sleep

Neuroscientists identify a surprising low-tech fix to the problem of sleep-deprived teens

Neuroscientists identify a surprising low-tech fix to the problem of sleep-deprived teens

Healthy sleep leads to healthy brains. Neuroscientists have gotten that message out. But parents, doctors and educators alike have struggled to identify what to do to improve sleep. Some have called for delaying school start times or limiting screen time before bed to achieve academic, health and even economic gains.

Sleep problems are influenced by our genes – but this doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed

Sleep problems are influenced by our genes – but this doesn’t mean they can’t be fixed

Some people struggle greatly with sleeplessness, whereas others appear to be able to nod off effortlessly, regardless of the circumstances. Perhaps the most obvious explanation for differences between us in terms of our sleep is the environmental challenges that we face. An unrelenting stint at work, relationship difficulties or receiving bad news are just some of the many life challenges that can lead to sleepless nights.

Why are we so sleep deprived, and why does it matter?

 Why are we so sleep deprived, and why does it matter?

As we prepare to “spring forward” for daylight saving time on March 11, many of us dread the loss of the hour’s sleep we incur by moving our clocks forward. For millions, the loss will be an added insult to the inadequate sleep they experience on a daily basis.

It’s 2018. Here Are Six Scientific Mysteries We Still Haven’t Solved.

It’s 2018. Here Are Six Scientific Mysteries We Still Haven’t Solved.

Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past century. We’ve created technology that has transformed our society; scientific advances have helped us answer fundamental questions about who we are and the world that we inhabit. And, yet, mysteries persist.

Why getting enough sleep should be on your list of New Year’s resolution

Why getting enough sleep should be on your list of New Year’s resolution

If you need an alarm to get up in the morning, you’re probably not getting enough sleep.More than 40% of Australians get too little sleep to feel rested and able to function at their best. The average amount for an adult is around seven hours, while only 8% are lucky enough to get more than nine hours. Some 12% of Australians get less than 5.5 hours, and three-quarters of those struggle to get through their day.

How to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with age

How to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with age

Research into how we can keep our brains healthy as we age has gained momentum in recent years. There is now an increased focus on the changes that we can makes to our health and lifestyle, which may prevent dementia. Here are some things that research has shown reduce a person’s risk of cognitive decline with age.

Health Check: are naps good for us?

Health Check: are naps good for us?

Catnap, kip, snooze, siesta; whatever you call naps, there is no doubt these once frowned-upon short sleeps are gaining acceptance. The increase in popularity is not surprising, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US finding around a third of American adults do not get the recommended seven hours sleep each night.