Category Archives: Sleep

Sleep Problems Common for American Adults

Did you sleep well last night? If you are like many Americans, your sleep quality may not be great. A new study finds that sleep disturbances are common in American adults aged 54 and older. The study also reveals that sleep problems are more common in racial and ethnic minorities than in white Americans. The…

Sleep Disorders Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Are you sleeping enough? If not, you may be at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. A new study from the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences in Novosibirsk, Russia conducted a 14-year experiment to examine how sleep was related to cardiovascular disease. The findings demonstrate that men who have disordered sleep are significantly more…

Consistent Sleep Linked to Healthy Lifestyle

Sleep offers more than simply keeping you from feeling tired in the morning. A new study from the University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with sleep researchers and epidemiologists in Finland, finds that consistently sleeping well plays an important role in future health. Maintaining good sleep habits—like getting enough sleep—helps people make healthy lifestyle choices. People…

Physical Activity Linked to Sufficient Sleep

Exercises like walking, yoga, and even gardening can help people get enough sleep at night. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania investigated whether physical activity can impact sleep quality. The results indicate that many physical activities are associated with quality sleeping. However, some activities, like childcare, are associated with…

Screens Put Teens at Risk for Less Sleep

Humans, before tablets and mobile phones, tended to fall asleep and wake up with the sun. Now, many people struggle to sleep enough at night—especially teens. A number of studies have found that teens, whose sleep cycles are naturally not the same as adults’, have a high risk of losing sleep thanks to modern technology….

Bedtime Routines Lead to More Sleep

If your child struggles to fall asleep at night, he or she may need a consistent bedtime routine. A bedtime routine can help children fall asleep faster and sleep longer, according to a new study. Researchers found that children who followed a consistent bedtime routine every day got more sleep and had better sleep overall…

Sleep and Psychiatric Issues Linked for Children

As many as 40 percent of young children struggle to sleep in some way—a lack of good sleep can cause more than grumpiness. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) finds a connection between sleep disorders and psychiatric issues in children. The findings demonstrate that children with sleep disorders are…

Sleep Problems Linked to Low Pain Tolerance

People with sleep problems are more sensitive to pain. A study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health explored the relationship between pain tolerance and sleep problems. The study revealed that those with sleep problems like insomnia were less resistant to pain than people without sleep problems. The findings emphasize the importance of seeking treatment…

Sleep Is Critical for Successful Long-Term Learning

A good night’s rest could be the key to learning new information, finds a study from Royal Holloway, University of London. The research team found that people learning new words were best able to apply what they had learned after a night of sleep. The results suggest that successful long-term learning does not occur until…

Sleep Disruptions Impact Kids’ Memory Formation

Sleep disruptions can impact children’s memory processes, according to a new study. The study, from a team of researchers from the University of Szeged and Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, found that children with sleep-disordered breathing score lower in declarative memory—the ability to consciously recall information—than children without sleep disordered breathing. The study is the…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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