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  • Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories

    WebMD Health Channel - Sleep Disorders
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    People who don't get enough sleep may find they're more likely to form false memories, researchers say.
  • Sleep Loss May Boost False Memories

    MedicineNet Sleep General
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sleep Loss May Boost False MemoriesCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/25/2014 11:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

    MedicineNet Sleep Apnea Specialty
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight GainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/28/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
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    MedWorm: Sleep Disorders
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
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  • 14 Articles In One: From One-Liners to One-Paragraphers

    MedWorm: Snoring
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    14 tiny articles on everything from the virtues of cattiness to snoring. read more (Source: Psychology Today Personality Center)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Find the best Christmas Sales, Boxing Day Sales and January Sales here.
 
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    MedicineNet Sleep Apnea Specialty

  • Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight Gain

    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Tonsillectomy for Sleep Apnea May Trigger Weight GainCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/28/2014 9:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Sleep: Are You Sleep Deprived?

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sleep: Are You Sleep Deprived?Category: Doctor's ViewsCreated: 1/24/2006 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/18/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Insomnia

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: InsomniaCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 6/6/2005 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/17/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Heart Attack

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Heart AttackCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/16/2014 12:00:00 AM
  • Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Title: Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/14/2014 12:00:00 AM
 
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    MedWorm: Sleep Disorders

  • Editorial Board

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
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    29 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
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  • Editor’s perspective: RLS/WED diagnostic criteria: an unfortunate conundrum in search of rectification

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor neurologicawl disorder that profoundly disturbs sleep and quality of life. RLS sufferers will tell you that this is a real disease yet even today, certain high impact prestigious journal continues to publish “Views and Reviews” trivializing the entity without any valid scientific argument. The fact that there are no diagnostic tests nor a specific laboratory marker for this disease inspired experts with considerable clinical experience and solid scientific research background to come up with certain essential clinical diagnostic criteria.
  • Scientists Test Nanoparticle “Alarm Clock” to Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Dartmouth researchers are exploring ways to use nano particles to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
  • Circadian rhythms - from genes to physiology and disease.

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Authors: Bollinger T, Schibler U Abstract Most physiological processes in our body oscillate in a daily fashion. These include cerebral activity (sleep-wake cycles), metabolism and energy homeostasis, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, renal activity, and hormone as well as cytokine secretion. The daily rhythms in behaviour and physiology are not just acute responses to timing cues provided by the environment, but are driven by an endogenous circadian timing system. A central pacemaker in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), located in the ventral hypothalamus, coordinates all overt…
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    MedWorm: Snoring

  • 14 Articles In One: From One-Liners to One-Paragraphers

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    14 tiny articles on everything from the virtues of cattiness to snoring. read more (Source: Psychology Today Personality Center)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Find the best Christmas Sales, Boxing Day Sales and January Sales here.
  • Well: A Sleep Apnea Test Without a Night in the Hospital

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Take-home sleep tests, self-administered in more realistic settings, without myriad wires and sensors, promise more accurate results for people who may have sleep apnea or other conditions. (Source: NYT Health)
  • A prospective 10-year follow-up polygraphic study of patients treated with a mandibular protruding device.

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    CONCLUSIONS: MPD treatment is well tolerated and effective in a long-term, 10-year perspective. Weight gain may jeopardize MPD effects. Both patients and relatives reported significantly less snoring and fewer periods of apnea. PMID: 25034825 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Sleep and Breathing)
  • Snoring? It's not nearly as embarrassing as night-time groaning

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    That irritating 'snore' of your partner's may not be what it seems, according to a swathe of new research. (Source: the Mail online | Health)MedWorm Sponsor Message: Find the best Christmas Sales, Boxing Day Sales and January Sales here.
  • Drowsy driving and risk behaviors - 10 States and puerto rico, 2011-2012.

