5 things to look for on a college campus that benefit mental health

The design of a campus and its buildings and dorms can be crucial to a student's overall well-being.

Diane Bruce Anstine, Dean, School of Business and Entrepreneurship at North Central College, North Central College • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sleep us-higher-education green-space green-spaces college-students sunlight mental-well-being college poor-sleep student-dorms student-mental-health university-student-mental-health

If sitting at a desk all day is bad during coronavirus, could I lie down to work instead?

Couch potatoes are always looking for a way out.

Arthur L. Weltman, Professor of Kinesiology and Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  heart-disease  covid-19  physical-activity  exercise  sleep  insomnia  sitting  sedentary-behavior

Families can support kids' mental health whether they're learning remotely or at school – here's how

Good mental health is the ability to adapt to changes and stress. Whatever school looks like, parents can help keep kids' social-emotional development on track in these four areas.

Erika Bocknek, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: mental-health school psychology stress sleep adaptation child-development child-psychology k-12-education emotions empathy emotional-skills identity self-esteem pandemic-school-closures pandemic-parenting remote-learning bedtime-routine social-emotional-development prosocial-behaviors sleep-hygiene peer-relationships reciprocity remote-schooling

8 simple strategies to fuel your body during a pandemic

The constraints of COVID-19 can act as a catalyst to eat more thoughtfully and, perhaps, eat better.

Julie Lee, Registered Dietitian, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: diet exercise sleep nutrition healthy-food

Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open – but lockdown offered a reprieve

Noise pollution can cause long-term stress and harm to wildlife.

Graeme Shannon, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds sleep wildlife lockdown noise-pollution coastal-ecosystems

Why lockdown life is a lot like insomnia – a philosopher of sleep explains

There are three features common to most forms of insomnia that can be revelatory for those living under lockdown.

Patrick Levy, Tutor in Philosophy, University of Dundee • conversation
May 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus sleep insomnia lockdown covid-19-lockdown

Napping helps preschoolers unlock their full potential for learning

Research shows napping helps young children learn, as well as enhancing their emotional well-being.

Rebecca Spencer, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: children brain neuroscience memory sleep learning vocabulary hippocampus preschool preschoolers school-readiness early-education academic-performance health-outcomes naps cognitive-neuroscience

The science of sleep: how sharing your dreams could help to improve your relationships

Listening to other people's dreams can help to improve your empathy levels.

Julia Lockheart, Senior Lecturer and Head of Contextual Practices, University of Wales Trinity Saint David • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  fiction  sleep  dreams  empathy  dreaming  sleep-study

Why do we dream?

During times of stress and anxiety we either dream more or remember our dreams more often, as a way of coping with challenging circumstances and new information.

Jason Ellis, Professor of Sleep Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus anxiety stress sleep dreams rem-sleep dreaming

Isolating together is challenging – and relationship stresses can affect biological functioning

A study found the emotional dynamic between young heterosexual partners can have a measurable physiological effect on men, but not on women.

Hannah L. Schacter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  psychology  sleep  young-adults  relationships  romantic-relationships  romantic-partners  los-angeles  heart-rate  developmental-psychology  intimacy

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