There have been several really good studies published recently that are eye opening. Teen use of social media – especially at night – is truly detrimental. Even life-threatening. Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this? Let me lay out the… Read More »Teens, Social Media Usage, and Lack of Sleep: Impact on Learning and Mental Health
I’ve written several times on the link between artificial light at night and breast cancer.
There have been several news stories and political movements recently to delay school start times for teenagers. The stories inevitably start with the fact that when children reach the age of adolescents, they have a shift in sleep phase and… Read More »Changing the school start time for high schoolers
The biggest overall action you can take for your health, in my opinion, is to optimize your circadian rhythm. Yes, that is a big statement when there are so many other things you can do for your health such as… Read More »Blue-blocking Glasses: Why? and What kind?
The neurotransmitter serotonin has been at the center of depression research for decades, and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) are often the first drug to be tried for someone with depression. Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed medications in… Read More »Lighten your mood with more light (during the day)
A study that came out recently in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine confirmed something slightly obvious but yet vastly underrated: light at night is causing problems with sleep. The study used data from the South Korean national health… Read More »Artificial light at night linked to insomnia
It’s the weekend! Your kids don’t have to get up for school in the morning, so why not let them stay up for an extra hour or two watching a movie tonight? Perhaps it is family game night and that… Read More »Why does staying up late on the weekends lead to weight gain in kids?
A new study came out this week in the Journal of Pediatrics that investigated the relationship between teenager sleep patterns, insulin resistance, and being overweight. The study involved 31 overweight teens (average age of 16) and measured sleep patterns for… Read More »Teenage weight problems tied to circadian misalignment.