Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep

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

Recent research reveals for the first time that people can learn new information while they are asleep. Learning can also occur during sleep, new research shows. Scientists already know that sleep consolidates learning of new information that we acquire during wakefulness. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland…

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…

Does disturbed breathing while asleep make some people pee more at night?

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

A new study has found that reducing obstructive sleep apnea (where patients have difficulty in breathing while asleep -often associated with loud snoring) can reduce the need to get up and pee at night (nocturia). This study confirms the link between apnea and nocturia, and supports the idea that…

How do we fall asleep and wake up? Scientists uncover key mechanism

On April 15, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia, jet lag, seasonal affective disorder – new treatments could be in the cards for all of these circadian rhythm-related conditions, after researchers have uncovered a neurobiological pathway that plays a key role in falling asleep and waking up. An inactive daytime BK channel triggered higher neuronal activity in the…