Sleep Disorders News & Sleep Problems News

Sleep and Rest Key to Better Health

Tuesday 21st September 2010

A leading sleep expert has suggested that people with sleep problems could achieve the health benefits associated with a good night's sleep by engaging in meaningful rest activities including meditation.

Aerobic Exercise Eases Insomnia

Thursday 16th September 2010

Regular aerobic exercise could help to ease insomnia in middle aged and older patients who have difficulty sleeping, according to new research from the Sleep Disorders Centre at Northwestern Medicine. Sleep experts explain the the discovery is particularly significant as middle aged and older people are at increased risk of developing the sleeping problem – and exercise therapy could be used to improve sleep patterns without altering or affecting medications that patients in this age group may be taking to relive the symptoms of other medical complaints.

Key Sleep Discovery Made

Wednesday 15th September 2010

Researchers at Washington State University have found the mechanism that switches the brain from sleeping to waking in a landmark discovery that could enable scientists to develop treatments for a range of sleeping problems. The new research, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology decisively links sleep and brain activity, in a scientific first, by explaining how a rush of the energy chemical, adenosine triphosphate, is released by active brain cells and binds to protein molecules to promote sleep.

Sleep Linked to Childhood Obesity

Tuesday 7th September 2010

Regularly getting a good night's sleep could prevent children from becoming obese, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Researchers found that children, babies and toddlers who slept under 10 hours per night were more likely to feel hungry and crave calorie rich foods – and were more than twice as likely to become overweight or clinically obese than their soundly sleeping counterparts.

Sleepless Nights Could Explain Teen Depression

Saturday 4th September 2010

Teenagers who stay up late at night surfing the internet or using social networking sites could be risking their mental health, according to a new report published in the journal Sleep. Australian researchers believe that sleep deprivation could explain the rise in teen depression.

Insomnia Linked to Early Deaths

Thursday 2nd September 2010

American researchers have discovered that chronic insomnia is linked to higher mortality rates in men, sparking health care expects to lobby for government policy and health care initiatives that raise awareness about the health implications of sleep problems.

Chronic Drinking Impairs Sleep Patterns

Monday 30th August 2010

Chronic drinking badly damages the body's sleep wake cycle, according to new research due to be published in the November issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The new report suggests that regularly drinking to excess can alter the genes that regulate the circadian body clock, causing them to produce lower levels of RNA or 'messenger' proteins than non or moderate drinkers.

Swine Flu Jab Narcolepsy Concerns

Friday 27th August 2010

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently investigating whether Pandemix, Glaxo Smith Kline's swine flu jab, is linked to the sleep condition narcolepsy amid concerns that the inoculation may caused the on-set of the sleep problem in a small number of patients in Finland and Sweden.

Disturbed Sleep Linked to Heart Disease

Friday 6th August 2010

Disturbing the body's sleep-wake cycle could dramatically increase or lower triglyceride levels in the bloodstream and cause heart disease, according to a new report published in August edition of the journal Cell Metabolism.

Sleep Deprivation Hard to Shift

Wednesday 4th August 2010

Getting a good night's sleep could be more important than ever - after researchers have shown that catching up on lost sleep can be difficult to do. A new report published in the
journal SLEEP suggests that whilst having a long lie at the weekend could off-set late nights or early starts it will not properly relieve chronic sleep deprivation.

Sleep Behaviours Linked to Brain Disorders

Friday 30th July 2010

People who kick or lash out during sleep could be at an increased risk of developing dementia or Parkinson’s disease, according to new research. The new report, published in the journal Neurology, also showed that the rapid eye movement and brain activity of sleepers who kicked or lashed out during sleep dramatically varied from their peacefully sleeping counterparts. Researchers hope that spotting the sleep behaviours could help to signal brain disorders decades before symptoms manifest.

New Research Explains Teen Sleep Problem

Tuesday 27th July 2010

The grumpy teenager who holes themselves up in their bedroom is a well known teen stereotype, however new research shows that this behaviour could be less laughable and more practical than previously believed - after scientists have found that teens who spend their summer nights socialising out-doors may be more likely to develop sleeping problems.

