Reward-related brain circuit is vital for sleep, researchers discover

On September 6, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Problems sleeping? You’re not alone; every year, around 40 million Americans experience insomnia, with some cases warranting drug treatment. But new research may pave the way to a more effective treatment option; in a mouse study, researchers found that a brain circuit involved in reward response is also crucial for…

Researchers identify characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome

Discovery, along with revealed underlying biology, could lead to faster, more accurate diagnoses and more effective, personalized therapies. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, using…

Researchers discover Sandman's role in sleep control

On August 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Oxford University researchers have discovered what causes a switch to flip in our brains and wake us up. The discovery, published in the journal Nature, brings us closer to understanding the mystery of sleep. Sleep is governed by two systems – the circadian clock and the sleep…

Researchers find possible missing link between sleep and improved memory

On June 16, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A team of sleep researchers at the University of California, Riverside, led by psychology professor Sara C. Mednick, has found that the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for control of bodily functions not consciously directed (such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestive processes) plays a role in promoting memory…

Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers

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

One of the biggest challenges many new parents face is lack of sleep. But getting up on numerous occasions throughout the night to calm a crying infant is part of the job, right? According to a new study, it doesn’t have to be; letting a baby cry themselves to sleep…

UCI researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep

On February 5, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it’s not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep. In a recently completed study, researchers at the…

Stanford researchers find sleep gene linked to heart failure

On December 1, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have identified a gene that, when working properly, appears to reduce the risk of heart failure and improve treatment outcomes, highlighting a possible target for the development of new drugs. The gene codes for a protein that was first identified when…