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Smartphones, Tablets Sabotaging Teens’ Sleep

Teens sleep less than they used to, sacrificing shuteye to spend more time on their phones and tablets. Experts say teens need at least nine hours of sleep a night to be engaged and productive during the day. Anything less can cause daytime sleepiness and interfere with school or daily activities. Faced with an array of tempting distractions, how much sleep are today’s teens actually getting? To find out, researchers analyzed a pair of long-term, national surveys of more than 360,000 eighth- through [...]

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A Soundtrack for Slumber: Max Richter’s 8-Plus-Hour Overnight ‘Sleep’ Concert

In a giant loft space with 160 beds overlooking downtown Manhattan, concertgoers came to experience the sounds of the live nightlong performance intended to help them hit “pause” and sleep, or not sleep, as they wished. Music and sleep have been connected in our minds ever since the sweet sounds of the lullaby first helped people drift off into slumber. And in fact research shows that listening to relaxing music before going to bed helps improve sleep quality in people who don’t [...]

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Study Reveals Why All-Nighters May Be So Dangerous for Your Health

Shifting your sleep schedule may trigger changes in the body that can eventually lead to obesity, diabetes, and other serious problems. You know sleep is important. We’ve all heard about the harmful effects of regularly not getting enough restful sleep, such as increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, and more. But new research offers new evidence on why when we sleep may be of utmost importance when it comes to how those poor-sleep-related problems actually develop. A study published May [...]

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What Is Light Sleep vs. Heavy Sleep, and How Can You Get What You Need?

For some people, the slightest noise awakens them at night. For others, the wailing siren of a passing fire truck doesn’t disturb their slumber. Just why, though, remains a bit of a mystery. Although many people are self-proclaimed light sleepers or heavy sleepers, researchers have found that little is actually known about why people react differently to noises and other stimuli during sleep. Genetics, lifestyle choices, and undiagnosed sleep disorders may all play a role. In addition, some studies suggest that [...]

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Sleepy Teens Are Risk-Taking Teens

Sleep deprivation leads to unsafe behaviors Sleep-deprived high school students are more likely to sustain injuries — often due to risky behaviors — than those who are well rested, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. In a study of more than 50,000 students, researchers found that those teens who got seven hours of sleep or less on school nights were more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as not wearing a seatbelt, riding with a drinking driver, and drinking and driving. “The failure [...]

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12 Tricks for Waking Up Earlier in the Morning

1 / 12   When ‘Rise and Shine’ Is Easier Said Than Done Lots of people set the alarm with the best of intentions, knowing that’s the time they need to get up to meet the day’s demands. But then the alarm clock seems to ring way before they’re ready to rise, so they’re hitting snooze and, eventually, running late. Something’s got to give. The key lies inside your body. “An important factor in being able to wake up easily at the desired time [...]

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What Happens to You When You Don’t Sleep for Days

All-night study sessions, important business deals, new babies — most people will experience a taste of sleep deprivation at some point in life. While the occasional lack of sleep may not seem like a big deal, the impact of sleep deprivation can be intense and its effects can linger. In extreme circumstances, sleep deprivation can ultimately lead to death. “As a society, as families and individuals, we have not yet fully appreciated the importance of sleep,” says Terry Cralle, RN, a certified clinical sleep educator [...]

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