Simplifying Science

The Learning Curve

Who knew?! "The first half of the sleep cycle helps with retaining facts; the second half is important for math skills. So a student with a foreign language test should go to bed early to get the most retention from sleep, and then review in the morning. For math students, the second half of the sleep cycle is most important — better to review before going to bed and then sleep in to let the brain process the information."

Better Ways to Learn

Does a good grade always mean a student has learned the material? And does a bad grade mean a student just needs to study more? In the new book “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens” (Random House)...Read More

Co-Sleeping and Obesity

I don't buy this. It's a small study that relies upon parental reporting. Most data shows clearly that everyone gets a better night's sleep when kids are in their own beds and not hogging the sheets in their parents' bed. Not to mention that co-sleeping is a known risk factor for SIDS among infants.

Sleeping in Parents' Bed May Reduce Kids' Obesity Risk

Parents who let their young children climb into bed with them during the night may decrease their child's risk of obesity, a new study from Denmark suggests. Read More