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…

Why might sleep apnea raise dementia risk?

On July 5, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A common disorder that repeatedly interrupts breathing during sleep is tied to changes in brain structure that are also seen in early dementia. How are OSA and dementia linked? This was the main finding of new research into obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in older adults that is now published in…

Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds

On June 17, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Do sleep-wake preferences influence our risk of depression? A new study confirms that they do, and “morning people” are on the winning side. Are you up bright and early each day? You’ll be glad to learn that this may help to protect your mental health. People’s chronotypes — that is,…

Metabolic risk tied to both too much and too little sleep

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

Do you often struggle because you don’t get enough sleep on a nightly basis? Or perhaps you sleep in as much as you can each day, since your schedule permits it? Neither of these is good for you, a new study suggests, and you may be at risk of metabolic…

Sleep paralysis, hallucinations may raise depression risk in some people

On June 7, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

New research suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations are common among student athletes, and that these sleep problems may lead to depression. A new study suggests that sleep paralysis and hallucinations may put young adults at risk of depression. Student athletes will often have sleep problems, with insomnia and sleep…

How daytime sleepiness may raise Alzheimer's risk

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

Alzheimer’s — a progressive, neurodegenerative condition — is characterized by memory loss and cognitive impairments. Early warning signs include confusion regarding habitual tasks and severe changes to behavior. But are there any less intuitive signals to watch out for? Older people who feel excessively sleepy during the daytime may be…

Night shifts raise women's cancer risk

On January 9, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Night shift work has long been linked to poor health. Now, a new study suggests that for women, such working patterns could increase the risk of cancer. Female night shift workers may be at greater cancer risk, researchers warn. Researchers found that women who engaged in long-term night shifts were…

Restless legs syndrome may raise cardiovascular death risk

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

A new study, published in the journal Neurology, shows that the sleep and sensorimotor disorder called restless legs syndrome may raise the risk of heart-related death, particularly among older women. RLS could endanger women’s cardiovascular health. Restless legs syndrome (RLS), which is “a sleep and a neurological sensory disorder,” affects…

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…

Insomnia may raise risk of kidney disease and death

On November 4, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

How far-reaching are the health effects of chronic insomnia? New research suggests it may increase risk of kidney disease and early death. A new study links chronic insomnia with kidney decline and failure, as well as with the risk of early death in the case of United States veterans. Managing…