What helps with insomnia during early pregnancy?

On October 26, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia during early pregnancy is usually due to factors such as hormonal changes. Many people experience insomnia at some point, during pregnancy. Better sleep hygiene, relaxation techniques, and cognitive behavioral therapy can help. According to a 2018 study of 486 pregnancies, 44.2 percent involved insomnia during the first trimester. The…

Quiet rest after learning helps us to remember the fine details

On May 6, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most of us know that without sleep, we are unable to create new memories. But is simply resting — without falling into the dreamy state — for only 10 minutes after learning something enough for us to memorize it in fine detail? Recent research suggests so. Struggling to remember the…

How sleep helps us to remember and forget at the same time

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

According to new research, while we sleep, our brains clear out unwanted memories and help us to form new ones. Can we both learn and unlearn while we sleep? A new study suggests that we can. Both processes occur during different phases of sleep, the research shows. Our brains have…

Muscle protein helps to control sleep

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

Researchers have discovered that a muscle protein may influence sleep-related behaviors. When it comes to sleep disorders, researchers have spent years analyzing the human brain in the search for possible treatment targets. A new study, however, suggests that one such target may actually lie in skeletal muscles. Researchers found that…

Caltech biologists identify gene that helps regulate sleep

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

Caltech biologists have performed the first large-scale screening in a vertebrate animal for genes that regulate sleep, and have identified a gene that when overactivated causes severe insomnia. Expression of the gene, neuromedin U (Nmu), also seems to serve as nature’s stimulant–fish lacking the gene take longer to wake…

Circadian misalignment helps explain higher risk for cardiovascular disease

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

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds that circadian misalignment increases blood pressure and inflammatory markers. Shift workers frequently undergo circadian misalignment, disruption of the “body clock,” caused by inverted wake and sleep cycles. Although shift work, which requires workers to be awake when the brain’s circadian…

New research helps to explain how temperature shifts the circadian clock

On December 3, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

For many living things, a roughly 24-hour internal clock governs the rhythms of life — everything from sleep in animals, to leaf opening in plants and reproduction in bread mold. Scientists have come to understand much about this internal time-keeping system, but one important aspect, its complex response to temperature,…

Brief cognitive-behavioral therapy helps those with problematic caffeine use

On November 10, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Engaging in brief, cognitive-behavioral therapy is an effective treatment for helping people with problematic caffeine use lower their caffeine consumption, according to a new study coauthored by Laura M. Juliano, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at American University. The clinically significant study found that, on average, participants reduced their…

Nicotine helps suppress alcohol-induced sleepiness, study finds

On October 28, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Use of nicotine and alcohol often go hand-in-hand, although the underlying causes are unclear. One suggestion is that nicotine boosts the pleasurable effects of alcohol while reducing the aversive effects. Now, a new study finds another explanation – nicotine cancels out the sleepiness brought on by…