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And the Winner Is...

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:01:08 +0000

In 2017, the National Sleep Foundation launched the world’s first innovation award for sleep technology. With so many companies developing exciting new technologies, NSF believes it is time to formally recognize these innovations. 


Setting the Standard

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:05:02 +0000

It is a great time to be at the intersection of sleep and technology. This innovative  space requires smart and strategic partnerships in order to address critical trends in innovation, globalization and regulation. 


MetroNaps' Christopher Lindholst Interview

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:10:34 +0000

As NSF's SleepTech program continues to grow, we thought it would be appropriate to share some insights with one of the industry’s first leaders, Christopher Lindholst, CEO and Co-Founder of MetroNaps.


National Sleep Foundation Issues Report on Sleep Satisfaction Indicators

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:42:36 +0000

New Tool to Measure Sleep Satisfaction in the General Population under Development

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) convened an international expert consensus panel to identify key elements of sleep satisfaction. As a result, the NSF is constructing a tool to measure this subjective reporting of sleep. The report is available ahead of print  in Sleep Health®: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. 

What is Good Quality Sleep?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:37:32 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recently released the key indicators of good sleep quality, as established by a panel of experts.

Sleep Technology Owners Report Improved Sleep, Better Overall Health According to New Research From National Sleep Foundation and CEA

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:09:44 +0000

Joint CEA, NSF Consumer Research Study Identifies Opportunities, Challenges for Burgeoning Sleep Technology Market 

National Sleep Foundation Reveals Speaker Line-up For Inaugural Sleep Technology Summit & Expo

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:08:29 +0000

Dr. David White of Philips Respironics, Philippe Kahn of Fullpower Technologies and Dr. Michael Breus “The Sleep Doctor” will Headline the Sleep Technology Summit Oct 6-7 in Santa Clara, CA

Sleep Health & Safety 2015 Conference to Discuss New Automobile Technology and How it Can Prevent Drowsy Driving

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:04:23 +0000


Sleep, Technology, Transportation & Policy Experts to Convene in Washington, DC, November 6


National Sleep Foundation Creates New Council to Support Fast-Growing Sleep Technology Sector

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:59:46 +0000

NSF’s Sleep Technology Council Will Host First-Ever Sleep Technology Summit & Expo Oct 6-7 in Santa Clara, CA

Arlington, Va., July 20, 2015 – The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) today announced the launch of its new Sleep Technology Council, a group whose mission will be to support and enable innovations in consumer sleep technology. The council will include participants from Beddit, Emfit, Jawbone, MetroNaps, MisFit Wearables, Responsive Surface Technology (ReST) and Valencell, among others.

2015 Sleep in America™ Poll Finds Pain a Significant Challenge When It Comes to Americans’ Sleep

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:49:28 +0000

A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting – an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve suffered from acute pain in the past week.

CEA & NSF Wearable Sleep Monitors Working Group

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:26:06 +0000

National Sleep Foundation Announces First Editor of Sleep Health Journal

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:46:20 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the global voice for sleep health and safety, today announced the appointment of its first editor-in-chief for its new professional journal, Sleep Health. Lauren Hale, PhD, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University, will serve as editor for a three-year period beginning September 1st.

National Sleep Foundation Statement: Adolescent Sleep Time Evaluation

Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:04:57 +0000

On August 25, 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement on school start times and insufficient sleep among American adolescents. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) commends the AAP report. The NSF is working with U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren of California to introduce federal legislation to address the relationship between school start times and adolescent health, well-being and performance.

2014 Sleep Health & Safety Conference to Convene Leaders in Sleep Health, Safety & Fatigue Management

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:40:14 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation presents the #1 platform for sleep health and safety best practices, November 7, 2014.

National Sleep Foundation Statement on FDA Approval of Suvorexant

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:27:55 +0000

National Sleep Foundation Statement on FDA Approval of Suvorexant.

National Sleep Foundation Position Statement: Insomnia Treatment

Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:41:27 +0000

The following statements reflect the National Sleep Foundation’s position on treatment of insomnia.

CEA and National Sleep Foundation to Collaborate on Next Generation Sleep Technology Standards

Mon, 19 May 2014 18:53:49 +0000

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) announced they are working together to explore technology standards that will aid the development of consumer sleep technology. The project was announced during the annual CEA Technology & Standards Forum, held May 19-22 in Seattle, Washington.

