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Sleep Facts

  • Forget These Myths About Sleep

    When it comes to the topic of sleep, it seems like everybody is an expert. There are so many different opinions and reports floating around about what to do to get a better night’s sleep or what might be interfering with our ability to get one that it’s hard to know who to trust. Here are several sleep myths that have been being passed around for many years, and which we are giving you permission to stop paying attention to. They’re not true, and some of them may even be interrupting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Continue reading

  • Think Sleep Doesn’t Matter? Look at What Missing Half an Hour Can Do

    This ones for all those people who decide to read just one more chapter, or play one more round of their video game because they think that missing half an hour of sleep can’t make that big a difference. A group of researchers from Will Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar just completed a study that shows that consistently losing half an hour of sleep can have a long-term impact on both body weight and metabolism. Continue reading

  • Too Much Sleep Could Be Just As Dangerous As Too Little

    It is increasingly well know that sleep plays an important role in our overall health and well being. But the more that scientists learn about the impact of getting too little sleep, as well as too much, it is becoming more and more clear that our bodies have evolved to get a very specific amount of sleep, and that both too little and too much can be harmful. The most recent evidence of this comes from a study conducted by the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. A team lead by Yue Leng and recently published its findings in the journal Neurology, and have revealed that sleeping too much may lead to an increased risk of stroke. Continue reading

  • Sleep Continues to Slip

    It’s been over a year since the Centers for Disease Control sounded the alarm about sleep. At that time, their researchers referred to sleep deprivation as a public health epidemic, and warned that if Americans continued to chronically get less than seven hours of sleep per night, the results would be seen in increased accidents on the road and increased health problems. Continue reading

  • Study Shows Body Clock’s Impact on Athletic Performance

    A remarkable new study conducted by researchers at the University of Birmingham has provided food for thought for athletes, their coaches and recruiters, and sport fans around the world. The research revealed that an individual’s internal body clock is so important to overall athletic performance that it can make a very real difference between the odds of winning and the odds of losing. The researchers indicated that an individual’s performance can vary by as much as 26 percent based entirely on what time they prefer to wake up and what time their athletic event takes place, with those who wake up early performing their best in the early afternoon and those who stay up late performing at the top of their game in the evening. Continue reading

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