June 9, 2015 A review of the medical evidence finds that therapy can break the cycle of chronic sleeplessness by addressing the anxieties that cause many people to stay awake.
It's hard to sleep when the light's on and the monitor's beeping.
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March 19, 2015 Hospitals are notoriously difficult places to sleep, despite efforts to make them less noisy. Cheap, simple workarounds can help, a study says. Taking the sleep hormone melatonin helped the most.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says middle and high schools shouldn't start before 8:30 a.m., so students can get enough sleep.
February 17, 2015 Just half of parents say schools should start later so teenagers can get more sleep, a survey found. But most of the parents also weren't aware that pediatricians have called for a start of 8:30 a.m.
Sleepy in the day and wide awake at night? Give the screen a rest.
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December 26, 2014 Using an e-reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
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About 40 percent of high schools start before 8 a.m., which contributes to chronic sleep deprivation among teens, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
August 25, 2014 The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.
July 17, 2014 Too stressed to get seven hours of solid shut-eye tonight? Prepare to be even less resilient tomorrow. Stress disrupts sleep, which feeds depression, anxiety — and more stress, scientists say.
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Teenagers' sleep patterns may be a clue to their risk of depression.
February 6, 2014 Lack of sleep contributes to depression in teenagers, two studies find. Lack of exercise and lots of time online don't help, either. The solution, researchers say, is for parents to make sure their children are getting a good nine to 10 hours of sleep a night, even in high school.
December 16, 2013 More and more people are using sleeping pills, but they can have side effects, including dangerous drowsiness the next morning. Sleep specialists say the best way to get a good night's sleep is to have a sleep routine, including going to bed at the same time each night.
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Solid friendships can help buffer life's stress.
December 5, 2013 The notoriously short night's sleep that many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
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December 2, 2013 Scientists agree that teenagers naturally go to bed late and sleep late, too. But high school start times are traditionally very early. Proponents of later start times say they're finally getting traction. The result, they say, will be happier kids who do better in school.
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Can't sleep? Run down? Keep exercising.
August 15, 2013 If you're chronically sleep deprived, don't expect 30 minutes on the elliptical to knock you out tonight. The sleep-boosting benefits of exercise take about four months to kick in for people with insomnia, a study suggests. But perseverance pays off.
Late nights lead people to eat more.
June 28, 2013 People who were forced to stay up until the wee hours in a sleep lab ate food packing more than 500 extra calories. For people who regularly miss out on sleep, these late-night calories can really add up.
Sleep-deprived teenagers face the greatest risk of accidents while driving at night.
May 21, 2013 New, young drivers are much more likely to have an accident if they're short on sleep, researchers say. And teenage drivers are far more impaired than adults when facing an equivalent lack of sleep.
The more tired I am, the better this looks.
March 11, 2013 Less sleep equals more eating, according to a rigorous new study. People who slept just five hours a night burned more energy but also ate more — so much more that they gained almost 2 pounds in less than a week.
It may not be the best strategy to stay up late and cram. A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need, all kinds of things can go poorly.
August 21, 2012 A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need on a given night, the next day all kinds of things can go poorly. The study builds on a body of evidence that finds sleep and learning are inextricably linked.
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