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Topic: Sleep in the News

Anesthesia Study Could Lead to Better Sleeping Pills

 The discovery of general anesthesia 170 years ago was a medical miracle, enabling millions of patients to undergo life-saving surgeries without pain. Yet despite decades of research, scientists still don’t understand why general anesthesia works.  They’re starting to figure it out, though, that that understanding could lead to better medicine to help you sleep at…
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Scientists Find Marker in the Brain for Angry Dreams

Researchers have identified a pattern of brain activity that reflects anger experienced during dreaming according to a new study carried out on healthy adults. The study helps to clarify the neural basis of dream emotions. Although emotions are obviously experienced during both the waking and dreaming state, few studies have investigated the brain mechanisms underlying…
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Common Sleep Myths Debunked

We’re gaining new information every day about how and why we sleep, but even with all of the information available, there are still a lot of myths that people cling to. A research team from NYU School of Medicine reviewed more than 8,000 websites to identify the 20 most common assumptions about sleep.  Here are…
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Researchers Find Genetic Causes for Poor Sleep

An international collaboration has found 47 links between our genetic code and the quality, quantity and timing of how we sleep. They include ten new genetic links with sleep duration and 26 with sleep quality. The study was funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council, and looked at data from 85,670 participants of UK Biobank and…
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Use of Sleeping Pills Leads to More Need for Other Pills

New research indicates that the use of sleep medication to try to get a good night’s sleep may be an indicator of a larger problem. In a Geriatrics & Gerontology International study of 752 older adults with hypertension followed from 2008-2010 through 2012-2013, using sleeping pills on a regular basis was linked with use of an increasing…
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80% of Travelers Don’t Sleep Well

A global study commissioned by IHG®, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has revealed that a lack of sleep is a primary concern for travellers, with four in five (80%) stating they have trouble sleeping when travelling away from home. The findings from the survey revealed that business travelers lose nearly an hour of…
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Just Thinking About Coffee Can Wake You Up

People who love coffee sometimes say just the smell makes them start to wake up.  A new study goes one step further — saying just looking at something that reminds them of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is…
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Researchers Identifying the Role Sleep Plays in Our Lives

Why do humans “waste” a third time of their lives sleeping? Throughout the animal kingdom, sleep is universal and essential to all organisms with a nervous system, including invertebrates such as flies, worms, and even jellyfish. But the evolutionary reason for sleep, which puts an animal at significant risk of predators for part of its…
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Lack of Sleep Makes You Procrastinate More

A new study has found a link between lack of the sleep and reduced ability to regulate your behavior.  One side-effect of this, researchers found, was a increased tendency to procrastinate. Individuals who have low self-regulation are more prone to procrastination than those with high self-regulation. Now, in a new study published in the journal…
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The Link Between Sleep and Aging

Researchers have discovered a brain process common to sleep and aging in research that could pave the way for new treatments for insomnia. The scientists from Oxford University report how oxidative stress leads to sleep. Oxidative stress is also believed to be a reason why we age and is also a cause of degenerative diseases.  The…
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