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A Time-Change Rebellion Brewing?
Neil Wagner

In the fall, it seems like a gift; in the spring, changing your clock to daylight savings time can be a health hazard. Read more >

A Different Deep State
Leslie Carr

Sleep re-boots your brain. People who don't get enough quality sleep are nearly a third more prone to anxiety. Read more >

Get Sleep, Get Good Grades
Neil Wagner

Researchers have figured out why women do better than men on tests in certain science classes. Sleep is a big part of it. Read more >

What's Keeping You Up at Night
Charlotte LoBuono

Alcohol, nicotine and caffeine can all interfere with sleep, but one seems far worse than the others. Read more >

It's Hard Being a Night Owl
Charlotte LoBuono

Night owls are out of step with the 9 to 5 world, and may pay a price professionally. Changes to your routine could make the difference. Read more >

Late Nights in Front of the TV

Parents may think time in front of the TV before bed helps kids settle down. But it really just robs them of sleep. Read more >

The Sleep Myths Keeping You Up at Night

Sleep is one of the best ways to safeguard your health, but our mistaken ideas about it can stand in the way of those benefits. Read more >

Rising Teen Depression
Alice G. Walton

Phone use is a factor. Parents who encourage person-to-person interactions can help. Read more >

Parents on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Having children definitely cuts into your sleep, and it goes on for years, a study finds. Read more >

Babies Up Late
Neil Wagner

One reason some babies have a hard time sleeping at night is that they don't get enough exercise. Here's one way to help them along. Read more >

Sleepy People Are Dangerous
Neil Wagner

Too little sleep is a problem -- especially when others' lives depend on your performance. Read more >

Brain Development, 24 Hours a Day
Leslie Carr

School is not the only place where kids' mental abilities grow. Three other areas make a big difference, too. Read more >

Naps' Important Brain Work
Alice G. Walton

Kids who miss their naps can be a pain to be around, but there's an even bigger reason to be sure they get enough sleep. Read more >

Sleep and Loneliness
Neil Wagner

Brain studies show how a lack of sleep can add to our social isolation and cause others to turn away. Read more >

A Solid Night's Sleep
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Introducing solid food while breastfeeding and before infants are six months old can give babies and their parents sleep they need. Read more >

Toxic Workplaces
Neil Wagner

Office dramas and rude coworkers can take a toll on your mental health. The trick is to find a way to leave it at the office. Read more >

The Risks of Being a Night Owl
Charlotte LoBuono

Night owls live in an early-bird world and face serious health consequences. Change your biorhythms or change your job. Read more >

Class Schedules and Body Clocks
Alice G. Walton

Students who are not morning people tend to get a raw deal at college. It affects their grades. Read more >

Fractured Sleep, Fractured Mind
Alice G. Walton

Which comes first: sleep problems or the accumulation of proteins related to Alzheimer's? Read more >

Amber Waves of Sleep
Neil Wagner

There's a way to avoid the sleep-depriving effects of computer, phone, and TV screens late at night. Counteract the blue light with these. Read more >

Sleeping with the Fishes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Children who eat fish tend to have IQ scores that are five points higher than those who don't. Here's the reason why. Read more >

School Daze: How Schools Rob Kids of Sleep
Esther Entin, M.D.

The quickest way to help teens get more sleep is for schools to change when classes begin. Read more >

A Cannabis-Like Drug to Treat Sleep Apnea
Leslie Carr

A CPAP device can successfully treat sleep apnea, but few use it full-time. Dronabinol works differently. Read more >

Digital Screen-Light at Night? Not for Young Eyes
Charlotte LoBuono

The light from digital screens affects young eyes in a profound way, disrupting sleep cycles. Read more >

More and More Teens Are Losing Sleep
Esther Entin, M.D.

The number of teens who don't get enough sleep has risen dramatically since 1991. You can probably guess why. Read more >

Paranoid Insomniacs
Esther Entin, M.D.

Lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to depression, paranoia and hallucinations. Online treatment seems to help. Read more >

An Alzheimer's Early Warning Signal
Esther Entin, M.D.

Scientists may have found a way to catch Alzheimer's early and reduce its effects. Read more >

Mommy-Shaming: Fight Back
Esther Entin, M.D.

Everyone is an expert when it comes to raising kids. What's a mother to do about the criticism -- well-intentioned or not? Read more >

Batter Up Too Late?
Neil Wagner

Baseball players' reaction times improved when they got an extra hour of sleep. Stress and fatigue went down, too. Read more >

Raising Children on Digital Devices
Esther Entin, M.D.

