Sleep, hearing aids, and Valentine's Day

February 13, 2012 2:47:41 PM PST
Kids today are not getting enough sleep, but it wasn't any better 100 years ago.

Australian researchers looked at studies over the last century.

They found that actual sleep time for children has decreased by about 73 minutes. But they also found that the recommended amount of sleep has decreased over time. So how much sleep do kids really need? Experts admit we need more solid evidence to help define that number. The study was published in the journal "Pediatrics".

If you were losing your hearing, would you use a hearing aid?

According to a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, nearly 27 million Americans age 50 and older have hearing loss but only about one in seven uses a hearing aid.

The reasons why include a lack of insurance coverage, lack of training for how to use a hearing aid, and because many seniors consider hearing loss inevitable and of minor concern.

But it should be a concern. Research shows hearing loss may also be associated with memory loss and a risk of dementia.

And as you probably know, Tueday is Valentine's Day.

One relationship and mental health expert says the day could be risky for some couples.

That's because you may be expected to conform to unrealistic expectations of what love, romance and relationships are all about. And this, in turn can bring on pressure, disappointment, and stress.

For many, it can be the tipping point which causes the couple to come apart soon after this romantic holiday.

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