Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness Month

Tag: circadian rhythms


The Struggle is Real

By Eugena Brooks Happy May! Spring is here, and summer is coming. If you are like me, you should be energized by the improving weather

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Did you know… about shift work disorder and cancer?

This entry in our “What about…?” comorbid conditions series discusses how shift work disorder has a defining influence on the development and progression of cancer. In order to understand how poor sleep influences shift work disorder and cancer, first you need to understand what sleep does for us at the cellular level, and how shift work leads to circadian disruption.

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Sleeptember tips for better sleep, youth edition

Anyone at any age can experience chronic sleep loss, for any number of reasons. The challenge for better sleep doesn’t necessarily wait to emerge in adulthood. Our children are suffering from just as much poor sleep as we are. It’s during youth that many have an opportunity to correct or reverse a sleep problem.

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Sleeptember Tip: 5 ways to a flawless bedhead

Would you prefer to wake up with Flawless hair? That may mean making a better effort to achieve Flawless sleep. Here are 5 tips for making that happen. And while you’re there, take our poll! After the poll, share your morning bedhead selfie (tag it with #ASAABedhead) at our Facebook page; your selfie could win you four day passes to Disneyworld! And don’t forget to pledge to get a little extra sleep in September!

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SB 328: Why is the state of California legislating for later bell times?

Sleep changes among teens are related to shifts in their circadian rhythms at the onset of puberty. Most tweens and teens experience what is considered a delayed sleep phase as the result of swift and complex changes to the adolescent brain which are associated with its final development. They are often described, in fact, as “night owls.” This means their rhythms undergo a slight biological reset that makes it more natural for them to abide a later schedule.While most younger children and adults may more naturally feel sleepy between 9 and 10pm, teens are far less likely to feel sleepy until at least 11pm. For some, the rhythms shift as late as 1am. These changes are hormonally related and have little to do with poor self management.

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