New Nose Plug For Sleep Apnoea

Sunday 25th July 2010

A new nose plug is being developed that restricts airflow during sleep and could be used to cure snoring and to treat mild sleep apnoea. The new nose plug works by using a valve to allow air to enter the nostrils but snaps shut to restrict the amount of air that is exhaled - causing the remaining air to flow into the throat and airways where it forces muscles that line the throat and airways to resist from closing

Sleep Problem Linked to Heart Disease

Thursday 22nd July 2010

People who suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea could be at increased risk of developing heart disease later in life, according to a new report published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cherry Juice Boosts Sleep

Wednesday 14th July 2010

Drinking cherry juice could help insomniacs to sleep better, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Rochester, New York, found that drinking natural, unsweetened cherry juice before going to bed resulted in insomniacs getting up to  17 minutes more shut-eye than normal.

Smelling Jasmine Improves Sleep

Sunday 11th July 2010

Forget sleeping pills - a whiff of jasmine could be just the thing to promote a good night's sleep, according to new research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. German researchers found that a nose-full of fragrant florals helped to relieve anxiety and improve sleeping patterns of individuals who had long suffered sleep disorders.

Good Sleep Improves Memory

Sunday 4th July 2010

Getting a good night's sleep could improve your memory, according to new research. Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis explain that sleep improves prospective memory - or our ability to recall things we have planned to do.

Happier Teens Sleep Longer

Tuesday 6th July 2010

Just 30 minutes of extra sleep a night could make teenagers feel much happier, according to new research. A study published by scientists in Rhode Island found that teenagers who benefitted from a slighter longer sleep span were more alert in class and ate healthier breakfasts.

Bad Dreams Linked to Health Problems

Sunday 27th April

Bad dreams could cause multiple mental health problems including depression and anxiety, according to new research. German researchers behind the new sleep study found that people who experienced regular nightmares were up to 5 times more likely to develop a mental health problem.

Insomniacs Have "Different Brains"

Sunday 20th June 2010

Older adults who experience problems sleeping have 'different brains',according to new research. Dutch scientists studying the brain activity of insomniacs claim that the brains of older people with insomnia function and look differently than normal. Researchers hope that doctors will be able to easier diagnose and treat the sleep disorder by looking for differences in brain composition and function that have been newly identified.

Bright Light Sleep Therapy

Thursday 17th June 2010

Bright light therapy could be used to help traumatised soldiers get a good nights sleep, according to new research. Scientists at the University of Carolina, Columbia, found that soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder were able to sleep easier after undergoing bright light therapy. Researchers also found that soldiers felt less depressed after treatment.

Sleep Linked To Metabolic Syndrome

Thursday 10th June 2010

People who routinely sleep for longer than average could be at increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and strokes, experts claim. Researchers at the University of Birmingham School of Medicine found that older people that slept for more than eight hours per day were more likely to have metabolic syndrome - a collection of risk factors including high blood pressure and high blood sugar that are linked to heart disease, diabetes, stokes and more. The news has shocked medical experts who believed that lack of sleep - not excess sleep - would be linked to ill health.

Early Bedtime Benefits Children

Monday 7th June

Children who have a set bedtime routine outperform their sleep-deprived classroom counterparts, researchers claim. Researchers at SRI International, California, examined the sleeping habits of thousands of children and found that the hours children slept seemed to have a direct bearing on their skills.

Mid Life Sleep Crisis

Sunday 16th May

Middle aged men could suffer a mid life sleep crisis as their body's testosterone levels begin to dwindle, researchers claim. Researchers at the University of Montreal explain that after reaching 30 men's testosterone levels start to decrease and could badly affect their sleep patterns by the age of 40. The researchers suggest that middle aged sleepers may be able to sleep for fewer hours and may not be able to sleep as deeply as they would have previously enjoyed.

Sleepless Night Increases Diabetes Risk

Thursday 6th May 2010

Researchers in the Netherlands warn that even one sleepless night could lead to the start of insulin resistance behaviours linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. The researchers claim that as sleep problems and shorter sleep patterns have increased over the past ten years, so too have the reported cases of insulin resistance. Researchers explain that this worrying trend shows that insulin sensitivity is not fixed in even the healthiest of people.

