Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Thomas Farragher Globe Columnist August 18, 2018 We sit in candlelight, our knees almost touching, and I stare into eyes deep and soulful and talk about my dreams.Literally.Dreams about floating in the sky, skimming treetops and avoiding power lines as I drift like a colorful hot-air balloon toward a lazy river in the near distance. Advertisement Technicolor dreams of parties, and old friends, and of the days of my youth when a tankful of gas and car full of classmates held the promise — and in my slumber holds it again — of joyous adventure in my little hometown. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “That sounds wonderful,’’ my companion tells me.He is Charles Czeisler. And as we sit in the … [Read more...] about Sleep, the final frontier: this guy studies it. Here’s what he has to say.
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PARENTS should take children’s phones at night and give them an alarm clock instead, says a cyber-psychology expert. Prof Adam Joinson said teenagers lack the cognitive skills to realise that staying up all night using their mobile would mean being tired at school the next day. And he said those who rely on their phone’s alarm to wake should instead use a traditional one. Prof Joinson said he and his 17-year-old son had endless fights about the lad’s device being in his room at night — and he had banned its use there until he is 18. He told a Cheltenham Science Festival event: “Parents should take the phones off their kids at night. Store the charger downstairs and buy cheap alarm clocks. “Young people do not have the ability until they are in their 20s to fully understand consequences tomorrow of actions now. MOST READ IN HEALTH NEWSMIND OVER MATTER What are the symptoms of anxiety, how can it be treated and who else suffers? From Zayn Malik to Will … [Read more...] about Parents should take their children’s phones away at night and ‘buy them an alarm clock’
(Reuters Health) - People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests. Past research has found that people with a circadian rhythm, or biological clock, that’s out of step with their daily routines - like split shift or night shift workers - can have an increased risk of emotional, behavioral and psychological problems. The current study examined 24-hour activity levels for 91,015 participants who agreed to wear accelerometers on their wrists for one week in 2013-2014 and completed mental health surveys a few years later. Researchers focused on so-called relative amplitude, or how much people’s activity levels varied between their busiest and most restful portions of a 24-hour cycle. They scored circadian amplitude from zero to 1, with higher values reflecting a clearer distinction between the least and most active … [Read more...] about Disrupted sleep cycles linked with mood disorders
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Associated Press May 19, 2018 If there’s one downside to the royal wedding, it’s that the ceremony started painfully early on a Saturday morning for American viewers. But not to worry, because if you forgot to set that alarm clock (or simply needed your beauty sleep) we’ve got a blow-by-blow recap of the whole event for you. 8:35 a.m.: The tiara Meghan Markle reached 125 years back into the British monarchy’s vault to choose her wedding tiara.The diamond bandeau Markle wore was made for Queen Mary, who was crowned with husband King George V in 1911. The tiara was specifically designed to accommodate a brooch that was given to Mary in 1893 to commemorate her engagement to the then-Prince George. Advertisement Queen Elizabeth II inherited the pieces in 1953. The grandmother of groom Prince Harry has hundreds of tiaras stored in locked vaults. … [Read more...] about Forget to set your alarm clock? Here’s a royal wedding play-by-play
Thursday, May 03, 2018 by: Jessica Dolores Tags: body clock, circadian rhythm, jet lag, Latitude, light and dark, light-dark cycles, natural rhythms, sleep cycles, sunrise and sunset, sunrise patterns, sunset patterns, Travel Tips (Natural News) We’d like to think that we have full control of our habits – when we wake up, sleep, work, and do other things. However, A new University of Seville study has just shown that we’re ruled by where we stand on Earth, and by the light-dark (LD) cycles that govern it. José María Martín Olalla, a professor at the University of Seville, in a paper published in Scientific Reports, said his analysis of European laborers’ daily activities and sources of social synchronization showed that people tend to do things based on latitudinal patterns tied to the light/dark cycle. In other words, people ‘memorize’ the shortest photoperiod (daytime) of the year, and base their activities … [Read more...] about Evaluating how human rhythms are affected by light, darkness, and the clock