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5 Sleep Headlines Helping Us Face The End Of Summer

By Alex Stein

Summer is like taking a really good nap—it’s refreshing, dreamy, but over too soon. If you’re as sad as we are that summer is winding down, these sleep stories will help you face the inevitable: No more summer Fridays.

Dreaming of a career change for fall?

A new study among employees of Fortune 100 companies found that tech, finance, and shift-based industries have the highest concentration of employees suffering from lack of sleep. And 57 percent of these employees admitted their disrupted sleep is related to work issues. It’s something to sleep on.
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A genetic advantage for back-to-school season

We know who didn’t spend the summer sleeping in. According to a new study, one in 475 people have familial ASP (advanced sleep phase), which means they’re genetically predisposed to being extreme early birds, waking up bright-eyed between 3 am-5 am. We definitely don’t have this gene.
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The summer smoothie ingredient that’s great for sleep

A banana smoothie is a summer breakfast no-brainer. As it turns out, bananas are also suited for late night nibbling because they include the amino acid tryptophan, known for its sleep-inducing qualities, and serotonin, which is the precursor for your body to make melatonin, a hormone that’s critical for sleep. Straight-up, frozen, mashed and sprinkled with cinnamon—so many ways to take your banana.
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A reason to keep your inner sunshine

Good news for optimists: A study of 3,500 middle-aged adults across the United States found that those who tested as optimistic were 78 percent more likely to report good quality of sleep, compared to their pessimistic counterparts. These glass-half-full types also reported sleeping between 6-9 hours at night, and 74 percent had no signs of insomnia. That’s good reason to stay chipper, even in winter.
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About that summer cappuccino habit

What is it about sipping cappuccino while staring at the August moon? It’s exhilarating (and bad for sleep, we know). However, researchers tracking the sleep disruption of 785 participants who consumed alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine within 4 hours of bedtime found that caffeine wasn’t as disruptive as nicotine and alcohol. That doesn’t mean you should continue to drink coffee before bed, but this news makes us feel a little less hypocritical.
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