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Circadian science Technology

Visualizing MESA: Part 2

We’ve already looked at the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) dataset—an absolute treasure trove of sleep data, available from the NSRR at sleepdata.org—once, through the lens of sleep duration. But what about other dimensions of sleep health? After all, sleep regularity may be just as important as sleep duration in a number of contexts. We […]

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Circadian science Shift Work

A space for shift workers, Pt. 2

Here again is our blog feature where we look on the internet for what folks are saying about their shift work, and try to speak to their experiences with the power of circadian science. First up:  Reddit User: My shift is usually 7pm-3:15am. when i get off work i shower, eat, and watch some Netflix […]

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Sleep Meme Review

We Rate Sleep Memes, Pt.3

We’re back! If you’re just now tuning in (check out part one here), the title pretty much says it all. We take sleep-related memes we find online, we use them as an excuse to talk about sleep and circadian science, and we rate ’em. Meme #7 Good news: If this is you, it might not […]

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Circadian science Sleeping troubles

Sleep Regularity + Students = An A+ Idea

College, as any student can attest to, is a hectic life. Look no further than my past spring semester for a prime example of this. Taking multiple difficult classes while managing club activities and a social life was a whirlwind that was both exhausting and invigorating at the same time. The thorn in my side, […]

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Circadian science Lighting

What matters besides light?

A Guide to Non-Photic Zeitgebers We can all agree that the difference between night and day is, well, night and day when it comes to light. The progressive change in light present in our environment is subconsciously tracked by our bodies and that information is used to help time our sleep-wake cycles. Of course, not […]

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Circadian science Lighting Sleeping troubles

Light at night is bad, people.

Imagine you’re on a swing on a playground with a friend standing behind you. This friend is not a jerk, so they’re going to push you when a normal person would push you on a swing—right when you’re at the end of your backwards motion and ready to start moving forward again. They, like a […]

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Circadian science Sleep Meme Review Sleeping troubles

We Rate Sleep Memes, Pt. 2

Back by popular demand, here is part two of the “We Rate Sleep Memes” blog series. If you’re just now tuning in (check out part one here), the title pretty much says it all. We take sleep-related memes we find online, we use them as an excuse to talk about sleep and circadian science, and […]

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Circadian science Lighting Shift Work Sleeping troubles

What do shift workers do & what might they do?

So you want to help shift workers feel better—sleep better, be safer, have fewer of the long term chronic health problems that go hand in hand with shift work. How do you do it? Where do you start? As some of the most circadian-wrecked people around, shift workers have been the topic of no small […]

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Circadian science Sleeping troubles Technology

One Simple* Rule for Understanding Your Sleep

My friend sent this to me the other day: “If I go to bed at 10:30 pm, I often wake up at 4:30 or 5:30 am and can’t go back to sleep. But if I go to bed at 1:00 am, I fall asleep easily and can sleep until 9:00 am. Throughout the work week […]

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Shift Work

A Space for Shift Workers

We’ve noticed a lot of shift worker communities online. I’m not talking about just a few here—I’m talking about hundreds. These communities also each tend to have thousands of active followers. Surprising, right? Until you remember that over 30 million people in the U.S. currently live with shift work. From Instagram accounts to Twitter hashtags, […]