More sleep, less traffic: here’s what we know about the benefits of staggered school start (and finish) times

Ken Purnell, CQUniversity Australia New South Wales recently announced it would trial different start and finish times for various year levels in primary schools. The reported aims include reducing traffic congestion and providing more flexibility to certain families, including shift workers. In Queensland, principals already have the option to stagger the start of their school [...]

By |2021-08-06T13:17:16+10:00July 26th, 2021|Categories: Education, Sleep|Tags: |0 Comments

Let there be light – but make sure it’s the natural, healthy kind

“This is just the beginning,” says Associate Professor Sean Cain. He’s talking about a small light sensor device – in prototype – that he believes could revolutionise the mysterious science of sleep, and its effect on the human mind and body. The Monash University “circadian biologist” specifically examines how different kinds of light affect our [...]

By |2021-08-06T13:17:16+10:00July 12th, 2021|Categories: Screen Use, Sleep, Technology|Tags: |0 Comments

For children, it’s not just about getting enough sleep. Bed time matters, too

Yaqoot Fatima, James Cook University Adequate sleep is key to good health, well-being and proper functioning across all life stages but is especially critical for children. Poor sleep can inhibit rapid growth and development in early childhood. And it’s not just about sleep duration; the time one goes to bed also plays an important role [...]

By |2021-03-18T09:36:36+11:00March 15th, 2021|Categories: Sleep|0 Comments

Health Check: how to soothe yourself to sleep

Joanna Waloszek, University of Melbourne Getting a good night of sleep can seem like the most effortless and natural thing in the world, but when we can’t fall asleep it can quickly feel elusive and frustrating. There are a few techniques we can use to help us fall asleep, and some things we should always [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:03:06+11:00July 13th, 2020|Categories: Sleep|0 Comments

10 tips to safeguard sleep in the anxious times of COVID-19

With the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, one of the recommendations by experts is social distancing and self-isolation when you experience symptoms. With the increase in travel restrictions and staying home, this is a good time to catch up on all the sleep lost as a result of our busy lifestyles. We spend a third [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:03:38+11:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems: study

Nighttime sleep is important of course, but daytime naps matter just as much. New research emerging from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Sleep reinforces the benefits of naps for children. This comprehensive study found children who took naps not only experienced positive changes in mood and [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:03:57+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Help for childhood insomnia

As the day ends and evening begins, some parents are getting ready for a serious task. Not because they are preparing for a late shift at work, but because they are about to confront the battle of their children’s bedtime. And we’re not talking about infants or toddlers. These are school-aged children who suffer from [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:04:12+11:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Healthy teen screen use at night

Both in Europe and the US, more than 90% of adolescents have their faces buried in screens before bed. Often, this comes at a cost to sleep. Frequent screen users are much more likely to report falling asleep later, sleeping less, and waking during the night. Such difficulties are linked not only to poorer academic [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:04:28+11:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Sleep, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Social Media, Teens and the Direct Link to Depression

A new study from the U.K. examined the link between social media use and depression-type symptoms in almost 11,000 14-year-olds. Researchers found that girls were two times more likely to be depressed than boys, primarily because of cyberbullying and harassment issues. Why are the results of this study so surprising? Almost 40 percent of the [...]

‘Bloody Awesome’: How Melatonin is Helping Children Fall Asleep

Many parents will be only too familiar with the problem of children tossing and turning for hours before they finally go to sleep. Rather than put up with it, a growing number of families are turning to prescribed melatonin to help children fall asleep. For many it’s a revelation. “It’s amazing!” said Alison Guille from [...]

By |2021-03-03T18:05:03+11:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments