping has historically received a bad rap because it was thought to interfere with nighttime sleep. But lately, daytime naps have been peeling off their bad-for-you reputation layer by layer.  For one instance, a recent study by Weill Cornell Medical College in White Plains, N.Y, researchers concluded that significant cognitive benefits and increase in overall sleep time in older people were found as a result of napping, as reported in Harvard Health Publications.

LED Lights and Sleep

It doesn’t take much to throw your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal sleep clock) completely off balance. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, it can take quite a while to get your rhythm back so you can get a good night’s sleep once again. The really strange news, however, is that your alarm clock may even be one of the culprits keeping you up nights.

Sleep Schedule

waking up refreshed

It doesn’t take long going without sleep to understand just how much the human body needs it. Getting the right amount of sleep for your stage in life, however, can be problematic. That’s why sleep schedules are so important. They help train the body to expect sleep at certain times of the day and to be awake at other times during the day.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

daytime sleepiness

Originated by Dr. Murray Johns out of Epworth Hospital in Australia, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale is designed to measure a person’s daytime sleepiness.

World Record for No Sleep

trophy

It doesn’t take much more than missing out on one night of sleep to begin to wonder just how long someone can function without sleep. There’s no doubt that a few hours of missed sleep diminishes your ability to function at optimal levels. A full night without sleep can leave you disoriented, light-headed, and extremely irritable.