    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Authors: Wheaton AG, Shults RA, Chapman DP, Ford ES, Croft JB, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Abstract Findings in published reports have suggested that drowsy driving is a factor each year in as many as 7,500 fatal motor vehicle crashes (approximately 25%) in the United States. CDC previously reported that, in 2009-2010, 4.2% of adult respondents in 19 states and the District of Columbia reported having fallen asleep while driving at least once during the previous 30 days. Adults who reported usually sleeping ≤6 hours per…
 
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    MedWorm: Narcolepsy

  • Post mortem concentrations of endogenous Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and in vitro formation in stored blood and urine samples

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Gamma–hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a central nervous system depressant, primarily used as a recreational drug of abuse with numerous names (Georgia Home Boy”, “Juice”, “Liquid Ecstasy”, “Mils”, “G”, “Liquid X”, “Liquid G” and “Fantasy”) in a colourless, odourless liquid or white powder, tablet and capsule forms [1,2]. It is also used as a therapeutic substance both in U.S.A. and Europe (with the commercial name of Xyrem) for the treatment of narcolepsy with cataplexy in adult patients and only in Europe (with the commercial name of Alcover) it is used as adjuvant…
  • First detection of ethylphenidate in human fatalities after ethylphenidate intake

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Methylphenidate, a psychostimulant drug from the group of amphetamines is, among others, established in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy. It is also known to have a certain potential of abuse. In combination with alcohol, the metabolite ethylphenidate was detected in human plasma in small amounts. However, ethylphenidate is sold as “research chemical” via the internet. It was put under German narcotics law in July 2013. In a recent case, where a deceased person was found in his apartment, the police seized a plastic bag with the inscription…
  • Clinical features of narcolepsy in children vaccinated with AS03 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine in England

    9 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    AimThe aim of this study was to investigate whether children in England with narcolepsy who received the ASO3 adjuvanted pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza vaccine (Pandemrix) differed clinically from unvaccinated patients. MethodA retrospective review was conducted in children with narcolepsy diagnosed by sleep centres and paediatric neurologists in 16 English hospitals. The inclusion criteria were patient age 4 to 18 years, onset of narcolepsy after January 2008, and diagnosis by the time of the key data‐gathering visit in 2011. Clinical data came from hospital notes and general practitioner…
  • Health Tip: Dealing With Narcolepsy When Driving

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Title: Health Tip: Dealing With Narcolepsy When DrivingCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/1/2014 7:35:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/1/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Sleep General)
  • Increased plasma IL-6, IL-8, TNF-alpha, and G-CSF in Japanese narcolepsy.

    29 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Authors: Tanaka S, Honda M, Toyoda H, Kodama T Abstract Narcolepsy is a chronic hypersomnia involving excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy. Some susceptibility genes and environmental factors suggest that post-infectious immunological alterations underlie its pathophysiology. To investigate the immunological alterations in narcolepsy patients, we examined cytokines. Nine healthy controls and twenty-one narcolepsy patients with cataplexy were studied. All subjects were positive for the HLA-DRB1∗1501-DQB1∗0602 allele. Age-, sex-, and body mass index -matched healthy controls were…
 
 
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    Snoring News

  • Equicare Health Introduces New Version of Cancer Survivorship Software, EQUICARE CS™

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Version 4.2 includes features that meet accreditation guidelines, support new diseases sites, and enable the collection & analysis of patient reported outcomes VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA, July 29, 2014 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Equicare Health, a leading …
  • Phillosphically speaking: Marriage = 7/7/2007…plus seven years

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    … . Her female dog used to sleep on the foot of the … the most amazing array of snores that range from the rapid … at once. It was like sleeping with The Three Stooges. We … compromised, and now the dogs sleep in the living room near …
  • Bucket List: South Africa’s Richtersveld Wildrun

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    … , first aid kit, electronics and sleeping bag. At the last minute … Cape Town to eat and sleep. My journey to Sendelingsdrif ended … routine. Sleep outside, despite the unidentified snorer nearby. Wake early in sleeping bag …
  • Sleep sensor smashes Kickstarter goal

