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  • Coffee Naps: Drink a cup then take a 20 minute snooze

    Coffee Naps: Drink a cup then take a 20 minute snooze

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:41:42 GMT
    Drinking caffeinated coffee and then taking nap don't sound like they would go hand in hand. But it might be the perfect combination to be as alert as possible. Here's what scientists say according to Vox.com.
    Drinking caffeinated coffee and then taking nap don't sound like they would go hand in hand. But it might be the perfect combination to be as alert as possible. Here's what scientists say according to Vox.com.
  • Window for getting the best sleep falls between 8pm and midnight

    Window for getting the best sleep falls between 8pm and midnight

    Thursday, August 28 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:04:39 GMT
    You might not be able to get perfect sleep but experts say there's a window of time that you should try to go to bed to get as close to perfect as possible. It's important to know that your sleep is composed of a series of 90-minute cycles called REM cycles and non-REM cycles.
    You might not be able to get perfect sleep but experts say there's a window of time that you should try to go to bed to get as close to perfect as possible. It's important to know that your sleep is composed of a series of 90-minute cycles called REM cycles and non-REM cycles.
  • FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

    FDA approves new sleeping drug from Merck

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:09:36 GMT
    Merck Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known as orexins that control the sleep cycle and can keep people awake at night.
    Merck Co. Inc. has won federal approval for a new type of sleeping pill designed to help people with insomnia stay asleep. The tablet, Belsomra, works by temporarily blocking chemicals known as orexins that control the sleep cycle and can keep people awake at night.
  • What sleep deprivation does to your face

    What sleep deprivation does to your face

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:48:07 GMT
    Are you getting enough sleep? A new campaign is circulating the internet and it shows exactly what could happen to you in the future if you don't get enough beauty rest!
    Are you getting enough sleep? A new campaign is circulating the internet and it shows exactly what could happen to you in the future if you don't get enough beauty rest!
  • Study: 7 hours of sleep optimal

    Study: 7 hours of sleep optimal

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:22:41 GMT
    Sleep studies show that 7 hours of sleep is the optimal amount. People who say they get between 6.5 and 7.5 hours live longer than people who get more or less. The CDC is putting together a panel of doctors to review the literature and come up with new recommendations.
    Sleep studies show that 7 hours of sleep is the optimal amount. People who say they get between 6.5 and 7.5 hours live longer than people who get more or less. The CDC is putting together a panel of doctors to review the literature and come up with new recommendations.
  • Cuddling could improve health

    Cuddling could improve health

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:12:56 GMT
    You think of cuddling up on the couch with your significant other when it's cold outside. But there's some evidence we should be cuddling more to stay healthy.
    You think of cuddling up on the couch with your significant other when it's cold outside. But there's some evidence we should be cuddling more to stay healthy.
  • Study: Most lucid dreams about flying, sex

    Study: Most lucid dreams about flying, sex

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:41:30 GMT
    A new study reported in the magazine Live Science looked at lucid dreams, who has them, and what they are about. Lucid dreams are the ones during which you are aware of your actions and can actually control them.
    A new study reported in the magazine Live Science looked at lucid dreams, who has them, and what they are about. Lucid dreams are the ones during which you are aware of your actions and can actually control them.
  • 1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

    1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:20:03 GMT
    A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability. The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.
    A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability. The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.
  • Study: Most Americans get over 8 hours of sleep each day

    Study: Most Americans get over 8 hours of sleep each day

    Thursday, June 19 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-06-19 15:55:53 GMT
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Americans get eight hours and forty-five minutes of sleep each day. Eleven-thousand people aged fifteen and older were surveyed.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Americans get eight hours and forty-five minutes of sleep each day. Eleven-thousand people aged fifteen and older were surveyed.
  • Extra sleep...but still tired?

    Extra sleep...but still tired?

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:15:29 GMT
    Americans are struggling more than ever to get a good night's sleep. So when we get extra sleep, like on the weekends, why is it we still feel tired? Sometimes you feel just beat after 9 or 10 hours on the weekend.
    Americans are struggling more than ever to get a good night's sleep. So when we get extra sleep, like on the weekends, why is it we still feel tired? Sometimes you feel just beat after 9 or 10 hours on the weekend.
  • Health Watch: Getting enough sleep? Take the sleep quiz

    Health Watch: Getting enough sleep? Take the sleep quiz

    Thursday, May 8 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-05-08 20:34:50 GMT
    How many times have you heard a co-worker say I'm tired. I didn't sleep much last night. All of us have heard that.! But it's not something to be proud of. In fact the CDC says sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic. So are you getting enough sleep? FOX 5s Sarah Simmons joined us with a quick sleep quiz!
    How many times have you heard a co-worker say I'm tired. I didn't sleep much last night. All of us have heard that.! But it's not something to be proud of. In fact the CDC says sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic. So are you getting enough sleep? FOX 5s Sarah Simmons joined us with a quick sleep quiz!
  • 9 million adults in the U.S. take prescription sleeping pills

