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The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

01/15/18

Getting healthy in the new year is a goal for many, and while diet and exercise are often priorities, doctors say sleep is just as critical. "People, in general, would be better off with more sleep (say 7-8 hours)," said Michael Perlis, PhD, an associate professor in Psychiatry and director of the Penn Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program. "This said, everyone's sleep need, ability and opportunity greatly differ, and thus what is optimal for one person may differ from what is optimal for another person."

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Sleep Deprivation and Snoozing: It May Lead to Heart Problems, Weight Gain

01/12/18

Hitting the snooze button is quite harmful for the heart, according to a recent study. David Dinges, PhD, chief of sleep and chronobiology, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.

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How Sleep Affects Your Diet & The Foods You Crave, According To Science

01/12/18

Just one night of poor sleep can lead you to crave all the fatty, no-good-for-you foods as soon as you wake up the next morning, according to a study from Hengyi Rao, PhD, a r research assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging, and colleagues.

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How Late-night Eating can Wreak Havoc on your Body

01/10/18

Whether prompted by boredom, stress or the temporary insomnia of too much screen time, after-hours feeds temporarily satisfy, soothe and satiate. The problem is they can also wreak havoc on the body, both for casually repeating night eaters and for those who develop Night Eating Syndrome. Kelly Allison, PhD, an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted.

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Does Music Help You Fall Asleep?

01/08/18

Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry, explains how sounds affect sleep and why rituals are the key to a restful night.

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One Simple Change in your Routine can Help you Snooze Better

01/05/18

Setting up a sleep routine, including going to sleep at the same time every night, can improve your rest. "Most people need a good hour of winding down down time before they're just physically and mentally ready to go bed," said Philip Gehrman, PhD, an assistant professor of Psychiatry.

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Four lifestyle changes to make you more productive in 2018

01/02/18

Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, an assistant professor of Psychiatry, comments in an article from CNBC on the importance of having a good sleep routine. "Most people need a good hour of winding down down time before they're just physically and mentally ready to go bed," Gehrman said.

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Early Eaters

12/20/17

Try timing your meals earlier in the day. Prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin and cholesterol levels, as well as other heath concerns, according to research by Namni Goel, PhD, a research associate professor in Psychiatry, and Kelly Allison, PhD, an associate professor in Psychiatry and director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.

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How Does Alcohol Affect Your Sleep?

12/20/17

Wine Spectator rounds up the latest scientific research to break down what wine lovers need to know about alcohol and sleep. Ilene Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, is quoted.

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You Can Train Yourself to Fall Asleep Better

12/19/17

GQ publishes a Q and A with Sigrid C. Veasey, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, about why the effects of chronic sleep loss create a deficit you might never overcome, and how to maintain better sleep habits.

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Things To Do At The First Sign Of A Cold, When You Still Have Time To Beat It

12/12/17

Sleep is vital to your mental and physical health in general, but especially when your body is trying to fight off a cold. The article references a Penn Medicine roundworm study from senior author David M. Raizen, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Neurology and a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, that reveals the mechanism for sleepiness when sickness strikes.

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Tips to Make Waking Up on Cold, Dark, Winter Mornings Easier

12/11/17

Charles Bae, MD, an associate professor of Sleep Medicine, offers tips on how to make getting out of bed easier on dark winter mornings, considering temperature, light, and knowing how much sleep an individual needs.

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Why do I have jaw pain? 4 odd symptoms you shouldn't ignore

12/08/17

Many Americans don't get enough rest, but women seem to have more difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep. “Sometimes, sleep problems can result from hormonal changes during menstruation, pregnancy and especially around perimenopause and menopause when estrogen levels decline,” said Ilene Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine.

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Everyday Habits that Could Shorten Your Life

12/08/17

When you eat, how you watch TV, and a number of hygiene habits may be seemingly harmless, but in reality, they can be very detrimental to health. Ilene M. Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, discusses the dangers associated with sleep loss.

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The Surprising Way Sleeping Less Could Be a Fast-Acting Antidepressant

12/04/17

A meta-analysis from Philip Gehrman, PhD, an associate professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Penn Sleep Center, and Elaine Boland, PhD, a clinical associate at Penn and a research psychologist at the Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, finds that sleep deprivation in controlled inpatient settings can offer temporary relief from depression in nearly half of patients with the condition.

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