Week in Sleep: RIP Holiday Sleep Schedule
While you were at work wishing you were still on holiday vacation, we were catching up on all things sleep. Here’s everything you missed.
The “world’s first smart earplugs” were unveiled at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Hush consists of two wireless plugs that fit snugly into your ears and play masking sounds designed to help you get to sleep. Users can load various noises (like white and pink noise, binaural beats, and “heavenly” ethereal sounds) onto the earplugs from a smartphone app for a comforting night’s sleep. (The Verge)
There’s growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease. Alterations in sleep habits might potentially be contributing to early stages of dementia. The brain appears to clear out toxins linked to Alzheimer’s during sleep. And, at least among research animals that don’t get enough solid shut-eye, those toxins can build up and damage the brain. (NPR)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that single parents, and especially single moms, have the worst sleep on almost all measures compared to adults in two-parent families and adults with no children. (Huffington Post)
Last year, we saw a consistent stream of sleep-related studies clogging our news feeds. Many are fascinating, some are terrifying. Some are, truth be told, way over our heads. Van Winkle’s sums up 2015’s most important findings in the field of sleep. (Van Winkle’s)
One study reports that 40 percent of people who slept on their left side admit to having disturbing dreams and nightmares, compared to those who choose to sleep on their right side. Those who sleep on their right side reported having more pleasant dreams linked to feelings of peacefulness and safety. (Daily Mail)