Study reveals how general anesthetics affect the brain

On April 24, 2019, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research reveals for the first time that diverse drugs that induce general anesthesia activate a brain circuit that brings on sleep. General anesthetics activate the same brain circuit as sleep, new research reveals. The scientists at Duke University in Durham, NC who carried out the study, suggest that the…

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…

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,…

Being a 'night owl' could kill you, study finds

On April 14, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

I wake up at 5.15 a.m. each day to get to work on time, so going to bed at a reasonable hour is a must for me. According to new research, it’s also beneficial to my health; scientists found that “night owls” have a higher risk of early death. Researchers…

Can't sleep? Time to write your to-do list, study says

On January 15, 2018, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,, , With No Comments

A new study brings good news for those of us who can’t make it through a day without making lists, especially if we also happen to have trouble falling asleep at night. It turns out that to-do lists may be the answer to some of our troubles, at least. Can…

Why do older people forget overnight? Study investigates

On December 20, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

New research suggests that ill-timed activity between two types of brain wave during deep sleep could be the reason that older people sometimes fail to remember that which happened only yesterday. The brain has only a small window of time to consolidate memory. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley…

Study finds hormone therapy improves sleep quality for recently menopausal women

On September 1, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,,,,, , With No Comments

For many women, the side effects of menopause don’t call it a day when they do. Between 40 and 60 percent of women in perimenopause and early menopause face issues with sleep because of this physical change. The majority also report hot flashes and night sweats, which can…

Study explains link between academic performance and violence

On July 27, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Numerous studies have shown a relationship between high-crime communities and the academic performance of children who live within them. Now, new Northwestern University research suggests sleep disruption following violent incidents and increased amounts of the stress hormone cortisol offer a biological explanation for why children who live in…

What time we eat affects our biological clock, study finds

On June 2, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

The human body works around the clock. Our biological functions follow 24-hour cycles, or circadian rhythms, which are physiological and mental changes that are driven by our internal biological clocks. New research explains how we can reset one of these body clocks. Having meals at timed intervals could help to…

How does poor sleep affect our ability to learn? Study investigates

On May 23, 2017, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,,, , With No Comments

Most of us know that a good night’s sleep is key for happiness and productivity, and that conversely, a night of poor sleep can have negative effects on our performance during the day. But a new study manages to find precisely the brain area responsible for learning new skills and…