National Sleep Foundation Unveils Journal of the National Sleep Foundation: Sleep Health

Wed, 14 May 2014 13:18:29 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the global voice for sleep health and safety, today announced its new official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation: Sleep Health. The Journal will be published by Elsevier, the leader in medical and scientific scholarly publishing. It will be the premier journal serving the burgeoning scientific and academic research fields dedicated to better understanding the health benefits of sleep.

Comprehensive Patient Education Website Launched for Shift Work Disorder

Mon, 12 May 2014 20:36:56 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today,, to help individuals suffering from Shift Work Disorder, a sleeping disorder that affects individuals whose jobs require work that falls outside of the traditional 9-5 day. The website is an educational and informational resource center, with content focused on both symptoms and solutions.

Do I have Shift Work Disorder?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:25:29 +0000

It’s important for your health to get treated if you are suffering from shift work disorder. If you’re wondering whether you have shift work disorder, take a look through the following statements about your symptoms and sleep patterns. If you are experiencing any of these, talk to your doctor.

What Happens When My Child or Teen Doesn’t Get Enough Sleep?

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:22:26 +0000

We asked experts H.E. Montgomery-Downs, PhD, West Virginia University and O.M. Buxton, PhD, Harvard; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Penn State University, to weigh in on just why it’s so important for children and teens to get a good night’s rest.

National Sleep Foundation 2014 Sleep In America Poll Finds Children Sleep Better When Parents Establish Rules, Limit Technology and Set a Good Example

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:09:09 +0000

Although sleep problems persist among many American children, parents can make a difference by setting boundaries around electronics use, enforcing rules and setting a good example. These are the latest findings from the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) Sleep in America® poll, an annual study that began in 1991. The 2014 poll took a deeper look into the sleep practices and beliefs of the modern family with school-aged children.

Three Things You Need to Know About Your Child’s Sleep Environment

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:18:30 +0000

We asked Jim Spilsbury, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, to weigh in on what recent literature says about noise, light and temperature, the sleep environment and its effect on today’s modern family.

Pain & Sleep: Further Education

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:47:45 +0000

Refer to these resources from the National Sleep Foundation to help improve your sleep and manage your pain.

Patients Believe Physicians Need More Education About RLS, New Survey Finds

Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:52:02 +0000

The Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation and XenoPort, Inc.

Orexins: An Expert Q&A

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:52:57 +0000

Learn more about orexin receptor antagonists, a new class of sleep aids, in this expert Q&A from Emmanuel Mignot, MD, and Jerrold Kram, MD.

Take A Peek Inside Your Bedroom

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:06:51 +0000

Learn the science of sleep in the bedroom and let it help you design, rearrange, and make additions to your room that will give you the best possible night’s sleep.

National Sleep Foundation Launches New Sleep Disordered Breathing Anatomical Model™

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:33:18 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation offers a new 3-D product helps primary care physicians and sleep specialists educate their patients easily and effectively about sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea.

What Are Orexins?

Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:07:38 +0000

Orexin Receptor Antagonists: A new class of sleeping pill

National Sleep Foundation 2013 International Bedroom Poll First to Explore Sleep Differences among Six Countries

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:22:36 +0000

The 2013 International Bedroom Poll, compares sleep times, attitudes, habits and bedtime routines of those in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.

National Sleep Foundation and Krames StayWell Team Up to Educate Patients on the Importance of Sleep

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:20:40 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF), the global voice for sleep health, today announced a new partnership with Krames StayWell.

What's New in the World of Sleep Apnea Treatment?

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:37:44 +0000

(image) The quest for more comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatments is ongoing. We spoke to Dr. David White—widely regarded as one of the most influential sleep apnea treatment experts in the world today. A professor at Harvard Medical School and former president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr.

Ask the Expert: David White, chief scientific officer of Apnicure

Thu, 04 Jul 2013 20:42:10 +0000

The quest for more comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatments is ongoing. We spoke to Dr. David White—widely regarded as one of the most influential sleep apnea treatment experts in the world today. A professor at Harvard Medical School and former president of the (image) American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Dr.

Penn Study Finds Increased Sleep Could Reduce Rate of Adolescent Obesity

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:16:00 +0000

Results show each additional hour of sleep is associated with a lower BMI for teens

National Sleep Foundation Launches Free Sleep Disorders Online Resource Guide for Primary Care

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:15:19 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive free online sleep disorders resource for all professionals in primary care. “The Sleep Disorders” guide is the updated web version of Dr. Peter Hauri’s book, The Sleep Disorders, first published in 1977.

