Sleep News

Circadian Rhythms of Gut Microbes Tied to Obesity

October 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that messing with the biorhythms of our gut bacteria can cause obesity. Researchers studied gut microbes in mice and humans and discovered the bacteria have circadian rhythms controlled by the biological clock of the host in which they live. Investigators ...

Nerve Block Eases Worst PTSD in Vets

October 13th, 2014
A small pilot study demonstrated that a common anesthetic procedure significantly helped veterans suffering from chronic, extreme post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, researchers followed 12 patients with PTSD who had undergone a simple anesthetic procedure called ...

For Seniors, It’s Sleep Quality Not Quantity That Counts

October 9th, 2014
A new study from the University of Chicago finds that older adults' insomnia may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get. Insomnia is defined as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the ...

Study Implicates Depression Screens in Overprescribing Meds

October 1st, 2014
Although the general belief is that many cases of depression go untreated, new research suggests short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression may lead to overprescribing of antidepressant medications. The new research from University of California, Davis Health System (UC ...

Teen Sleep Deficits Can Hurt Grades

September 25th, 2014
A new study finds that adolescents with sleep problems and poor sleeping habits have lower academic performance when compared to those who enjoy a good night's sleep. Swedish researchers reviewed more than 20,000 adolescents aged between 12 and 19 from Uppsala County, north ...

1 in 5 Men Admit to Intimate Partner Violence

September 16th, 2014
Male aggression toward their partners is not so rare, it turns out. In a new study, University of Michigan (UM) researchers discovered one in five men in the U.S. report violence towards their spouse or significant other. Warning signs for the violent behavior ...

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in 27 out ...

Better Sleep Equals Better Brain

September 7th, 2014
A new study shows a link between poor sleep quality and faster rates of decline in brain volume. According to researchers, sleep is the “brain’s housekeeper,” working to repair and restore the brain. The study from researchers at the University of Oxford in the ...

Parental Sleep Aids for School Kids

September 5th, 2014
Now that school has resumed for most school-aged children, parents face the challenge of overcoming summer sleep habits. Sleep, or lack thereof, and technology often go hand in hand when it comes to such kids, say researchers. Nearly three out of four children (72 ...

New Research Shows Sleep Critical to Effective PTSD Treatment

August 31st, 2014
Sleep quality is critical to the effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment, according to a new study. "I think these findings help us understand why sleep disturbances and nightmares are such important symptoms in PTSD," said Sean P.A. Drummond, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry ...