Optimal Sleep Duration for Teens Different between Academics and Mental Health

While few people argue over the importance of sleep,  just how much sleep is optimal has remained a surprisingly elusive question.  Complicating things further is the possibility that the best amount might differ between domains such as academic achievement and optimal mental health as well as the importance of other sleep parameters such as the amount […]

Infant Sleep Training Methods Compared

The longstanding debate over sleep training methods, in particular those that include some aspect of  “crying it out,” picked up a new chapter recently after a new study was published in the journal Pediatrics.  What was more unique about this study was its head to head comparison of two methods, one using graduated extinction (the technical […]

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Melatonin: What Do We Really Know?

It is probably safe to say that melatonin has become the go-to agent for the treatment of children who struggle to fall asleep. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, melatonin is now a 260 million dollar market in this country where it is sold over the counter, unlike some European countries where […]

Study Explores Humans’ “Natural” Sleep Patterns

Despite the fact the we spend nearly a third of our life asleep, many fundamental questions, such as how much sleep we really need, remain debated.   One popular view is that most of us living in modern cultures are chronically sleep deprived and this may be one of the causes of many health problems, […]

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