They pose special risks for young brains and minds. Set some limits and follow them yourself. Read more >

Setting Kids Up to Stay Slender
Alice G. Walton

Children who find it hard to handle their emotions are more likely to become overweight. There is a simple way for parents to help. Read more >

Reset Your Body's Clock
Neil Wagner

You can fix biorhythms thrown off by shift work, travel or late nights in front of a screen and lose weight at the same time. Read more >

A Fast Track to Slowing Aging
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating less gives your cells, especially your ribosomes, a rest and slows the aging process. Read more >

Four Unhealthy Eating Habits That Make You Gain Weight
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Heart Association offers way to tweak your eating habits to keep the pounds off. Read more >

A High Tech Sleep Hazard
Charlotte LoBuono

High tech baby monitors use sensors to keep track of respiration and heart rate. They may not help and can make parents crazy. Read more >

Sleep-Deprived Soda Drinkers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People who drink more soda tend to sleep less — two or three hours less than those who don't. Read more >

Sleepy Kids Become Fat Kids
Neil Wagner

When children don't get enough sleep, they don't just get cranky; they eat much, much more. Read more >

Crazy Cats
Neil Wagner

Is your cat driving you crazy? Two veterinarians and an animal behaviorist have a suggestion that should help. Read more >

Menopause and Insomnia Speed Up Aging
Charlotte LoBuono

Women's biological clocks speed up with early menopause — before age 51 — and sleep problems. Read more >

Your Child's “Overnight Therapy” — Sleep
Esther Entin, M.D.

Every parent knows what a tired child is like. What they may not know is that sleep problems can create emotional problems. Read more >

Early Bedtimes for Toddlers Cut The Risk of Obesity Later On
Esther Entin, M.D.

Preschoolers who go to bed around 8 pm are half as likely to become overweight teens. Read more >

Global Bedtimes
Charlotte LoBuono

Data from an app for jet lag have helped researchers develop a snapshot of global sleep patterns. Read more >

Being Sleep-Deprived Brings on the Munchies
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The less you sleep, the more calories you tend to consume because your brain is unable to regulate appetite. Read more >

When Work Worries Follow You Home
Alice G. Walton

Having trouble disconnecting your brain from work? Some simple steps can help. Read more >

Late Bedtimes Bring Weight Gain
Neil Wagner

It doesn't matter how long they sleep — when teens stay up late, their body mass increases considerably. Read more >

Screen Time Resets Teens’ Body Clocks
Esther Entin, M.D.

Late nights in front of a screen make it hard for teens to fall asleep. Parents may need to step in. Read more >

Social Media's Emotional Costs
Alice G. Walton

The pressure to keep up with social media, particularly at night, does not do anything good for teens’ mental health. Read more >

You Snooze, You Win
Neil Wagner

Lowering blood pressure may be as simple as taking a nap. It's good for your heart, too. Read more >

Good Housekeeping: Ridding the Brain of Junk
Alice G. Walton

Younger brains are better at clearing away Alzheimer’s proteins than older brains. Is there anything we can do? Read more >

Drugs Disrupt Sleep and Kids’ Brain Development
Alice G. Walton

Drugs used to treat ADHD, depression and psychological problems interfere with sleep, and this is a problem for the developing brain. Read more >

Lack of Sleep Linked to A Buildup of Toxic Proteins
Alice G. Walton

Poor sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s not clear which comes first. Read more >

Give Your Brain a Rest (Literally)
Alice G. Walton

Getting good sleep helps the brain form new memories, giving you even more justification for a nap. Read more >

Overnight Fasting Offers Big Health Dividends
Esther Entin, M.D.

The longer the period between your last food of the day and first of the next, the lower your risk of two major diseases. Read more >

Late Nights Bring Belly Fat, Diabetes
Neil Wagner

Night owls — even young ones — are far more likely than early birds to develop diabetes and other metabolic problems. Read more >

For Sleeplessness, The Best Medicine May be Meditation
Alice G. Walton

Before trying medication, seniors having trouble sleeping should try a short course on meditation. Read more >

Benadryl, Other Meds May Up Risk of Dementia
Neil Wagner

The more Benadryl and certain other anticholinergic drugs you take, the greater the risk of dementia. Read more >

Small Screens Can Be a Big Problem at Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are some good reasons why having a phone in the room at bedtime makes kids so tired the next day. Read more >

How Light from E-Readers Disrupts Your Sleep
Sami Hocine

The blue light computers and other screens emit can make it hard to get a restful night's sleep. Read more >

Prescription Meds Can Turn Teens into Drug Abusers
Sami Hocine

Teens prescribed anti-anxiety and sleep medications are more likely to abuse drugs later on. Read more >

To Fight Obesity, Help Kids Get Enough Sleep
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sleep can help your child develop a healthy metabolism and avoid gaining weight. Read more >

Cozy, Comfy, and Dangerous
Esther Entin, M.D.

