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Addicted to Awake: Sleep Deprivation in the Fire Service


The inadvertent destruction from being addicted to awake is one of the greatest threats that firefighters face today, according to Fire Engineering. Michael Perlis, PhD, an associate professor of Behavioral Sleep Medicine in Psychiatry, is quoted.


How Does Music Help You Fall Asleep? This Survey Says More People Are Turning To Bedtime Tunes


According to a study in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, more and more people are turning to music to help them fall asleep. The article cites a quote from Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, which notes the value of a bedtime routine.


Sleep and Exercise Compete for People's Time


On weekday mornings, two healthy activities - exercise and sleep - compete with each other for time, according to research from Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, an associate professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, recently published in Sleep Health.


Sleep Paralysis: Waking Nightmares


Charles R. Cantor, MD, DABSM, a professor of Clinical Neurology and Medical Director of the Penn Sleep Center, discusses sleep paralysis, a condition in which sleepers feel paralyzed and may hallucinate as they fall asleep or as they wake up.


Want to be a Mars Astronaut? You'll Need the Proper Mindset


But growing interest in the mental risks of space travel — which NASA lists as one of the biggest threats to astronauts — has spawned a wave of new research and technology. Those projects suggest space agencies are taking the psychology of astronauts more seriously, said David F. Dinges, PhD, chief of sleep and chronobiology.


Houston Astros Pitcher Josh James Discovered His 'Laziness' Was Actually a Symptom of Sleep Apnea


For Houston Astros pitcher Josh James, feeling "lazy" turned out to be a sign of a much bigger issue: sleep apnea. There are a few important clues to watch out for that might suggest your tiredness is a sign of sleep apnea. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor first, said Charles Bae, MD, an associate professor of Neurology and sleep specialist at the Penn Sleep Center


Higher Alzheimer's Risk for Sleepless Teens


Teenagers with erratic sleep patterns may have a higher risk of Alzheimer's than their well-rested peers, suggests a new study in mice from Sigrid Veasey, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, and colleagues.


The Dangers of Drinking Wine Before Bedtime


HGTV magazine interviews Ilene Rosen, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, about how drinking wine close to bedtime can hurt sleep.


Tip to Help You Get to Sleep


A Men's Health article offering tips to prevent insomnia cites a Penn Medicine study finding that roughly 25 percent of Americans experience insomnia each year. The most common causes of insomnia are anxiety, stress, and poor sleep habits.


Drug combo shows promise for treating sleep apnea


During decades of lab experiments and dozens of clinical trials, scientists have searched in vain for drugs to defeat obstructive sleep apnea, the risky and increasingly prevalent condition in which a person’s upper airway repeatedly collapses during sleep, causing them to briefly stop breathing dozens or hundreds of times each night. Now, a new drug combination has reawakened hopes. Sigrid Veasey, MD, a professor of Sleep Medicine, offers insight on the current available treatment options for the condition.


How to Get Bad Sleep Back on Track


Michael Perlis, PhD, the director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program, is featured in a Psychology Today interview and a podcast on preventing chronic insomnia and how to use cognitive behavioral therapy to treat it.


Digging into Sleep’s Effects


Namni Goel, PhD, a research associate professor in Psychiatry and Sleep and Chronobiology, is featured in an article that delves into the effects of sleep deprivation.


How To Fall Asleep In 120 Seconds By Using a Special Military Technique


An article about a technique alleged to help people fall asleep faster cites a Penn Medicine study's finding that 25 percent of Americans suffer from acute insomnia each year.


What is Busy Brain Syndrome? 5 Ways To Combat It When You're Trying To Sleep


We have increasingly busy lives, and this "busy brain syndrome" can make it hard to switch off when the time comes for bed. James Findley, PhD, clinical director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, offers advice on how to prepare for sleep.


Here’s how to become a morning person


If you choose to try and shift your internal clock to morning type, whether it be for personal or professional reasons, there are some factors you can adjust. David F. Dinges, PhD, chief of Sleep and Chronobiology, offers healthy sleep advice.