How lack of sleep harms circulation

On June 9, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms. Sleeplessness impairs crucial mechanisms that keep cardiovascular problems at bay, shows…

Regular sleep schedule likely benefits metabolic health

On June 6, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Having a regular pattern of going to bed and waking up could be protective of metabolic health. A new study has linked the habit to a lower chance of developing risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol. Having a regular sleep…

What to know about deep sleep

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Slow wave sleep, also called deep sleep, is an important stage in the sleep cycle that enables proper brain function and memory. While most adults are aware that they should aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night, the science of sleep is quite complex. The two…

Why sleep is essential for health

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being. When it comes to their health, sleep is as vital as regular exercise and eating a balanced diet. Modern-day living in the United States and many other countries does not always embrace the necessity for adequate…

Why do people laugh in their sleep?

On June 3, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,, , With No Comments

Laughing during sleep, or hypnogely, is relatively common and is not usually anything to worry about. In most cases, researchers believe that the cause is laughing at a dream during rapid eye movement sleep, which is entirely harmless. In some cases, sleep laughing has links to sleep disorders. In rare…

Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?

On May 22, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

A study looking at the data of thousands of participants suggests that there may be a link between severe sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer. However, this link appears to be stronger in women. There may be a link between sleep apnea and cancer, and research has identified…

Melatonin for sleep: What to know

On May 16, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Melatonin is a natural hormone that the brain releases in response to changes in light. It helps regulate the body’s internal clock, signaling that it is time to go to sleep. Melatonin supplements may help with a wide range of sleep issues, including insomnia, shift work sleep disorder, and sleep…

How sleep and mood impact working memory

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

Two new studies assess how working memory — the memory we use on a day-to-day basis in decision-making processes — is affected by age, mood, and sleep quality and whether these factors impact memory together or on their own. Two new studies investigate how sleep quality, mood, and age affect…

Study debunks 3 common sleep myths

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

New research dispels some common sleep myths that prevent people from getting adequate rest and that may lead to health problems in the long run. Debunking common sleep myths is key for our overall health, suggests new research. Over a third of adults in the United States do not get…

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?…