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Working at night may interfere with DNA repair

On June 27, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Night shifts may damage our health by not allowing our body to repair its DNA, new research suggests. Night shift work has been associated with a variety of adverse health effects. New research adds to these, suggesting that the body’s ability to repair DNA damage may be inhibited by night…

Why does light keep us awake and darkness make us sleepy?

On June 27, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new study found a protein in the brain that responds to light and darkness. Many of us have heard that going to sleep when it is dark outside is healthy, as light and darkness influence our circadian rhythm. But how exactly does light affect our sleep-wakefulness cycle? New research…

Don't lose sleep over sharing your bed with your pet or kids

On June 26, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers review the pros and cons of co-sleeping with animals or children. About half of all pet owners share their beds or bedrooms with their pets at night. Although this has been the case through the ages, remarkably few studies have been done about the benefits and…

Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?

On June 25, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Valerian is a plant with mild sedative properties that is sold as a sleeping aid and to treat anxiety. But does it work? In the United States (U.S.), valerian dietary supplements are usually sold as sleeping aids. In Europe, people more often take them for restlessness and anxiety. …

People who go to bed late have less control over OCD symptoms

On June 22, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A late bedtime is associated with lower perceived control of obsessive thoughts, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. Binghamton University Professor of Psychology Meredith E. Coles and former graduate student Jessica Schubert (now at University of Michigan Medical School) monitored twenty individuals…

Scientists find seven genes for insomnia

On June 16, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new study shows that insomnia also has a genetic background. Many of us have had insomnia at some point in our lives and know how difficult it is to overcome. The more we think about going to sleep, the harder it is to actually fall asleep; insomnia is often…

Periodic limb movement disorder: Symptoms and treatment

On June 14, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Periodic limb movement disorder is a condition characterized by repetitive movements of the limbs during sleep. It is the only movement disorder that occurs during sleep and, as such, is considered to be a sleep disorder as well. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) can occur at any stage…

How do we override sleepiness? Brain region identified

On June 9, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new study investigates the brain region responsible for wakefulness. A paper published this week in the journal Neuron peers into a region of the brain involved in the state of wakefulness. The findings could help to design treatments for conditions such as insomnia and depression-related sleep disturbances. Most of…

The 10 best sleep apps

On June 7, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

The benefits associated with a good night’s sleep are endless, yet a significant number of people are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. We have identified the best sleep apps out there to maximize your forty winks and send you happily off to dreamland. Sleep apps are designed…

Later meal times can promote weight gain and upset metabolism

On June 7, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

For the first time, researchers offer experimental evidence that, compared with eating earlier in the day, a pattern of later meal times can promote weight gain and has an unfavorable impact on energy metabolism and hormonal markers that are linked to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. A…