Insomnia: Why your brain may sleep without even knowing it

On April 4, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

People with insomnia will often tell you that they haven’t slept a wink, even after you’ve just heard them snore. Recent research validates their experience and explains why this phenomenon occurs. The findings were published in the journal Sleep. People with insomnia may sometimes feel that they’re awake — even…

These genes could make us prone to insomnia

On March 12, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Do you have problems sleeping but you don’t know why? A new study may provide some answers. Researchers have discovered specific genes that could make us more susceptible to insomnia. Researchers have identified genes associated with insomnia. What is more, the researchers — led by Murray Stein, of the University…

Worrying about insomnia may do more harm than poor sleep

On November 10, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia actually does less harm than worrying about insomnia. Individuals who are convinced that they are insomniacs are at greater risk of fatigue, anxiety, and other health problems than people who do not view themselves so, regardless of whether they sleep well or not. So concludes a review of sleep research…

Insomnia may raise risk of kidney disease and death

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

How far-reaching are the health effects of chronic insomnia? New research suggests it may increase risk of kidney disease and early death. A new study links chronic insomnia with kidney decline and failure, as well as with the risk of early death in the case of United States veterans. Managing…

Insomnia: Like mother, like child?

On September 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Children may have trouble sleeping if their mother has insomnia, a new study suggests. A mother’s sleeping habits may strongly influence her children’s likelihood of developing insomnia, suggest researchers. Children, in much the same way as adults, can have trouble sleeping and be affected by insomnia. In fact, some studies…

Sugarcane extract may relieve stress-induced insomnia

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

A natural compound commonly extracted from sugarcane (shown here) may do wonders for our sleep. Octacosanol is commonly found in sugarcane, wheat germ oil, rice bran oil, and beeswax. New research suggests that the compound may help to relieve insomnia when the cause of sleeplessness is stress. A new study…

Linking depression, insomnia, and the brain's reward center

On September 23, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep disturbance is a significant risk factor for depression. Breaking research finds that increased activity in a brain region responsible for reward-related functions reduces the risk of depression related to sleep problems. Major depression is responsible for almost 4 percent of the disease burden in the United States. In 2015,…

Insomnia: Like mother, like child?

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

Children may have trouble sleeping if their mother has insomnia, a new study suggests. A mother’s sleeping habits may strongly influence her children’s likelihood of developing insomnia, suggest researchers. Children, in much the same way as adults, can have trouble sleeping and be affected by insomnia. In fact, some studies…

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. …

Review: Insomnia medication may wake up some patients from vegetative state

On June 28, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

In a new systematic review in JAMA Neurology, Michigan Medicine researchers found reason to further explore the surprising effects of zolpidem that have been observed outside the scope of its primary Food and Drug Administration approval. “We saw a dramatic effect in a small amount of patients with…