Nearly half of all infants are put to bed with bedding that poses a risk of SIDS and suffocation. Read more >

Body Fat, Obesity in Kids Linked to Getting Too Little Sleep
Charlotte LoBuono

Kids who don't get enough sleep have more body fat and are more likely to be obese. Read more >

Insomniacs Found to Have a Far Greater Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

If you often have trouble sleeping, consider it a serious health risk. Read more >

Kids and Caffeine: Less Soda, But New Sources
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's hard to believe any parent who cares about their sanity would give their children caffeine. So why is it that even preschoolers tend to get a daily dose? Read more >

Late Night Smartphone Use Interferes with Productivity
Neil Wagner

People who use their smartphones late at night are less productive the next day. Read more >

Meditation May Help Relieve Anxiety, Depression, and Pain
Charlotte LoBuono

Don't Medicate, Meditate Read more >

For Teens, Sleep Is a Family Affair
Esther Entin, M.D.

Puberty wreaks havoc on teens' sleep cycles; so do teens' family and social relationships. Read more >

SIDS Appears Linked to Brain Abnormalities
Alice G. Walton

Babies who die of SIDS may have brain abnormalities that make them miss signals to breathe again. Read more >

Too Late for a Latte
Neil Wagner

Drinking coffee, even hours before bed, can rob you of sleep every night. Read more >

Circadian Rhythms Appear to Influence The Body's Immune Response
Michael J. Gertner

Sleep disruptions affecting the body's circadian rhythms may be behind autoimmune problems like irritable bowel syndrome. Read more >

Young Children Behave Better When They Have a Consistent Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Young children need to go to bed at a regular, consistent time. Think of it as a miracle cure for bad behavior. Read more >

From Sleep Apnea to Beauty Sleep
Neil Wagner

Sleep apnea patients' looks were visibly improved when they were treated to a deeper sleep. Read more >

Sleep, The Brain's Housekeeper
Michael J. Gertner

The cellular trash that builds up in the brain gets cleared away during sleep. Another reason to be sure you get enough. Read more >

Nap Time is Learning Time
Neil Wagner

Preschoolers need their naps, even, or especially, in school. Read more >

Letting Hospital Patients Sleep
Neil Wagner

Is waking patients during the night to take vital signs more important than letting them sleep? Read more >

A Lack of Sleep Fuels Brain's Cravings for Food
Michael J. Gertner

Opioid receptors in the brain produces a drug-like craving for sweet and fatty foods when it is deprived of sleep. Read more >

Brain Development Appears Influenced by Regular Bedtimes
Alice G. Walton

Regular bedtimes for kids are important for brain development. Read more >

The Right Routine for a Good Night's Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting a good night's sleep is a pretty easy habit to get into. So why do millions not get the health-sustaining sleep they deserve? Read more >

Aging Brains, Disrupted Sleep, and Impaired Memory
Charlotte LoBuono

Aging disrupts slow-wave sleep and memory. But better, memory restoring sleep is possible. Read more >

Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >

Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Scans show just what caffeine does to the brain. It may protect us from dementia. Read more >

What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
Esther Entin, M.D.

People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >

Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
Neil Wagner

When elderly people take benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax, their risk of dementia goes up 50%. Read more >

Big Test? Get Some Sleep
Neil Wagner

Getting less sleep before a big test is more likely to reduce your learning than improve it. Read more >

Tablet Computer Use at Night Disturbs Sleep
Neil Wagner

At night, the light from your tablet computer messes with melatonin production. This throws off the body's clock. Read more >

Can Memories Be Strengthened During Sleep?
Neil Wagner

But don't try it in place of studying. The brain does pick up, or at least cement, information while Read more >

Let it Shine: New Window Coating Lets in More Light
Neil Wagner

A new window coating lets in more light at the blue end of the spectrum. This shift could improve... Read more >

Online Infant Sleep Safety Information May Be Inaccurate
Charlotte LoBuono

It is unwise, and sometimes even dangerous, to trust all the health information you find through search engines. Read more >

