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November 8, 2009 | Alexandra Drosu
It's a universal truth: When you're in your 20s, you can stay out all night and look fresh the next morning. Unfortunately, as we age, lack of sleep affects us more deeply and shows more prominently on our faces -- lackluster complexions, dark circles, fine lines and, in more extreme cases, rashes and eczema. Progressive loss of cellular water may be one reason sleepless nights affect our skin more visibly as we age, says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad. Water retention is key to keeping skin moisturized and supple, which can translate to fewer lines and a smoother complexion.
April 4, 2014 | By Marc Stirdivant
Buellton, 25 miles north of Santa Barbara, has been known for just one thing: split pea soup. For years, Buellton was that midday rest stop on the way to points north where you lunched at Pea Soup Andersen's. No longer in the shadow of trendier neighbors Solvang and Los Olivos, Buellton has taken on a life of its own. It's a fun place to stay, explore, eat and drink - and I'm not just referring to wine. The bed Buellton has at least one remarkable place to spend the night, the Flying Flags RV park (180 Avenue of Flags; [805]
June 13, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
You can't sleep.  You've tried counting sheep, drinking warm milk, maybe even taking medications like Benadryl or sleeping pills.   Maybe next you should try cooling your brain. According to research presented Monday at Sleep 2011 , the annual meeting of the Associated Profession Sleep Societies, cooling the brain and can reduce the amount of time it takes people with insomnia to fall asleep -- and increase the length of time they stay that way. To achieve "frontal cerebral thermal transfer," as the cooling is called, researchers Dr. Eric Nofzinger and Dr. Daniel Buysse of the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine outfitted 24 people --  12 with insomnia, and 12 without -- with soft plastic caps.  The caps had tubes for circulating water at neutral, moderate or maximum "cooling intensity.
March 8, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - As a cold rain pelted the parking lot, the gates opened and the cars began to roll through. In an aging Nissan was a 74-year-old longtime farmworker whose landlady had booted him to raise the rent. A 65-year-old disabled woman pulled her Ford Fusion up to the small trailer, where she could at last plug in her sleep apnea machine. Then there was Patsy Perez, 55, who had learned about the fledgling "Safe Parking" program at the county fairgrounds lot after pleading to spend the night in her Volvo outside a downtown shelter.
February 8, 2010
It's wise to pay attention to your blood pressure -- but don't lose sleep over it. That may make matters worse. A five-year study published last year found that among nearly 600 adults (average age 40 at the start of the study) the fewer hours of sleep people got, the higher their blood pressure was likely to be and the more likely it was that their blood pressure would increase over time. For every hour less sleep participants got, their chances of developing high blood pressure over the study period zoomed up by 37%. Another study of more than 10,000 adults ages 35 to 55 found that women who averaged six hours of sleep a night were 42% more likely to develop high blood pressure than women who averaged seven hours -- though it found no such effect for men. A 2006 study reported a similar finding for both genders: Of those who slept five hours a night or less, 24% developed high blood pressure during eight to 10 years of follow-up, versus 12% of those who slept seven or eight hours.
January 18, 2010
Even a good night's sleep doesn't totally compensate for many weeks of sleep loss. And it's the late-night period when the accumulation of sleep loss may be most apparent. Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the effect of weeks of insufficient sleep on performance. They scheduled nine healthy volunteers to live for three weeks on a schedule consisting of 43-hour periods in which they were awake for 33 of those hours. That equals about 5.6 hours of sleep for every 24 hours.
August 10, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
My 88-year-old husband was prescribed Ambien for insomnia. After the first dose, he fell while getting up to go to the bathroom, gashed his head and had to go to the emergency room for stitches. A year later, I gave him a half-dose (again prescribed), and within minutes, his legs collapsed on him. I had the hardest time getting him into bed. Ambien? Never again! Your experience reminds us that sleeping pills may pose a serious risk for older people who have to get up at night to go to the bathroom.
October 1, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
For those who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias, anxieties and other fearful memories, the bedroom may be the next big battleground. Researchers are finding that sleep may allow us not just to escape our cares temporarily, but to defang some of the fearful memories that hobble those with such anxiety disorders. Two studies published in the past week break new ground in the effort to take the fright out of frightening memories, both of them exploring the opportunity afforded by sleep to do so. They proceed from two relatively recent neuroscientific insights about memories: that they change a little every time they are taken out, revisited and returned to storage; and that sleep is a time when old memories and new experiences alike are processed, prepared and filed into the brain's long-term storage vault.
March 14, 1987
I recently journeyed up to the Shrine Auditorium to see American Ballet Theatre's "Sleeeeeeping Beauty," and was amazed that Martin Bernheimer's review had neglected to mention how many Orange County theatergoers had ventured north in order to applaud long before the end of every movement ("Van Hamel Refocuses 'The Sleeping Beauty,' " March 6). As for the hundreds conversing during the overtures, since L.A. audiences are much too sophisticated for such behavior, I presume they came from Bakersfield.
