Overriding the brain when we want to sleep

Overriding the brain when we want to sleep

What keeps us awake when we want to sleep? Much about sleep remains a mystery to scientists, but one team has identified a brain region that appears to be involved with wakefulness. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, examined a region of the brain called the dorsal raphe nucleus. They hoped […]

Women more hampered by sleep disorders than men

Women more hampered by sleep disorders than men

A new study by Australian researchers suggests that men and women are affected differently by sleep disorders. Results show that women are more likely than men to have more severe symptoms of depression, trouble sleeping at night and excessive daytime sleepiness. Women also have more difficulty concentrating and remembering things due to sleepiness or tiredness. In […]

A Simple Trick to Beat Insomnia

A Simple Trick to Beat Insomnia

Insomnia — that terrible feeling of lying awake in bed hoping sweet sleep will come. Many experts recommend getting out of bed if you remain awake for more than 20 minutes. Shelley Hershner, an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Medicine’s Sleep Disorders Center in Ann Arbor, agrees. In an article on […]

How Money Woes Can Sabotage Sleep

How Money Woes Can Sabotage Sleep

What’s keeping people up at night? According to a survey by CreditCards.com, financial insomnia is the highest it’s been since the Great Recession. In a telephone survey of 1,000 Americans, 65% said they lie awake worrying about money. And the biggest cause of that anxiety is health insurance. This year, 38% reported health care and […]

Night Owls Can Blame Genetics

Night Owls Can Blame Genetics

If your body doesn’t seem to want to settle into nocturnal slumber at the same time as everyone else, your genetics may have a hand in that. Researchers at Rockefeller University in New York City have discovered that a variation in the CRY1 gene will cause longer circadian cycles in people, meaning those night owls […]

Study Shows How Facebook and Sleeplessness Are Not Related

Study Shows How Facebook and Sleeplessness Are Not Related

A number of studies have found that using Facebook and other social media apps can interfere with sleep (also known as “Research You Can File Under ‘Duh’ ”), but a new investigation from the University of California, Irvine, shows an opposite correlation, according to a news release. “There have been lots of studies on how information […]