Apr

25

2018
Napping can help tired teens’ performance in school

Napping can help tired teens’ performance in school

Researchers have found a positive relationship between midday-napping and nighttime sleep. They believe it might be key to boosting neurocognitive function in early adolescents. The team examined adolescents in Jintan, China, measuring midday napping, nighttime sleep duration and sleep quality, and performance on multiple neurocognitive tasks. Habitual nappers (who napped more often) tended to have a better nighttime sleep.


Apr

25

2018
New link between sleep arousals and body temperature may also be connected to SIDS

New link between sleep arousals and body temperature may also be connected to SIDS

What is the origin of these arousals? Scientists have discovered that brief arousals are probably triggered by the intrinsic electrical noise from wake-promoting neurons (WPN) in the brain. Their research reveals a previously unrecognized neurophysiological mechanism that links sleep arousals with temperature regulation, and may also provide an important new link between temperature and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).


Apr

25

2018
Children of youngest and oldest mothers at increased risk of developmental vulnerabilities

Children of youngest and oldest mothers at increased risk of developmental vulnerabilities

Children born to teenage mothers have the highest risk of developmental vulnerabilities at age 5, largely due to social and economic disadvantage, a new study of almost 100,000 school children has found. The risk declines steadily with every additional year of a mother’s age up to 30 years, then increases slightly after 35 years and older — to a level similar to the risk for…

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Apr

25

2018
Looking past peer influence: Genetic contributions to increases in teen substance use?

Looking past peer influence: Genetic contributions to increases in teen substance use?

Parents spend a lot of time worrying about the influence of peers on teen substance use. A new study examines if there is a genetic component that drives teens’ desire for risk taking and novelty. A key finding revealed genetic influences that are unique to the growth in substance use. With each passing year, genetic differences between individuals become more and more important in explaining…

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