March 1, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The myth that you sleep worse as you get older isn't true, scientists argued in a study published Thursday. While older people may have more sleep disturbances than younger people, those problems are linked to illnesses and health issues and have little to do with aging, researchers said. The  study , published in the journal Sleep, examined sleep quality in a more than 150,000 Americans. The survey participants were asked about sleep quality, sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue as well as many questions on race, income, education, mood and their general health.
March 7, 2014 | By Karen Ravn
March 14 has been declared World Sleep Day , a time to recognize and celebrate the value of sleep. Many sleep experts hope it will be a wake-up call. According to a 2013 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 4 in 5 Americans don't get as much sleep as they should during the workweek. On average, adults are thought to need at least eight hours of sleep a night, although some can get by with less and some won't do well without more. But the survey found that, on workdays, only 21% of Americans actually get a full eight hours of sleep, and another 21% get less than six. To many of us, the thought of spending more time sleeping is, well, a big yawn.
February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
February 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Accompanied by a phalanx of celebrity relatives, Kerry Kennedy, human rights activist, former wife of the governor of New York, daughter of a slain senator and niece of a slain president, entered a White Plains, N.Y., courtroom Monday to face misdemeanor charges in a drugged-driving case. Kennedy's mother, Ethel Kennedy, 85, walked slowly into the courtroom but had to sit in a wheelchair, according to news reports from the scene. Also there for moral support were Kerry Kennedy's brothers, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Douglas Kennedy.
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's the headline or TV news item that public officials dread: City workers sleeping on the job! Garbage truck drivers dining on the public dime! Public workers wasting your taxpayer dollars! Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation managers were so worried about bad publicity that they enacted rules nine years ago prohibiting garbage truck drivers from napping in their rigs during their 30-minute breaks. The rules also barred drivers from meeting more than one colleague for lunch, lest the sight of several trash trucks parked outside a diner raise eyebrows.
February 13, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Earlier this week, Gloria Steinem headlined the first annual Makers conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, a spin-off of the PBS documentary series "Makers," about the women who "make" America. Jennifer Aniston interviewed Steinem before a crowd of powerful women executives, activists and journalists. "I don't do this. I'm an actress, not an interviewer," Aniston confessed. She stumbled a bit, but when it came time to hear from the audience, the questions were sharp and to the point.
December 20, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
In this time when news is disseminated ever more quickly, we asked our critics to list the best of culture in 2013 in tweet form: 2013 was a busy year in dance. It was difficult to catch everything. But of those performances I did see, these 10 made memories. The launch of @TheBarakBallet gives talented L.A. choreographer Melissa Barak and her compelling dancers a needed home for her detailed rep. Before Ojai, @MarkMorrisDance was @VPACatCSUN, where fans gleefully lapped up 3 of Morris' exuberant, visionary pieces, spanning 30 years.
November 1, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Few women sleep great throughout pregnancy. But a new study shows that poor sleep should be of more concern to doctors and women than is currently recognized because it may be a factor in premature birth. A number of problems can contribute to preterm birth, such as illness during pregnancy, obesity and stress. But the new study, published Tuesday in the journal Sleep, is the first to show a connection between poor sleep and preterm birth. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine looked at sleep and birth outcomes in 166 pregnant women.
July 31, 2010
It can take several days to recover after experiencing a few nights of little sleep, according to a new study. Researchers found that even a catch-up night of 10 hours of sleep may not be enough to restore many people after they have a few nights of bad sleep. The study involved 159 adults who were assigned to sleep a certain number of hours a night. The participants underwent computerized neurobehavioral tests during the day to assess their cognitive function. Their results were compared to see how well they recovered after various amounts of sleep deprivation.
November 28, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When: 7 p.m. Where: Sleep Train Arena. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 11-5; Kings 4-9. Record vs. Kings (2013-14): 2-0. Update: The Clippers are just 3-4 on the road. The Kings traded forward Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for forward Derrick Williams. Kings center DeMarcus Cousins leads his team in four categories: scoring (21.3), rebounding (10.5), steals (1.69) and blocks (1.15). He's the only NBA player to lead his team in those four categories.
November 17, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Matthew Bourne was standing in the bedroom of Tchaikovsky's home outside Moscow two years ago when he decided it was finally time to tackle "Sleeping Beauty. " "It had a single bed and a very ordinary wooden table, looking out the window at birch trees," recalls the British choreographer, seated in the plush lobby at City Center in Manhattan, where "Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance," had its U.S. premiere last month in advance of its run at the Ahmanson Theatre starting Thursday.
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