Category Archives: sleep research

Infants’ Growth Spurts Affect Sleep

Babies sleep a lot, but parents often worry when their infant starts sleeping even more than usual. New research shows that the extra shut-eye is nothing to worry about;  it just means your baby is growing. A new study published … 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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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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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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Nighty Night Music Soothes the Cranky Child

What soothes the savage beast will soothe the cranky child. The magic wand in the parenting bag of tricks, music can calm a tired, cranky child and help an active child slow down and relax. From personal experience we know … Continue reading

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Sleepwalking Study Reveals Connection between Sleep, Learning

Scientists used to think that the human brain went into a hibernation-like state during sleep. It was thought that when our bodies rested, our minds went off duty and became inactive. Exciting research into brain function, particularly revolutionary neuromagnetic imaging, has … Continue reading

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