Sleep biology discovery could lead to new insomnia treatments that don't target the brain

UCLA scientists report the first evidence that a gene outside the brain controls the ability to rebound from sleep deprivation – a surprising discovery that could eventually lead to greatly improved treatments for insomnia and other sleep disorders that do not involve getting a drug into the brain. …

Don't lose sleep over sharing your bed with your pet or kids

On June 26, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers review the pros and cons of co-sleeping with animals or children. About half of all pet owners share their beds or bedrooms with their pets at night. Although this has been the case through the ages, remarkably few studies have been done about the benefits and…

Most people don't sleep any worse when taking medicines with sleep disturbance warnings

Medicines that carry warnings about sleep disturbances do not seem to contribute to the amount of sleep disturbances in the general population, according to new ‘real world’ research. The findings, which are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggest that investigators may need to provide more careful…

1 in 3 adults don't get enough sleep

On February 18, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, according to a new study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This is the first study to document estimates of self-reported healthy sleep duration (7…

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…

Don't smile for the camera when sleepy: CARRS-Q study

On October 21, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Drowsy drivers who filmed themselves behind the wheel may have unknowingly given road safety researchers the answer to reducing sleepy driving. Ashleigh Filtness, from Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), took a fly on the wall approach and watched YouTube…

Young drivers don't see dangers of driving tired: QUT study

On October 17, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Drivers are more likely to get behind the wheel drowsy than drunk despite it being just as dangerous, and the worst offenders are those under 30, a QUT study has found. The research undertaken by QUT’s Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) will be presented…