Comprehensive Website Provides Hope and Resources for Individuals with Chronic Circadian Rhythm Disorder

Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:43:05 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today,, to help individuals who have Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, a chronic circadian rhythm disorder. This online resource center helps people understand the disorder’s symptoms, prevalence, and available treatment options, and provides resources to manage the disorder.

National Sleep Foundation Poll Finds Exercise Key to Good Sleep

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:00:19 +0000

Exercise can affect your sleep. The results of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America® poll show a compelling association between exercise and better sleep.

“Exercise is great for sleep. For the millions of people who want better sleep, exercise may help,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). 

National Sleep Foundation Poll Finds Exercise Key to Good Sleep

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 05:33:56 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC, March 4, 2013—Exercise can affect your sleep. The results of the National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America® poll show a compelling association between exercise and better sleep. 

Is there a relationship between sitting long hours and sleep?

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:15:54 +0000

The evidence is now pretty clear that the more you sit, the higher your risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. It turns out that this risk is independent of your level of exercise. Researchers call this the “active couch potato” syndrome when individuals regularly exercise but also have jobs and lifestyles that keep them in their chair the majority of the day.

Exercise and Sleep

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:28:38 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation’s 2013 Sleep in America poll will focus on Exercise and Sleep. We asked the experts on the poll task force to tell us more about important exercise and sleep topics and the research behind them.           


How does exercise affect sleep duration and quality?

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:24:24 +0000

Max Hirshkowitz, PhD

How does sleep affect high performance athletes?

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:26:56 +0000

By Shawn Youngstedt, PhD

Ask The Expert: Can Exercise Help with Excessive Sleepiness?

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:33:35 +0000

This "Ask The Expert" is courtesy of Barbara Phillips, MD, MSPH, FCCP.

Does exercise help sleep in the elderly?

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:59:43 +0000

Matthew P. Buman, PhD, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University

Treating sleep-disordered breathing in pregnancy may improve fetal health

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:13:22 +0000

Studies suggest that treatment of mild-sleep disordered breathing with CPAP therapy in pregnant women with preeclampsia improves fetal activity levels.

1 in 10 6- to 8-year-olds has sleep-disordered breathing

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:14:34 +0000

According to a recent study in Finland, approximately 10 percent of six-year-olds have sleep-disordered breathing. This increased among children with enlarged tonsils, crossbite, or a convex facial profile. Unlike in adults, excess body fat is not associated with sleep-disordered breathing in this age group. The study was conducted by the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Easter Finland.

When Sleepiness Interferes With Your Life, It's Time to Get Answers

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 08:05:55 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today to help millions who suffer from excessive sleepiness. This online resource center explains how excessive sleepiness affects health, safety, and everyday performance, and provides free patient resources.

How Atypical Work Schedules Affect Performance

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:06:47 +0000

Nearly one-quarter of all workers have shifts that are not during the daytime, and more than two-thirds of these workers have problem sleepiness and/or difficulty sleeping. (NHLBI, 2005)

One-third of shift workers state that they sleep less than six hours per night on workdays, and 30 percent report that they only get a good night’s sleep a few night’s per month or less. (NSF, 2008)

Sleep Duration Affects Hunger Differently in Men and Women

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:12:26 +0000

It is not secret that sleep loss increases appetite. Did you know it can affect men and women differently? Find out more about these differences.

Even Your Fat Cells Need Sleep, According to New Research

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:20:25 +0000

Sleep loss doesn't only affect your brain, but also your fat cells. Sounds strange, doesn't it? Learn more about sleep loss and its affects on fat cells.


Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:57:55 +0000

Washington, DC, July 17, 2012—The National Sleep Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new “Inside Your Bedroom, Use Your Senses!” website. It is the first site to use sleep science and the five senses to help people create their best individual sleep environment. “This site includes fun, practical information to help people transform their bedrooms into a sanctuary for sleep,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.

Does night work put women's health at risk?

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:40:19 +0000

There may be a link between night shifts and breast cancer in women. Learn more about this link.

Excessive Sleepiness May Be Cause of Learning, Attention and School Problems

Sat, 05 May 2012 01:59:17 +0000

Children who have learning, attention, and behavior problems may be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness even though clinical tests show they received enough sleep.

Penn State researchers studied 508 children and found that those whose parents reported excessive daytime sleepiness despite getting enough sleep were more likely to experience learning, attention, and behavior problems.

