As any parent knows, rocking a baby often helps the child fall asleep. But would adults reap a similar benefit from being rocked to sleep? Yes, according to a small but intriguing study published last week in the journal Current Biology. The study found that sleeping in a gently swaying bed affects adult brain activity in a way that promotes deep sleep. The rocking motion also appears to help consolidate and strengthen memory. ”Having a good night’s sleep means falling asleep rapidly and then staying asleep during the whole night,” says Laurence Bayer, the study’s senior author and a neuroscientist at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in a released statement. “Our volunteers — even if they were all good sleepers — fell asleep more rapidly when rocked and had longer periods of deeper sleep associated with fewer arousals during the night. We thus show that rocking is good for sleep.” To function mentally and physically at our best, we … [Read more...] about Adults sleep more soundly in ‘rocking beds,’ study finds
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Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Washington Post Published 2:31 pm PST, Thursday, January 24, 2019 Za'miya New, 4, at her home in Indian Head, Md., this month. She was participating in a study by University of Maryland researchers on napping. They put a helmet on Za'miya to simulate how she might feel in an MRI scanner. 17 things that are keeping you up at night >>>> less Za'miya New, 4, at her home in Indian Head, Md., this month. She was participating in a study by University of Maryland researchers on napping. They put a helmet on Za'miya to simulate how she might feel in an ... more Photo: Washington Post Phot By Calla Kessler Photo: Washington Post Phot By Calla Kessler Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close Image 1 of 23 Za'miya New, 4, at her home in Indian Head, Md., this … [Read more...] about Brain researchers warn that lack of sleep is a public health crisis
DRINKING more water before hitting the sack could help you sleep better. That's according to a fresh study by Penn State University, which suggests those who suffer a night of poor sleep should consider dehydration as a cause, and drink more water. Reasons for sleepless nights are sometimes linked to underlying psychological issues, but the new research suggests simply being hydrated could solve a night of tossing and turning. "If you are only getting six hours of sleep a night, it can affect your hydration status," said Penn State's professor of biobehavioral health, Asher Rosinger. "This study suggests that if you're not getting enough sleep, and you feel bad or tired the next day, drink extra water." The research looked at how sleep affected hydration status and the risk of dehydration in adults from the US and China. More than 20,000 adults were sampled in the study, and analysed through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Participants were surveyed about their … [Read more...] about The simple trick you can do before bed to help you sleep and beat insomnia
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Thomas Farragher Globe Columnist August 18, 2018 We sit in candlelight, our knees almost touching, and I stare into eyes deep and soulful and talk about my dreams.Literally.Dreams about floating in the sky, skimming treetops and avoiding power lines as I drift like a colorful hot-air balloon toward a lazy river in the near distance. Advertisement Technicolor dreams of parties, and old friends, and of the days of my youth when a tankful of gas and car full of classmates held the promise — and in my slumber holds it again — of joyous adventure in my little hometown. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “That sounds wonderful,’’ my companion tells me.He is Charles Czeisler. And as we sit in the … [Read more...] about Sleep, the final frontier: this guy studies it. Here’s what he has to say.
Welcome back to The Spot, where The Denver Post’s politics team captures what’s happening this week — from the Colorado legislature to Denver city hall, with a stop through the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C. Sign up for The Spot newsletter for a weekly rundown of Colorado politics. Howdy, politics party people! And welcome back. With a few more hours of sleep under our belts, The Denver Post’s crackerjack politics team has turned out some deep dives this week on everything from the Colorado Supreme Court to toll lanes and the people who have so much money to spare they can pour it into the state’s wild and crazy governor’s race. Meanwhile, it seems like everyone in Colorado has a job (even though Chipotle is bailing on us) and if you smell a fire in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District, we’ve got the 411 on why. Oh, and BTW: Your dog’s pee is killing downtown trees. And Denver is pissed. (Yes, we just made that pun. … [Read more...] about The Spot newsletter: An inferno in a Colorado congressional race, a pee problem in Denver, a new Colorado Supreme Court justice and who is showing the money