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Experts Wary as Date Rape Drug Wins New Approval

GHB will be used for a rare sleep disroder

(Newser) - Imagine how cranky and tired you'd feel after a bad night's sleep. Now imagine that's your daily reality. For the estimated 37,000 Americans diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia , who never feel fully rested even after a long night's sleep, it is, per Reuters . But according to...

Here's One Doctor's 6-Step Routine for an Awesome Day

Hint: It has to do with getting a good night's sleep

(Newser) - Ali Abdaal is a junior doctor in the UK who shares tips and life hacks on YouTube and his podcast , and in one recent video with more than half a million views, he explains why he's "never tired." The secret, per Esquire , is a six-step routine meant...

Inadequate Sleep in Middle Age Might Raise Risk of Dementia
Dementia Researchers Warn
Against Too Little Sleep
new study

Dementia Researchers Warn Against Too Little Sleep

Middle-age people who get 6 hours or less per night might have a higher risk

(Newser) - A 25-year study out of Britain comes with a clear takeaway for those in or entering middle age: Don't scrimp on sleep. Researchers followed 8,000 people and found that 50-year-olds who got by on six hours of sleep or less per night had a 22% higher risk of...

White Noise May Actually Make Sleep Worse
Researchers Skeptical 
About White-Noise Sleep Apps
new study

Researchers Skeptical About White-Noise Sleep Apps

They might actually make things worse, concludes a new study

(Newser) - Apps or devices that simulate white noise to help people sleep are popular these days, but a new study raises doubts about their effectiveness. In fact, they might even degrade the quality of sleep, warns one of the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. "I would just be careful,...

Sleep Experts Take a Stand on Daylight Saving Time
Sleep Experts Take a Stand
on Daylight Saving Time
in case you missed it

Sleep Experts Take a Stand on Daylight Saving Time

Let's do away with it, says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

(Newser) - Most Americans will turn the clocks back in November to mark the end of daylight saving time, and with that tradition comes another: all the griping from people who think it's a dumb, antiquated practice that should end. For the first time, however, a major panel of sleep experts...

Aim of New State Law Is to Let Kids Sleep

California says public schools can't start before 8am; for high schools, it's 8:30

(Newser) - Students in California's public schools will be able to sleep in a little later on school days under a controversial new state law. By the start of the 2022 school year, public middle schools can begin no earlier than 8am and high schools no earlier than 8:30am, reports...

Excessive Daytime Naps May Be Alzheimer&#39;s Signal
Excessive Daytime Naps
May Be Alzheimer's Signal

Excessive Daytime Naps May Be Alzheimer's Signal

Researchers say the disease directly attacks part of the brain that keeps us awake

(Newser) - The health benefits of an afternoon nap have been long extolled, but a new need for excessive daytime napping may come with a red flag. Researchers from UC San Francisco say the trait could be an early warning sign of Alzheimer's, reports Live Science . In the new study in...

Ever Feel Your Soul Has Been 'Sucked Out'? You're Not Alone

10% of people have had 'true' near-death experiences, researchers say

(Newser) - Have you ever seen your whole life flash before your eyes? You may have had an NDE, or near-death experience, and per a new study , you've got company. Research presented at the European Academy of Neurology Congress shows that 10% of 1,034 people from 35 countries had what...

Zuckerberg's New Alarm Is a Hit Online and at Home

Priscilla Chan sleeps better now, post says

(Newser) - Facebook is under federal investigation , so you'd think Mark Zuckerberg might be feeling stressed. But it's his wife's stress he's been trying to ease, Quartz reports. Priscilla Chan had been waking up in the early morning and reaching for her phone to see whether their two...

Parents' Sleep May Suffer for 6 Years After Baby Arrives

If you just welcomed a little one, you can look forward to the year 2025

(Newser) - Being able to say, "The baby is finally sleeping through the night" may offer a mental boost, but that doesn't mean you're necessarily going to be getting a lot more shut-eye anytime soon. In fact, don't count on it for at least six years, the Telegraph ...

