What are the perks and problems of being a night owl?

On June 14, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

In the collective imagination, night owls are free, creative spirits. Yet studies have shown that people who are more active at night face greater health risks. Do night owls experience more benefits or risks due to their rhythms? This Spotlight feature tackles this and related questions. What health risks do…

Even minor sleep problems raise women's blood pressure

On June 27, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study finds that even relatively minor sleep disturbances can increase the risk of high blood pressure in women. This increase was measured even in women who slept for the recommended duration. Even mild sleep disturbance may increase hypertension risk in women. For some time, we have known that…

Sleep trackers can prompt sleep problems

On March 2, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

A 39-year-old man whom we’ll call Mr. R received a sleep-tracking device from his girlfriend. Since starting a new job several years earlier, he sometimes had trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Not surprisingly, the next day he’d feel tired, irritable and absentminded. Based on data generated…

Sleep problems may last up to 18 months after TBI

On April 28, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep problems may persist for up to 18 months after a traumatic brain injury, suggests a new study published in the journal Neurology. People with TBI were more likely to experience excessive daytime sleepiness, the new study found. Additionally, the study suggests that many people who experience a…

Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems

On April 20, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Modifiable work factors could be targets for interventions to improve sleep. A new study found that specific psychological and social work factors were associated with sleep problems both concurrently and two years after exposure, indicating prolonged consequences. Results show that quantitative job demands, decision control, role conflict…

Sleep changes seen with fetal alcohol exposure partly explain learning and mood problems

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

Slow-wave sleep – the deeper sleep during which the brain turns each day’s events into permanent memories – is fragmented in adulthood in people exposed to high levels of alcohol in the womb. This is according to a study conducted by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and…

Trouble sleeping associated with behavioral problems in children with autism

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

New research from the University of Missouri has found associations between trouble sleeping and behavioral problems in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “Past research has found that children with ASD often have trouble sleeping at night. Many children with ASD also struggle with regulating their behavior during…

Women with sleeping problems far more likely to develop diabetes

On January 29, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that in women, sleeping problems are associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the increased risk ranging from 47% for one sleep disorder to more than 4 times…

Single mothers at greatest risk for sleep problems

On January 11, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Around 50-70 million people in the US have sleep problems. But according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is single parents who are most at risk. Single parents – especially single mothers – are more likely than other family types to experience lack…

Study ties restless legs syndrome to heart, kidney problems

On October 9, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Research draws on database of 3 million Veterans Imagine trying to lie down and rest but feeling an uncontrollable urge to keep moving your legs. That, in a nutshell, is the ongoing ordeal facing people with restless legs syndrome. Considered a neurological, sleep, or movement disorder, RLS affects…