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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome! You are reading “ Read,” a newsletter filled with the latest in sleep trends – from research to technology to products and policy – as well as helpful tips, recipes, and more. Sleepdeprivation has become a national health crisis – on par with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease – and with this newsletter, along with upcoming public policy events, xand a new website SleepSchool.me, we will be exploring health and lifestyle issues, highlighting solutions from health experts. We are an independent media company and we have one goal: to help you sleep better.

SLEEP INDEX*: 85%

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You know, I’m not a big sleeper. I like three hours, four hours. I toss, I turn, I beep-de-beep. I want to find out what’s going on.”  – Donald Trump, via Chicago Tribune

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TOP SLEEP READS

* Ever hear the mantra, “no devices before bed?” Now there’s science to back it up. Researchers found our electronic devices suppressmelatoninand increase alertness, leading the professors to call for an automatic “bedtime mode,” BBC reports: http://goo.gl/1ODlxu

* College kids need to sleep! So say researchers at MIT, who found that students who slept badly were more likely to be stressed – very stressed, the Boston Globe reports: https://goo.gl/Yc7YtN

* Do you sleep naked? No? Maybe it’s time to start. Pajamas interfere with the rise and fall of our bodies’ sleeptime temperatures, and may even help bacteria thrive in your privates, Rodale’s Organic Life says:http://goo.gl/7ziol3 (Speaking of naked naps, join 1.4 million people currently debating whether sleeping naked in a hotel is safe https://goo.gl/ylk0dJ)

* What could be more helpful than a “Best Airports for Sleeping” guide? Anyone who’s ever had to steal some Zzzs between flights will appreciate these 2015 survey results: http://goo.gl/fr3fLB

* Are millennials too lazy to shop for mattresses? Or did a new start up stick it to a $14 billion industry? The New York Times introduces readers to Casper, a mattress company selling a one size fits all mattress and pillow:http://goo.gl/a2QCGi

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FROM SLEEP SCHOOL (www.sleepschool.me)

* “Constant sleep debt is the norm for most firefighters, even if they don’t realize it.” As part of our “Shift Worker Series,” contributor Stacey McKenna explains how fatigue affects the people who put their lives on the line to rescue us from fires:http://goo.gl/66AJzt

* What happens when your brain can’t stop problem-solving long into the night? In the first of his series “Confessions of an Insomniac,” author Jon Methven lies awake at night trying not to disturb his wife while midnightpanic attacks overwhelm him:  http://goo.gl/6qOCYP

* Want a great mattress but don’t want to spend a fortune? Emily Alford, our resident mattress expert and former bedding salesperson, brings you the tricks of the trade:  http://goo.gl/BeH52s

* We often hear experts talk about circadian rhythm, but what exactly does that mean? Did you know it could also contribute to the development of serious diseases, such as cancer? Read more from sleep school’s Dr. Charles Platkin: http://goo.gl/8Pq72H

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SLEEP SOLUTIONS

* Tired of that bulky CPAP mask you have to wear all night just to catch enough sleep to make it through the day? A jaw support, while not as effective, may just do the trick, Reuters writes: http://goo.gl/XRz71D

* Experts now know that lack of sleep can have a profound impact on your appetite—and ultimately, your weight. Here are Sleep School’s four hacks to beat insomnia-fueled cravings: http://goo.gl/r54fe9

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SLEEP TECH

* Sleep trackers are getting smarter than their owners. SleepSense, a newsleep sensor from Samsung, not only tracks your sleep, it can also turn off Netflix , and turn on the air conditioner if your room gets too hot:http://goo.gl/3D9RnF

* Did you accidentally fall in love with a chronic snorer? Is the M23 bus keeping you up at night? On a flight and with a baby who just won’t stop crying? The New York Times celebrates the $9 fix: earplugs:http://goo.gl/3CGSFv

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SLEEP POLICY & PUBLIC HEALTH

* Have trouble sleeping? Try being homeless. “There’s really no good way for people who are homeless to get quality sleep at night,” explains Zach Penland in Sleep School’s expose on sleep and homelessness:http://goo.gl/8hge5L

* Sleep trouble can actually help predict episodes of mental illness, writes Professor Russell Foster of Oxford University. Some of the same neurotransmitters that regulate circadian rhythms are affected by psychiatric illnesses: http://goo.gl/OMfVUO

* Later school times for teens save lives. A study comparing two similar cities showed that teenagers got into fewer accidents when school started just an hour and twenty minutes later http://goo.gl/xmEKTS

* Is sleep racist? Black Americans sleep on average worse than white Americans; they are five times more likely to suffer from inadequate sleep,the Huffington Post reportshttp://goo.gl/S3U9qL

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WHY DO NEW YORK’S CELEBRITY MOMS LOOK SO RESTED?Because many of them have used the sleep consulting services of “Dream Team Baby.” Featured on “ABC’s 20/20” and well-known by moms (and dads) in the know, “Dream Team Baby’s” teletherapy and in-home visits can get you and your infant back on track so you can sleep again. Email us atinfo@dreamteambaby.com for a telephone consultation and start counting the minutes until your next restful night.

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KIDS & FAMILIES

* Almost a quarter of couples sleep in separate beds, though no one wants to admit it.  But rather than a sign of a failed relationship, sleeping separately from your partner can actually be beneficial, according to the News & Observer: http://goo.gl/vQTSNq

* To co-sleep or not to co-sleep? A macabre source weighs in on the debate with a coroner’sinquest into an infant who tragically suffocated while asleep on her dozing father’s arm, the Guardian reports:http://goo.gl/hM6ExB

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SLEEP RECIPE

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie, from EatingWell.comhttp://goo.gl/C3DSRo

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hulled strawberries, fresh or frozen

  • 1/2 medium banana

  • 1/2 cup diced mango, fresh or frozen

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon natural nut butter, such as cashew or almond

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (flaxmeal)

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 ice cubes or 1/2 cup water

The magnesium in the banana and nut butter makes this a great sleeprecipe. You can have this smoothie for breakfast and still reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

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NY AREA CLINICAL TRIAL HIGHLIGHT

* Obstructive Sleep Apnea in World Trade Center Responders:

http://goo.gl/Fd5H1F

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* Sleep School Sleep Index gathers a number of external environmental factors that could potentially impact your sleep. This index is produced by an algorithm that takes into account the following variables: pollen, the number of daylight hours, the timing of sunrise and sunset, the Air Quality Index (AQI), the overnight evening temperature, the chance of an overnight storm, the overnight humidity, and the expected overnight noise.

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