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After playing many different roles in the SleepTech® industry across both sides of the pond, Ciaran McCourt (originally from Ireland) is now the CEO of Belgium-based Ectosense, a health-tech startup with a new innovative sleep diagnostic device. NSF caught up with Ciaran to hear more about how Ectosense is launching its new product. 

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Sleep problems like insomnia can be caused by many different factors, including chronic pain, acid reflux, and depression.  But did you know that your issue could also be triggered by a small gland called the thyroid? The thyroid is responsible for regulating an important hormone that keeps your body warm and help organs function properly.  If...

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Reflecting the sun’s natural movement in a 24-hour orbit around the earth, your body’s circadian rhythm has a 24-hour cycle. Over the course of those hours, your energy levels grow and drop multiple times, making you feel wired at certain points and...

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If your child’s bedtime routine during the summer has slipped with staying up late and sleeping in late, it’s never too late to get your child’s bedtime routine back on track. You want your child on a routine early because when the first day of classes rolls around, kids’ bodies (and minds) won’t magically adjust to the shift in timing....

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The term “anti-aging” may conjure up images of expensive wrinkle creams and nutritional supplements, but one of the most impactful ways to keep your mind and body young doesn’t cost a cent: Research suggests that a solid night’s sleep can go a long way to staving off the mental effects of getting older.

Sleep benefits the mind in many...

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Though it may come as no surprise that people find it harder to fall asleep when they’re emotionally wound up, the relationship between mood disorders and quality sleep is a complex, two-way street. Just as negative mood states can make getting a good night’s sleep a virtual impossibility, frequently interrupted or insufficient sleep can lead...

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Whether you remember them or not, dreams are a normal part of sleep. Everyone dreams for a total of about two hours per night,  and dreams can occur during any stage of sleep, although they’re most vivid during the REM phase.  If you’ve ever woken up from a happy dream feeling relaxed and rested—or a scary one feeling on edge—you might have...

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You may be familiar with the tossing and turning that occurs when you’re unable to fall asleep at night. But for millions of Americans who suffer from sleep movement disorders, it’s the uncontrollable twitching once they climb into bed that prevents them from sleeping in the first place. These common sleep movement disorders can wreak havoc on...

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A cup of coffee isn’t the only thing that can cause your energy levels to jump around. The other reason why you feel wide-awake at some points of the day and drowsy at others? Your circadian rhythm, an internal clock that helps regulate the cycle of...

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Having a normal sleep schedule—meaning you go to bed and wake up around the same time every day—can help your body clock sync up with when you need to feel awake and when you want to feel sleepy.  But when new job hours force you to turn in...

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When it comes to your health, sleep plays an important role. While more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skimping on it could adversely affect your immune system, leaving you susceptible to a bad cold or case of the flu.  To keep yourself sniffle-free this season, here’s what you need to know.

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Eight, a SleepTech® member of the National Sleep Foundation, focuses on helping people sleep better through data and connected home products. Read on for NSF’s interview with the company’s Co-Founder & CEO to learn more about why he started Eight, the company’s philosophy, and what’s next. 

 

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BlueSleep, a SleepTech® member of the National Sleep Foundation, is a telemedicine company focusing on the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. Check out NSF’s interview with the company’s founder Jordan Stern, MD (a Head and Neck Surgeon and Sleep Specialist) to learn more about the convergence of consumer tech and the clinical world, how...

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When it comes to training for sports, many student-athletes and their parents recognize the importance of eating well and exercising consistently. But sleep is often overlooked as a factor that can affect a child’s performance and recovery. That’s unfortunate because getting enough quality slumber is critical for a young athlete’s energy,...

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Sleep problems are common among kids who are anxious or who are making a transition to a new school. They might have trouble with falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up too early or experiencing nightmares, all of which can compound their daytime stress levels. In fact, there’s...

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A little one’s pre-bedtime plea for just one more storybook or game of Go Fish may be difficult to resist, but it’s best to stay consistent about bedtimes. Not only is sufficient sleep important for your child’s mental development, it could also help her maintain a...

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As you scan the colorful boxes of sleep aids on the pharmacy shelf, it might seem easy to grab one to see if it makes a difference in the amount of sleep you get each night. But before you take an...

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If you have medications in your medicine cabinet, it’s more than likely that at least one will list a side effect related to sleep. Many drugs used to treat health conditions, from the not so serious (seasonal allergies) to the more severe (...

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Some people use sleep hypnosis as a tool to help them fall asleep. In a nutshell, sleep hypnosis is a technique that involves guided thinking in order to lead a person into a state of relaxation. In turn, this relaxed state should make falling asleep easier....

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Whether you’re experiencing jet lag, shifting schedules at work, or adjusting to a new life routine, temporary use of over-the-counter sleep aids may be helpful in allowing you to get the sleep you need. There are many to choose from, and they do...

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For the millions of Americans who struggle with sleep issues, prescription sleep aids may provide relief. Along with helping to treat insomnia, they can help people fall asleep...

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After safety and nutrition, how much sleep a child gets is uppermost in a parent’s mind. The amount your child needs varies by age: Toddlers need 11 to 14 hours, while preteens and teens require 8 to 10 hours. Following a well-rehearsed...

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Not everyone has a typical morning to afternoon work schedule. More than 22 million Americans have shift work jobs, including firefighters, nurses, and pilots. These professions play an important role in every community, but there are also challenges...

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Shift work often takes place in industries where employees are needed around the clock (like health care, police or fire departments, or computer operators). More than 22 million Americans are shift workers, jobs that can come with benefits like higher pay, and challenges such as limited sleep and...

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People who work nontraditional hours often experience shift work sleep disorder. This typically occurs in those who work at night, early mornings, or have rotating shifts outside the usual 9-to-5 schedule.  Symptoms of shift work...

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