How to Get Rid of Dark Under Eye Circles

Dark circles under the eyes can make people look older than they actually are and there are many options available to help banish dark circles. From low cost cosmetics to high-end creams and dermatological options, they all claim to camouflage or even banish dark circles. However, before resorting to cosmetic solutions, individuals should look at […]

Under the Influence of Sleep Deprivation: How Early School Start Times Put Teen Drivers at Risk

Safe driving organizations target teens with advertising and special programs designed to spell out the dangers of drunk driving. What many people do not know is that there is another type of impairment that has nothing to do with alcohol. Driving while drowsy is the third leading cause of car crashes in the United States, […]

Pros and Cons of Later School Start Times

Many teens dream of sleeping in each day, but it has nothing to do with laziness or lack of ambition. As children move into adolescence, their sleep cycles change. Adolescents naturally stay up later and get up later because of how their bodies release melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep. Several studies show that teens […]

Early vs. Late School Start Times: How They Affect Students Physically

Many parents recall times when they had to pound on their children’s doors or go so far as to drag them out of bed when it was time to get ready for school. While most people chuckle when they hear these stories, the reason behind them isn’t so funny. Many adolescents actually experience sleep deprivation […]

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on School Attendance and Dropout Rates

In some cases, early school start times make sense. Administrators facing budget cuts and limited use of school buildings may need to schedule classes early to accommodate other groups using school facilities. Parents who have to go to work early in the morning may not have anyone to watch their kids, making early class times […]

Are Sleep Deprivation and Teen Obesity Related?

Teen obesity is a serious problem in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting that 18 percent of adolescents were obese in 2008. Obesity is when excess fat accumulates on the body, putting extra stress on the joints and putting the vital organs in danger. This condition also increases the […]

How Sleep Deprivation Affects College Students

I never got much sleep in college. My freshman year I made the mistake of signing up for an entire course load of early morning classes and must have slept through a good 60% of them. I used to keep ridiculous hours. If I wasn’t playing World of WarCraft running instances past 3am with my […]

Could Starting School Later Improve Academic Performance?

Most kids groan when the time comes to wake up and get ready for school. With such early start times at some schools in the United States, it’s no wonder kids don’t want to get up. Some schools start as early as 7:00 in the morning, with students in rural areas having to catch the […]

Sleep Deprivation in Children and What You Can Do to Help

We all know that sleep is important, both for our physical health as well as for our mental and emotional well-being. And most adults wish they could have more sleep than they’re getting. But kids can have the opposite problem – they often don’t recognize when they are tired, and they end up begging parents […]

Sleep Deprivation and Depression. What’s the Link?

For decades, medical experts and scientists have been trying to discern the link between sleep and psychological disorders. However, if you’re suffering from either insomnia or depression, you likely already know that sleep deprivation and depression go hand in hand. It won’t surprise you to know that one of the leading signs of depression is […]