After a successful launch on the pediatric inpatient units, the Journals of Hope Program has expanded into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where patients and families can find strength and hope through the power of writing.
Scientists have identified a worrisome new form of insomnia: sleeplessness linked to smartphone overexposure.
According to a study published in PLoS ONE, the blue light from a smartphone screen can over-stimulate the brain and interfere with sleep quantity and quality. The researchers used a special phone app to log the number of hours a group of 650 participants spent staring at their smartphone screens and tracked their sleep at night.
They found that participants used their smartphones an average of 38 hours over the month-long study period, and that the more screen time they had, the poorer and shorter their sleep. The effect was particularly noticeable when participants used their smartphones near bedtime. Researchers concluded that reducing screen time, especially before going to bed, can improve sleep duration and quality.
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to maintaining mental fitness from middle age and beyond.
- Patient Education
- Jan | 21 | 2021
With recommendations to stay at home this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, offers insights on SAD and how to stay well at home this winter.
- Dec | 9 | 2020
Parenting is always a balancing act and raising a child with a chronic illness poses extra challenges. Watch this video to discover ways to prevent, recognize and manage emotional distress that can improve the health of the entire family.
- Dec | 4 | 2020
In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.
- Nov | 24 | 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of mental health care. In addition, there is increasing evidence of a sudden need for mental and behavioral health care. As a result, there has been a quick expansion of telemental health.
- Nov | 12 | 2020
¿Se siente estresado por la pandemia? Descubra cómo las técnicas de atención plena y estos hábitos saludables para su mente pueden ayudar
En este seminario, Tanzi compartió algunas formas en que los clínicos—y todos los que sufren problemas de salud mental inducidos por la pandemia—pueden practicar la atención plena.