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4 Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

When it comes to teens getting enough sleep, numerous forces are working against them. Early school start times are wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms. An overload of after-school activities is turning bedtime into gotta-start-on-homework time. The buzz of texts from friends, the screens shining in their faces and the constant lure of just one [...]

By |2018-09-24T12:13:28+10:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Sleep|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Deep Sleep Reinforces the Learning of New Motor Skills

Neurons Recap Useful Firing Patterns During Deep Sleep The benefits of a good night’s sleep have become widely known, and now neuroscientists at UC San Francisco have discovered that the animal brain reinforces motor skills during deep sleep. During non-REM sleep, slow brain waves bolster neural touchpoints that are directly related to a task that [...]

By |2018-09-19T18:44:17+10:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Sleep, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

Does Technology Use In Toddlers Affect Their Sleep Patterns?

Toddlers who spend time playing on smartphones and tablets seem to get slightly less sleep than those who do not, say researchers. The study in Scientific Reports suggests every hour spent using a touchscreen each day was linked to 15 minutes less sleep. However, those playing with touchscreens do develop their fine motor skills more [...]

Why Teens Need Later School Start Time

Pixabay Images Sleep deprivation in teenagers as a result of early school start has been a topic of concern and debate for nearly two decades. So, are teenagers just lazy? I have been researching the impact of later high school start times for 20 years. Research findings show that teens' inability to get out [...]

Changing times for teenage body clocks

A recent study Impact of Delaying School Start Time on Adolescent Sleep, Mood, and Behaviour published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine looks at how the sleep patterns of young people change during adolescence and how these changes can affect their overall wellbeing. Timothy Olds, professor in the school of health sciences at the [...]

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