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Deep sleep's role in visual learning uncovered

On October 6, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study looks into the mechanism behind sleep-dependent neuroplasticity in the process of assimilating new visual information. Researchers from the University of Michigan have conducted a study in mice to investigate how deep sleep influences visual learning. Brain activity during this phase of sleep is crucial to consolidating new…

Sleep's role in memory consolidation unpicked

On October 3, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research has started to unpick the mechanism that allows sleep to enhance memory consolidation. Sleep spindles, a type of brain activity recorded during stage two of sleep, has repeatedly been associated with improving brain plasticity and consolidating memory. Scientists are now drawing closer to explaining the mechanism behind this…

These neurons make us fall asleep when we are bored

On September 29, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

In the absence of motivational stimuli, our brains are designed to fall asleep. If you have fallen asleep during a meeting, don’t blame yourself: blame your neurons. Specifically, a set of neurons in a brain area known as the nucleus accumbens, which is a region known to play a role in…

Melatonin and alcohol: Are they safe to mix?

On September 29, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Though many people assume natural sleep supplements, such as melatonin, are always safe, it is essential for anyone who starts taking a supplement to learn about its use, effectiveness, and how to take it safely. Alcohol can cause serious complications when taken with melatonin, especially when an accident is involved….

ADHD and sleeplessness: A critical link?

On September 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

How important is the link between sleeplessness and ADHD? Researchers believe that there may be more to this connection than meets the eye. Researchers suggest that there may be a stronger link between ADHD and sleep problems than hitherto believed, and that the two may not be completely separate issues…

Insomnia: Like mother, like child?

On September 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Children may have trouble sleeping if their mother has insomnia, a new study suggests. A mother’s sleeping habits may strongly influence her children’s likelihood of developing insomnia, suggest researchers. Children, in much the same way as adults, can have trouble sleeping and be affected by insomnia. In fact, some studies…

New sleep-promoting brain cells identified

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

Neurons that express the so-called Lhx6 gene may promote sleep by “switching off” other neurons. New research in mice identifies a range of neurons that may be involved in promoting sleep. The findings may soon change therapeutic practices for treating sleep disorders. Insomnia affects around 60 million people in the…

More evidence: Untreated sleep apnea shown to raise metabolic and cardiovascular stress

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

Sleep apnea, left untreated for even a few days, can increase blood sugar and fat levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, according to a new study of sleeping subjects. A report of the study’s findings, published in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, adds further support…

Sugarcane extract may relieve stress-induced insomnia

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

A natural compound commonly extracted from sugarcane (shown here) may do wonders for our sleep. Octacosanol is commonly found in sugarcane, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, and beeswax. New research suggests that the compound may help to relieve insomnia when the cause of sleeplessness is stress. A new study…

Should you snuggle with your dog at night?

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

New research suggests that dogs can be good night-time companions, just as long as they sleep in their own beds. A new study has looked at whether or not sleeping with your canine pet is a good idea, and under what circumstances it should be allowed. Approximately 44 percent of…