Is it time to start school later?

Is it time to start school later?

Teenagers are notoriously difficult to rouse in the morning, as parents know well. Our teens’ struggle to “rise and shine” in the early morning hours isn’t really about adolescent obstinacy or laziness. Teens are biologically driven to these sleep-in, stay-up-late...
The stuff of (disturbing) dreams

The stuff of (disturbing) dreams

Dreams are one of the most fascinating—and least understood—aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don’t yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked...
Who is taking sleeping pills?

Who is taking sleeping pills?

Diagnoses of insomnia have been on the rise—and so has the use of medication to treat this sleep disorder. The popularity of a newer class of drugs—non-benzodiazepine sedative hypnotics—has risen dramatically. Drugs included in this group include zolpidem, zaleplon,...
More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

We all want our kids to learn healthy eating habits, to be active and to grow and live comfortably at a healthy weight. Yet for too many children, excess weight is a very real health concern. Too much junk food and too little physical activity are frequently-cited...