Monthly Archives: April 2011

Naps Recommended to Combat On-the-Job Sleepiness

After the disturbing discovery that several air traffic controllers had been caught sleeping on the job, an internationally renowned sleep expert is recommending that air traffic controllers be allowed to take on-the-job naps to combat fatigue. A member of the National Transportation … Continue reading

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Increase Sleep to Fight Childhood Obesity

Fight fat with more time in the sack! That’s the advice of sleep researchers who have been studying the impact of sleep on appetite. In addition to food choices and activity levels, sleep appears to play a significant role in … Continue reading

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Risky Decision-Making Linked to Sleep Loss

Lack of sleep leads people to make overly optimistic decisions. When those decisions are financial, sleep-deprived people are more likely to engage in risky gambling, according to a new study by Duke University neuroscientists. The study is the first to … Continue reading

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Circadian Rhythm Affects Sleep Cycle

Sleep regulates the body and mind. If you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep at night, you feel mentally alert and physically energetic the next day. If you get too little sleep, you feel dull and sluggish. … Continue reading

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Sleep Loss Affects Daytime Performance

Even when we think we’re performing normally, sleep loss decreases our daytime performance. That’s the conclusion of a recent study by the University of Pennsylvania Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory. In the study, laboratory workers were deprived of sleep during the … Continue reading

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Helping Children Sleep After School Ends

It is much easier to adopt a daily routine with your children when they are attending pre-school or kindergarten during the regularly scheduled school year. During vacations and when the summer rolls around and there is less structure during the … Continue reading

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Say ‘Nighty Night’ to Adult Sleep Problems

Children aren’t the only ones who benefit from Nighty Night products. Parents frequently write us to say that watching our Nighty Night video with their children or listening to the Nighty Night CD of soothing music also helps them relax, let … Continue reading

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Sleep Problems Plague Child Cancer Survivors

Children who survive cancer as children are at greater risk of developing memory and cognition issues if they experience sleep or fatigue problems later in life. In a 16-year study on the long-term effects of childhood cancer and cancer treatments, … Continue reading

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Short Sleepers Need Only Few Hours Sleep

While 99% of us need 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep to function normally the next day, researchers have discovered that a very small percentage of the population not only requires less sleep, they actually perform better with only a few hours of … Continue reading

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More Tips for Getting Your Child to Stay in Bed

Nothing ruins an otherwise pleasant evening like a bedtime meltdown. When children refuse to go to sleep or won’t stay in bed, bedtime can turn into a battle of wills that agitates children and frustrates adults. The result can be … Continue reading

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