NBC News: This bus won’t get you out of Hong Kong, but it might get you to sleep

NBC News: This bus won’t get you out of Hong Kong, but it might get you to sleep. “Almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, Charles and Jenny Chung long for a getaway from their home in Hong Kong. But with overseas travel stymied by the Chinese territory’s strict quarantine requirements, the couple found a different way to relax and recharge: five hours on a public bus. The ‘Bus Sleeping Tour,’ organized by local company Ulu Travel, is billed as the longest bus route in Hong Kong at 83 kilometers (51 miles).”

New Year’s resolution: Don’t let COVID-somnia drag you down (NewsWise)

NewsWise: New Year’s resolution: Don’t let COVID-somnia drag you down. “Everyone aims to have a happier new year, but drudging through another year of a global pandemic is daunting, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping at night. According to a survey commissioned by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, more than half of Americans (56%) say they have experienced ‘COVID-somnia,’ an increase in sleep disturbances, since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the reported sleep disturbances, most common was trouble falling or staying asleep (57%). Additional disturbances included sleeping less (46%), experiencing worse quality sleep (45%) and having more disturbing dreams (36%).”

Medical Xpress: Researchers confirm link between testing positive for COVID-19 and fatigue and sleep problems

Medical Xpress: Researchers confirm link between testing positive for COVID-19 and fatigue and sleep problems. “Those who tested positive for COVID-19 (confirmed by a PCR test) had an increased risk of mental illness, fatigue and sleep problems, finds a new study that analyzed the electronic primary care health care records of 226,521 people from across the UK between February 2020 and December 2020.”

Arizona State University: ASU study examines relationship between stress, sleep and the transition to online learning before, after onset of global crisis

Arizona State University: ASU study examines relationship between stress, sleep and the transition to online learning before, after onset of global crisis. “The COVID-19 pandemic added stress and uncertainty to everyone’s lives; however, immediately after the transition to remote learning took place, stress and sleep improved in the participants. Although this was a surprising result, this initial improvement in sleep and stress management plateaued after sustained remote learning, with sleep quality eventually deteriorating.”

University of Glasgow: Psychologists Develop First Measure Of Social Media Impact On Teen Sleep

University of Glasgow: Psychologists Develop First Measure Of Social Media Impact On Teen Sleep. “The University of Glasgow researchers who developed the Index of Nighttime Offline Distress, or iNOD, believe it is the first psychological measurement tool of its kind, which reflects the realities of how young people interact with each other in an online world. The 10-point questionnaire, developed after consultation with more than 3,000 young people, aims to equip clinicians, teachers and parents with accurate measurements of the impact of late-night social media use on sleep.”

In bed with Google: A new Sleep Sensing feature prompts privacy worries (CNET)

CNET: In bed with Google: A new Sleep Sensing feature prompts privacy worries. “The focus on sleep tracking underscores an uncomfortable reality about Google’s size and ubiquity. The tech giant already collects vast amounts of data about people in their waking lives: what they search for online, what videos they watch on YouTube and where they’ve traveled, from location data gathered through an Android phone or Google Maps. Now the company is zeroing in on the other half of people’s lives — what they’re doing when they’re not awake.”

NewsWise: Sleep Maximizes Vaccine Effectiveness

Newswise: Sleep Maximizes Vaccine Effectiveness. “With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines now underway, University of South Australia sleep experts are urging people to reprioritise their sleep, as getting regular and sufficient sleep is known to boost your immune system. In Australia, four in every ten people suffer from a lack of sleep. Globally, around 62 per cent of adults feel that they don’t sleep well when they go to bed.”

Refinery29: The Worst Social Media App For Sleep Is TikTok

Refinery29: The Worst Social Media App For Sleep Is TikTok. “I’m a great sleeper. Usually I browse reddit before bed, but even with all that blue light beaming into my eyes, and even when I’m knee-deep in the most infuriatingly hilarious AITA thread ever (pro tip: sort by controversial), my eyelids start to droop around midnight, my phone falling out of my hand somewhere east of my head. But when I started scrolling TikTok, that natural shutdown did not occur. Half a year later, it has still not occurred. I’m not a daily user, but when I do open the app at night, it keeps me up. Eyes plastered open, index finger rubbed raw from swiping. Even once I force myself to put the phone down, it takes me 20 minutes or so to calm down enough to drift off to sleep.”

Broadway World: Audible Announces Sleep & Meditation Focused Audio Collection Featuring Diddy, Nick Jonas, & More

Broadway World: Audible Announces Sleep & Meditation Focused Audio Collection Featuring Diddy, Nick Jonas, & More. “Created in part through a collaboration with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global, Audible is introducing a free collection of new sleep, relaxation and meditation content. Performers such as Diddy and Nick Jonas join sleep, meditation and wellness experts and enthusiasts including Arianna Huffington, Gabby Bernstein, Sara Auster and Jesse Israel to lead these meditations, bedtime stories, sound baths, soundscapes, ASMR sessions and more.”

CNBC: Why you’re having such vivid dreams and nightmares during the pandemic, and how to sleep better

CNBC: Why you’re having such vivid dreams and nightmares during the pandemic, and how to sleep better. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made even sleep feel stressful. From vivid dreams and nightmares to increased levels of insomnia, many people are struggling with sleep right now. This makes sense, because ‘we are wired to stay awake in the face of danger,’ Jennifer Martin, clinical psychologist and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, tells CNBC Make It. ‘In that way, it’s normal to have struggles with sleep throughout all kinds of difficult situations.’”

New York Times: How to Make Money in Your Sleep

New York Times: How to Make Money in Your Sleep. “Many fledgling creators dream of waking up to viral fame and riches. Now that dream is beginning to look a lot like reality. Hundreds of TikTok users have begun live-streaming themselves overnight, while they sleep. Brian Hector, 18, did it just last week. Thousands of people tuned in. Some even donated to him.” Like anyone wants to listen to me snoring.

Lifehacker: How To Hack Your Devices So They Don’t Work At Bedtime

Lifehacker: How To Hack Your Devices So They Don’t Work At Bedtime. “Sometimes, you need a little helping hand to tell you it’s time to go to bed. And since you’re going to ignore your loved ones and/or pets for just ‘one more turn’ in your favourite game or one more quick scan through that social media site you just looked at three minutes ago, here’s how to set up a helping digital hand to need to provide a little tough love, and get you offline and to bed on time.”

The Big Sleep: Big Data Helps Scientists Tackle Lack of Quality Shut Eye (Innovation Enterprise)

Innovation Enterprise: The Big Sleep: Big Data Helps Scientists Tackle Lack of Quality Shut Eye. “New tools, such as wearable trackers, allow data to be collected from a large pool of subjects without the expense and resources required to set up sleep studies in clinical environments. For example, Fitbit has nearly 10 million active users and has tracked over 6 billion nights of sleep. Meanwhile, the use of artificial intelligence-driven technologies, such as machine learning, is helping scientists analyze the data to generate meaningful and actionable insights.”