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Health News - Sleep/Sleep Disorders

Mapping the circuit of our internal clock
Research sheds light on the neural structure that controls our sleep, eating habits, hormones and more.What's that old saying about Mussolini? Say what you will but he made the trains run on time. (Medical News Today)

ACP recommends cognitive behavioral therapy over drugs for treating chronic insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) should be the first-line treatment for adults with chronic insomnia, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). (Medical News Today)

Salts in the brain control our sleep-wake cycle
Danish research is behind a new epoch-making discovery, which may prove decisive to future brain research. The level of salts in the brain plays a critical role in whether we are asleep or awake. (Medical News Today)

Sleep problems may last up to 18 months after TBI
People who experience a traumatic brain injury may have sleep problems for up to 18 months after, though many may not be aware of it, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Working nights is bad for the heart
Working at night is unhealthy for the heart and increases the risk of sustaining coronary heart disease, meaning a disease of the coronary arteries. (Medical News Today)

Heart disease risk higher among shift workers
Nurses who do shift work for more than 5 years have a small but significantly higher risk of heart disease, which wanes in time after they stop working shifts. (Medical News Today)

Study links hypoxemia from obstructive sleep apnea with renal complications in type 2 diabetes
Examining the poorly understood link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and type 2 diabetes complications, researchers identified specific measures of low blood oxygenation that are associated... (Medical News Today)

Sleep deprivation may lower 'good' cholesterol
Researchers find that just short-term lack of sleep may have a big influence on cholesterol, shedding light on why sleep deprivation has been linked to cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Can changes to your diet help you sleep better?
A review of 21 studies that analyzed the effectiveness of modifying nutritional intake as a treatment for improving sleep found mixed results, as reported in the article "Systematic Review of... (Medical News Today)

Finding sleep's sweet spot
No one is telling you what time to go to bed with this, but researchers are making a strong case that the duration and timing of your sleep are closely associated with whether your behavior is... (Medical News Today)

Why do we sleep badly during the first night in a new place?
The first night in an unfamiliar bed is often disturbed. Scientists have uncovered the neuroscience behind this mysterious effect and why it is important. (Medical News Today)

Fatty diets lead to daytime sleepiness, poor sleep
University of Adelaide researchers have found that men who consume diets high in fat are more likely to feel sleepy during the day, to report sleep problems at night, and are also more likely to... (Medical News Today)

A breath of fresh air: Drexel scientists reveal how the brain generates respiratory rhythm
Bringing a steady supply of fresh air to the lungs can seem like a simple task, but breathing is a careful orchestration of brain and body. (Medical News Today)

Night shift work may affect women more than men
After living in a controlled dark-light environment that shifted their sleep-wake cycle away from their inbuilt 24-hour clock, women showed more cognitive impairment than men. (Medical News Today)

Study identifies specific work factors that predict sleep problems
Modifiable work factors could be targets for interventions to improve sleep. (Medical News Today)

Cognition and sex differences in circadian rhythms
Shifted sleep-wake cycles might differently influence brain function in men and women, according to a study. (Medical News Today)

How the brain consolidates memory during deep sleep
Using a computational model, UC Riverside study explains how the hippocampus influences synaptic connections in the cortex. (Medical News Today)

How do we fall asleep and wake up? Scientists uncover key mechanism
Researchers have found that BK channels in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the brain play a major role in the regulation of sleep-wake cycles. (Medical News Today)

Architecture of the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) infered, the control center for circadian processes
Honed over millions of years of evolution, our circadian rhythms are responsible for the adaptation of our bodies to cycles of light and dark. (Medical News Today)

Why white matter matters in insomnia
Insomnia can strike anyone at any time, yet the neurology involved is still poorly understood. A new study examines the role of white matter in this exhausting and cryptic malady. (Medical News Today)

New analysis: finds 25 million Americans face 6x likelihood of poor health from multiple unhealthy behaviors
New analysis examining five unhealthy behaviors - smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient sleep, physical inactivity, obesity - finds more than 25 million American adults have multiple unhealthy... (Medical News Today)

UK public missing out on a night's worth of sleep every week
Experts call for introduction of 'slumber number' sleep guidelines.The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), in a report released today, has warned that the UK public is under-sleeping by an... (Medical News Today)

New recommendations link better sleep to improved concussion outcomes
Expert panel targets sleep disturbances in mild traumatic brain injury.A national group of sleep and brain injury specialists recommends specific steps to test and develop sleep-related... (Medical News Today)

Sleepwalking: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
Learn about sleepwalking, a disruptive sleep disorder that causes individuals to unconsciously engage in activities while they are asleep. (Medical News Today)

Losing weight with a high-protein diet can help adults sleep better
Overweight and obese adults who are losing weight with a high-protein diet are more likely to sleep better, according to new research from Purdue University. (Medical News Today)

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