Sleep News

Alcohol Use Can Impair Sleep, Cause Insomnia

December 11th, 2014
Emerging research suggests drinking alcohol to fall asleep may ultimately be counterproductive as the drug interferes with sleep homeostasis, the body’s sleep-regulating mechanism. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine believe that over time, the impairment in normal sleep function can ...

Data-Mining Twitter Posts for Mental Health Insights

December 10th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that posts on the social media site Twitter can be a quick and inexpensive source of health information. The posts have been used to map the outbreak of flu and now, a group of Johns Hopkins computers scientists say their ...

Early Bed Time Helps to Reduce Negative Thoughts

December 5th, 2014
New research suggests that night-owls may have trouble reducing negative thoughts, a trait that may lead to downstream mental health issues. Jacob Nota and Meredith Coles of Binghamton University discovered people who sleep for shorter periods of time and go to bed very ...

Sleep Apnea Tied to Poor Oxygen Intake During Exercise

November 27th, 2014
Individuals with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea may have limited oxygen capacity while participating in strenuous aerobic exercise, according to researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which a person’s breathing ...

Anti-Anxiety, Sleep Drugs to Teens Comes with Abuse Risk

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers prescription of an anti-anxiety or sleeping medication to a teen comes with a risk of illegal abuse of medications by the teen. Experts say the findings suggest substance abuse assessments should be performed before the drugs are prescribed. University of Michigan ...

PreSchool Sleep Deficits Up Risk of Obesity

November 21st, 2014
A new study suggests the majority of preschoolers may not be getting the amount of sleep they need each night. Researchers believe the sleep deficits place the children at higher risk of being overweight or obese within a year. Investigators also suggest ...

Night Shift May Lead to Weight Problems

November 19th, 2014
New research discovers people who work the night shift are likely burning less energy during a 24-hour period than those on a normal schedule. The imbalance in caloric energy expenditure may increase night workers risk for weight gain and obesity. Researchers have known that ...

Mental Exhaustion Increases Risk of Heart Disease

November 18th, 2014
New research suggests psychological factors can elevate the risk of heart disease among healthy men and women by 36 percent. Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers discovered fatigue, increased irritability, and feeling demoralized were associated with the increase in risk for first-time cardiovascular ...

Using Sound to Enhance Deep Sleep, Memory

November 16th, 2014
Using sound that matches a person’s particular brain activity during sleep may be able to enhance that individual’s quality of deep sleep, and as a result, benefit metabolism and cognition, according to new research by a graduate student at Northwestern Medicine. “Sleep deprivation, ...

Insomnia in Early Addiction Recovery Ups Relapse Risk

November 8th, 2014
Insomnia is a "prevalent and persistent" problem for patients in the early phases of recovery from the disease of addiction -- and may lead to an increased risk of relapse. "Treating sleep disturbance in early recovery may have considerable impact on maintenance of ...