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    … health. Apps such as Sleep Cycle, Sleepbot and Sleepmaster are already used by … a $8,000 "snore-stopping" bed. Sleep tech sceptic Earlier this … for Sleep Research said, "But the most common sleep problem is … sleep-related tech. "We know that getting enough sleep and getting quality sleep …
  • New home sleep testing available at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    … . The unit measures airflow and snoring, chest excursion (movement), patient position … if they have these symptoms: snoring, waking up with a very … , restless sleep and sleepiness/lack of energy during the day, sleepiness while driving … her problem. “I have always snored, though I prefer to call …
 
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  • The 10-minute, 100-calorie burn workout

    Jenna Wolfe
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What are your biggest excuses for skipping your workouts? No time? Money? No space? Well I have great news for you: You don’t need any of those things to burn fat and calories. The following exercise can be done anywhere and with very little space. If you work your hardest, you can burn up to 100 calories in just 10 minutes! Not bad right?Get your stopwatch ready.
  • LOL! OMG! Rapper DMX needs TLC after terrifying thrill ride

    Kurt Schlosser
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:52 am
    Want to watch rapper DMX grunt, curse and scream in a new video? There's no music involved, it's just the 43-year-old reacting to an amusement park ride called the Slingshot at Magical Midway Thrill Park in Orlando, Florida.
  • 6-year-old 'Rapunzel' chops off her hair for kids with cancer

    Jeffrey Donovan
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    They’re calling her a real-life Rapunzel, but this 6-year-old girl's long blond locks aren't trapped in a tower — they're going to help kids with cancer.Charlie Tillotson, who lives on the southwestern English coast, had never wanted to cut her hair, which had grown to more than two and a half feet in length. But that all changed after she watched a television program about kids battling cancer.
  • James Franco shows Jimmy Fallon how to take a cool selfie

    Anna Chan
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    "Say 'cheese'!" It's something James Franco rarely seemed to do when taking selfies with fans after his recently ended "Of Mice and Men" performances on Broadway, and on Monday, he explained why.During a visit to "The Tonight Show," he let host Jimmy Fallon in on his reasoning: According to Franco, it's because fans sometimes take crummy selfies.
  • Fame, with brush: Check out Tony Bennett's surprising side gig

    Erin Quinlan
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    He may have 17 Grammys, a packed summer tour schedule and a new album on the way with Lady Gaga, but even Tony Bennett needs a break from the spotlight once in a while. That's when he picks up his paint set.
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    EmaxHealth - Sleep Disorders

  • Sleep deprivation is associated with false memories

    Harold Mandel
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Sleep is essential for overall good health in body and mind. Yet, many people disregard advice to get adequate sleep on a daily basis and risk their well being by being in a sleep deprived state.Health and Wellness: Sleep DisordersLatest News: Current News
  • Sleep education can help young kids sleep better

    Harold Mandel
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Getting adequate sleep is essential for the healthy development of young kids.Health and Wellness: Sleep DisordersLatest News: Current News
  • Could This Disease Be A Hidden Consequence Of Sleep Apnea?

    Tayla Holman
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who suffers from sleep apnea, you may be at an increased risk for osteoporosis. Health and Wellness: Sleep DisordersLatest News: News Analysis
  • Why We Feel Tired Even After 12 Hours of Sleep

    Tim Boyer
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:38 am
    If you sleep more than the recommended number of hours per day, you may be a sleep drunk reports a new episode of The Dr. Oz Show. Dr.Health and Wellness: Sleep DisordersLatest News: Current News
  • Anti-anxiety and sleeping pills may double risk of death

    Teresa Tanoos
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    A new, large-scale study from the University of Warwick has found that sleeping pills and anti-anxiety drugs, such as Xanax, are linked to a higher risk of death. Health and Wellness: Sleep DisordersLatest News: Current News
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  • An Update On American Sleep

