This is how sleep loss alters emotional perception

On April 12, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

What does sleep deprivation do to the way in which we perceive various emotional stimuli? A researcher from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has written a thesis aiming to answer this question. Sleep deprivation makes us more likely to have negative emotional perceptions. Ever felt grumpy after a sleepless night?…

Sleep loss can turn us into social outcasts

On March 12, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

When we sleep poorly, we may feel less inclined to participate in social activities. Now, researchers have found evidence that being sleep-deprived can not only make us less sociable, but it can also prevent our peers from seeking us out. Poor sleep can render us more unsociable and isolated, researchers…

Sleeping more on weekends does not make up for past sleep loss

On March 4, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Whenever we sleep poorly throughout the week, we comfort ourselves with the thought that we will make up for lost slumber at the weekend. However, a new study brings us bad news: sleeping in at the weekend does not reverse the damage of chronic sleep loss. Researchers warn that we…

Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes risk

On September 8, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

The importance of sleep is well-known. A recent study enforces this by demonstrating that sleep deprivation might increase diabetes risk — after losing just 1 night of sleep. A new study investigates the link between sleep and diabetes. Sleep is undoubtedly one of physiology’s most mysterious but essential functions. We…

Weight loss breakthrough: Sunlight is key

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

Despite our best efforts to remain thin, it seems that during the holiday season, we put on a lot of weight. Why is that? A new study has a surprising answer. How much sunlight we get may influence how much weight we lose, suggests new research. Plenty of us are…

Urbanisation and electricity are not to blame for sleep loss

On July 21, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Urbanisation and the electrification of homes do not decrease the amount that we sleep, a new study in the journal Scientific Reports finds. In this study, researchers from the University of Surrey, in collaboration with groups in South Africa, Brazil, Colombia and the USA, examined the sleeping patterns…

Direct link between REM sleep loss and the desire for sugary and fatty foods discovered

On December 8, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

It is not well understood what role sleep loss plays in affecting areas of the brain that control the desire to consume unhealthy foods. A new paper published in the journal eLife finds that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss leads to increased consumption of unhealthy foods, specifically sucrose…

Sleep loss alters gut microbiota

On October 26, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Just 2 days of sleep loss may trigger changes in gut microbiota that are associated with poor metabolic health. This is the finding of a small study published in the journal Molecular Metabolism. Researchers suggest sleep loss may alter gut microbiota. For optimal health and well-being, the American…

Human brain clocks exposed: Effects of circadian clocks and sleep loss vary across brain regions, new study finds

Ever wondered what happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? In a new study published in the journal Science, a team of researchers from the University of Liege and the University of Surrey have…

Program participation results in long-term weight loss

On May 18, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that losing even a modest amount of weight can reap significant rewards, including lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, improved sleep, and fewer aches and pains. But losing weight is difficult and maintaining that loss over years is…