Sleep Disturbances Linked to Autism

Monday 3rd May 2010

New research shows that autistic children with sleep disorders may exhibit an increased number of challenging daytime behaviours. Researchers at the Autism Speak's Autism Treatment Network suggests that treating sleep disorders such as night terrors could be key to treating and reducing problem behaviours in children with autism or aspberger's syndrome.

Sleep Could Prolong Life

Saturday 1st May 2010

New research suggests that regularly getting a good nights sleep could improve the length and quality of your life. Researchers at the University of Warwick and the Federico II University in Naples claim that individuals who sleep for 6-8 hours per night are more likely to live longer and to enjoy better health. The news sparks alarm that chronic sleep problems may reduce the life spans of individual sufferers, depriving them of more than just a good nights sleep.

Work Patterns Linked to Sleep Problems

Friday 23rd April 2010

New research seems to show that working night shifts can be linked to sleep problems. The study carried out at Swansea University, Wales, suggests that people aged between 30 and 40 who work night shifts are at increased risk of developing a number of sleep disorders.

Video Games Affect Sleep

Wednesday 21st April 2010

New research shows that playing a video game before going to bed can causes gamers to stay awake for longer. Research published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that male adolescents take almost twice as long to fall asleep after playing a video game than after watching a calming documentary.

Sleep Disorder Increases Stroke Risk

Sunday 11th April 2010

New research suggests that people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, are at an increased risk of having a debilitating stroke. Researchers from the Sleep Heart Health Study found that middle aged men and women with the sleep disorder could be up to twice as likely to suffer a stroke. The study also shows that people with sleep apnea are more likely to develop high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat, a heart attack and suffer potentially fatal heart failure.

Child Sleep Problems May Lead to Alcohol Abuse

Tuesday 6th April 2010

New research has unveiled that children who suffer from childhood sleep disorders are more likely to develop drug and alcohol problems as they get older. The study, due to be published in the June issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, found that children who develop sleep disorders in their early childhood are more likely to continue to experience problems sleeping during adolescence and young adulthood. The researchers also found that overtiredness caused by childhood and adolescent sleep problems was directly linked to the later development of drug and alcohol abuse behaviours.

Daily Routine Could be Key to Fighting Insomnia

Thursday 1st April 2010

New research, published today, suggests that maintaining a regular daily routine could be key to improving poor sleep quality and reducing insomnia. The research, published in online journal Sleep, follows from a detailed study of elderly people living in a retirement village in Israel. Researchers who regularly interviewed, monitored and assessed the 96 elderly participants, found that adopting a regular daily routine had multiple benefits.

How to Answer Sleeping Questions

Monday 1st March 2010

In a modern age where science is beginning to provide the answer to many things; one of the most natural things we do, sleeping, still remains a mystery. The amount of sleep required is still a highly debated topic, the question as to whether sleeping can help rid us of cold and flu still echoes around, but how do we find the answers? Researchers at the Rensselar Polytechnic Institute believe mathematics provides the long awaited answer.

Gain Brain Power with a Nap

Monday 22nd February 2010

An often debated issue is what power a midday nap holds; but recent research shows that by taking a one hour snooze in the middle of your day your brain will be much more ready and able to take on new information. Whilst naps in the middle of the day appear an inconvenience researchers now show that they will not only rejuvenate your mind but help to make you cleverer.

Snoring Eradicated by Popping a Pill

Thursday 11th February 2010

With around 3 million people in the UK alone thought to snore, it is clear many of us are having disturbed nights sleep due to a partner’s noisy outburst during the night. However, researchers in America believe they have found the first pill that could actually stop someone from snoring. Not only that but this magical pill could also help lower some of the risks that are associated with sleep apnoea, e.g. heart disease and high blood pressure.

Less Sleep Less Brain

Friday 29th January 2010

For the first time a study shows a strong correlation between lack of sleep and a smaller amount of “grey matter” in certain parts of the brain. This increases concern as to the severity of particular sleeping disorders, such as insomnia, as it is evident that not only do they take their toll on the sufferer’s wellbeing but it now appears their brains could be suffering too.