There’s No Place Like Home for Sleep According to New National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll

Tue, 03 Apr 2012 17:04:02 +0000

A new National Sleep Foundation poll shows that when it comes to sleep, there really is no place like home. The National Sleep Foundation 2012 Bedroom Poll asks Americans about key elements of their bedrooms.

Are You Too Sleepy? Take the Quiz

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:23:36 +0000

Take this assessment tool to see if you may be too sleepy. If you rate "sleepy" on this scale, we recommend that you speak with your physician about it.

2012 Transportation Workers’ Sleep

Sat, 03 Mar 2012 17:13:11 +0000

The people we trust to take us or our loved ones from place to place struggle with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America® poll. It is the first poll to ask transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators, truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

Sleepy Pilots, Train Operators and Drivers

Thu, 01 Mar 2012 16:11:53 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC, March 3, 2012 – The people we trust to take us or our loved ones from place to place struggle with sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation’s (NSF) 2012 Sleep in America® poll. It is the first poll to ask transportation professionals, including pilots, train operators,* truck, bus, taxi and limo drivers about their sleep habits and work performance.

New Research: Identify and Treat Insomnia Early to Reduce Risk of Other Illnesses

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 16:23:19 +0000

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, but despite advances in diagnosis and management, it often goes unrecognized and untreated. Left untreated, insomnia increases the risk of developing other illnesses including depression, diabetes, hypertension, and possibly even death in older adults.

Nap-Deprived Tots May Be Missing Out on More than Sleep, Says New Study

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:58:04 +0000

Daytime naps for your toddlers may be more important than you think! A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder highlighted the importance of napping for toddlers which could be a wake-up call for parents.

Poor Sleep Linked to Increased Health and Behavior Problems in Young Diabetics

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:59:06 +0000

A new study suggests that young diabetics may be struggling to get a good night's sleep, resulting in worse control of their blood sugar, poorer school performance and misbehavior.

Researchers Identify a Genetic Factor that Regulates How Long We Sleep

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:52:44 +0000

Legend has it that Napoleon never needed more than four hours of sleep at a stretch. Others only feel fully rested after 10 hours between the sheets. Clearly, individuals vary with respect to how much sleep they need. Indeed, sleep duration is influenced by many factors. Apart from seasonal and other variables, age and sex play a role, as does one’s sleep-wake cycle or chronotype, i.e. whether one is a lark (early to bed, early to rise) or the converse, an owl.


Organizing Schools to Improve Student Achievement: Start Times, Grade Configurations, and Teacher Assignments

Fri, 18 Nov 2011 18:12:15 +0000

The Brookings Institute released a new report in September 2011 that cited school start times as a way to improve student achievement.

National Sleep Foundation’s Drowsy Driving Prevention Week® Provides Tips to Prevent One in Six Traffic Fatalities

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 13:25:22 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2011 – In recognition of Drowsy Driving Prevention Week®, (November 6-12), the National Sleep Foundation is joining with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to educate drivers about sleep safety.

Shift Work in Teens Linked to Increased Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:20:39 +0000

Circadian disruption and sleep restriction contributing factors

Researchers from Sweden have uncovered an association between shift work and increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). Those who engage in off-hour employment before the age of 20 may be at risk for MS due to a disruption in their circadian rhythm and sleep pattern. Findings of this novel study appear today in Annals of Neurology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society.

Shift Work in Teens Linked to Increased Multiple Sclerosis Risk

Thu, 03 Nov 2011 15:45:59 +0000

Circadian disruption and sleep restriction contributing factors- Researchers from Sweden have uncovered an association between shift work and increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS). Those who engage in off-hour employment before the age of 20 may be at risk for MS due to a disruption in their circadian rhythm and sleep pattern.

National Sleep Foundation Brings the Sleep Community Together for Sleep Health & Safety 2012

Wed, 19 Oct 2011 15:31:50 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC, October 19, 2011 - The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) will hold its annual Sleep Health & Safety conference March 2-3, 2012 at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

Sleep apnea linked to increased risk of dementia in elderly women

Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:51:46 +0000

Elderly women who suffer from sleep apnea -- characterized by disrupted breathing and sleep and a reduction in the intake of oxygen -- are about twice as likely to develop dementia in the next five years as those without the condition, according to a multi-center study led by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco.

