Lack of sleep changes your personality

In 1959, New York DJ Peter Tripp stayed awake 200 hours for charity. While the impact of his 'wakeathon' was far more dramatic than expected, doctors are still learning about why it changed him so much. Jakke Tamminen, a psychology lecturer at Royal Holloway, explains

Lack of sleep changes your personalityIn 1959, Peter Tripp, a popular New York DJ, pledged to stay awake for 200 hours for charity while continuing to host his radio show. Studies into sleep deprivation were rare at the time so no one knew what to expect. This made it a major event, not only for Tripp’s millions of listeners, but […]

Sleep may impact college grades more than drinking or drugs, reveal study

College students who want good grades may want to skip the all-nighters and avoid picking early-morning classes because a new study suggests lack of sleep is at least as bad for academic success as binge drinking or doing drugs

Sleep may impact college grades more than drinking or drugs, reveal studyEach night of the week that college students have sleep problems was associated with a 0.02-point drop in their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and 10 per cent higher odds that they would drop a course. “Someone who is routinely well rested has a 0.14 GPA advantage over someone perpetually sleepy,” said study co-author J. […]

Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes risk

The importance of sleep is well-known. A recent study enforces this by demonstrating that sleep deprivation might increase diabetes risk - after losing just 1 night of sleep

Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes riskSleep is undoubtedly one of physiology’s most mysterious but essential functions. We all need it, yet the exact reasons why it’s so important are still being debated. What we do know is that sleep is important for memory consolidation; it also seems to afford the brain time to clear out toxins that built up throughout […]

Just one night of poor sleep can make you gain weight and lose muscle mass

People who don’t get enough sleep have a harder time resisting high-calorie foods, more cravings for unhealthy meals, and difficulty controlling their impulses. Lack of sleep causes hormonal changes that make it harder for your body to build muscle and heal

Just one night of poor sleep can make you gain weight and lose muscle massOne sleepless night may be enough to make your body start storing extra fat and breaking down muscle, research suggests. This helps to explain why people with insomnia and shift workers with disrupted sleep patterns are particularly prone to obesity and type 2 diabetes, says Jonathan Cedernaes at Uppsala University in Sweden. He and his […]

Researchers say sleep deprivation is ‘like drinking too much’ for the brain

New research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of Los Angeles, California (UCLA) and Tel Aviv University in Israel now confirms that sleep-deprived people experience memory lapses and may deal with distorted visual perception; as the communication between neurons is temporarily impaired

Researchers say sleep deprivation is ‘like drinking too much’ for the brainLately, many studies have focused on how sleep affects the ways in which our bodies function, and especially on how it impacts the brain. Studies recently covered by Medical News Today have suggested that how much — and how well — we sleep may be key in visual learning, memory consolidation, and necessary unlearning. New […]

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not well

 Getting no sleep, let alone an hour too little, throws your body’s regular processes for a loop, jostling the delicate balance of hormones out of whack and signalling to your brain that something is definitely wrong. A number of things happen when you pull an all-nighter, and not one of them is good

How does the body cope with a night of no sleep, the answer is: not wellWho among us has not pulled an all-nighter, the practise which is generally seen among college students or working professionals, wherein, people will generally be up all night either studying or working very hard to complete a certain given task or assignment before a nearing deadline. All-nighters mark the full surrender to academic demands — […]