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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 27, 2012 People who are working more than one job are sleeping less than most, as are people working more than 40 hours a week. Divorced and separated people are short on sleep, too. Working the night shift can wreck your sleep habits and hurt your health.
December 20, 2011 A study of nearly 5,000 police officers in the U.S. and Canada finds 40 percent had sleep disorders. These sleepy cops had a greater likelihood of having sleep apnea, a disorder with big health implications. They were also much likelier to fall asleep while driving.
August 8, 2011 KQEDParents often think poor sleep is their cross to bear, but night after night, it can lead to a permanent sleep disorder, especially for mothers, sleep researchers say. One sleep researcher says there are a lot of alternatives to medication to solve the problem.
May 19, 2011 Three sleep experts respond to questions submitted by listeners on chronic sleep deprivation, sleep meds, and more.
April 26, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, America's energy options, and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris on his documentary, Marriage Equality. In the second hour, getting enough sleep, and author James Cross on his book, Punching Out.
April 21, 2011 People can adapt to overnight work, but it is very hard to do. On their days off, people who work nights tend to switch back to the daytime schedules their friends and families keep. The switching dogs them when it is time to go back to work.