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More Contradictions in the Adolescent Sleep/Technology Debate

New research, contradicting prior research, shows that pre-bedtime screen use does lower adolescent quality of life. We can managing this contradiction best by focusing on the children right in front of us. Continue reading



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Surprise: Screen Time (Even Before Bed) Doesn’t Harm Adolescents

A very large study with more than 17,000 people suggests that screen time isn’t really harming adolescent well-being. If that’s true, we should focus our efforts on finding and solving real problems in adolescent life, and not be distracted by sincere but inaccurate hype. Continue reading



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The Best (Counter-intuitive) Sleep Advice You’ll Get This Year

How to fall asleep faster? According to this research, take 5 minutes a write a to-do list for the upcoming days. This technique offloads stress, and promotes faster sleep onset. Continue reading



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Unambiguously Good News about Teens and Sleep

You read that right. I mean: it’s¬†really good news about teens and sleep. We all want adolescents to sleep more. Better said, we know that they need to sleep more. More sleep should benefit, say, their mental health, their physical



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Everything You Wanted to Know About Sleep, in 20 Minutes

Russell Foster is on the case…



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10,000 People Talk About Sleep and Cognition

Most of the research studies I read include a few tens of people. Sixty or eighty is good; more than 100 is rare. I’ve seen published studies with an even dozen. So when I hear about a study with over



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Solving the Nap Research Problem (BTW: Naps Help!)

New research from China shows that daytime naps improve several cognitive functions — like sustained attention. Just as important, those naps don’t make it harder to sleep at night. In fact: frequent nappers sleep better than non-nappers. So, grab a pillow! Continue reading



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Chronotype Influences Grades. Owls Are Sad…

Sleep researchers distinguish between morning “larks” and night “owls.” These chronotypes influence grades, because school schedules favor morning larks over night owls. If we want to help all our students learn, we should create schedules that work for as many of them as possible. Continue reading



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“Not Just a Decadent Luxury”: The Power of Naps

We know that sleep is good for learning. But what about NAPS? Over at BrainBlogger, Viatcheslav Wlassoff summarizes research suggesting that naps yield clear benefits for cognition, attention, and emotion. Although I find research into the power of naps generally persuasive,



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Sleeplessness Harms Women’s Thinking More Than Men’s?

You can understand why this study lit up my twitter feed recently. It makes a remarkable claim: women — but not men — experience working memory declines after a sleepless night. Why We Care We have at least two powerful



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