    Staff
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    So, how are we doing? Are Americans finally “waking up” to the fact that they need more sleep? According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, the answer is a resounding... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Not Enough Sleep Could Lead To False Memories

    Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Researchers have shown that our perception of reality is severely impacted by sleep deprivation. The study, which examined whether lack of sleep could lead to false memories, was conducted at the... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Ask SleepBetter: Repaying Sleep Debt

    Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Have you wondered about something related to sleep, but just can’t find the answer? Lots of people do, and that’s why we created Ask SleepBetter. You can ask your own question on the SleepBetter... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • The Debate Over The Best Sleep Length

    Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    Here at SleepBetter, when we’re asked how much sleep adults need, we answer that seven to nine hours is best.  The reason for the wide range is that every individual is different and every... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
  • Monday Sleep Quiz: Is Spain Anti-Sleep?

    Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    How much do you know about sleep? Are you a sleep sherpa, or simply a novice? Be sure to get a great night’s sleep, and then take our weekly sleep quiz! Here’s this week’s question:  What daily... [Click on the headline to read the rest of this story!]
 
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    Insomnia Blog

  • Why insomnia sufferers make the best liars (without even knowing it)

    Martin Reed
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Sleep deprivation affects the brain in a number of ways. Now it would appear that sleep deprivation can lead to the creation of false memories. Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine asked 104 individuals to look at pictures of a crime being committed. One group was allowed to sleep whilst the other was made to stay awake overnight. Those who were sleep deprived and read false information about the scene were more likely to report remembering the false information compared to those who slept overnight. It’s thought that anything less than 5…
  • Maybe cherry juice can improve sleep after all

    Martin Reed
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    In 2010 I wrote about a study that found cherry juice could reduce the severity of insomnia. I was skeptical at the time since the study only involved 15 individuals and it was funded by a cherry juice manufacturer. However, further studies are taking place that appear to backup this earlier research. A recent study found that older adults aged between 59-77 who drank 8oz of tart cherry juice twice per day over the course of 2 treatment periods (2 weeks drinking the juice, 2 weeks not drinking the juice) saw sleep time increase by approximately 85 minutes. It was previously thought that the…
  • CBT for insomnia lowers healthcare costs; still not widely available

    Martin Reed
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia has been proven time and time again to be one of the most effective insomnia treatments – even for those who have suffered with insomnia for years. Now a new study has found that even brief cognitive behavioral treatments for insomnia yield positive results. 84 outpatients with an average age of 54 (58% were women) were treated in a behavioral sleep medicine clinic. Those who completed at least 1 brief cognitive behavioral treatment experienced lower health care utilization costs after treatment.  Those who completed 3 or more treatments saw…
  • When nightmares cause insomnia and depression

    Martin Reed
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    I’ve written about the link between insomnia and depression a number of times. New research has now found then when insomnia is combined with nightmares, symptoms of depression can become even worse. Researchers in Japan found that 71% of study participants with insomnia experienced nightmares 1 or more times per week compared to 29% of healthy sleepers. They also found that individually, insomnia and nightmares were both linked to more severe symptoms of depression. Those who suffered from insomnia and nightmares at the same time experienced even more severe symptoms of depression.
  • Over the counter sleeping pills come with risks, too

    Martin Reed
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    More than 2 million Americans are regularly taking over the counter sleeping pills to help them sleep. This trend has many doctors concerned. According to one professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, individuals who are self-treating their insomnia with over the counter sleeping pills could be putting themselves at risk for serious health consequences. It’s important for all insomnia sufferers to seek medical advice since insomnia could be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition. Furthermore, not seeking medical advice can lead to chronic, long-term use of over…
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  • select:Dentist sells practice to focus on new venture for sleep apnea

