Being a pessimist or an optimist may affect your sleep

On August 10, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

New research finds “significant associations” between a person’s optimistic disposition and their sleep quality. New research suggests that optimistic people are likelier to sleep better. Sleep deprivation is a major public health concern. In fact, around 30% of adults in the United States do not get the amount of sleep…

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…

How does alcohol affect your sleep?

On May 7, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

A new study assesses the effect of alcohol consumption on the restorative quality of sleep. The findings might make you want to change your drinking — and implicitly, your sleeping — habits. That extra glass of wine could make your sleep less restful and regenerative. The negative health consequences of…

How do dreams affect brain disorders?

On May 30, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Research presented at the latest Canadian Neuroscience Meeting connects fascinating insights into the science of dreams with the risk of developing neurological disorders. Scientists examine what goes on inside our brains when we dream and find surprising connections with neurodegenerative disorders. Research presented at the 2017 annual gathering…

How does poor sleep affect our ability to learn? Study investigates

On May 23, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most of us know that a good night’s sleep is key for happiness and productivity, and that conversely, a night of poor sleep can have negative effects on our performance during the day. But a new study manages to find precisely the brain area responsible for learning new skills and…

Does the moon affect our mood or actions?

On May 10, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Are children like werewolves? Study of children’s sleeping patterns over lunar cycles. Always surrounded by an aura of mystery, the moon and its possible influence over human behavior has been object of ancestral fascination and mythical speculation for centuries. While the full moon cannot turn people into werewolves,…

Night shift work may affect women more than men

On April 19, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Night shift working could affect women’s ability to function more than men’s, suggests a study that compared men and women’s performance after experiencing 28-hour day schedules that delayed their sleep-wake cycle until it was out of sync with their internal 24-hour body clock. The study is the first to show…

Snoring in children can affect their health

On March 1, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Children commonly snore from time to time and that is often harmless. But children with frequent snoring and breathing problems during sleep have an increased risk of having trouble concentrating and learning difficulties. A newly published study from Sahlgrenska Academy shows that many parents of children that snore are…

Where infants sleep may affect how long they are breastfed

On February 9, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study indicates that mothers who frequently sleep, or bed-share, with their infants consistently breastfeed for longer than mothers who do not bed-share. Also, pregnant women who expressed a strong motivation to breastfeed were more likely to bed-share frequently once their baby was born. The findings,…