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What is a hypnic jerk?

On March 12, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By , , With No Comments

Hypnic jerks, which people also refer to as hypnagogic jerks or “sleep starts,” are involuntary muscle contractions that some people experience as they are falling asleep. Some hypnic jerks are mild and hardly noticeable. Others can be intense — anyone who has been close to falling asleep and then felt…

Could sleep apnea be a risk factor for Alzheimer's?

On March 11, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

The majority of people with sleep apnea do not receive a diagnosis. However, brain scans have revealed that there may be an association between this condition and a form of dementia. There may be an association between sleep apnea and dementia, according to a recent study. According to the American…

Why do we sleep? Scientists find brain repair mechanism

On March 8, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep is an important part of the daily life cycle of most animals — including humans. But when an animal sleeps, it leaves itself defenseless in the face of danger. So, what makes sleeping so important that we all take this risk? What effect does sleep have on individual brain…

Is insomnia genetic?

On March 7, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By , , With No Comments

Studies into the heritability of insomnia go back over half a century. Recent research points the finger at hundreds of genes, yet they can only explain part of the risk. How much do our genes contribute to our risk of developing insomnia? If insomnia affects you, there is a good…

This sleep disorder puts people at 'very high risk' of Parkinson's

Research has linked a particular sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. What characterizes this sleep problem, and can its presence be a good way to predict Parkinson’s risk? People who experience a sleep disorder that causes them to act out…

18 ways to get a flat stomach

On March 6, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Many people with excess body weight carry fat around their midsection. This fat is a risk factor for many different health conditions, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Fat around the belly can be challenging to lose. Even with diet and exercise, it can often be the last part…

Working long hours increases depression risk in women

On March 5, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Women who clock 55 working hours or more every week might have a higher risk of depression. Also, working weekends can increase depression risk for both men and women. Working longer hours may impact mental health, especially for women. A new study that now appears in the Journal of Epidemiology…

Sleeping more on weekends does not make up for past sleep loss

On March 4, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Whenever we sleep poorly throughout the week, we comfort ourselves with the thought that we will make up for lost slumber at the weekend. However, a new study brings us bad news: sleeping in at the weekend does not reverse the damage of chronic sleep loss. Researchers warn that we…

What are the main symptoms of mania?

On February 28, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

The mania phase of bipolar disorder involves an unusually high level of energy and activity. It is common for people in this phase to experience racing thoughts, a lower need for sleep, and difficulty concentrating. Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes extreme changes in mood. There are different forms…

12 natural ways to relieve pain

On February 28, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen are effective pain relievers, but long-term use can cause side effects. Prescription medications may be addictive and have even more adverse effects. What are the best natural ways to relieve pain? People have used essential oils, herbs, and alternative therapies as natural pain…