Why a positive outlook on life means healthy sleep

Why a positive outlook on life means healthy sleep

Having a purpose in life helps people move through their days—and also their nights. Researchers at Northwestern University’s Department of Neurology in Evanston, Illinois, studied 800 older adults to see if having a purpose in life translated into fewer sleep disorders and disturbances. It turns out, it did. After establishing a baseline with study participants, […]

Out-of-sync sleep may have roots in human past

Out-of-sync sleep may have roots in human past

We might not experience life-or-death situations when our families go to sleep at night, but researchers think age-related insomnia is a holdover from our hunter-gatherer roots. Researchers from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, call their theory the “poorly sleeping grandparent hypothesis,” according to a news release. Earlier […]

Have insomnia? Try exercise

Have insomnia? Try exercise

People with insomnia may be inclined to reach for a pill, but science has another answer — exercise. “There has been more and more research in the last decade showing exercise can reduce insomnia,” says Kelly Glazer Baron, clinical psychologist at Rush University in Chicago in a May 30 article on CNN.com. “In one study […]

New treatment for ADHD uses wakefulness drug

New treatment for ADHD uses wakefulness drug

A new clinical trial has shown promise in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, with a drug commonly used for narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness. In the trial, Eric Konofal of Robert-Debré Hospital in Paris and his colleagues gave 85 adults with ADHD the drug mazindol, which works as a stimulant to keep people awake, or a […]

Make no mistake—people love their beds

Make no mistake—people love their beds

They love them so much, in fact, that people spend time doing a number of things in their bedrooms and on their beds that, technically, should be reserved for sleeping and sex. “The lounging that was once done from the comfort of our living rooms has shifted over to our bedrooms,” says lifestyle expert Elizabeth […]

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 […]

Why Sunday is the Worst Sleep Night of the Week

Why Sunday is the Worst Sleep Night of the Week

It may come as little surprise, but three times as many people sleep badly on Sunday night than any other night of the week. This information comes from a survey of 4,279 Americans and Britons conducted by pollsters at YouGov on behalf of Calm.com, a meditation app. A full 46% ranked Sunday night as the […]

All-Nighters and Catch-up Sleep Spoil Creativity

All-Nighters and Catch-up Sleep Spoil Creativity

College students are known for pulling all-nighters to study for exams or finish major projects before the deadline. But at what cost? A study by researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, looked at the creativity and attention of interior design students after sleep marathons, where students sleep long periods of time to catch up […]

How a Hot Shower Gives You Sweet Dreams

How a Hot Shower Gives You Sweet Dreams

Move over warm milk. There’s another way to help people drift off at night. To improve your sleep, experts recommend taking a hot shower before bed, according to a Feb. 21 article on Time.com. In the past, people have been advised to take warm baths to help them wind down from the day. A shower […]

New Study Shows Longer Sleep Could Signal Dementia

New Study Shows Longer Sleep Could Signal Dementia

A study by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine has found that people who sleep more than nine hours at night have double the risk of developing dementia in 10 years than those who sleep less. The study, based on data from the Framingham Heart Study, which followed participants for 10 years to see who […]