Night Owls vs. Morning People: Who’s Smarter?

Recent evidence shows that people who thrive at night have higher IQs. Early risers beg to differ

Are you the type who stays up late to finish your work, or do you get up early to make a fresh start on the day? If it’s the former, you may be pleased to learn new research has found that those with higher IQs tend to be nocturnal night-owls. But if it’s the latter, you might have good reason to distrust the claim. ...

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Can Brain Freeze Cure Insomnia?

Two sleep experts say they’ve devised a simple way to help insomniacs get some shuteye: Chilling their brains. Will that really work?

Good news for the 1 in 10 Americans afflicted with chronic insomnia: According to a new study, you might be able to forgo the sleeping pills, white noise machines, warm milk, hypnosis tapes, and other slumber strategies, and simply cool your forehead to lull yourself to sleep. University of Pittsburgh sleep experts Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse ...

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Tips for Great Naps

Napping can be a great way to catch up on sleep, increase productivity and become more creative. Napping puts the body in a relaxed state, which counteracts the effects of daily stress. Studies have shown that napping can actually decrease risk your of dying from heart disease.

How Naps Work

Sleep comes in five stages. If your nap takes you from stage 1 sleep (just drifting off) to stage 2 (brain activity slows), you will wake up feeling energized and more alert. ...

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Does Dreaming Help us Overcome Painful Memories?

If you dealt with anything unsettling today, new research reinforces the theory that you’ll feel better if you take a nap

If time heals old wounds, dreaming may help speed up the recovery process. According to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, dreaming takes the “painful edge” off difficult memories by chemically dampening a stressful event’s impact. Here’s what you should know:

How does this work?

Researchers discovered that brain chemicals associated with stress either become inactive or slow down during REM ...

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Do you have the ‘morning person’ gene?

German scientists pinpoint a specific gene that may divide early risers from droopy-eyed nappers

Why are some people alert and chipper in the morning while others can barely drag themselves out of bed? New research suggests that genetics may play a role. Specifically, it’s a gene called ABCC9, which scientists have dubbed the “morning person” gene. Here’s what you should know:

How did scientists find this gene?

German scientists studied more than 4,000 people across Europe. The subjects filled out questionnaires on their ...

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Driving Drowsy

I have some good news and I have some bad news. Which do you want first? Ok. The Good news is that most drivers do NOT drive after drinking. The bad news is that most drivers HAVE driven under the influence……of the #3 cause of car crashes in this country……DRIVING DROWSY.

Sleep Deprivation Effects Same as Being Drunk
After staying awake for 24 hours straight, a person will be about as impaired as if he had had enough alcohol to be ...

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Sleeping and Driving Don’t Mix

Fact Sheet

Safe Driving Sleepy Quiz

Coffee overcomes the effects of drowsiness while driving: FALSE

Caffeine is not a substitute for sleep. It works only in the short run and wears off FAST. You are still subject to sleep deprived “micro-naps” that can last 4-5 seconds. At 55 MPH, that is more than 100 yards!!!

I can tell when I’m going to fall asleep: FALSE

Most people think this is true. It simply is not. If you’re drowsy, you know generally when you might fall ...

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Sleep and Aging

Sleep Needs Don’t Change as You Age

There is a myth that older people need less sleep. That is simply not true. All adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. As we age, it gets more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. That doesn’t mean we don’t still need seven to nine hours. One of the challenges to healthy aging is troubleshooting sleep to ensure that we are getting enough rest for good health.

Sleep Changes in ...
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Getting Enough Sleep

How much sleep we need depends on what is happening in our bodies. The rapid growth of infancy and adolescence and the demands on the body during pregnancy mean more sleep. Contrary to the common sleep myth, older adults need just as much sleep as younger ones. Here is a list of sleep needs by group:

Finding Your ‘Sleep Need’

A person should be alert and awake throughout the day. Some signs that you are not getting enough quality sleep include:

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Latex Mattress Guide: Improving a Proven Formula

Latex Overview

Although they have been available for many decades, latex mattresses are currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity, particularly in Europe. In general, latex shares many of the benefits of memory foam, particularly in terms of its exceptional support and durability. However, latex lacks the highly conforming nature and slow recovery time that characterize memory foam. For those who dislike these aspects of memory foam, whether due to the warmth of the mattress, difficulty in changing positions or otherwise, latex ...

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