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Sleep Research: What Was the Top Finding of 2010? Pick Your Favorite!

Posted: 01/09/11 10:15 AM ET

Happy new year! As 2011 is here, I wanted to look back and think about all of the amazing stories, research and clinical cases that changed the face of sleep medicine in 2010. The amount of sleep research going on today is one of the very reasons that I got into this field -- the changes are constant and exciting! While the slideshow below does not encompass everything, these are what I considered some of the top findings in sleep medicine in 2010, and I have included a practical sleep suggestion to help you use this research in your everyday life.

Set Your Adolescent's Bedtime Before 10 P.M. To Protect Them From Depression
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Earlier bedtimes may have a "protective effect" for adolescents against depression and suicidal thoughts. In the January 2010 issue of the journal Sleep, researchers found that when parents set their kids' bedtimes to 10 p.m. or earlier, adolescents were 24 percent less likely to suffer from depression and 20 percent less likely to think about committing suicide. Earlier bedtimes seemed to allow for more total sleep time in these kids. Conversely, kids who report sleeping five or fewer hours were 71 percent more likely to suffer from depression and 48 percent more likely to think about suicide.
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So there you have it, 22 sleep suggestions, maybe even resolutions, based on some of the most fascinating sleep research of 2010. I know that I learned a lot last year about sleep, and I hope you did, as well. Here's looking forward to a healthy, happy and well-rested 2011.

Sweet dreams,

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D.
The Sleep Doctor™
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