Sleep more, fight fair
In an Ohio State University study on marital interactions and health, the most hostile married couples were also most likely to be under-slept. While all 43 couples in the study fought with each other, they didn't all fight in the same way. Some couples aired grievances constructively. Others resorted to nastiness. And the factor that differentiated the fair fighters from their negative counterparts was sleep: Hostility became likely when both partners were averaging less than seven hours of sleep per night. [New York Times]
Who's that doggy in the bedroom?
... a doggy belonging to someone who read this study that says it's A-OK to share a sleep environment with your furry best friend. In fact, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that participants (middle-aged women who slept with or in the same room as one, and only one, dog) got the best shuteye when their dogs dozed in their bedrooms, compared to somewhere else in the house or, and this is kind of a let-down, in their beds. [Van Winkle's]
Growing up doesn't mean outgrowing stuffed animals
Nearly half of American adults still sleep with, or right next to, stuffed animals. This factoid comes courtesy of the highly reputable research institution Build-a-Bear, which commissioned a survey of 2,000 people in order to gain more insight into the public opinion on plush toys. [CBS News]
Here's another op-ed calling for later school start times
Teens — who are wired to be night owls — shouldn't have to start school before 8:30am. Giving them more time to sleep in the morning, as well as sparing them the misery of finding the limit before 8am, is good for their health, cognitive and emotional development and academic performance. And it's good for our collective safety and economic interests.
The increased cost of pushing back start times would be about $150 per kid per year, plus $110,000 per school, according to the Brookings Institution. But the economic benefits of later start times would more than offset these expenses. Because, according to the Rand corporation, later start times would amount to an $83 billion economic boost, on account of tired teen drivers causing fewer deaths and alert, engaged students going on to have more lucrative careers. [New York Times]
Money on the mind
About half of Americans — 56 percent of men and 48 percent of women — wake up thinking about either work or money, according to a survey by the mattress company Amerisleep. These career-and/or-cash-minded risers were less likely than other survey participants to hit snooze and most likely to hold jobs in government or public administration. And the trend bore out across all generations; slightly more than half of millennials and Gen-Xers, and slightly less than half of boomers and Gen-Zers, reported starting their mornings with job-or-money-related thoughts. [NBC News]
It's all relative in REM
A dream about a dog has no universal meaning. All sorts of people report dreaming about the same scenarios and topics. And, as the founder of the dream interpretation app UDreamed has found, dreams about the same things can hold wildly different meanings, depending on who the dreamer is and what associations they have with whatever's occupying their subconscious thoughts. Harvard Medical School psychologist Deirdre Barrett backs up this notion. But dreams don't need to have universal meanings to be meaningful. By analyzing both common and rare dreams, researchers are learning about how dreams are shaped by the world around us. [New York magazine]