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Study suggests increased sleep duration and chronic short sleep duration linked to increased diabetes risk in middle-aged and older women

Chronic short sleep duration of 6 hours or less or increasing average sleeping time by 2 hours or more over a period of several years increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and older women, reports new research published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association…

Traveling through space? Don't forget your sleeping pills and skin cream

On November 3, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that much of the medication taken by astronauts relates to the unusual environment in which they work and/or the work they are doing to complete their mission. If you are planning to take the long trip to Mars, don’t forget to pack…

Interrupted sleep impacts mood more than lack of sleep, study finds

On November 3, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

After a bad night’s sleep, you are unlikely to be in the best of moods. But according to a new study, your bad mood may be down to lack of quality sleep, rather than lack of quantity. Researchers say interrupted sleep is more likely to lead to poor mood than…

Night Terrors: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

On November 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Night terrors (or sleep terrors) differ substantially from standard nightmares and can be incredibly distressing for the sufferer and their family. Although night terrors can be genuinely terrifying, they are not normally an indicator of anything more serious and tend to cease of their own accord. What…

Chronic fatigue treatments bring long-term benefits, study shows

On November 2, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A follow-up of chronic fatigue syndrome patients who took part in a trial where they showed improvements after 1 year of cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy finds that the improvements were sustained for 2.5 years after starting treatment. Graded exercise therapy is where patients…

UT study: Lack of ZZZZs may zap cell growth, brain activity

On October 31, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Lack of adequate sleep can do more than just make you tired. It can short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation and even brain activity, according to a new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Albrecht von Arnim, a…

Forget counting sheep – therapy could help chronic pain sufferers get a good night's sleep

Research conducted at the University of Warwick indicates that chronic pain sufferers could benefit from therapy to help them sleep better. The University of Warwick academics found that cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) were either moderately or strongly effective in tackling insomnia in patients with long-term pain. They…

UCI study finds jet lag-like sleep disruptions spur Alzheimer's memory, learning loss

Results suggest greater emphasis on managing slumber habits of people with AD risk Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a University of California, Irvine…

Sleep disturbances exacerbate dysfunction in Alzheimer's

On October 29, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Chemical changes in brain cells caused by jet lag-like sleep disturbances may contribute to learning and memory loss in Alzheimer’s, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Sleep disruption affects many older people and is especially linked with Alzheimer’s. Many older adults notice changes…

Learning in your sleep – the right way

On October 29, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

You can swot up on vocabulary in your sleep – but only if you don’t confuse your brain in the process. Researchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation have invited people to their sleep lab for a Dutch language course. You can’t learn new things in…