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    28 Jul 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Dentist sells practice to focus on new venture for sleep apnea obstructive sleep apnea Bogrow's new journey in his dental career involves helping patients overcome the potential risks and life threatening consequences associated with untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), which may include daytime drowsiness, hypertension, stroke, … Read more on The Oakland PressAre you making any of the 7 mistakes insomniacs make? Find out by doing my free 2 minute sleep quiz! Children with sickle cell anemia at higher risk for sleep apnea, study finds obstructive sleep apnea As part of a…
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    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Sleep Apnea CPAPmax CPAP Pillow by Contour - click on the image below for more information. Two Sided Pillow - Choose memory foam or fiber fill, Plus height of pillow can be adjusted!All layers are perforated for improved air flowAccomodates all CPAP masks, Great for side, back, even stomach sleepers!Cool mesh layer reduces heat build-up on memory foam sideTwo year manufacturers warranty Next generation support bed pillow for sleep apnea patients wearing CPAP masks. New improved design supports head and neck properly, all while accommodating bulky CPAP masks. improve comfort and support…
  • select:McLaughlin Research Institute conference highlights ingenuity

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    23 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    McLaughlin Research Institute conference highlights ingenuity familial fatal insomnia The discovery of prions — misfolded proteins that cause degenerative brain diseases like fatal familial insomnia in humans and scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in animals — was controversial in its time, but … Read more on Great Falls Tribune
  • HemingWeigh® Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set with Bonus Carry Bag (Black)

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    22 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Insomnia HemingWeigh® Complete Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set with Bonus Carry Bag (Black) - click on the image below for more information. Acupressure Mat and Pillow increases energy levels and improves sleepAcupressure Mat and Pillow relieves stress, aches, pains and muscle tension, Natural Back & Neck Pain Relief, Increased Blood CirculationSwedish acupressure mat, Can help with back pain, tension, stiffness, stress, insomnia, fatigue and many other conditions.It helps to promote the release of the body's own pain-relieving and happiness hormones - endorphins and oxytocin- which help to…
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  • Understanding how microwaves work?

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Microwave ovens are common kitchen appliances that can now be found in almost every household across the globe. These ovens make use of a process called dielectric heating where the food particles are exposed to electromagnetic radiations in the microwave spectrum in order to build up the thermal energy. Understanding how microwaves work can help you judge better when buying the kitchen appliance for yourself from the market. In order to get safely heated food at all times, it is important to avoid cheap and local brands when it comes to choosing the right microwave. You can also make use of…
 
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  • Sleep deprivation lowers our stress threshold

    Rosie Gollancz
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Photo credit: bottled_void via flickr Speaking in public can be pretty stressful… but imagine you’re told without warning that you have to give a presentation in the next few minutes, then halfway through your prep time, your pen and paper are taken away; then you have to present for a full five minutes you in front of a panel that give you no feedback or encouragement. As if that wasn’t bad enough, next is a mental arithmetic test. Just reading about it makes us feel a little panicky … Anyway, this is something called the Trier Social Stress Test, a genuine lab test to induce stress.
  • Increasing our time asleep potentially reduces food cravings

    Rosie Gollancz
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Photo credit: TownePost Network via flickr Studies have shown a link between reduced sleep and weight gain. Most of us will recognise that ‘need’ for carbs and sugar to get us though the day after a poor night’s sleep. There’s on-going research to find out which mechanisms in the brain might be responsible for that but a recent study has tried to address the question from the opposite perspective: does increasing our time asleep reduce our desire for certain foods? The small pilot study, published in the journal Appetite, recruited ten overweight males (who habitually slept less than…
  • Sleep fact or fiction? Does a Full Moon affect how we sleep?

