New sleep-promoting brain cells identified

On September 27, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Neurons that express the so-called Lhx6 gene may promote sleep by “switching off” other neurons. New research in mice identifies a range of neurons that may be involved in promoting sleep. The findings may soon change therapeutic practices for treating sleep disorders. Insomnia affects around 60 million people in the…

New sleep-promoting brain cells identified

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

Neurons that express the so-called Lhx6 gene may promote sleep by “switching off” other neurons. New research in mice identifies a range of neurons that may be involved in promoting sleep. The findings may soon change therapeutic practices for treating sleep disorders. Insomnia affects around 60 million people in the…

How do we override sleepiness? Brain region identified

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

A new study investigates the brain region responsible for wakefulness. A paper published this week in the journal Neuron peers into a region of the brain involved in the state of wakefulness. The findings could help to design treatments for conditions such as insomnia and depression-related sleep disturbances. Most of…

Sleep-inducing herb: The key component identified

On April 3, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Can’t sleep? Your sleep problems may be improved if you try an Indian herb, Ashwagandha. Researchers in the sleep institute in Japan found that an active component of Ashwagandha leaves significantly induces sleep. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a central herb in Ayurveda, the traditional home medicine native…

Genes for dreaming, deep sleep identified in new study

On November 3, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

By analyzing the genes and brain activity of more than 8,000 mice, researchers have identified two genes that control deep sleep and dreaming, opening the door to new treatments for sleep disorders. Researchers have discovered two genes that control dreaming and deep sleep. In a study published in…

Amino acid identified associated with poor performance under sleep restriction

The amino acid acetylcarnitine may help predict an individual’s neurobehavioral performance during chronic sleep restriction, according to results of a new study (abstract 0251) from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented at SLEEP 2016, the 30th annual meeting of…

Myocardial fibrosis identified as new therapeutic target

On May 17, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Obstructive sleep apnoea patients with myocardial fibrosis had poor cardiovascular outcomes. Myocardial fibrosis could be a future therapeutic target after researchers found it correlated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) referred for cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). The study was presented at EuroCMR 2016…

Sleep tight — gene responsible for sleep deprivation and metabolic disorders identified

The sleep habits of fruit flies are remarkably similar to humans. They get most of their sleep at night, certain drugs and stimulants like caffeine can negatively affect their sleep, and if they get a lousy night’s sleep it can even affect their memory performance. But what can they…