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We’re not lazy, we just need more sleep, say pupils

Image caption People weren’t awake enough for their GCSEs, remembers sixth former Leah As MPs prepare to debate a petition for schools to start at 10:00, teenagers tell the BBC about their own experiences with early school starts. It takes 100,000 signatures to trigger a Parliamentary debate and this one, saying early school starts make pupils “so tired”, has gained 180,000. “I remember how miserable I was from waking up early,” says sixth form student Leah. Her college is experimenting with a later start for classes. But Leah recalls the…

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China clones gene-edited monkeys for sleep disorder research

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese scientists have made clones of a gene-edited macaque to aid research of circadian rhythm disorders that are linked to sleep problems, depression and Alzheimer’s disease, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. It was the first time multiple clones had been made from a gene-edited monkey for biomedical research, the agency said. The clones were born at the Institute of Neuroscience at the China Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. A gene-edited monkey most prone to the disorder was selected as a donor, and its fibroblasts…

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Can a Leona Lewis story really help you sleep at night?

Image copyright Calm Image caption Singer Leona Lewis reads soothing bedtime stories to Calm app users to help them sleep Self-care was the “App Trend of the Year”, according to Apple, but as the January blues threaten, can an app or chatbot really reduce stress and anxiety, and help us sleep better? When Katrina Cliffe started feeling stressed and anxious two years ago as she grappled with completing her diploma whilst relocating, the 35-year-old turned to technology for help. “I was constantly ‘switched on’ and having to think from the…

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#DuvetKnowItsChristmas: The odd places we sleep at Christmas

Image copyright Jonas Jonsson Image caption Jonas Jonsson shared this photo taken from his bed in his sister’s attic, which he is sharing with his “father, a treadmill and a human anatomy doll” this Christmas. Christmas is often a time to visit family and loved ones – but as we cram into family homes the lack of sleeping space can quickly become apparent. Some on social media have been using the hashtag #DuvetKnowItsChrismas to share photos of their unusual sleeping arrangements at relatives’ houses. The trend was started in 2011…

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Reality Check: Do you sleep worse at Christmas?

Image copyright Getty Images The University of Warwick has enlisted some of the country’s leading sleep experts in order to “warn Santa Claus of the health risks of flying all night”. “Every year Santa Claus and his team of elves and reindeers stay awake for days and nights so he can deliver presents to children all over the world for Christmas – but he could be putting his and their health at risk,” they say. Duly noted. But for the rest of us – does the festive period disrupt our…

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Children’s screen time has little effect on sleep, says study

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Correlations between screen time and lack of sleep are “extremely modest”, says the report The amount of time children spend on devices has little effect on how long they sleep, a study from Oxford University suggests. It runs counter to previous research that suggested excessive screen time was linked to children failing to get sufficient rest. The survey concluded that the relationship between sleep and screen use in children was “extremely modest”. But one UK GP said the findings did not tally with his…

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How many people sleep rough in England and how are they counted?

Image copyright Getty Images Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to introduce a new tax on foreign property buyers in the Budget in order to raise money to help people sleeping rough. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has previously vowed to make homelessness “a thing of the past” and said the government aims to end rough sleeping by 2027. But how many people are currently sleeping rough in England and how accurate is the data? The official statistics on rough sleeping are produced once a year by the Ministry of Housing. The…

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Grenfell inquiry: Father thought of letting daughter die in sleep

Image copyright Grenfell Tower Inquiry Image caption Richard Fletcher said the smoke in the hallway was “not like in the movies – it was pitch black” A father trapped in Grenfell Tower considered letting his young daughter die in her sleep to spare her seeing the terror of the fire. Richard Fletcher said he thought the “best thing to do” might be cuddling up with her and his wife and “let the smoke and fire take us”. But he sprang “back into fighting mode” after being filled with a determination…

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Tired Londoners rent sleep pods for some zzz’s

LONDON (Reuters) – Exhausted Londoners hoping to take a rest from their busy schedules are being offered an alternative to coffee breaks: a sleep pod where they can grab some shut-eye for £15 ($20) an hour. Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, Pop & Rest in London’s trendy Shoreditch area boasts four “sleep pods” – rooms with dark walls and a lavender aroma to aid relaxation, each supplied with ear plugs and an eye mask. Mauricio Villamizar, 28, said he and his Pop & Rest co-founder Yoann Demont came up with…

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Idiopathic hypersomnia: When 40 winks turns into 48 hours of sleep

Lucy Taylor lives with idiopathic hypersomnia, a rare condition that makes her excessively sleepy. The 42-year-old from Newport can only be woken with great difficulty – she needs multiple loud alarm clocks, medication and her family to rouse her. She said the longest she has ever slept is from Friday teatime to Sunday afternoon – but she describes her condition as “almost torture”. Source link

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