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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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