Insomnia breakthrough: Scientists identify 5 types

On January 17, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

There are five types of insomnia, each with its own distinct features, according to a recent study. New research concludes that insomnia may vary by personality type, among other factors. Scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience studied thousands of people who had voluntarily signed up to an online sleep…

Alzheimer's: Scientists find the cause of evening agitation

On April 10, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study has uncovered a biological clock circuit that may explain why people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia can become more agitated or aggressive in the early evening. People with Alzheimer’s can feel more agitated during the evening. The researchers hope that their findings will lead…

Scientists find seven genes for insomnia

On June 16, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

A new study shows that insomnia also has a genetic background. Many of us have had insomnia at some point in our lives and know how difficult it is to overcome. The more we think about going to sleep, the harder it is to actually fall asleep; insomnia is often…

A breath of fresh air: Drexel scientists reveal how the brain generates respiratory rhythm

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

Bringing a steady supply of fresh air to the lungs can seem like a simple task, but breathing is a careful orchestration of brain and body. Diseases like Rett syndrome, central sleep apnea and congenital central hypoventilation syndrome are characterized by breathing difficulties that may be caused by…

How do we fall asleep and wake up? Scientists uncover key mechanism

On April 15, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Insomnia, jet lag, seasonal affective disorder – new treatments could be in the cards for all of these circadian rhythm-related conditions, after researchers have uncovered a neurobiological pathway that plays a key role in falling asleep and waking up. An inactive daytime BK channel triggered higher neuronal activity in the…

Scientists discover link between sleep gene and blood cancer risk

On December 18, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A group of Argentinian researchers have conducted a study to assess the relationship between the polymorphism of the human clock gene and the risk of getting blood cancer. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the human body consists of circadian clock genes, or simply known as an…

Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

On October 16, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

What if dreams could be turned on or off with the flick of a switch? This possibility may be not be too far off, after researchers from the University of California-Berkeley say they may have uncovered a way to do just that. Researchers found that activating GABAergic neurons in the…

Scientists discover body clock switch

On October 5, 2015, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,, , With No Comments

Circadian rhythms enable all living beings to coordinate with the daily cycle, but how the body clock keeps accurate time, or how its malfunction affects people with sleep disorders, is not fully understood. Now, scientists say that a molecular “phosphoswitch” may provide the key. New clues to the body clock…