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The National Sleep Foundation's 2006 Sleep in Americapoll found that America's adolescents (6th-12th grade) are not getting the sleep they need, and this lack of sleep gets worse as they progress through their teen years. According to our study -

  • Just one in five adolescents get an optimal nine hours of sleep on school...
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Researchers have found that 19.5% of U.S. adults are suffering from moderate to severe excessive daytime sleepiness; a cause for public health and safety concerns. "The number of individuals sleepy or drowsy during situations where they should be alert is disturbing," said principal investigator Dr. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry at...

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A modest delay in school start time of only 30 minutes could significantly improve adolescent alertness, mood and health, according to a study conducted in a small private high school. Judy Owens, MD, a sleep expert with Hasbro Children's Hospital, reports in the July issue of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine that...

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A lot of people suffer from insomnia, and they say to themselves, "I know what this is, but I can't do anything about it." However, consider the toll insomnia takes on your life, the effect it has on your family, your ability to work at a high level, and to socialize with others. The consequences are so enormous that it's important to do...

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The average academic grades of children and teens with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are worse than the grades of students who have no sleep-disordered breathing, according to a research led by Dean W. Beebe, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics in the division of behavioral medicine and clinical psychology at Cincinnati...

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Why do many women feel so tired throughout pregnancy? Pregnancy is a time of joy and excitement for most women, but it also means coping with daytime sleepiness and a wide range of new sleep issues. Changing hormone levels are responsible for fatigue and sleep...

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Transportation Safety in Action 5 Minutes with Deborah Hersman Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board.

Deborah Hersman Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board

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Most children snore on occasion, and about 10 percent or more snore when they sleep at night. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth. A stuffy nose or...

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Many of us view old age as a time to relax and enjoy our families and not having to worry about the stress of being in the workforce. According to researchers, we can now add getting plenty of sleep to the list of things we could enjoy if we live past our retirement age...

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When final exams rear their ugly heads, college students reach for that cup of coffee. Many students depend on caffeine to stay alert in order to study and get their final papers done.

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Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person's ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers have developed software that uses mathematical models that can help people who do shift or night work or who experience...

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Maintaining daily routines may be the key to reducing the rate of insomnia and improving quality of sleep in older adults living in a retirement community according to a new study being reported in the journal SLEEP. Researcher Anna Zisberg, R.N., M.A...

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Poll Reveals Sleep Differences among Ethnic Groups

WASHINGTON, DC, March 8, 2010 – The 2010 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine...

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A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics and conducted at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center has revealed that over 96% of infants who have died from Sudden Infant...

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Who needs more sleep – younger adults or older adults? A good night's sleep is essential to good health regardless of age, but those in good health tend to sleep at least 20 minutes less than those that are not. A recent study in the journal SLEEP found that adults free of sleep disorders and other serious health problems need less...

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A recent study found that teens with earlier bedtimes were less likely to suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide...

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There are many reasons why some people talk during sleep – sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol consumption and daytime sleepiness are just some reasons behind this activity. Sleep talking (formally known as...

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Teenagers are notorious for staying up late at night. When they are not working on school projects, they are usually socializing late into the night and missing out on valuable sleep. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that...

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You know you have insomnia when you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, wake up too early in the morning and suffer from daytime sleepiness.

Although insomnia is a disorder in its own right, it is often a symptom of some other disease or condition. Stress, worry, pain and jet lag are some factors that...

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A recent article in the Washington Post looks at sleepwalking in children and how it's common and not as dangerous as you think. Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. The article points out that...

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The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for travelers. Adding jet lag to that mix is enough to drive someone to say, "Bah humbug!" The following are some simple behavior adjustments you can use to help minimize the effects of traveling from one time zone to another:

  • Anticipate the time change for trips by getting up and going...
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What are dreams and why do we have them? The mystery of why we dream is a topic that has puzzled humans since the beginning of recorded history. A recent NOVA special on PBS interviewed researchers who are conducting various neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the reason behind dreaming. While these experiments can reveal...

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If you have a friend or someone in your family who can be described as a fan of sleeping, the following are some great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

Books
Amazon has books for sale on every sleep topic imaginable. The National Sleep Foundation features a few highlights in our...

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Meir H. Kryger, MD, former chair of the National Sleep Foundation and editor of the Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, has compiled an atlas on sleep medicine that uses new scoring rules to help doctors score, interpret and diagnose sleep disorders. The book, the Atlas of Clinical Sleep Medicine: Expert Consult, is...

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If you enjoy pondering life's many mysteries, here's a good one: Why do we sleep? You know you need sleep, because that's what your body tells you. But what does sleep actually do? "There are as many theories of sleep's functions as there are sleep researchers," Mehdi Tafti, a geneticist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, says in a...

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