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NEWS
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.
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SCIENCE
August 20, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
If you can't quite get that nine-note treble opening to " Fur Elise," just sleep on it. The brain will rehearse, reorganize and nail the sequential motor tasks that help you play piano or type on a keyboard. How that consolidation of memory happens has remained largely a mystery, despite telling evidence that the brain's motor cortex appears to be quite busy during sleep. Now, a team led by Brown University neuroscientists believes it has found the source of the sleeping piano lesson, and it's not where many expected it to be. Neuroscience has been fixated since its founding on why the brain “needs” that peculiar mix of dormancy and random activity known as sleep.
NEWS
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.
WORLD
January 20, 2010 | From Times Staff Writers
A powerful aftershock early today sent an already unnerved population rushing into Haiti's streets in panic. The U.S. Geological Survey website said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.1 and was centered 36 miles west-southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital. The original quake on Jan. 12 was magnitude 7. Haitian radio reported that a number of already damaged buildings collapsed in Wednesday's aftershock. It urged residents of the traumatized city to leave for the provinces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 | Harriet Ryan
Anna Nicole Smith consumed increasing amounts of a rare sleep aid in the months after her son's death, eventually drinking the powerful liquid sedative straight from the medicine bottle, her former bodyguard testified Wednesday. The drug, chloral hydrate, was cited as the primary cause of Smith's fatal overdose the following year and her bodyguard said the model often carried a bottle of the drug as she grieved for her son. "I saw her use a spoon maybe twice and after that it was bottle to mouth -- gulp," said Maurice Brighthaupt, a Miami firefighter who moonlighted as Smith's security guard.
NEWS
January 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
It's no secret that poor sleep gets in the way of all kinds of good things in life.  People who drive on too little sleep -- and there are a lot of us -- are more likely to be in accidents that result in injuries than people who've had enough rest.  When we haven't slept well, we make lousy food choices and have trouble metabolizing our food .  Staying up too late studying actually hurts high-schoolers' academic performance ...
NEWS
July 27, 2010
Extended hours of daylight in the spring lead to later bedtimes for teens, causing  them to be sleepier in the morning, researchers reported Tuesday. The conclusion might seem obvious, but the researchers from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., have provided a biological basis for the finding. They conclude that delays in melatonin production by the teens' bodies leads to the later bedtimes. Melatonin is the naturally occurring hormone that regulates sleep on a 24-hour cycle.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Larry "Or your mattress is freeee!" Miller is the self-styled mattress impresario of Southern California. As chief executive of the Sit 'n Sleep mattress chain, Miller oversees a company with 240 employees, 28 stores and annual sales of $100 million. Miller, 62, is best known for starring in numerous TV and radio ads over the years, some of which feature his imaginary accountant Irwin, a thrifty fellow who bemoans low-price promotions and shouts, "You're killing me, Larry!"
HEALTH
March 30, 1998
In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, which starts today, here are some guidelines for getting a better night's (or day's, if you work nights) sleep: * Go to sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time. * Avoid naps. * Avoid caffeinated drinks (coffees, teas, colas) and foods (chocolate) in the hours preceding bedtime. * Avoid the regular use of alcoholic beverages to help you sleep. * Avoid or give up smoking. * Exercise regularly, but not within three hours of bedtime.
SCIENCE
February 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have shown for the first time that brain activity during sleep strengthens the ability to learn and remember -- at least in birds. But they insist the finding has meaning for humans too. Earlier human studies had shown that a good night's sleep in adults improved memory.
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