Why do I keep waking up at night?

On June 8, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Nearly everyone will wake up in the middle of the night at some point in their life. For many, the cause is benign and short-lived, such as needing to urinate due to drinking too much liquid before bed. However, regularly waking up in the middle of the night can become…

Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

On January 15, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most sleeping pills are so strong that the sound of a fire alarm is unlikely to wake those who take them. However, a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, proposes a safer alternative to these drugs. New research proposes a safer alternative to existing sleeping pills….

How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?

On May 13, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Caffeine is a familiar drug that stimulates the nervous system. When it enters the body, caffeine raises the heart rate and blood pressure, increasing energy levels and improving the mood. Caffeine acts quickly, and many people notice the effects within minutes. They last until the body fully metabolizes the drug….

Is it possible to keep alert at night safely?

On May 1, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Staying awake at work can be difficult at times, especially when working late or doing tedious tasks. Feeling tired at work is common, but it could harm productivity and performance. Many people drink another cup of coffee with lunch to help stay awake at work. This works well for some…

Dreaming may keep dementia at bay

On August 24, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

A new study suggests that insufficient ‘dreaming sleep’ may increase the risk of dementia. According to new research, the rapid eye movement stage of sleep – which is when most of our dreaming occurs – may raise the risk of dementia if this phase is insufficiently entered. It is known…

Why does light keep us awake and darkness make us sleepy?

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

A new study found a protein in the brain that responds to light and darkness. Many of us have heard that going to sleep when it is dark outside is healthy, as light and darkness influence our circadian rhythm. But how exactly does light affect our sleep-wakefulness cycle? New research…