New Year's resolution: switch diet to improve sleep and get fit

On January 1, 2016, Posted by , In Buzz, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get fit, some recent research findings may be able to help. A study published in the journal Sleep shows that weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleep habits at any weight, making people feel more energetic and able…

Scientists identify neural switch for dreaming

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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…

Molecular switch keeps the circadian clock running on time

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Circadian rhythms help everything from plants to humans coordinate with the daily light-dark cycle, but how this natural clock keeps accurate time, or why it goes awry in people with sleep disorders, is still under investigation. New findings, published October 1 in Molecular Cell, suggest that a molecular switch balances…