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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.
November 2, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
It's not hard to imagine that when our distant ancestors began to band together for protection from predators, they probably slept better too (at least those who were on the inside of the tangle of sleeping bodies). A new study finds that all these years later, the link between sleep, society and survival remains fundamental: When we feel connected, we sleep better -- and very likely  are better. The  study , published Tuesday in the journal Sleep , finds a direct link between our feelings of social connectedness and the unbroken quality of our sleep.
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.
April 16, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
They touch down at another NBA city and check their smartphones to help them adjust to a new time zone while their own bodies struggle. They arrive with bags under their eyes and often depart that city a day later sleepless, jet-lagged, stowing sore joints and heavy legs. During this lockout-shortened NBA season, it's been a grueling routine: 66 games played in 124 days, a pace of one per 1.88 days, or 8.5% faster than a usual season. Every team has played back-to-back-to-back sets and stretches such as nine games in 12 days; the Clippers played 20 games in 31 days in March, a marathon that has not been on the NBA schedule in 45 years.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Give a little, get a little. That's the idea behind a package at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park that this month will donate 10% of each visitor's stay to the nonprofit Yosemite Conservancy . Guests receive a reward too: two guided hikes for the price of one. The deal: The Yosemite Give Green Package gives nods to a slew of planet-friendly holidays such as National Park Week (April 21-29) and Earth Day (April 22). The package includes deluxe and cottage room stays that start at $215 plus tax per night.
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