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Impaired Ability to Recognize Facial Expressions is Linked to Sleep Deprivation

A study out of the University of Arizona Psychology Department found that a rough night’s sleep may impair your ability to read the room when it comes to facial expressions. Published in Neurobiology of ...
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Sound Waves Help Older Adults Achieve Deep Sleep

Deep sleep is important for memory consolidation, yet, as human beings enter into middle age, the quantity of deep (or slow wave) sleep they achieve is known to decrease significantly. Researchers believe that this ...
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Sleep Apnea in Children Could Lead to Changes in Mood and Cognition

A new study from the University of Chicago compared children between 7 and 11 years old with sleep apnea to children who slept normally.  Findings showed that there were significant decreases in gray matter ...
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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders

Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders  Bright light therapy is a treatment that has been used in patients with disruptions in their circadian rhythms.  This is the internal biological clock ...
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Sleep-Deprived Teens More Likely to Commit Crimes than Adults

New research out of the University of York in the United Kingdom and the University of Pennsylvania reported that teens who report midday sleepiness tend to show more anti-social behaviors like fighting, cheating, stealing, ...
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A Placebo May be Effective in Treating Insomnia

The journal, Brain, published new research suggesting that insomnia treatment may not need to include neurofeedback, or training of the brain functions.  Instead, researchers found that patients experienced the same benefits if they just ...
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It’s Not Just Pre-Bed Screen Time that Causes Sleep Loss

The ideal 7-9 hours of nightly sleep is a recent discovery.  Historical data suggests humans have been struggling to get a good amount of sleep long before the invention of electronic devices.  Broken sleep ...
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Some Insomnia Drugs May Be Prescribed Out of Habit

Multiple factors are responsible for driving the complex clinical decision-making process.  Things like peer pressure, psychological and social dynamics, as well as exposure to pharmaceutical advertising play a role in a physician’s choice of ...
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Sleep Quality May be Affected by Air Conditioners

A joint research team from Toyohashi University of Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering published findings that showed air conditioning (AC) airflow stimulates ...
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