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  • Sleeping on Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    A story recently appeared in the magazine Advertising Age, which caters to marketing executives. It reported on an ingenius targeted advertising campaign that was recently launched on behalf of the fast food chain Burger King in Seoul, South Korea. Apparently, when looking at the list of countries that are most sleep deprived, South Korea ranks pretty near the top, and the city of Seoul is among the worst affected in the country. As a result, commuters often attempt to make up for lost sleep while they are riding the subway in the morning, especially because the city’s workers have a reputation for having extremely long commutes. Continue reading

  • How Colleges Are Encouraging Students To Get More Sleep

    If America is a sleep-deprived nation, then the canary in the coal mine is our college students, who notoriously party into the wee hours and then stagger into early morning classes, or else pull all-nighters to complete projects and essays or study for exams. Though some may consider this a time-honored tradition, others see it as a health hazard that puts students at risk for a bevy of conditions that have been associated with sleep deprivation, including obesity, depression, diabetes, sleep apnea, and cardiovascular problems. In an effort to curb the tendency and educate students about the benefits and importance of getting a good night’s sleep, many colleges are taking extraordinary measures to raise awareness. Continue reading

  • Circadian Rhythms Respond to Color of Daylight, Not Intensity

    Though sleep experts have long known that the stability and establishment of our biological, or circadian, rhythms are completely reliant on our exposure to daylight and the rising and setting of the sun, little has been understood about exactly what it is that light does or what factor in daylight serves as the catalyst for our response. But now, a study published in the journal PLOS Biology has found that it is specifically the color of the light that we see, and not its brightness or intensity, that tells our bodies when it is time to wake up and when to go to sleep. As the color of the sky changes in the light of dawn or near sunset, the body recognizes those signals. Continue reading

  • New Research Shows Why Sleep Deprived Brain Poses Such Tremendous Danger

    Over the last several years, there have been increasing reports of tragic accidents that have been attributed to sleep deprivation. The nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the wreck of the Exxon Valdez, the recent train derailment on the Long Island Railroad, and most recently the truck accident that took the life of comedian Tracey Morgan’s friend, and which seriously injured Morgan himself are just a few examples. Researchers have been working to understand exactly what the mechanism is that makes sleep deprivation so dangerous, and a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University and the National University of Singapore has indicated that people who are sleep deprived have extended periods in which their brains function normally, but these are interspersed with periods in which response is slow and visual processing and attention drop precipitously. Continue reading

  • Can A Drug Offset the Impact of Sleep Deprivation?

    Anybody who has ever spent a night tossing and turning knows all too well that sleeplessness has a negative impact on the ability to think clearly, to remember details and to respond appropriately and quickly. Lack of sleep makes us cranky, fuzzy and forgetful, and that’s after just one night – just imagine what it feels like to somebody who suffers from chronic insomnia. Now a recent study out of the University of Pennsylvania is offering hope to those whose lives are impacted by constant sleep deprivation. Scientist there have found in experiments performed using laboratory animals that there are certain medications that can be used to counter the impact that lack of sleep has. Continue reading

  • Sleep, Stress and Gender

    The Better Sleep Council is an organization that is dedicated to providing much-needed education about sleep and the role it plays in health and improving the quality of life for consumers around the world. It is a division of the International Sleep Products Association, and it is made up of both sleep experts and bedding companies from throughout the industry. As part of their efforts, they recently conducted a survey looking into what role stress plays in the sleep lives of the American consumer, and how much time is being lost each night to worry. Their findings are both of interest and concern. Among the statistics that were revealed were the following: Continue reading

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