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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

1 in 5 young people lose sleep over social media
1 in 5 young people regularly wake up in the night to send or check messages on social media, according to new research published in the Journal of Youth Studies. (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep can damage brain health in later life
Experts have found that in order to maintain a healthy brain and stay mentally sharp, we must make it a priority to get the required amount of sleep in later life. (Medical News Today)

Hour-long naps may boost mental ability for older adults
A study of nearly 3,000 older Chinese adults finds that napping for around an hour after lunch may improve memory and thinking ability. (Medical News Today)

Controlling the body clock
A new study from the laboratory of Hiroki Ueda at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center investigates circadian timekeeping with a novel approach to creating genetic knock-out rescue mice. (Medical News Today)

Could a narcolepsy drug help combat food addiction?
Researchers found that a prescription drug used to treat narcolepsy reduced impulsivity in men, which is considered a driver of food addiction and obesity. (Medical News Today)

Recovery from brain injury and better sleep go hand in hand
After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), people also experience major sleep problems, including changes in their sleep-wake cycle. (Medical News Today)

Sleep disruption has genetic links with obesity, schizophrenia
Genome analysis of over 112,500 participants in the UK Biobank links self-reported sleep disruption to obesity, restless legs syndrome, and schizophrenia. (Medical News Today)

Noise sensitivity traced to changes in brain functions
The degree to which one is disturbed by noises of everyday life may be related to how the brain processes variations in the sound stream, according to new findings published in Scientific Reports. (Medical News Today)

Sundowner's Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Sundowner's syndrome often affects older people with dementia, causing them to feel agitated in the early evening. Find out how to reduce the impact. (Medical News Today)

Understanding REM: When dreams and paralysis are uncoupled
Individuals with REM sleep behavior disorder act out their dreams. New research delves into the neurological mechanisms behind this rare condition. (Medical News Today)

Direct link between REM sleep loss and the desire for sugary and fatty foods discovered
It is not well understood what role sleep loss plays in affecting areas of the brain that control the desire to consume unhealthy foods. (Medical News Today)

Vehicle crash risk nearly doubles with just 1-2 hours less sleep
Drivers who get 1-2 hours less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep may almost double their risk of a vehicle crash, a new report finds. (Medical News Today)

Why you should never go to sleep on an argument
There may be some strength to the old-age advice that you should never go to bed on an argument; a study finds sleep makes bad memories harder to suppress. (Medical News Today)

Electro-acupuncture for disrupted sleep in women with breast cancer
It's somewhat of a little-known adverse effect of having breast cancer, but studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. (Medical News Today)

Why you might fall into a 'food coma' this Thanksgiving
Preparing for the day's overindulgence? New research indicates you might want to watch your intake of protein and salt - it could put you in a food coma. (Medical News Today)

Chronic sleep disruption linked to liver cancer
A mouse study has found that prolonged sleep deprivation - or 'social jet lag' - may disrupt normal liver functioning, increasing the risk of liver cancer. (Medical News Today)

Skipping breakfast and not enough sleep can make children overweight
Mothers smoking in pregnancy, children skipping breakfast and not having a regular bedtime or sufficient sleep all appear to be important factors in predicting whether a child will become overweight... (Medical News Today)

Poor sleep may increase risk for irregular heart rhythms
Poor sleep - even if you don't have sleep apnea - may be linked to higher risks of developing an irregular heartbeat. (Medical News Today)

Increased smartphone screen-time associated with lower sleep quality
Exposure to smartphone screens is associated with lower sleep quality, according to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Matthew Christensen from the University of California... (Medical News Today)

Does Cancer Cause Night Sweats?
Learn about excessive sweating in male and female cancer patients and what treatments are available. Also learn about other causes of night sweats. (Medical News Today)

Study links shorter sleep and sugar-sweetened drink consumption
Treating sleep deprivation could potentially help reduce sugar intake, say UC San Francisco researchers. (Medical News Today)

Finding shift work hard to handle? Your genes could be to blame
New study has uncovered a gene variation that is more common among shift workers who experience exhaustion as a result of their irregular working patterns. (Medical News Today)

Poor self-regulation in teens associated with circadian rhythms and daytime sleepiness
Chronic insufficient sleep is at epidemic levels in U.S. teens and has been associated with depression, substance use, accidents, and academic failure. (Medical News Today)

Sleep deprivation may cause people to eat more calories
Sleep deprivation may result in people consuming more calories during the following day, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis led by researchers at King's College London. (Medical News Today)

Genes for dreaming, deep sleep identified in new study
Researchers have identified two genes in mice that control dreaming and deep sleep. The finding could yield new treatments for human sleep disorders. (Medical News Today)

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