Sleep and Brain Health

Finding Sleep In A Sleepless World

She rushed into the kitchen and reached for the steaming coffee pot. Smooth, dark hair hung loose about her shoulders, framing a strikingly beautiful face. Her long legs were lean and fit, accentuated by the patterned running tights and tank top she wore. She was the picture-perfect example of a successful high-school senior; straight-A student,… read more

But Mom, I need more sleep!

Two months into a new school year, and teenagers across the country are once again battling sleep deprivation. With afternoon activities, homework, social engagements, and late-night media, most high-schoolers are overwhelmed with expectations. Pair that with the crack-of-dawn bus trip, and teenagers are lucky to get 5-6 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, this pattern… read more

Exercise + Sleep = Better GPA

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Want to see better grades in school? The Journal of Physical Activity and Health recently published a new study analyzing the academic benefits of exercising regularly and sleeping well. The researchers investigated the average amount of time per week that middle school students were physically active, watching television and/or… read more

Resting Easy After A Concussion

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be deeply devastating for patients and their families, yet new research confirms the effectiveness of melatonin for decreasing insomnia and recovery time! A clinical study was conducted to compare the effects of taking melatonin pills or a placebo pill in those with traumatic brain injuries.… read more

Early to Bed, Early to Rise: Does it Make You Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise?

The March 2018 issue of Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry includes a compelling research study that just might convince you it’s true. Researchers evaluated 52 participants regarding sleep onset, sleep duration, and subsequent psychological and emotional state. Apparently, grandpa was right: going to bed later and getting less than adequate sleep was correlated… read more

Counting Sheep To Fall Asleep? Try Fish Instead!

A recently published Scientific Reports study of 541 school-aged children in China revealed a correlation between the consumption of fish and improved sleep. The authors assert that while the scientific connection of omega-3 fatty acids cognitive performance has been established, mediating factors such as sleep quality and duration still need exploration. According to their research,… read more

Big Money For Sleep Research

A grant for 2.8 million dollars has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense for Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center to launch a 3-year study to explore the negative impact sleep deprivation has on cognition and our ability to make wise decisions. Now might be a good time to click off… read more