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Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Study Finds Early Birds Have Lower Rates of Depression

Some people wake up early like clockwork with a chipper attitude and are eager to start the day. Then there those who have a bit of a slower start, but stay up till the wee hours claiming they’re most productive at night. Sound familiar? It turns out those waking habits may be embedded in our genes, […]

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Studying the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Anxious people often don’t sleep well and poor sleep is a symptom of many psychiatric disorders, including anxiety.

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Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: A Professor of ‘Cute Studies’ Explains Why We Love Babies in Glasses – Why do adults go so nuts over babies wearing glasses? Hear from Tokyo Gakugei University professor Joshua Paul Dale, co-editor of the book The Aesthetics and Affects […]

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Could the Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep Be Found in Our Genes?

It’s the night before a big meeting at work—or a race you’ve been training months for—and you want to do everything you can to get the next day off to a great start. How much sleep do you need to be at your best? For years, the magic number for a good night’s sleep has […]

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12 Days of Research at Mass General: She Watches Worms While They Sleep

In the 12 days leading up to our holiday hiatus, we are looking back on the past year and sharing some highlights in Massachusetts General Hospital research news from each month of 2017. January 2017: Postdoc Profile: Hayley Mattison, PhD On a typical day, you will find me in the lab at my microscope taking […]

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Wireless Sleep Monitoring System Could Make Sleep Studies Much Easier

If you find yourself tossing and turning all night, or hitting snooze a few too many times each morning, you’re not alone. More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and these sleep issues can get worse in individuals with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from MIT and Mass General recently unveiled a wireless, […]

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A New Strategy for Assessing Sleep Apnea Risk in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Investigators at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children have developed a promising new method for assessing the risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children with Down syndrome. The new method, which employs information that can be gathered during a visit to a primary care physician, could help to reduce the need for overnight sleep studies, […]

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Children’s Sleep Habits Could Improve Their Ability to Focus, Make Friends and Solve Problems Later on in Childhood: Five Things to Know

A recent study by the MassGeneral Hospital for Children found that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and relationship building later on in childhood. Here are five things to know about the study… The recommended amount of sleep for children is […]

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MGH/MIT Study Identifies Neurons Important for Inductions of Natural REM Sleep

A joint research team from Mass General and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) may be one step closer to understanding the science of sleep. Using a scanning method that can activate light-sensitive proteins, the researchers found that the activation of cholinergic neurons (those that release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine) in two structures of the brain stem are key to inducing REM […]

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