Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

More than one-third of U.S. adults aren’t getting enough sleep at night, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and it’s a serious problem. Not only are there physical health problems associated with lack of sleep, but a new study reveals that there may be mental health issues, as well.

A team of researchers that followed a group of 61-year-olds for 12 years revealed that those who spend less time in REM sleep may have a higher risk for eventually developing dementia. Of the 321 adults the team followed, 32 got dementia, with 24 of the cases being Alzheimer’s.

If you spent your high school years failing to be part of the in crowd, you may actually be better off in the long run. According to a new study, those who form strong, long-term friendships in youth are happier than those who were described by others as being popular during their school years.

The study, which was conducted by a team of University of Virginia researchers, surveyed 169 people across multiple races and socioeconomic statuses. Researchers questioned the group of participants about their friendships and mental health at the age of 15, then checked back in each year until they reached the age of 25.

Sleep is a rare commodity in many households, especially as children find themselves loaded down with more homework. But lack of sleep has been tied to serious health risks, the most recent of which is increased risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

In a recent study of 4,500 British kids, researchers found that children who got less sleep each night actually had an increased risk of insulin resistance, as well as having more of a tendency to be overweight. Perhaps most disturbing about the study, though, was the fact that as little as one hour’s reduction in sleep can lead to an increased risk of diabetes.

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