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June 15, 1985
Who does Larry Bird think he is? Telling us basketball fans that he's going to "lay down and go to sleep" if there is a 2-3-2 championship series format next year. "I guarantee you I will not be playing (at the end of the regular season). I'll be resting," Bird says. What a slap in the face to fans who pay for Larry Bird's seven-figure contract. In the business world, an employee who lays down and goes to sleep on the job doesn't win a most-valuable-player award. He's usually fired.
December 28, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Graham McCann and Raed Rafei
Researchers already know that not getting enough sleep is bad for you. It can increase your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and gaining weight. Now it appears that it can also increase hardening of your arteries. Dr. Diane Lauderdale of the University of Chicago Medical Center and her colleagues studied 495 people in their 30s and 40s, fitting them with sophisticated sensors to determine how much sleep they got over a three-night period at the beginning of the study and five years later.
September 23, 1988 | ANNE C. ROARK, Times Staff Writer
Hospital interns and residents who are on call for long periods of time, sometimes even caring for patients around the clock, are not, in any significant way, mentally or physically impaired by the lack of sleep. At least that is the conclusion of what is sure to be a controversial study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
There's no such thing as a quick, foolproof list of instructions for hassle-free bedtimes. "Quick guidelines just don't exist," says Dr. Richard Ferber, director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at Children's Hospital in Boston and the author of "Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems" (Simon and Schuster, 1986). But short of solutions, Ferber and others do have plenty of suggestions. First, parents need to figure out why their children don't want to go to bed.
February 1, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Remember the annoying classmate who would raise her hand regularly and ask the teacher, "Is this going to be on the final exam?" What if the answer were "no," you wondered: was she going to take a nap for the rest of class? Maybe she planned to take a nap after class if the answer were yes, ensuring that she'd store the class material optimally for the big test. Such a strategy would be a good bet, according to a new study appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience . Sleep has long been known as an activity that aids in the retention of new information , which may be why late-night studying has always seemed like such a good idea to students.
January 28, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Women who don't get enough sleep and those who sleep too much may both run a greater risk of getting heart disease than those who log eight hours a day, according to a new report. Why too much sleep would lead to coronary heart disease is unclear, the report said. In terms of sleep deprivation, previous studies have indicated high blood pressure can result.
June 10, 2008 | Lynn Smith
Declining amounts and quality of sleep in U.S. children could be linked to changes in media use, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported Monday. Children are more engaged in the Internet, video games, and cellphones than with older types of media, the report says, and may use them at times that interfere with sleep. Some children take their cellphones to bed. The report called the evidence linking media use to sleep problems "thin but worrisome." Pediatricians have long known that adequate sleep ensures children's physical and men- tal well-being.
June 12, 2008
Re “Hammock Is Still on the Upswing” [May 22]: My favorite piece of furniture! I sleep in it almost every night and I hang laundry on it during the day. It's comfortable and safe; many mornings I waken to find myself suspended right at the edge, held in by the hammock. Mine is a rope hammock, but I may check out something for winter. Jennifer Krieger Northridge
August 7, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Working women sleep about 25 minutes less per night than their male counterparts, though the average woman sleeps slightly longer than the average man, researchers said last week. "One possible explanation is that a woman who works still has to maintain a lot of household duties," said Jeff Biddle, assistant professor of economics at the University of Michigan.
January 17, 2005 | From Reuters
People who sleep less tend to be overweight, a new study has found, and experts said it was time to examine whether more sleep will fight obesity. "We've put so much emphasis on diet and exercise that we've failed to recognize the value of good sleep," said Fred Turek, director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology at Northwestern University. "In fact, society emphasizes just the opposite."
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