    Rosie Gollancz
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo credit: DVIDSHUB There are legends in every part of the world about the power of a Full Moon and what it can do – everything from increasing fertility to causing insanity. But what about the effect it has on our sleep? Lots of people say that they experience problems sleeping at the time of a Full Moon so, as there’s one this weekend in the UK, we’ve put it to our sleep experts: does a Full Moon affect how we sleep? Over to Dr Simon Kyle for the answer … There might very well be something called ‘lunar insomnia’. Past research has suggested that the full moon could disrupt…
  • How can I stop waking up in the middle of the night

    Rosie Gollancz
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Photo credit: Courtney via flickr George Clooney (allegedly) has trouble sleeping – he struggles to fall asleep and then wakes up repeatedly in the night. Unfortunately we only know this because it’s on the internet rather than actually talking to the man himself. Still, we know that George is not the only one. The night can seem a very long and lonely time when we’re struggling to stay asleep. So what can we do to stop waking up in the middle of the night? George has trouble falling asleep; once his head hits the pillow, with no distractions, the thoughts take over. More on the…
  • How to love sleep: three habits of a good sleeper

    Jo White
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    Photo credit: owlpacino via flickr There’s still so much we have to learn about sleep, but we already know it’s vital to our well-being and does amazing things like reset our brain and protect us from physical and mental health issues. If you think about it, the signs are all there: we spend about a third of our lives doing it it is universal across all species, tightly regulated internally, and cannot be lost without serious harm, and it’s up there with oxygen in terms of the fundamentals we need to live (yep, it’s more important than food) Any one of those would be…
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  • 4 basic sleep questions, answered

    Guest Contributor
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    We spend a third of our lives doing it, and a large proportion of our lives talking about it. We either have too much or too little, substituting it with caffeine and cookies, and it can either get us off to a great day or define it as a bit of a downer. Yes; sleep really is an important part of our lives. But what is ‘sleep’? What does it mean? And why is it necessary? We probe a little deeper to find our more… First things first;  1) Why do we sleep? It might surprise you, but it is a question that has baffled scientists for centuries. The truth of the matter is – no one is really…
  • Can too much light in the bedroom cause obesity?

    Jessica Uno
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    Many people recognize that factors like too little exercise or too many calories can lead to obesity.  A lesser-known risk factor for obesity is lack of sleep, which is suspected to cause hormonal changes affecting a person’s appetite. This is why a group of scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London decided to investigate what initially sounds like an unlikely pairing: how too much light in the bedroom correlates with obesity. The research team, led by Dr. Emily McFadden of the University of Oxford, worked together with Breakthrough Generations, a UK study of the causes of…
  • Late nights and appetites: the sleep-obesity connection

    Jeff Mann
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Can staying up late can on pile on the pounds? According to the W.H.O., worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. The trend looks set to continue . Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and an abundance of cheap, calorie-dense processed food have now contributed to a situation where 1/3 of the planet is considered overweight or obese. For a long time, the mantra has been that losing weight is all about diet and exercise. But recent discoveries are suggesting another possible factor for weight gain - what we at Sleep Junkies consider to be the third pillar of health. The…
  • What does it take to sleep like a genius?

    Jeff Mann
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:19 pm
    If you've ever been curious about how Mozart, Darwin and Freud spent their non-waking hours, New York Magazine's infographic compares the sleep habits of geniuses, past and present. The sleep habits of geniuses (Image:New York Magazine) Inspired by Mason Currey's book 'Daily Rituals: How Artists Work', it appears to debunk the myth of the sleep-deprived genius. The majority of the 27 artists and thinkers, including Dickens, Beethoven and Victor Hugo, got a full 8 hours of sleep each night and most were in bed long before midnight. Only a couple of notable night-owls stand out, writers…
  • Sleep apnea linked to loss of hearing

    Jessica Uno
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:34 am
    If you've ever been kept awake by someone snoring, you'll know how aggravating the sound can be. But according to new research, it's the snorers themselves who should be more concerned with 'noise' issues, as a large scale study has revealed that sleep apnea may be linked to hearing loss. What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea affects approximately 18 million Americans.  It is a disorder caused by the throat muscles relaxing during sleep, which narrows the airways.  Oftentimes, a person’s tongue collapses as well, blocking the throat.  Breathing through these narrow airways is disrupted,…
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