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Pickwickian syndrome: All you need to know

On August 18, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Pickwickian syndrome is when breathing in sleep is disordered. Pickwickian syndrome is a condition that arises from disordered breathing during sleep. Breathing too slowly or taking breaths that are too shallow means the lungs are unable to take in enough oxygen and expel enough carbon dioxide in a process known…

Could outdoor light exposure at night heighten breast cancer risk?

On August 18, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers suggest that nighttime exposure to outdoor light may raise the risk of breast cancer for some women. High exposure to outdoor lighting at nighttime may be a risk factor for breast cancer development, a new study suggests. From an analysis of almost 110,000 women, researchers found that those who…

Insufficient sleep raises type 2 diabetes risk in children

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

New research investigates the link between sleep duration and risk markers for type 2 diabetes in children. Could as little as 1 hour of sleep influence children’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes? A new study suggests so. In the United States, 1 in 3 people are estimated to develop…

Could sleep disorders raise the risk of preterm birth?

On August 15, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep disorders may increase a woman’s likelihood of having a preterm birth, suggest researchers from the University of California, San Francisco. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have discovered that women who are diagnosed with sleep disorders during pregnancy, including insomnia and sleep apnea, are at a greater…

Sleep biology discovery could lead to new insomnia treatments that don't target the brain

UCLA scientists report the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation – a surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not involve getting a drug into the brain. …

How sleep helps us to remember and forget at the same time

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

According to new research, while we sleep, our brains clear out unwanted memories and help us to form new ones. Can we both learn and unlearn while we sleep? A new study suggests that we can. Both processes occur during different phases of sleep, the research shows. Our brains have…

Automated measure of nighttime oxygen levels could speed diagnosis of sleep apnea

On August 8, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Simple, inexpensive test could help identify sleep apnea in children who snore. Computer analysis of oxygen levels in the blood during sleep could — by itself – provide an easy, relatively inexpensive and sufficiently reliable way to determine which children who snore habitually could benefit from a…

Dopamine neurons may regulate our biological clock

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

Switching off and going to sleep may be more difficult if we are engaged in a pleasurable activity, suggests new research. Researchers have identified some of the brain cells that control our body’s internal clock. The findings provide new insights into how the human body responds to jet lag, as…

Muscle protein helps to control sleep

On August 4, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers have discovered that a muscle protein may influence sleep-related behaviors. When it comes to sleep disorders, researchers have spent years analyzing the human brain in the search for possible treatment targets. A new study, however, suggests that one such target may actually lie in skeletal muscles. Researchers found that…

Could insufficient sleep be adding centimeters to your waistline?

On July 31, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study. The findings showed that people who were sleeping an average of six hours a night had a waist measurement that was…