July 28, 2018
We hope you’re enjoying a restful weekend! While you relax, take a minute to catch up on the most interesting new sleep-related articles of the week.
Several news outlets are reporting on a newly documented neurological link between depression and sleep issues. Researchers at the University of Warwick in the UK and Fudan University in China recently published their findings that particular neural networks and brain regions are closely associated with both self-reported depression symptoms and disturbed sleep. Annakeara Stinson has a great plain-language summary at Elite Daily, and you can also read a more technical writeup by Savanna Demko at Healio. Although, as Stinson points out, both conditions are linked in complex ways, good news in on the horizon for diagnosing sleep disorders thanks to a new type of sleep monitoring and classification system developed by researchers at Penn State University that is less intrusive and costly than today’s typical visit to a sleep lab.
Sheila Gibson Stoodley heads up this week’s tips for better sleep with her essay at Robb Report, which also delves into some of the cultural reasons we’ve neglected sleep for years.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, Juna Xu interviews dietician Sharon Natoli about a common refrigerator staple that may help: the humble egg. And if you still find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, Natalia Lusinski has a roundup of eleven things not to do at Bustle.
We know the importance of our internal clock—the circadian rhythm—in getting adequate sleep. But what if that clock gets thrown out of sync? Vivian Manning-Schaffel investigates what you can do at NBC News online. And if you’re forced to get by with little sleep, Bill Murphy, Jr., summarizes some interesting research by the US military on when and how much caffeine might help keep you alert until your next opportunity to get some zzzs.
Finally, it’s about the time to think about going back to school, a time when getting enough sleep is crucial for student success. Check out Crystal Chen and Jennifer Ready’s report for New 4 Jacksonview for some tips on getting kids back into healthy sleep habits after summer vacation.
This weekend is a big one for sleep’s presence in entertainment and culture, with the first outdoor performance of composer Max Richter’s SLEEP in Los Angeles’s Grand Park. The 8-hour overnight performance—on which audience members relax on cots—has sold out for both Friday and Saturday nights. Forbes and Billboard both offer takes on this much-anticipated musical journey. If you aren’t in Los Angeles but want to check out Richter’s work, it and other works are available on several streaming music services, including Spotify.
And to continue last week’s theme of napping, Stephanie Maida examines why “Naps are this summer’s hottest (and most complicated) trend” at Guest of A Guest, covering everything from the socio-cultural significance of wellness culture to one of this summer’s most-reviewed new works of fiction, Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation.
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