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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Snappy Sleep Stager System Identifies Gene Related to Shorter Sleep

Jan. 7, 2016 — Sleep genetics research has been advanced by developing a new method for monitoring mouse sleep cycles. The Snappy Sleep Stager is a non-invasive, automated sleep cycle monitoring system based on ... read more

Jan. 6, 2016 — Statins may reverse the mechanisms that increase the risk of heart disease in people with sleep apnea, new research suggests. More than 18 million adults have obstructive sleep apnea, in which ... read more

Scientists Detect Inherited Traits Tied to Sleep, Wake, and Activity Cycles

Dec. 28, 2015 — A dozen inherited traits related to sleep, wake, and activity cycles that are associated with severe bipolar disorder have been identified by an international team of ... read more

Vitamin D Deficiency Does Not Increase Risk and Severity of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dec. 23, 2015 — A recent study of elderly men found no evidence that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased in severity (or prevalence) as a result of vitamin D deficiency. The researchers also found no evidence to ... read more

High Drowsy Driving Crash Risk on Daytime Commute After Night Work

Dec. 21, 2015 — Those who commute home after working the night shift may be at high risk for drowsy driving crashes because of disruption to their sleep-wake cycles and insufficient sleep during the ... read more

Circadian Rhythm of Genes in Brain Changes With Aging, Research Shows

Dec. 21, 2015 — Examination of thousands of genes from nearly 150 human brains shows the circadian rhythm of brain gene activity changes with aging, according to a first-of-its-kind ... read more

Activity Trackers Are Better at Counting Steps Than Measuring Sleep

Dec. 21, 2015 — Wearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and more are becoming increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers. A recent study has found that the trackers are ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Scientists showed that they could alter brain activity of rats and either wake them up or put them in an unconscious state by changing the firing rates of neurons in the central thalamus, a region ... read more

How Opioids Cause Dangerous Breathing Problems

Dec. 17, 2015 — Researchers on a quest to make opioid drugs less lethal have discovered a window of opportunity: a tiny channel in the brain where opioids interfere with the breathing mechanism. They found that mice ... read more

Weight Loss Through Diet Changes Can Improve Sleep at Any Body Weight, Study Finds

Dec. 16, 2015 — Weight loss due to dietary changes can improve sleepiness at any weight, according to a new. The findings offer new insights into how weight fluctuations impact numerous aspects of sleep independent ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — Insomniacs take heart: Humans get by on significantly less sleep than our closest animal relatives. The secret, according to a new study of slumber patterns across 21 species of primates, is that our ... read more

Short Sleep Linked to Distracted Secondary Eating, Drinking

Dec. 11, 2015 — Research suggests a link between short sleep and obesity from secondary eating and drinking while engaged in another activity. Investigators assessed time spent on secondary eating and drinking as ... read more

Intensive Training Affects the Sleep, Performance and Mood of Athletes, but More Carbs May Help

Dec. 11, 2015 — Getting enough sleep is an essential part of any athlete’s training program, but a new study reveals intensive bouts of exercise can make it hard to get 40 winks. Suspecting that intense exercise ... read more

Sleep-Disordered Breathing Patients at Greater Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Dec. 9, 2015 — Sleep-disordered breathing often predicts the development of atrial fibrillation in older men, according to researchers. The risk increased with age, they ... read more

Lack of Sleep Tampers With Your Emotions

Dec. 8, 2015 — The neurological changes sleep deprivation can impose on our ability to regulate emotions have been revealed by new research. The work also shows that we have the ability to allocate brain resources ... read more

Sleep Disturbance in Epilepsy: Causes and Consequences

Dec. 7, 2015 — Researchers are only beginning to understand the implications of disrupted sleep in people with epilepsy. Recent findings suggest that seizure-interrupted sleep could impede memory formation, impair ... read more

After Hip-Replacement Surgery, Medication Use Decreases

Dec. 1, 2015 — A new study provides information on the trajectories of prescription drug use before and after hip-replacement surgery -- total hip arthroplasty (THA), one of the most common types of joint ... read more

Sleep Gene Found to Be Linked to Heart Failure

Nov. 30, 2015 — A gene that, when working properly, appears to reduce the risk of heart failure and improve treatment outcomes has been identified by researchers, highlighting a possible target for the development ... read more

Children Who Take ADHD Medicines Have Trouble Sleeping, New Study Shows

Nov. 23, 2015 — Children given ADHD stimulant medications take significantly longer to fall asleep, have poorer quality sleep and sleep for shorter periods, shows new ... read more

Want to Remember New Names? Sleep on It

Nov. 23, 2015 — Here's another reason to get a good night's sleep: in a closely controlled study of fourteen participants, researchers found that they were significantly better at remembering faces and ... read more

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