Pilot Glides Right Past Destination While Napping: Officials

Aussie authorities say plane missed its mark by 30 miles or so before pilot woke up, turned around

(Newser) - The plane's destination: King Island, Tasmania. Where the pilot ended up: not King Island, Tasmania—at least not at first—after officials say the pilot took a snooze and overshot the planned landing by 30 miles or so. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is citing the pilot's "...

Sleep May Not Be a Major Casualty of Kids' Screen Time

Researchers say using electronic devices may not have significant impact on kids' shut-eye

(Newser) - If you're worried about your kids not getting enough shut-eye because of the time they spend on their smartphones and computers, playing Xbox, or watching Netflix, new research may ease that parental guilt—somewhat. The BBC reports on a new study out of Oxford University that found any ties...

Late to Rise? You Might Be Early to Die
Sorry, Night Owls, You
Might Be Early to Die

Sorry, Night Owls, You Might Be Early to Die

Study suggests they have a 10% higher risk of early death

(Newser) - Some bad news for those who like to stay up late. A six-and-a-half-year study on the sleep habits of almost half a million people in the UK suggests that night owls are at a higher risk of early death than morning people. Though the study didn't examine the cause...

Writing a To-Do List May Be the Key to a Good Night&#39;s Rest
Want to Sleep Well?
Write a To-Do List
new study

Want to Sleep Well? Write a To-Do List

Offload your brain before hitting the sack

(Newser) - Want to sleep well tonight? The secret just might be writing down what you need to do tomorrow. Researchers at Baylor University's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory recently published the results of a study showing that people who write out a to-do list before bedtime fell asleep an average...

Boy Partied at Uncle's Wedding. Then He Slept for 11 Days

Doctors baffled at what caused 7-year-old Wyatt Shaw to sleep for so long

(Newser) - Wyatt Shaw was living it up at his uncle's wedding. The 7-year-old ring bearer from Kentucky even snagged the bride for a final dance. The next day, when he complained of a headache and an upset stomach, his family figured "he had just had too much cake,"...

Sleep More Than 9 Hours? You May Have More Nightmares

Oxford researchers tie bad dreams to too much sleep

(Newser) - Nightmares after a traumatizing experience might not have anything to do with stress. That's just one surprising finding to come out of what New Scientist calls "one of the largest ever studies of nightmares in the general population." To better understand why some people who've suffered...

New Theory on When Babies Should Be in Own Room
New Theory
on When 
Babies Should
Be in Own Room

New Theory on When Babies Should Be in Own Room

Study suggests moving them out of parents' room at 6 months improves sleep

(Newser) - More fodder for the debate on when babies should be sleeping in their own rooms: A new study in Pediatrics suggests 6 months of age is a good target, which generally contradicts advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP says babies should sleep in the same room as...

Lack of Sleep May Cause Brain to &#39;Eat&#39; Parts of Itself
Lack of Sleep Juices
Brain's Repair Mechanisms
New Study

Lack of Sleep Juices Brain's Repair Mechanisms

But that's not actually a good thing

(Newser) - A new study on mice published May 24 in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that missing out on sleep may cause parts of our brains to start eating other parts. And the Telegraph reports that's not necessarily something you want to be happening. The study revolves around two types...

Not Sleeping Well? People May Avoid You
Not Sleeping Well?
People May Avoid You

Not Sleeping Well? People May Avoid You

People are less inclined to socialize with someone who looks tired: study

(Newser) - Beauty sleep is no myth. A new study out of Stockholm University published in the Royal Society Open Science journal finds a lack of sleep makes a person look "significantly" less attractive, per the BBC . And that's not all. Swollen eyelids and dark circles around the eyes might...

Class Shouldn't Start Until 11 for Most College Students

Most students' brains aren't ready to learn at 8am

(Newser) - The world is making its college students wake up too darn early, according to a study recently published in Frontiers in Neuroscience . NPR reports researchers sampled dozens of college freshmen and sophomores to figure out what time of day was best for their brain performance. While most colleges have classes...

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