National Sleep Foundation Responds to Air Traffic Controller Issue

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:35:33 +0000

Washington, DC, April 28, 2011-- Americans are justifiably concerned by the recent spate of incidents involving air traffic controllers who fell asleep on duty.  But now that the FAA/DoT has outlined the steps it intends to take to address this problem – minor tweaking of the controllers’ work/rest schedules combined with a threat of stricter disciplinary action against offending controllers in the future – the public’s response ought to escalate from concern to alarm.

A Conversation with Mike Birbiglia

Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:01:26 +0000

National Sleep Foundation’s publication, sleepmatters® , recently spoke with comedian, Mike Birbiglia, about his sleep disorder and what it was like living in a Macy’s window for Downy’s Clean Sheet Week.

Annual Sleep in America Poll Exploring Connections with Communications Technology Use and Sleep

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:09:02 +0000

What did the results of the 2011 NSF Sleep in America poll say about technology use and sleep? Find out here!

Bedrooms are important to getting a good night's sleep

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 20:39:48 +0000

Bedrooms are important to getting a good night's sleep, according to the first ever Bedroom Poll from the National Sleep Foundation. The poll found that Americans love their bedrooms and believe that comfort and cleanliness are fundamental to good sleep.

Highlights of the poll include:

Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:09:10 +0000

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have more non-calcified or "bad" plaque in their coronary arteries.

Aerobic Exercise and Insomnia among Aging Adults

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 19:37:30 +0000

50 percent of middle-aged and older adults complain of chronic insomnia symptoms. A recent study by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University found that millions of these adults may get some relieve from aerobic exercise.

The Biggest Loser's Sean Algaier Talks Sleep Apnea

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:20:46 +0000

People may not automatically connect sleep to NBC's reality show The Biggest Loser, but sleep is an increasingly important part of this highly successful show.

Dr. Frankie Roman Discusses Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:48:25 +0000

What health problems might contribute to weight gain, or make it difficult to lose weight? Is it harder for someone with sleep apnea to lose weight? What weight loss treatment plan and advice do you recommend to your patients with sleep apnea? These are just some of the questions that Dr.

Effects of Chronic Insomnia Differ in Men and Women

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:50:35 +0000

A recent study published in the journal SLEEP found that men with chronic insomnia who slept for less than six hours were four times more likely to die during the 14-year follow-up period (odds ratio = 4.33) than men without insomnia who slept for six hours or more. These findings further emphasize the importance of diagnosis and treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Short nighttime sleep among young children associated with obesity

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 19:30:03 +0000

Authors of a recent report published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine are concerned that "...evidence is accumulating from cross-sectional population studies to support a robust contemporaneous relationship between shortened sleep duration and unhealthy weight status in children and adolescents."

How to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:25:12 +0000

The National Sleep Foundation's 2006 Sleep in America poll found that America's adolescents (6th-12th grade) are not getting the sleep they need, and this lack of sleep gets worse as they progress through their teen years. According to our study -

    Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Health and Safety

    Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:07:51 +0000

    Researchers have found that 19.5% of U.S. adults are suffering from moderate to severe excessive daytime sleepiness; a cause for public health and safety concerns. "The number of individuals sleepy or drowsy during situations where they should be alert is disturbing," said principal investigator Dr. Maurice Ohayon, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center in Palo Alto, California.

    Later School Start Times Improved Adolescent Alertness

    Thu, 08 Jul 2010 15:47:21 +0000

    A modest delay in school start time of only 30 minutes could significantly improve adolescent alertness, mood and health, according to a study conducted in a small private high school.

    What To Do About Insomnia

    Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:25:28 +0000

    A lot of people suffer from insomnia, and they say to themselves, "I know what this is, but I can't do anything about it." However, consider the toll insomnia takes on your life, the effect it has on your family, your ability to work at a high level, and to socialize with others. The consequences are so enormous that it's important to do something about it. According to Dr. Neil B.

    Sleep Apnea and Teen Academic Performance

    Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:31:07 +0000

    The average academic grades of children and teens with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are worse than the grades of students who have no sleep-disordered breathing, according to a research led by Dean W. Beebe, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics in the division of behavioral medicine and clinical psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

    Sleeping for Two - Pregnancy and Sleep

    Wed, 02 Jun 2010 19:20:03 +0000

    Why do many women feel so tired throughout pregnancy?

    Transportation Safety in Action

    Wed, 26 May 2010 19:27:51 +0000

    Transportation Safety in Action 5 Minutes with Deborah Hersman Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board.


