19 August 2016

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Circadian rhythms and sleep

Check out this latest curation of news stories appearing since June 1 which focus on a critical part of the sleeping process: Circadian Rhythms.  Topics discussed in this latest curation include:
  • Circadian rhythm basics, including recent sleep research, light simulation, social interactions influenced by the circadian system, the color of light and its impact on sleep, the rhythms of the blind, the sleep homeostat, the clocks of the brain and the gut, genetics and the circadian system
  • The time cues ("zeitgebers") that inform our rhythms, such as meals, exercising, managing time zone changes during the Olympics, and sleeping in space
  • Chronotypes (are you a morning lark or a night owl?)
  • Sleep problems like jet lag, shift work disorder, pain "rhythms," circadian rhythm disruption, intermittent short sleep, breaks in daily melatonin rhythmicity, and the down side of naps
  • Light pollution as a major influence on sleep health

15 August 2016

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Back to school and the rethinking of the early bell time

Check out this latest curation of news stories appearing since July 4 which focus on Back to school and the rethinking of the early bell time. Topics discussed in this latest curation include:
  • Later school bell times and teen car crash statistics
  • Teenager designs new bus schedule
  • How much sleep do student athletes need?
  • How moms can survive back-to-school transitions
  • The dangers of energy drinks
  • What chronic illnesses lay in wait for teens who don't sleep
  • How virtual First Period can help teens
  • One junior high school trials nap times
  • Starting the school day in the afternoon?
  • (Lack of ) sleep and the college student