Sleeping more on weekends does not make up for past sleep loss

On March 4, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Whenever we sleep poorly throughout the week, we comfort ourselves with the thought that we will make up for lost slumber at the weekend. However, a new study brings us bad news: sleeping in at the weekend does not reverse the damage of chronic sleep loss. Researchers warn that we…

Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

On January 15, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most sleeping pills are so strong that the sound of a fire alarm is unlikely to wake those who take them. However, a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, proposes a safer alternative to these drugs. New research proposes a safer alternative to existing sleeping pills….

Insomnia: Light pollution and sleeping pill use may be linked

On December 4, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, suggests that nighttime exposure to artificial outdoor light, known as light pollution, may raise the risk of insomnia. A new study suggests that exposure to light pollution may cause an increase in sleeping pill use. Short-term insomnia affects approximately 30…

What are the best sleeping pills?

On November 23, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Many people take sleeping pills to get much-needed rest. Sleeping pills may be sedatives or hypnotics, and they come in many forms. People can choose natural, prescription, or over-the-counter pills. This article will describe the types of sleeping pills, then look at their uses and safety profiles. Which sleeping pill…

Is sleeping too much bad for your brain?

On October 12, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

The largest sleep study ever concludes that sleeping too little or too much has a negative impact on our cognitive ability, but not on our short-term memory. How does sleep duration impact our ability to think? As years of research mount up, we are steadily improving our understanding of sleep….

Is my newborn sleeping too much?

On July 25, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

Most newborns spend more time sleeping than they do awake, though the sleep may happen in small chunks or on an irregular schedule. Managing a newborn’s sleep is one of the most challenging tasks of looking after a newborn. Newly-born babies are not accustomed to schedules or the rhythms of…

Is sleeping with socks on good for you?

On March 6, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,, , With No Comments

As strange as it might seem, sleeping with socks on may aid getting to sleep faster. This is because temperature regulation is a necessary part of the sleep cycle. Sleep is a vital part of everyone’s life. After all, humans spend around a third of their days sleeping. The National…

Newly prescribed sleeping pills increase risk of hip fracture

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

Older people newly prescribed sleeping pills like benzodiazepines and ‘Z-drugs’ have over double the odds of a hip fracture in the first two weeks compared with non-users, according to a new study by researchers at Cardiff University and King’s College London. Dr Ben Carter, Cardiff University’s School…

Sleeping brain's complex activity mimicked by simple model

On September 3, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

New mathematical model could improve understanding of memory consolidation during deep sleep. Researchers have built and tested a new mathematical model that successfully reproduces complex brain activity during deep sleep, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology. Recent research has shown that…

Simple computer model sheds light on sleeping brain

On September 2, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Sleep science has progressed in leaps and bounds over recent decades. However, many difficult questions remain unanswered and its function is far from fully understood. Recent research gives new insight into sleep’s memory processing capabilities. Sleep is as mysterious as it is essential. Characterized by altered consciousness,…