Napping may be as good as drugs for lowering blood pressure

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

A midday nap may be just what you need, not just to boost your energy levels but also to lower high blood pressure. This, at least, is what new research from Greece suggests. Napping could effectively help lower your blood pressure, new findings reveal. When the afternoon slump hits in…

A new blood test may detect sleep deprivation

On September 25, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Lack of sleep is just as dangerous as excessive drinking when it comes to activities such as driving. The breathalyzer can reliably measure a person’s state of intoxication, but there’s currently no way of assessing someone’s tiredness. New research may soon change that, however. A blood test may soon be…

Even minor sleep problems raise women's blood pressure

On June 27, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study finds that even relatively minor sleep disturbances can increase the risk of high blood pressure in women. This increase was measured even in women who slept for the recommended duration. Even mild sleep disturbance may increase hypertension risk in women. For some time, we have known that…

Dawn phenomenon: How to control high morning blood sugars

On May 9, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

The dawn phenomenon is a normal, natural rise in blood sugar that occurs in the early morning hours, between roughly 4 and 8 a.m. The shift in blood sugar levels happens as a result of hormonal changes in the body. All people experience the dawn phenomenon to one level or…

Sleep apnea may drive tumor growth by promoting blood vessel formation

On March 12, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study sheds light on how sleep apnea might worsen outcomes for cancer patients, revealing that hypoxia – a consequence of the sleep disorder – may promote blood vessel growth in tumors. The mouse study suggests sleep apnea may worsen outcomes for cancer patients through hypoxia-induced blood vessel growth…

Nitric oxide protects against parasite invasion and brain inflammation by keeping the blood brain barrier intact

African trypanosomiasis is called ‘sleeping sickness’ because when the infection is untreated, trypanosome parasites will invade the brain and cause disruption of sleeping patterns and irreversible neurological damage. A study published in PLOS Pathogens reports that in a mouse model of trypanosome disease, nitric oxide (NO) plays an unexpected…

Scientists discover link between sleep gene and blood cancer risk

On December 18, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A group of Argentinian researchers have conducted a study to assess the relationship between the polymorphism of the human clock gene and the risk of getting blood cancer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the human body consists of circadian clock genes, or simply known as an…

Treatments for obstructive sleep apnea show similar reductions in blood pressure

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

Among patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a comparison of the treatments continuous positive airway pressure and mandibular advancement devices found both were associated with similar reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, according to a study in the December 1 issue of JAMA. Obstructive sleep apnea is…

Long sleep and high blood copper levels go hand in hand

On September 24, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Persons sleeping less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours suffer from low-grade inflammation more often than persons sleeping 7-8 hours per night. This was observed in a University of Eastern Finland study focusing on the health and lifestyle habits among middle-aged men. “Earlier studies have…