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Sleep Research

How Women Sleep Differently Than Men -- And Why It Matters

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.02.2014 | Healthy Living

Women take longer to fall asleep. They report feeling more sleepiness. They have an increased risk of insomnia. And they even spend more time in deep ...

Why Teens Need To Start School Later

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gail Gross

What you may not realize is that your child is not lazy at all. In most cases your teen is just not getting enough sleep. Now, schools across America are recognizing this and starting to take action accordingly.

Another Problematic Side Effect Of Poor Sleep

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 06.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Sleep and pain exist in a complicated relationship to one another. Pain can interfere with sleep, making it harder to fall asleep and to stay asleep. Poor quality and insufficient sleep contribute to pain in several ways, decreasing tolerance for pain, increasing its intensity and discomfort, and in some cases raising the risk for the development of chronic-pain conditions.

Brain's 'Sleep Switch' Found

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Scientists have identified a protein molecule in the brains of fruit flies that they believe is the "switch" that controls the flies' internal drive to sleep -- and that a similar mechanism likely exists for human sleep as well.

Sleep, Stress Management and Cancer Prevention

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.

How often do we realize that adequate sleep is necessary to maintain a strong immune system, to prevent the growth of cancer? Do we actively seek to manage stress in our daily lives so that we will not be harmed by its effects on our bodies and mind?

Could Blue Light Pose Problems And Solutions For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

In our pursuit of energy efficiency, we're finding ourselves exposed to greater amounts of blue light than ever before. Blue light appears to be uniquely detrimental to our sleep. But can it also be singularly beneficial during to our waking lives?

How Sleeping Pills Affect Memory

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

For most people, the best long-term strategy is to develop a strong, sustainable sleep routine that does not rely on prescription sleep medication. There's no question this takes work, but the rewards are worth it. Your sleep, your overall health -- and perhaps your memory -- will be better for it.

The Modern American Family: How Well Are They Sleeping?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

The National Sleep Foundation has released its annual Sleep in America Poll. This year, the poll examines sleep in the modern American family. What are the challenges facing families in their pursuit of high-quality, plentiful sleep? What are the strategies that parents are using to help their children sleep, and how well are those strategies working?

Is It Time To Start School Later?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Many parents and school officials will likely have their own schedules and routines affected by any changes. But even small delays in favor of students can have significant effects on the quantity and quality of their nightly rest, their physical and emotional health, and their performance at school during the day.

11 Things We've Learned About Sleep Over The Past Year

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Here at HuffPost Healthy Living, it's no secret that we're a little obsessed with sleep (we have an entire page dedicated to the latest sleep research...

The Difference Between Bad Dreams And Nightmares

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Bad dreams and nightmares are among the most startling and emotionally potent of remembered dreams. Even a partially remembered disturbing dream can linger in our waking minds. But what do we know about this phenomenon of disturbed dreaming? And what's the difference between a bad dream and a nightmare?

The Most Powerful Weapon In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited culprits in the problem. But what about sleep?

These 5 Places Have Mastered The Art Of Sleep

Posted 02.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Both science and general public opinion are starting to wake up to the importance of sleep in maintaining health, well-being and productivity. We know...

Sleep Science Next: The Extreme Lucid Dream Consciousness

Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Rayleigh Ping-Ying Chiang, M.D.

Sleep is a complex business. While dreaming, your brain is as active as when you are awake, and the varieties of sleep experience are broad and wondrous. And sleep matters to us. We worry about getting too little, fret about not being able to do it and suffer when it goes wrong.

Sleep Deprivation Raises Diabetes Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We have a great deal of evidence that establishes this connection between sleep and diabetes. But we don't yet understand well the mechanics behind this connection.

Narcolepsy Drug Shows Promise in Depression Treatment

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

We still have much to learn about how both sleep disorders and depression influence on another. But recent scientific discoveries may have brought us to a turning point, where attention to sleep and treatment for sleep problems will begin to be regarded as part of the core treatment for depressive disorders.

Circadian Timing Could Give West Coast NFL Teams the Edge

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Whether you're a fierce competitor in your fantasy football league or you'd just like to be on the winning end of the couch come game day, here's a tip that could help you pick your team: When making your prediction, consider circadian timing.

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 1)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.08.2014 | Science
Deepak Chopra

Even as sleep becomes more critical for all manner of bodily functions, this only highlights the mystery that is sleep. Sleep is certainly a physiological necessity, but neuroscience can hardly improve on Shakespeare's observation after the guilty Macbeth cannot fall asleep.

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2013, Part 2

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

As we bring 2013 to a close, we're taking a look back at the sleep stories that made news this year. With so many fascinating developments in sleep science, it was hard to narrow it down, but here are the most challenging, eye-opening, important sleep stories from the second half of 2013.

The Biggest Sleep Stories Of 2013, Part 1

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

2013 brought scientific breakthroughs that deepened our understanding of the very nature of sleep, as well as important new information about Americans' sleep habits and the tools they use to help them sleep better.

A Superfood For Sleep?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

What's behind the possible benefits of kiwi to sleep? There are a couple of characteristics of the fruit that may make it a strong sleep-promoting food: its high antioxidant levels and its high serotonin levels.

How Late In The Day Is Too Late To Have Caffeine?

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

These new findings provide us with some really important specifics about just how significantly late-in-the-day caffeine can undermine a good night's sleep. Want to enjoy your coffee without wrecking your sleep? Follow these basic suggestions for consuming caffeine in a sleep-friendly way.

Insomnia Symptoms Raise Mortality Risk

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

With our busy lives, it can be tempting to shrug off -- or ignore altogether -- difficulties with sleep. Trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep throughout the night, waking feeling tired and unrefreshed: These are commonly experienced disruptions to sleep for millions of adults.

Women, Sleep Apnea and Heart Health: More Connections

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

This study is the latest in a growing body of research that points to the sleep-related health risks that women may face. We've seen other evidence that suggests women are at higher risk than men for cardiovascular problems associated with poor sleep.

Why Sleep Is Crucial For Surviving The Holiday Season

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Looking for some help to avoid the seasonal weight gain? In addition to the standard advice, I'd like to add another strategy to the list: get plenty of sleep.