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How sleep and mood impact working memory

On May 14, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Two new studies assess how working memory — the memory we use on a day-to-day basis in decision-making processes — is affected by age, mood, and sleep quality and whether these factors impact memory together or on their own. Two new studies investigate how sleep quality, mood, and age affect…

Depression: Exercise may reduce symptoms but not in women

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

Many experts consider exercise to be an effective treatment for depression. However, new research casts doubt on this theory by showing that not everyone may benefit. A new study looks at whether exercise can relieve depressive symptoms in men and women equally. Depression is the number one cause of disability…

Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertension

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

A stressful work environment coupled with a lack of sleep can result in a threefold-higher risk of cardiovascular death in people with hypertension. Having both a stressful job and difficulty sleeping may dramatically increase a person’s risk of cardiovascular death. Recent research looked at how stress and insomnia affected the…

How to calculate the calories a person burns while sleeping

On May 2, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

The body continues to burn calories during sleep to sustain life and essential bodily functions. A person can use a specific formula to estimate how many calories they burn at night. Even when resting and sleeping, the body requires a constant source of energy to maintain a wide range of…

Why does insomnia worsen distress of unpleasant memories?

On April 29, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

For people with insomnia, sleep does not reduce the shame of an embarrassing experience. For them, the distress does not fade; in fact, it can get worse with recall. Why does insomnia make it hard to move past distressing experiences? This was one of the findings of a new study…

Study reveals how general anesthetics affect the brain

On April 24, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research reveals for the first time that diverse drugs that induce general anesthesia activate a brain circuit that brings on sleep. General anesthetics activate the same brain circuit as sleep, new research reveals. The scientists at Duke University in Durham, NC who carried out the study, suggest that the…

Study debunks 3 common sleep myths

On April 17, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research dispels some common sleep myths that prevent people from getting adequate rest and that may lead to health problems in the long run. Debunking common sleep myths is key for our overall health, suggests new research. Over a third of adults in the United States do not get…

What causes asthma complications?

On April 13, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs and respiratory system. It causes inflammation of the airways, which can make it hard to breathe. Asthma can present at any age. Symptoms can sometimes appear in infancy, while other people do not develop the condition until adulthood. The potential triggers of…

What can cause morning back pain?

On April 13, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Waking up with lower back pain can often indicate a problem with a person’s sleeping posture, mattress, or pillows. However, morning back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a medical condition. Waking up with lower back pain can make for a slow start to a person’s day. Determining the…

This is how sleep loss alters emotional perception

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

What does sleep deprivation do to the way in which we perceive various emotional stimuli? A researcher from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has written a thesis aiming to answer this question. Sleep deprivation makes us more likely to have negative emotional perceptions. Ever felt grumpy after a sleepless night?…