Impaired Ability to Recognize Facial Expressions is Linked to Sleep Deprivation

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A study out of the University of Arizona Psychology Department found that a rough night’s sleep may impair your ability to read the room when it comes to facial expressions. Published in Neurobiology of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms, the research reported that participants who were sleep deprived had a harder time recognizing happy and sad facial expressions than those who… More →

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Sleep Apnea in Children Could Lead to Changes in Mood and Cognition

A new study from the University of Chicago compared children between 7 and 11 years old with sleep apnea to children who slept normally.  Findings showed that there were significant decreases in gray matter in various regions in the brains of the sleep apnea children.  Gray matter is responsible for memory, emotions, perception, speech, movement, self-control, and decision-making. Sleep apnea… More →

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders

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Bright Light Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders  Bright light therapy is a treatment that has been used in patients with disruptions in their circadian rhythms.  This is the internal biological clock that tells the brain and body when it should be awake and when it should sleep.  There are several factors that could disrupt this rhythm, including… More →

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Sleep-Deprived Teens More Likely to Commit Crimes than Adults

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New research out of the University of York in the United Kingdom and the University of Pennsylvania reported that teens who report midday sleepiness tend to show more anti-social behaviors like fighting, cheating, stealing, and lying.  In fact, more than a decade later, those same overtired teens were 4-1/2 times more likely to commit violent crimes. One of the lead… More →

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A Placebo May be Effective in Treating Insomnia

The journal, Brain, published new research suggesting that insomnia treatment may not need to include neurofeedback, or training of the brain functions.  Instead, researchers found that patients experienced the same benefits if they just believed they were receiving neurofeedback training. Approximately 10% to 35% of the world’s population suffers from insomnia.  Very few studies have addressed insomnia treatments using non-pharmaceutical… More →

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Some Insomnia Drugs May Be Prescribed Out of Habit

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Multiple factors are responsible for driving the complex clinical decision-making process.  Things like peer pressure, psychological and social dynamics, as well as exposure to pharmaceutical advertising play a role in a physician’s choice of medication to use on patients suffering from insomnia. Harvard Medical School conducted new research, which shows a physician’s choice of insomnia drug is based heavily on… More →

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Sleep Quality May be Affected by Air Conditioners

A joint research team from Toyohashi University of Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering published findings that showed air conditioning (AC) airflow stimulates the body during sleep, even when the velocity of the air is lower than an insensible level.  The AC may be affecting sleep conditions.  This indicates… More →

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Benefits of Low-Cost Treatments like Massage and Guided Imagery for Insomnia

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Many patients in a progressive care unit suffer from difficulty sleeping, as well as pain and anxiety.  In a recent study, researchers found that clinical massage and guided imagery might be a low-cost benefit to treating insomnia, anxiety, and pain in these patients. The progressive care units in hospitals are for patients who are more stable than patients in the… More →

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Research Shows Camping Good for Sleep

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Research Shows Camping will Recover Sleep Patterns Many people stay up late into the night, usually watching some type of screen like a television, phone, or tablet.  Reading is even a major culprit to sleep loss.  Waking up in the morning is rarely easy for most people.  Now, however, scientists have discovered evidence that points toward additional sunlight exposure recovering… More →

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Discovery of Breathing Molecule May Help Treat Sleep Apnea

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Targeted treatment for respiratory conditions, especially sleep apnea, are possible with the discovery of a breathing molecule found in new research out of the University of Warwick. The name of the molecule is Connexin26 (Cx26).  It identifies CO2 levels in the blood and then activates the breathing mechanisms that release it, which means it has evolved specifically for this purpose.… More →

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