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  • Top 5 sleep stories of the year: 2013

    Dec 30 2013...
    As 2013 comes to an end, we take a look back at our top sleep-related stories of the year. Which articles on Sleepeducation.com received the most views in 2013?

    The top topics included capsule hotels in Japan, the risk of sleep apnea among football players, sleep-tracking gadgets, and sleeping well during the summer. Take a look to see what topic reached No. 1 in our end-of-the-year countdown. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep soundly with white noise in the bedroom

    Dec 27 2013...
    A silent bedroom is not always the best environment for a good night's sleep. Sudden sounds from your home or from outside are more likely to interrupt your sleep when your bedroom is too quiet. 

    David Neubauer, MD, a sleep physician at Johns Hopkins, advises his patients to pay attention to the noises in your bedroom. In the video below, he explains how you can improve your sleep with white noise in your bedroom.

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  • Late afternoon and early evening caffeine can disrupt sleep

    Nov 15 2013...
    That extra afternoon jolt of caffeine may be responsible for your tossing and turning at night. New research looked at caffeine’s effects on sleep taken 0, 3, or 6 hours before going to bed.

    The study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine involved 12 healthy normal sleepers. Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University in Detroit looked at the effects of a given dose of caffeine taken at different times before sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Smartphones for sleep: Can sleep-tracking apps improve your sleep?

    Oct 23 2013...
    Health and fitness tracking are a booming business rooted in our smartphones. Calorie counters help us watch we eat. Workout trackers log the miles we run and bike. But can sleep apps improve the way we sleep?

    Search on the App Store or Google Play for sleep and you’ll find an assortment of sleep apps of varying quality. There are apps that generate white noise or soothing background sounds, apps that interpret your dreams and special alarm clocks that supposedly align with your sleep cycle.

    Sleep tracker apps tend to be the most popular. The apps use your smartphone’s motion sensor to detect your movements while you sleep – most require that you sleep with your phone under your pillow or next to you. In the morning, you’ll get a report with information about your sleep length and quality. READ MORE>>
  • Sleep tips for the summer

    Jul 12 2013...
    Long days, busy social schedules and humid, hot weather make summer a difficult season to get a good night’s sleep. Short-term insomnia due to environmental causes is fairly common this time of year. There’s no reason to concede your sleep and lean on caffeine when you can adjust your environment and your behavior to be more sleep friendly. Follow these tips and you the summer won’t disrupt your sleep: READ MORE>>
  • Stay safe this Independence Day and avoid drowsy driving

    Jul 03 2013...
    AAA Travel is projecting that 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, with 84 percent of travelers planning to travel by automobile. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, an estimated 16.5 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in the United States from 1999 to 2008 involved a fatigued driver.

    Fatigue affects everyone and can be defined as the state of exhaustion or tiredness associated with activity, exertion, working too many hours in a row, staying up too many hours in a row or a lack of sleep. READ MORE>>
  • Can’t sleep? Do this, not that!

    Jun 28 2013...
    One of the first things sleep physicians tell insomnia patients is to get out of bed if you can’t sleep. The worst thing you can do when you can’t fall asleep is lie in bed and attempt to force yourself to sleep. But you can’t do anything that’s stimulating or in violation of the basic rules of sleep hygiene. So what do you do? READ MORE>>
  • Losing more than just sleep

    Jun 26 2013...
    I was talking with a friend of mine recently and he was telling me that he was very tired. He couldn’t fall asleep the night before because he said he was too anxious. He had recently lost his job and was feeling a lot of stress from that.

    Unfortunately, not sleeping because he was too anxious could lead to more feelings of anxiety, paranoia, depression and much more. READ MORE>>
  • Bedtime regularity predicts CPAP compliance

    May 28 2013...
    A new study suggests that regularity of bedtime prior to initiation of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is an important factor that may influence treatment compliance in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

    “Long-term use of CPAP, such as after the first month or longer, requires regular routines that are conducive to establishing a new health behavior,” said principal investigator Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN, assistant professor at Penn State University School of Nursing in University Park, Pa. READ MORE>>
  • Adjust sleep schedule to minimize effect of daylight saving time

    Mar 07 2013...
    This weekend marks the return of daylight saving time (DST) for most of the United States. To help ensure a smooth transition to the new time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends that you begin to adjust your sleep schedule a few days prior to the beginning of DST.

    AASM spokesperson Ron Kramer, MD, with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., says the return of DST is a good time to examine your individual sleep pattern. Along with diet and exercise, sleep is one of keys to maximize your health. READ MORE>>