The Week in Sleep News: July 8, 2022

This week, a new California law mandates later school start times for teens, and astronauts are getting ear pieces to study sleep in space.

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Here’s the sleep news for this week:

No more yawning in class

This fall, California students will get the chance to catch more Zzz’s at night. State law makers have passed a law mandating high school start times not take place before 8:30 a.m. and middle schools not start before 8 a.m. This law is the first of its kind but perhaps not for long — given teens’ sleep patterns. The push for later start times stems from studies that have shown that teens are not only the most sleep-deprived age group, but also need more sleep than adults (around eight to 10 hours).

Smart earbuds measure how astronauts sleep

If you have trouble sleeping while traveling on road trips or long-haul flights, imagine how it must feel to sleep while hurtling through space. As you might imagine, it can be tough, so Aarhus University has developed a technology that can monitor an astronaut’s sleep in a non-invasive and discreet manner through a small device called an ear-EEG. The device measures extremely small voltage changes on the surface of the skin inside the ear caused by electrical activity in the brain's neurons. The project, which is called Sleep in Orbit, aims to examine the differences between sleep patterns on Earth and in space.

Saving money linked to better sleep

Perhaps financial woes really can keep you up at night. Northwestern Mutual teamed up with Harris Poll and found that 76% of people who identified as disciplined financial planners reported good sleep, while 62% of people who were non-planner reported good sleep. Similarly 81% of people who worked with an advisor reported they slept well, while 65% of people who did not work with an advisor reported good sleep.

Brain wave sleep data gives a look into future health outcomes

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have found that brain wave data collected during overnight sleep studies can predict future health outcomes, strengthening the concept of sleep as a window into health. This research, which looked at the sleep data of 8,673 adults, showed that the learnings can anticipate the 10-year risk for 11 health outcomes.

In sleep-centric social media...

We all need something different to fall asleep. TikTok user @pnwdad206 breaks it down into three categories for us.

A man looking out a window, facing away from the camera.
TikTok / @pnwdad206

Twitter user @Daniandi4 shares a hilarious text exchange from her son, a first-time babysitter wondering what happens once the kids go to bed.

A text between mom and son. Son texts: So Once they're asleep do I jut go or wait. Mom replies: Yes, honey, you have to stay the whole time. They're aren't old enough to be left alone. Son replies: ah ok thx.
Twitter / @Daniandi4