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Circadian science Sleeping troubles

How to beat jet lag

Ah travel—booking tickets, hopping on a plane, immersing yourself in a new locale, and…feeling more tired than you’ve ever felt before. Jet lag is our name for all of the circadian disruption—and subsequent fatigue—that comes from traveling and changing time zones. While we can’t help with the physical toll being in an airplane seat for […]

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Circadian science Lighting Sleeping troubles

Sync your batteries, Shift your awareness

When are you most productive? Are you an early bird, a night owl, or somewhere in between? Your prime productivity window each day may be different from mine, and it may even shift during your lifetime. For example, my current prime productivity period is from roughly 9am to 12pm each day, but ten years ago […]

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Lighting Sleeping troubles

Book & Article of the Month (June – July)

If you follow us on social media, you already know what we picked for our monthly reading material. For those who don’t, don’t worry: we’re also highlighting them here, on the blog. Let’s dive in, with… June’s article of the month Interindividual variability in neurobehavioral response to sleep loss: A comprehensive review We picked this […]

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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 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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Circadian science Interviews Sleeping troubles

Interview with Dr. Amy Bender

In a recent interview with Dr. Amy Bender, she talks about the importance of improving the sleep of professional athletes. Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about what you work on? I’m the Director of Clinical Sleep Science at Cerebra. We’re a sleep technology company focused on better diagnosis and treatment […]

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Circadian science Sleeping troubles

Visualizing MESA, pt. 1

One of the things we’re interested in as scientists is what longitudinal, large-scale data collection can tell us about sleep. Along those lines, one of our research projects involves looking at how models of circadian rhythms, as well as different sleep regularity metrics, can help us understand different outcomes for different folks. And as part […]