For teens, online bullying worsens sleep and depression – reveals study

Teens who experience cyberbullying are more likely to suffer from poor sleep, which in turn raises levels of depression, found a University of Buffalo study

For teens, online bullying worsens sleep and depression – reveals studyAlthough research has examined the relationship between online bullying and depression, the University of Buffalo study is one of few to explore the connection between cyber victimisation and sleep quality. The study surveyed more than 800 adolescents for sleep quality, cyber aggression and depression. The research will be presented by Misol Kwon, first author and […]

Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertension

A stressful work environment coupled with a lack of sleep can result in a threefold-higher risk of cardiovascular death in people with hypertension

Stress, insomnia may triple death risk for those with hypertensionRecent research looked at how stress and insomnia affected the health of employees who have hypertension, and the news was sobering. The researchers found that in comparison with their peers who slept well and did not experience work-related stress, hypertensive employees with stress and insomnia were three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. […]

A good night’s sleep can help prevent build-up of plaque in arteries

Studies have linked lack of sleep to long-term health conditions, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, and heart disease. However, they have not shed much light on the underlying biological mechanisms

A good night’s sleep can help prevent build-up of plaque in arteriesFresh evidence suggests that sleep regulates a mechanism that can help to protect arteries from hardening. The finding reinforces the notion that good-quality sleep is important for cardiovascular health. Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Massachusetts, together with colleagues from other research centers, studied the development of atherosclerosis in mice. Atherosclerosis is the […]

Using gadgets before bedtime can impair your child’s quality of life

Night-time screen use was associated with poor sleep, both difficulty falling asleep and waking too early. Using screens in a dark room was associated with worse sleep outcomes than using them with the lights on

Using gadgets before bedtime can impair your child’s quality of lifeUsing screens before bedtime impairs children’s sleep and may diminish their quality of life. For the study, British researchers studied 6,616 children, average age 12, who reported their use of screens, mobile phone, tablet, e-reader, computer, portable media player, television or game console, during the hour before bedtime. They also filled out a well-validated 10-item […]

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 […]

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic pain

A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. Also, sleep disturbances contribute to problems in the ability to process and cope with pain

Why poor sleep can lead to chronic painPeople who sleep poorly may be more likely to develop a chronic pain condition and have worse physical health, a study from the UK suggests. A general decline in both the quantity and quality of hours slept led to a two- to three-fold increase in pain problems over time, researchers found. “Sleep and pain problems […]