Children that are secondhand smokers could have extended sleep problems

Sunday 24th January 2010

Unfortunately, many children are exposed to secondhand smoke on a regular basis, be it their parents, grandparents, friends and so on that are smoking around them; but doctors and scientist warn that this could be having a severe impact on their overall wellbeing. The February edition of Pediatrics (already available online) gives an in-depth report on a study based on exactly this kind of problem; focusing predominantly on children who suffer from...

Type 2 Diabetes & Sleep Apnoea have a fatal link

Saturday 16th January 2010

For the first time a study has revealed how an untreated case of obstructive sleep apnoea could worsen a type 2 diabetics health as their control over their blood glucose levels becomes harder. Not only that, but the study discovered that many type 2 diabetes sufferers are in fact suffering from sleep apnoea, albeit unbeknown to them.

You Don’t Snooze You Lose

Friday 15th January 2010

Published yesterday in Science Translational Medicine, it was revealed what many had already feared – if you have chronic sleep loss one night, refreshing sleeps for the next few days may not be enough to eradicate the effects of your lost sleep. It comes with a dire warning for people with long shift patterns; e.g. lorry drivers, as experts warn that continual amounts of sleep loss without the right sleep pattern can dramatically reduce concentration and performance to a point where they are putting themselves and others in danger.

Late-night adolescents at risk of depression

Saturday 2nd January 2010

Whilst it may seem like an impossible challenge to make your teenager go to bed at a reasonable time of a night, your insistence could help reduce the risk of them developing depression and suicidal thoughts. This latest study was conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and looked at 15,500 teenagers data to try and see what significance a good night’s sleep had on their overall wellbeing.

8 hours sleep may not be for all of us

Tuesday 29th December 2009

So much emphasis is placed on getting the right amount of sleep in order to be fully functional for our day ahead; but in an increasingly hectic world many ignore the doctor’s advice. However, a recent study has revealed that perhaps some of us are literally gifted in the sleep department, and the full eight hours really isn’t necessary. Not only that but scientists believe that many of us don’t just survive on less sleep but flourish from it.

A simple urine test in children could detect sleep apnoea

Sunday 20th December 2009

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder that can go unnoticed for a considerable amount of time, as the sufferer is unaware of their behavioural patterns during the night. The disorder has also been linked to an increased chance of obesity and other health problems. However, researchers in Chicago think they could have found the answer to an early diagnosis of this condition.

Ecstasy could be fatal to your sleep

Thursday 10th December 2009

In a report published this week by Neurology it shows recent tests that have been carried out on people who have recreationally taken the drug ecstasy and its affects on the users sleep. The sleep disorder it seems to enhance is sleep apnoea which is a potentially life-threatening disorder if left untreated.

New research gives Dad’s the perfect excuse for a baby’s cry

Many new mother’s will often moan that their partner seems able to sleep too well through the sound of their newborn crying; but studies have proved that it really isn’t just an excuse for men. The news offers no new hope to women but a relief of the nagging for every new father.

Wednesday 2nd December 2009

Go Organic with your Mattress

Tuesday 1st December 2009

A recent study has shown that going green with your mattress could actually give you a much better night’s sleep. With an increasing number of people suffering from sleep disorders, stressful lifestyles leading to insomnia and less time to sleep perhaps the answer lies in this green solution.

Sleep could solve errors within the Memory

Wednesday 16th September 2009

Whilst it may seem obvious that lack of sleep could cause reduced concentration and thus a worse memory, recent studies have shown that any errors one may have within their memories could be rectified by a better night’s sleep.

Sleep deprivation hinders fertility in women

Tuesday 8th September

It is well known that the recommended amount of sleep is around 7-8 hours a day, and there are well known consequences for not getting these hours too often, including grumpiness and drowsiness.

Drinking over the guided daily amount and sleep problems

Monday 7th September 2009

Recent surveys have shown that those who are exceeding their daily intakes of alcohol could be severely reducing the amount of sleep they are having during the night.

Seizure drug for women whose sleep suffers due to hot flushes

Saturday 6th September 2009

New studies have shown that the drug Gabapentin could benefit menopausal women and sustain these benefits.

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