sleep health news round up

Sleep Health News Round-Up: August 2017

Binge-watching, sleep tracking, dreams and more!

This month’s sleep health news roundup covers the latest sleep-related trends. Check out August’s discussion online about how to get better sleep and how sleep affects your health.

Binge-Watching TV Is Linked to Poorer Sleep and Insomnia

In a recent study, researchers from the University of Michigan found that binge-watching TV was linked to significantly worse sleep. (This is yet another reason to avoid technology before bed.) Although it may be hard to believe, 71% of binge viewing happens by accident. So, the next time you find yourself in bed watching your favorite show, keep this study in mind before clicking “next episode.”

Fewer Than Half of Parents Are Putting Their Kids to Sleep Correctly

According to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, only 44% of parents know how to properly put their babies to sleep. (Hint: on their backs.) Most new parents usually follow the recommended position, but research shows that a majority of them don’t do it every time.

Lack of Sleep May Raise Child’s Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Are your little ones getting enough sleep? New research suggests that sleep-deprived children may be at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes. The study found that children who slept fewer hours each night tended to be heavier and showed signs of heightened insulin resistance — a factor that implies poor sleep habits could increase the odds of diabetes.

A New Tool Can Track Your Sleep Without Ever Touching You

Diagnosing a chronic sleep disorders has never been easier. In the past, troubled sleepers would have to undergo tests to track breathing, heart rate and brain activity, but a newly developed technique uses machine learning and radio signals to track your sleep through frequency levels. Compared to other systems, the device identifies sleep stages with 80% accuracy, which is 16% more than the previous methods.

The Creepiest Things About Dreams That You Probably Didn’t Learn About in School

Although certain dreams can be attributed to low blood sugar, illness or stress, there is still much to uncover when it comes to what we dream about. Famous neurologist Sigmund Freud believed that dreams are nothing more than desires we want to fulfill in our waking lives, but as science evolves, there appears to be more than meets the eye when it comes to the nature of our dreams…

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The Daily Dozers

The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers.

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