The Week in Sleep News: June 17, 2022

This week a new study revealed that while many Americans sleep with their pet, a lot of pet owners are unaware of how much dirt this may bring into their beds.

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Here’s the sleep news for this week:

40 is the new... sleep-deprived

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia looked at data of 11,279 people who wore a sleep-tracking and movement-tracking device 24 hours a day for seven days straight. What they found was that sleep length takes the shape of a U, starting to decrease at 30, hitting a low point at 40, then increasing again at 50, with continual increases for ages 60 and older. This study also found that while sleep length may decline in middle age, sleep efficiency stabilizes between ages 30 and 60.

Cognitive behavioral therapy used for insomnia

At the SLEEP 2022 conference earlier this month researchers presented the findings of a study of people who used cannabis for chronic insomnia. This study looked at the data of 57 participants who used cannabis at least three times a week. They found that the cognitive behavioral therapy improved daytime function and cannabis use for insomnia decreased.

Sleeping with your pet might be dirtier than you think

We all love to snuggle up with our pets, especially around bedtime. However, a new study by Dyson found that people are less mindful of dust and the health implications it can have, especially when it comes to pets. After surveying over 12,000 people, Dyson found that 70% of people didn’t know that, in addition to pet dander, viruses and other microscopic unmentionables can be brought into your bed by outdoor pets.

This doesn’t mean you have to stop sleeping with your beloved pet, it all depends on how often you’re able to clean your sheets and mattress . In addition to laundering and vacuuming regularly, try an air purifier.

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Adam Sandler recalled how he injured himself in a moment of panic trying to untuck himself from bed.