    Children, Sleep and Snoring

    Tue, 25 May 2010 18:15:43 +0000

    Most children snore on occasion, and about 10 percent or more snore when they sleep at night. Snoring is a noise that occurs during sleep when the child is breathing in and there is some blockage of air passing through the back of the mouth.

    Health, Age and Sleep Duration

    Tue, 04 May 2010 18:04:11 +0000

    Many of us view old age as a time to relax and enjoy our families and not having to worry about the stress of being in the workforce. According to researchers, we can now add getting plenty of sleep to the list of things we could enjoy if we live past our retirement age.

    Caffeine, Sleep and Finals

    Tue, 04 May 2010 17:49:29 +0000

    If summer is almost here, then one thing is for certain – college students are neck deep in finals and many students are depending on caffeine to stay alert in order to study and get their final papers done.

    Maintaining daily routines associated with reduced rate of insomnia in the elderly

    Tue, 06 Apr 2010 18:48:53 +0000

    Maintaining daily routines may be the key to reducing the rate of insomnia and improving quality of sleep in older adults living in a retirement community according to a new study being reported in the journal SLEEP.

    Poll Reveals Sleep Differences among Ethnic Groups

    Mon, 08 Mar 2010 04:31:22 +0000

    The 2010 Sleep in America poll released today by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) reveals significant differences in the sleep habits and attitudes of Asians, Blacks/African-Americans, Hispanics and Whites. It is the first poll to examine sleep among these four ethnic groups.

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Risk Factors

    Tue, 16 Feb 2010 20:35:26 +0000

    A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics and conducted at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center has revealed that over 96% of infants who have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) were exposed to known risk factors, with 78% encountering multiple risk factors.

    Who needs more sleep – younger adults or older adults?

    Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:46:58 +0000

    Who needs more sleep – younger adults or older adults? A good night's sleep is essential to good health regardless of age, but those in good health tend to sleep at least 20 minutes less than those that are not. A recent study in the journal SLEEP found that adults free of sleep disorders and other serious health problems need less sleep than young adults. The study also confirmed that although older adults wake up more at night, good overall health would not require that they take a nap during the day.

    Early to Bed: A Cure for Teen Depression?

    Tue, 26 Jan 2010 19:25:27 +0000

    A recent study found that teens with earlier bedtimes were less likely to suffer from depression and thoughts of suicide. The findings suggest that going to bed early is a good strategy for lengthening sleep duration and increasing the likelihood of getting enough sleep.

    Sleep Talking - Funny or dangerous?

    Mon, 25 Jan 2010 17:23:15 +0000

    There are many reasons why some people talk during sleep – sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol consumption and daytime sleepiness are just some reasons behind this activity. Sleep talking (formally known as somniloquy) can involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling.

    High school students getting less sleep

    Mon, 25 Jan 2010 19:33:56 +0000

    Teenagers are notorious for staying up late at night. When they are not working on school projects, they are usually socializing late into the night and missing out on valuable sleep. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that as much as two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hour so sleep nightly. The study also found that girls and students in higher grades are getting the least amount of sleep.

    Can't Sleep? What to do about insomnia

    Wed, 20 Jan 2010 17:08:11 +0000

    You know you have insomnia when you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently during the night, wake up too early in the morning and suffer from daytime sleepiness.

    Although insomnia is a disorder in its own right, it is often a symptom of some other disease or condition. Stress, worry, pain and jet lag are some factors that contribute to insomnia.

    Washington Post Looks at Sleepwalking in Children

    Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:30:42 +0000

    A recent article in the Washington Post looks at sleepwalking in children and how it's common and not as dangerous as you think. Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. The article points out that some estimate about 17 percent of children have a sleepwalking experience between the ages of four and 12.

    Coping With Jet Lag During the Travel Season

    Tue, 15 Dec 2009 15:31:19 +0000

    The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for travelers. Adding jet lag to that mix is enough to drive someone to say, "Bah humbug!" The following are some simple behavior adjustments you can use to help minimize the effects of traveling from one time zone to another:

    NOVA Special Looks at Dreams

    Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:20:06 +0000

    What are dreams and why do we have them? The mystery of why we dream is a topic that has puzzled humans since the beginning of recorded history. A recent NOVA special on PBS interviewed researchers who are conducting various neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the reason behind dreaming. While these experiments can reveal crucial information about what occurs during sleep, there is still a lot we don't know.