Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically

Teens May Sleep Better and Longer With Exercise

Getting more exercise than normal — or being more sedentary than usual — for one day may be enough to affect sleep later that night, according to a new study led by Penn State. In a one-week micro-longitudinal study, the researchers found that when teenagers got more physical activity than they usually did, they got… Continue reading Teens May Sleep Better and Longer With Exercise

The Scoop on Bedtime Protein for Bigger Gains

Drinking a casein shake just before overnight sleep increases gains in muscle mass and strength in response to resistance exercise. But to date, no study has directly addressed whether this effect is due to increased total protein intake only, or if a bedtime beverage is better. According to a review published in Frontiers in Nutrition,… Continue reading The Scoop on Bedtime Protein for Bigger Gains

NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

While elite athletes are often at peak fitness, they are not immune to—and may even face a higher risk for—potentially detrimental heart conditions later in life. Former National Football League (NFL) players, particularly those with larger body sizes, were found to have heart abnormalities specifically associated with high blood pressure in a study being presented… Continue reading NFL Players Hearts Show Abnormalities Decades After Retirement

Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Only 1 in 20 U.S. adolescents is meeting national recommendations for sleeping, physical activity, and screen time, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The study, published today in JAMA Pediatrics, also revealed differences in the findings between females and males, with just 3 percent of girls… Continue reading Teen Sleep and Activity Too Low, Screen Time Too High: Study

Tryptophan and the REAL Reason Your Uncle Falls Asleep Every Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the United States is 2 days away. On this day each year, we gather together with loved ones and other people we can’t stand to give thanks for the fact that the Pilgrims built the first casino on Plymouth Rock and gave it to the Indians. That’s not it? Wow, is my history… Continue reading Tryptophan and the REAL Reason Your Uncle Falls Asleep Every Thanksgiving