Insomnia: Light pollution and sleeping pill use may be linked

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

New research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggests that nighttime exposure to artificial outdoor light, known as light pollution, may raise the risk of insomnia. A new study suggests that exposure to light pollution may cause an increase in sleeping pill use. Short-term insomnia affects approximately 30…

Sleep-wake disruption strongly linked to mood disorders

On May 16, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

After analyzing day and night patterns of activity and rest in more than 90,000 United Kingdom residents, researchers have found a strong link between disrupted sleep-wake cycles and higher risk of mood disorders, such as bipolar and depression, and poorer well-being. Scientists find a link between a disrupted sleep-wake cycle…

Obstructive sleep apnea linked to higher Alzheimer's risk

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

What is the link between sleep apnea and neurodegenerative conditions? Researchers investigate. A new study has demonstrated that older adults who experience obstructive sleep apnea may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because they exhibit higher levels of amyloid beta, the chief component of the amyloid plaques that…

Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to imbalanced microbiome

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

Scientists at the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have discovered abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria related to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME/CFS, in patients with and without concurrent irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. Findings are published in the…

New 'late-life cycler' circadian genes linked to aging and stress

On February 22, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers from Oregon State University have discovered a subset of circadian genes that only become active as an organism ages or during times of stress. They could provide a new lens through which to view the process of cellular aging. A new set of circadian genes that become active during…

Chronic sleep disruption linked to liver cancer

On November 23, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Liver cancer rates have tripled since the 1980s. Researchers now show that persistent sleep deprivation in mice causes liver disease and eventually leads to liver cancer Researchers have linked ‘social jet lag’ to increased risk of liver cancer. The study, by a team from Baylor College of Medicine…

Depression, adverse childhood events and sleep disturbances linked to changes in the immune system

Adverse childhood experiences and sleep disturbances interfere with immune system regulation, shows research from the University of Eastern Finland. These changes were observed in a population that already carried a significant burden of psychological symptoms such as depression. Major depressive disorder (MDD), adverse childhood experiences and sleep…

Sleepiness and fatigue linked to brain atrophy in cognitively normal elderly

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

A new study found that normal older adults who experience excessive sleepiness during the day or significant fatigue may have more brain atrophy than expected for their age, particularly in areas of the brain that are more susceptible to aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Results show that subjects…

Sleep apnea linked with an increased risk of chronic kidney disease

On February 2, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research published in Respirology suggests that sleep apnea may increase the risk of developing chronic kidney disease to a similar extent as hypertension. Researchers analyzed information from Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Research Database from 2000 and 2010 concerning 43,434 individuals, including 8687 with sleep apnea. …

Put the smartphone down: social media use and sleep disturbances linked

On January 27, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

It is a scene to which most of us can probably relate: the light on your smartphone is flashing, heralding a notification from Facebook or Twitter, or one of the myriad social networking sites you have willingly joined. But a new study may give you a reason to pause;…