Monthly Archives: August 2014

DOCTORS: LET TEENS SLEEP IN!

Schools may finally be waking up to the fact that children’s natural sleep rhythms should be taking precedence over inflexible (and early) class start times. From NBC News: Let Them Sleep In: Docs Want Later School Times for TeensBy Maggie Fox and Erika Edwards Your teenager wants to sleep later and now his doctor agrees. […]

SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEENAGERS TURN INTO OBESE ADULTS

Yes!!  This was me!!  My sleep deprivation started in junior high as a Type-A student, involved in activities, and burning the midnight oil for my advanced classes.  I would often go to bed at midnight and arise at 5:00 AM.  Terrible, considering that adolescents need a minimum of TEN HOURS a night! From the Daily […]

Are You Over-Exercising Yourself into an Early Grave?

From today’s Daily Mail: Running more than FOUR miles a day could damage your health – especially if you’ve had a heart attack Heart attack survivors who ran fewer than 30 miles a week – or walked fewer than 46 miles – were 65 per cent less likely to die from another heart attack But […]

Your Office Cubicle is Killing You

From BusinessWeek: You’re Losing Sleep Just by Working in a Windowless Cubicle By Belinda Lanks August 11, 2014 As workers bemoan the loss of privacy in the age of the open-plan office, a new study suggests that they might have an additional legitimate gripe: lack of windows. Researchers have found that workers deprived of sunlight […]

Just Say “No” to Sleep Aids

A new review of past research suggests that sleep medications for shift workers barely increased the length of time they slept after a shift – and only moderately improved their alertness while they were awake. Researchers writing in the “Cochrane Review” found that the much-touted melatonin (the so-called “sleep hormone”) increased the average length of […]