Sleeping Pills May Quadruple Death Risk
Neil Wagner

People who took even small numbers of sleeping pills were over three times more likely to die... Read more >

Social Jet Lag May Be Why You're Fatigued (And Fat)
Alice G. Walton

Our daily schedules are out of sync with our internal clocks. It started with the light bulb... Read more >

Consequences of Insomnia Go Beyond Fatigue, Poor Performance
Susan H. Scher, MD

Insomnia is a major health risk. It erodes your quality of life. But too few doctors even ask... Read more >

Dreams Can Help Heal Mental Wounds
Alice G. Walton

REM sleep can reduce the emotional impact of traumatic memories. Read more >

Why Rocking Yourself to Sleep Works
Neil Wagner

Break out the hammocks. Rocking to sleep is not just for babies. It offers a deeper sleep... Read more >

More Reasons to Get Your Zzzzs
Alice G. Walton

Sleep can help you lose weight, make better decisions, and improve your sex life. Read more >

When Neurons Nap, Mistakes are Made
Alice G. Walton

In sleep-deprived rats random brain cells take "naps" while the animal is awake... Read more >

Everyone Needs Their Beauty Sleep
Neil Wagner

It's no surprise: people who get enough rest are rated as looking better than those who don't. Read more >

Can Sleep Deprivation Prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have found a way to disrupt upsetting memories of traumatic events: sleep deprivation. Read more >

FDA Says Infant Sleep Positoners Pose Suffocation Risk
Alice G. Walton

Infant sleep positioners that are designed to hold babies in a position in their cribs may actually raise the risk of SIDS. Read more >

It's Quality, Not Quantity, of Sleep That's Important for New Moms
Alice G. Walton

Even though they may total enough hours at night, interrupted sleep is what hurts new moms. Read more >

Alcohol Disrupts the Biological Clock
Neil Wagner

Reduced messenger RNA activity appears to be behind the sleep and mood problems in drinkers. Read more >

The Teenager Sleep Schedule vs. the School Bell
Esther Entin, M.D.

Starting the school day just a half hour later helps teens get the sleep they need, raising motivation. Read more >

Researchers Find More Reasons to Get a Full-Night's Sleep
Alice G. Walton

Getting a full night's sleep may help you live longer and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Read more >

Earplugs and Eye Masks Help Hospital Patients Sleep Better
Neil Wagner

Patients in intensive care units often experience interrupted sleep. Finding ways to block noise and light can help. Read more >

If You're Trying to Watch Your Weight: Sleep
Alice G. Walton

One good way to keep from over-eating is to be sure to get enough sleep. Read more >

Stressed Out: The Behavior and Biology of Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a feeling, but it is also a biological response that is both helpful and harmful. Read more >

Decision-Making Suffers in the Sleep-Deprived, Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

People who are sleep-deprived cannot make quick, "gut" decisions. For first-responders like police officers, this can be dangerous. Read more >

A Quiet Routine Makes for an Easier Bedtime
Esther Entin, M.D.

Having a consistent and peaceful nighttime routine helps babies and toddlers fall asleep more easily. Read more >

Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Alice G. Walton

Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >

Pacifiers and Breastfeeding: Is There Really A Problem?
Esther Entin, M.D.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. Read more >

If You Have a Problem, Sleep on It
Alice G. Walton

If you have a problem that needs some creative problem solving, a good solid nap can be very helpful. Read more >

Sleepless in Adolescence
Neil Wagner

The Internet, television and online videos and games are all responsible for a reduction in the amount of sleep that teens receive nightly. Read more >

Be Smart, Sleep More
Alice G. Walton

Sleep on! The brain may prune redundant nerve connections for faster processing while you sleep... Read more >

Sleep More, Live Better
Neil Wagner

Sleep deprivation may be a risk factor for many common medical problems, including weight gain, diabetes and hypertension. Read more >

Sleep on It: Napping Helps Form Complex Memory
Alice G. Walton

Short naps have the power to help form a complex form of memory known as relational memory. Read more >

The Treatment of Insomnia: New Developments
Andrew D. Krystal, M.D., M.S.

Losing Sleep: the Causes and Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Namni Goel, Ph.D., and David F. Dinges, Ph.D.

Sleep and Longevity
Leslie Carr

We all understand that too little sleep can be bad for your health. Read more >

Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >

Childhood Trauma Linked to Adult Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Tom Gilbert

In recent years, researchers have learned more and more about how stress and psychological trauma can effect the brain and overall health. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
Ahmed Syed Ali, M.D., and John E. Morley, M.D.

If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >

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