Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Hip Fracture in Older Adults

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New research out of Cardiff University and King’s College London has found that older adults who were recently prescribed popular the sleep drugs, benzodiazepine or another ‘Z-drug’ are at least two and a half times more likely to suffer a hip fracture within the first two weeks of treatment than people who do not use any sleep pills. Professor at… More →

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Attention and Creativity Suffer in Young Adults Who Alternate Between Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Marathons

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New research from Baylor University shows that young adults who frequently alternate between skimping on sleep and sleep marathons have worse creativity and attention, especially if they are working on big projects. Study co-author, Michael Scullin, from Baylor Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Laboratory, who is also an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, notes that those who had more variability… More →

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Body Temperature, Sleep, and the Circadian Rhythm

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An early study published this week in Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology, showed that brain injury patients have fluctuating body temperatures that are directly related to their level of consciousness. Dr. Christine Blume, PhD, from the University of Salzburg in Austria led the study.  She noted that the findings suggest the circadian rhythm in brain injury… More →

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Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Loss of Bone Formation

A widespread problem people have is insufficient sleep. A new study has been done on men to see if there is a link to a chronic disease risk factor of bone loss and insufficient sleep. Insufficient sleep may be an unrecognized risk factor for bone loss. On Saturday, the results of this study will be presented at the Endocrine Society’s… More →

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Depression Linked to Diabetics Who Prefer Later Sleep-Wake Times

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New research finds that type 2 diabetics who prefer evening activities and consider themselves night owls are more likely to have symptoms of depression than early birds.  This is true regardless of sleep quality.  These findings will be presented at the 99th annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Orlando, Florida this Saturday. Lead author of the study and associate… More →

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Better Sleep from an Ancient Herb?

Herbal Remedies for Sleep

With millions of people reporting sleep problems, the Sleep Institute of Japan performed research on alternative herbal remedies that have been known to help with sleep.  They found that there is a specific component in Ashwagandha herb leaves that induces sleep. What is Ashwagandha? Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a heavily researched ancient Indian herb that is central to the field… More →

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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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