Prevention

5 Ways Lifestyle Influences Sleep

Allison Tsai Jun 11th, 2014 (updated Jul 10th, 2015)
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Wife’s satisfaction in marriage influences sleep
Wife’s satisfaction in marriage influences sleep

A new study, published in Sleep, has found that couples are more likely to sleep in sync when the wife is happier in their marriage. Results showed that overall, couples who slept in the same bed were awake and asleep at the same time about 75 percent of the night, but, when the wife reported higher marital satisfaction, the synchrony in sleep-wake cycles among couples was even higher.

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Night owls are couch potatoes
Night owls are couch potatoes

People who consider themselves “night owls” are more likely to spend time sitting, and are less motivated to maintain a workout schedule, according to a new study published in the journal Sleep.  The study looked at 123 adults who reported sleeping 6.5 hours a night. Results showed that people who reported going to bed later spent more minutes sitting, and self-reported more barriers to working out, such as a shortage of time.

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More parental sleep cuts the risk for child obesity
More parental sleep cuts the risk for child obesity

Parental sleep is related to more child sleep, which is linked to a decreased risk for child obesity, according to a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. The effects of sleeplessness in a family are more than just being tired. Studies show that parents and children gain weight as they lose sleep. In this study, researchers looked at 337 preschool children and their parents, and found that the family routine of sleep influenced whether the children would be overweight or obese.

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Poor sleepers have worse grades
Poor sleepers have worse grades

College students who are poor sleepers are more likely to get worse grades and withdraw from a course, compared to healthy sleeping students. Researchers looked at 43,000 participants who took part in a national college assessment, and found that sleep problems have about the same impact on grade point average as binge drinking and using marijuana. Also, poor sleep had the biggest impact on the academic success of freshman.

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Marijuana use impairs sleep
Marijuana use impairs sleep

New research suggests that current and past marijuana users have a significantly higher chance of experiencing sleep problems than non-users. Researchers looked at 1,811 adults aged 20-59 who had reported using cannabis. They found that people who started using marijuana at an earlier age were more likely to experience sleep problems as adults, and may experience insomnia because of stress.