Sleep

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 15:18

Sleep strengthens memory after learning

Sleep helps cement and strengthen new memories according to a new study published in the journal Science. The study argues that sleep causes very specific structural changes in the brain after it has learned something new -- namely growth of connections between brain cells that help them pass information to each other. It has been clear for some time that sleep is important for learning and memory. But as senior investigator Wen-Biao Gan, professor of…
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:23

Sleep is good for learning languages

It may not always be wrong to sleep on one’s job—certainly not if the job involves learning a new language, says a study conducted in Germany. When we hear words we have just learned in our sleep we tend to understand and better remember their meanings. "Anyone can easily adopt and use our method every day of their lives,” says study director and biopsychologist Björn Rasch. The results of the study published in the journal…
Epileptic seizures are associated with sudden electrical activity in the brain. Now, doctors have found evidence showing that such attacks may be triggered by lack of sleep. A number of adverse health conditions including reduced appetite, loss of concentration and chronic diseases are linked to sleep disorders. The advent of new technologies like electroencephalogram (EEG) and polysomnography (PSG) have enable much clearer observation of epilepsy. Read more...
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

Snoring may indicate diabetes

A Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center study in Boston has linked snoring and sleep apnea to high blood sugar among seniors. The study states that people with breathing problems in sleep are two times as likely as sound sleepers to develop diabetes. Most symptoms of diabetes like weight loss, increased thirst or urination are so common that most often they are not taken seriously by patients, until a blood test reveals high levels of sugar.…
Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:49

Now you can beat insomnia with education

If you don’t know this then its time you woke up: Sleep is as important for good health as nutrition and exercise. Meaning, it’s no good if you exercise your boots off and gorge on spinach and whole grains if you don’t get the required amount of sound sleep every night. For a healthy life most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep according to the American Thoracic Society. Inadequate sleep has been irrefutably…
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 09:15

Nightmares and depression are bedfellows

Symptoms of depression and insomnia are the strongest predictors of having frequent nightmares say Finnish researchers. For evidence they point to the connection between nightmares and depression. In his study 3.9 percent of participants said that they had frequent nightmares in the previous 30 days. 28.4 percent of participants with severe reported frequent nightmares were had depressive symptoms. Also, the study found that insomnia, exhaustion and the depressive symptom of "negative attitude towards self," were…
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:09

Want to sleep well? Stow the phone away!

Here is news that gadget freaks must lose their sleep over. Phones, tablets and laptops can mess with your melatonin, the hormone that induces sleep. Meaning: the glow inches from the pillow may not be such a bright idea if you are looking to have a good day. Harvard Medical School scientists have found specific wavelengths of light that can smother the lullaby hormone in the brain. "We have shifted ourselves biologically and therefore can't…
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep for an active life. Not that well known is the fact that our body produces the most growth hormones when in deep slumber. Dr Laurence Smolley, at the Sleep Disorders Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida says that “recreational exercisers need a good night’s sleep even more than elite athletes.” In the early morning hours, when sleep is at its soundest, your body’s growth hormone factory…
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 14:09

Sleep protein found in battle against anxiety

Do you suffer from a sleep or anxiety disorder? Don’t fret, for such problems are fairly common and now scientists appear to have zeroed in on a protein that plays a key role in regulating our internal clock. Targeting this protein may fix such disorders the scientists believe. The sleep protein called REV-ERB has been tracked down by Thomas Burris, chair of pharmacological and physiological science at Saint Louis University, and his colleagues. “Our study…
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:58

Don’t sleep over snoring, it could kill you!

If you know someone who snores don’t laugh at his nocturnal habit, especially if you care for him. For, snoring could be sign of serious trouble. Says Michael Neeb, director of the Mercy Sleep Disorders Centers at St. Charles, St. Ann, and Mercy Children’s hospitals, “snoring could easily be an indicator of something bigger that could lead to serious health issues if not treated on time.” It generally indicates an obstructed airway and requires medical…