    9 million adults in the U.S. take prescription sleeping pills

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:14:21 GMT
    Do you use sleeping pills to help get more rest? A CDC study shows nearly 9 million adults in the U.S. take prescription sleeping pills.
    Do you use sleeping pills to help get more rest? A CDC study shows nearly 9 million adults in the U.S. take prescription sleeping pills.
  • Sleep helps protect the brain, study shows

    Sleep helps protect the brain, study shows

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:13:49 GMT
    Sleep may help the brain replenish its cells and repair itself more quickly, Science Daily reported. In a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers sought to discover how sleep affects the production of oligodendrocytes – the cells responsible for creating myelin in the brain. Produced in both healthy brains and in response to injury, myelin acts as insulation for both the brain and spinal cord, allowing the brain’s electrical impulses to move from cell to cell. Rese...
    Sleep may help the brain replenish its cells and repair itself more quickly, Science Daily reported. In a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers sought to discover how sleep affects the production of oligodendrocytes – the cells responsible for creating myelin in the brain. Produced in both healthy brains and in response to injury, myelin acts as insulation for both the brain and spinal cord, allowing the brain’s electrical impulses to move from cell to cell. Rese...
  • Body clock may be to blame when young children fight sleep

    Body clock may be to blame when young children fight sleep

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:13:16 GMT
    "Just one more story, please?" `'I need a glass of water." `'Mom, I can't sleep!" When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn't match their bedtime. That doesn't mean tots should be up at all hours. "Just like nutrition and exercise, sleep is critical for good health," said sleep scientist Monique LeBourgeois of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who is leading the research. The ultimate goal is to help re...
    "Just one more story, please?" `'I need a glass of water." `'Mom, I can't sleep!" When youngsters continually struggle to fall asleep at night, new research suggests maybe their body clock doesn't match their bedtime. That doesn't mean tots should be up at all hours. "Just like nutrition and exercise, sleep is critical for good health," said sleep scientist Monique LeBourgeois of the University of Colorado, Boulder, who is leading the research. The ultimate goal is to help re...
  • Effects of sleep deprivation a real problem

    Effects of sleep deprivation a real problem

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:12:11 GMT
    Sleep deprivation is a real problem for a lot of people. We deal with it day in and day out. What might surprise you is the effect it's having on your body not just overtime -- but after one night.
    Sleep deprivation is a real problem for a lot of people. We deal with it day in and day out. What might surprise you is the effect it's having on your body not just overtime -- but after one night.
  • Poor sleep quality may accelerate cancer growth, study finds

    Poor sleep quality may accelerate cancer growth, study finds

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-05-07 15:11:12 GMT
    Failing to get a good night’s rest may actually have some serious health consequences. Poor quality of sleep marked by frequent waking can speed cancer growth and increase the disease’s aggressiveness, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Cancer Research, researchers experimented with genetically engineered mice that had been injected with tumor cells. As the mice slept during the day, a quiet, motorized brush moved through half of the cages every two minutes – for...
    Failing to get a good night’s rest may actually have some serious health consequences. Poor quality of sleep marked by frequent waking can speed cancer growth and increase the disease’s aggressiveness, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Cancer Research, researchers experimented with genetically engineered mice that had been injected with tumor cells. As the mice slept during the day, a quiet, motorized brush moved through half of the cages every two minutes – for...
  • Too much or too little sleep tied to memory problems in older women

    Too much or too little sleep tied to memory problems in older women

    Seniors who slept too little or too much during midlife or after are at increased risk for memory problems, as are those whose sleep habits changed over time, a new study suggests.
    Seniors who slept too little or too much during midlife or after are at increased risk for memory problems, as are those whose sleep habits changed over time, a new study suggests.
  • Too little sleep may add to teen health problems

    Too little sleep may add to teen health problems

    Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.
    Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.
  • Sleep apnea may be linked to poor bone health

    Sleep apnea may be linked to poor bone health

    People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests.
    People with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, may be at increased risk for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, especially women and older people, a new study suggests.
  • Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

    Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

    Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.
    Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates.
  • Your afternoon coffee might trigger a bad night's sleep

    Your afternoon coffee might trigger a bad night's sleep

    Bad news for caffeine addicts: That midday coffee pick-me-up might increase your odds for a sleepless night, new research shows.
    Bad news for caffeine addicts: That midday coffee pick-me-up might increase your odds for a sleepless night, new research shows.
  • Yoga fails to cool hot flashes, but may aid sleep

    Yoga fails to cool hot flashes, but may aid sleep

    Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests.
    Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests.
  • Drowsy driving more likely for 'short sleepers'

    Drowsy driving more likely for 'short sleepers'

    People known as short sleepers are most likely to be drowsy drivers, even when they feel completely rested, a new study shows.
    People known as short sleepers are most likely to be drowsy drivers, even when they feel completely rested, a new study shows.
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