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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • The Specifics of Sleep Deprivation

    Seems as if every day there is another report on the news raising the alarm about the dangers of not getting enough sleep. Headlines about tragic, devastating accidents are being followed days later by revelations that train engineers or truck drivers were behind the wheel without having slept in days, and even corporations are starting to pay attention, installing nap rooms for employees suffering from fatigue. Continue reading

  • Global sleep facts

    Though most people are only concerned about what happens in their own back yard (or in their bedroom when it comes to sleep), that is not the case when you’re talking about the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). The independent nonprofit organization is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. As a result, they devote a great deal of time to conducting studies and polls about sleep, both here and in countries around the world. Continue reading

  • Pennsylvania School Districts Dismiss Research on Teen Sleep Needs

    This year, the beginning of the school year was made a bit more interesting by an announcement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The esteemed medical group released a policy statement recommending that school districts shift the start time of high schools, adjusting their school schedules so that high school classes begin no earlier than 8:30 in the morning. The reasoning behind the guideline was the steady accumulation of data showing that adolescents need it.  Continue reading

  • Can A Sleep App Really Deliver Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

    Researchers who study the effectiveness of different therapeutic approaches and treatments for insomnia have long held that the most effective way to approach the problem is through cognitive behavior therapy. Though there is a tendency to try to treat the problem with medication, when compared to sleeping medications cognitive behavior therapy has proven time and time again to be far more effective, and without any of the negative side effects or dependencies that can come with medication.  Continue reading

  • Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Further Explored

    It has long been known that a link exists between Alzheimer’s disease, and its related cognitive declines, and poor quality and quantity of sleep. Now a team of researchers from Italy has found that Alzheimer’s patients have a corresponding increase in their levels of orexin, a component of cerebrospinal fluid that plays a role in the sleep wake cycle.

    Dr. Claudio Liguori of the Sleep Medicine Centre at the University of Rome has published a study that reveals that orexin levels are linked to deterioration in the quality of sleep, and are present in greater-than-normal quantities in patients who have been diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease. Continue reading

  • Weight Gain Tied to Chronic Jet Lag

    It has long been known that there is a link to sleep deprivation and obesity. Much of this has been attributed to the impact that sleep shortages have on the production of grehlin and leptin, two hormones that play an important role in feeling full or feeling hungry. Now a study out of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel has discovered yet another association between sleep disruption and weight. Scientists there have determined that chronic jet lag and shift work can cause disruption in the circadian rhythms of microbes and bacteria found in the gut, and this disruption can lead directly to weight gain.  Continue reading

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