Is insomnia genetic?

On March 7, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By , , With No Comments

Studies into the heritability of insomnia go back over half a century. Recent research points the finger at hundreds of genes, yet they can only explain part of the risk. How much do our genes contribute to our risk of developing insomnia? If insomnia affects you, there is a good…

Insomnia: Certain types of brain cell explain genetic risk

On February 26, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research in the journal Nature Genetics identifies individual types of brain cell and brain areas that are involved in insomnia, offering new treatment targets for this condition. New research helps explain why some people struggle to sleep. Insomnia affects about a third of people living in the United States…

Are you a 'night owl'? You may have this genetic mutation

On April 6, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Few of us enjoy waking up early in the morning, but some people struggle more than most. According to a new study, if you fall asleep late and are finding it extremely hard to wake up early in the morning, you may have a genetic mutation that alters your circadian…

Poor sleep habits increase weight gain for adults with genetic obesity risk

On March 4, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Certain genes are associated with weight gain, making some people more susceptible to obesity. New research finds that for these individuals, abnormal sleep patterns can exacerbate the problem. Poor sleep habits may lead to weight gain for adults with a high genetic obesity risk. The study found that…

Sleep disruption has genetic links with obesity, schizophrenia

On December 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

For the first time, researchers have found genetic links between sleep disturbance and a range of conditions, such as restless legs syndrome, obesity, and schizophrenia. The study identifies genetic links between sleep disturbance and a range of health conditions, including restless legs syndrome, obesity, and schizophrenia. In the…

Twin study suggests genetic factors contribute to insomnia in adults

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

A new study of twins suggests that insomnia in adults is partially explained by genetic factors, and this heritability is higher in females than in males. Results show that the genetic influences on insomnia symptoms in adults were substantial and largely stable over time while differing significantly by…