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Pushing back school start time may reduce teenage traffic collisions

Most teenagers are sleep-deprived. In fact, only about 10% are getting the nine hours required by most teens to function best during the day. To ensure more teenagers are getting enough sleep, several school boards have shown a recent interest in pushing back high school start times.  Studies have shown that allowing teenagers to get an

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Sleep Early, Eat Healthy

Quality sleep and healthy eating are two of the most important aspects of overall well-being. A recent study has shed new insight into the relationship between sleep patterns and eating habits. Those that regularly go to bed late and sleep in late are at a greater risk of eating more and of eating less healthy

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Napping: A trend for working adults

We are becoming more and more sleep deprived. A study completed by the National Sleep Foundation found that almost a third of workers admitted to falling asleep or becoming very tired on the job. Jeanne Geiger-Brown, director of the Work and Health Research Center at the University of Maryland’s School of Nursing, states: “Sleep is

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Professional sports teams turn to sleep science

What makes a champion? Practices, teamwork, diligence, are all key ingredients leading professional sports teams to league championships. But recently, media attention has been paid to the fatigue management strategies of professional sports teams. The Vancouver Canucks—the only NHL team situated on Canada’s west coast, have to travel longer distances than any other team throughout

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Turn off the TV and help your kids sleep well

If you are looking to ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, you may want to keep an eye on the amount of time spent in front of screens – televisions, computers, and videogames – especially near bedtime. A recent study found that children aged 3-5 who had a television in their room

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Sleep cool amidst summer heat

If the weatherman forecasts hot and humid days ahead, be aware of how the temperature rise may affect sleep, especially for those who do not have air conditioning in their homes. As the temperature rises, it takes longer to fall asleep, and sleep is more likely to be disrupted.  With extended periods of heat through

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Interrupted sleep may impair memory

Having difficulty remembering things? There is a good chance that poor sleep may be interfering with your ability to store memories. Most of us know that cramming for a test or pulling an all-nighter is bad news, but now several recent studies have found that interrupted sleep hinders ours ability to consolidate memories and learn

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Sleep smart: Tips for a back-to-school sleep schedule

It’s back-to-school time! For most children and teens, the end of summer signals the end of late bedtimes, sleepovers, and sleeping in. To help avoid heated battles around bedtime, here is some advice on helping your kids get on a back-to-school sleep routine: Determine how much sleep your child or teenager needs. While everyone is

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Sleep problems linked to depression

Everyone feels a little down sometimes and temporary spans of sadness are common in times of failure or personal loss. Depression, however, is defined as an ongoing state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviours, feelings and physical well-being.  The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates that 4.8%

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It’s Daylight Savings Time… Great tips from our experts

This Sunday, November 6th,  at 2 a.m. most Canadians will be turning back their clocks by an hour. While we can enjoy gaining an hour’s sleep, Daylight Savings can get our body clock out of sync and we may need time to adjust to the change. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to get the

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