New study debunks 3 common sleep myths, here’s what you need to know

New research dispels some common sleep myths that prevent people from getting adequate rest and that may lead to health problems in the long run

New study debunks 3 common sleep myths, here’s what you need to knowResearchers have linked insufficient sleep with a range of health problems. These include obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, and mental health issues. Several widespread misconceptions about what constitutes good sleep hygiene could contribute significantly to the sleep deprivation crisis, suggests new research. Rebecca Robbins, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Population Health at New York […]

Lack of sleep makes it harder for the body to lose weight

Sleep deprivation has long been linked to an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese, and inadequate sleep has been linked to difficulties with weight loss

Lack of sleep makes it harder for the body to lose weightEven when cutting calories helps people lose weight, they may have a harder time getting rid of excess body fat if they don’t get enough sleep, a small experiment suggests. Over eight weeks, researchers asked 15 overweight and obese adults to focus only on cutting calories and another 21 participants to both cut calories and […]

Did you know? Around 71% resident doctors are sleep deprived

A study conducted by junior resident doctor Oshin Thomas, working with the ENT department at Government Medical College (GMC), has revealed that most resident doctors are sleep deprived and suffer from daytime sleepiness

Did you know? Around 71% resident doctors are sleep deprivedDr Oshin Thomas was recently awarded gold medal for her presentation of research during annual conference of the Indian Association of Surgeons for Sleep Apnoea. She has conducted a survey on resident doctors at GMC in Amritsar, Punjab and results are startling. The results revealed: 43 per cent of resident doctors are poor sleepers. 24 […]

Sleep quality varies throughout menstrual cycle in young women

Young women are more likely to experience sleep disruption in the days leading up to their menstrual period, according to a new study that will be presented Saturday at ENDO 2019, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans, Louisiana

Sleep quality varies throughout menstrual cycle in young women“Sleep is more disrupted in the several days directly prior to menses in young healthy women,” said Anne E. Kim, a medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. “Increased sleep disruption was found in the late luteal phase, which corresponds with the days directly […]

Sleep deprivation ups heart attack risk, suggests new study

Researchers found that the people with who slept at least 6 hours at the start of the study were 1.5 times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease or stroke than the people who did not have a history of heart disease

Sleep deprivation ups heart attack risk, suggests new studyFor people who are at risk for heart disease and diabetes, getting enough sleep may be especially important: Snoozing for less than 6 hours per night may increase their risk of premature death as sleep deprivation cause heart attack risk, a new study finds. People in the study who had a high body mass index […]

Scientists reveal why sleep is the best painkiller that nature can provide

A lack of sleep impairs the brain's natural mechanisms for relieving pain, finds the new study, which draws attention to potential links between the public health crises of sleep deprivation, chronic pain, and prescription opioid addiction

Scientists reveal why sleep is the best painkiller that nature can provideNew research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, finds that sleep deprivation increases sensitivity to pain by numbing the brain’s painkilling response. The effects of sleep deprivation on the brain are numerous, from inducing an inebriation-like state of cognitive impairment to hindering our ability to learn and form new memories. New research highlights another neurological […]

Most migraine sufferers avoid alcohol, as it can trigger severe headaches

Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine, are recognised by patients with migraine as a trigger, which has a significant impact on alcohol consumption behaviours, according to a new study

Most migraine sufferers avoid alcohol, as it can trigger severe headachesA migraine is a headache accompanied by a severe throbbing or pulsing sensation on one side of the head.  Some individuals also experience aura such as flashes of light or wavy vision. People often report feeling nauseous and sensitive to light and sound during a migraine attack.  Both the frequency and severity of the migraines […]

What are the long-term risks of using sleeping pills?

Insomnia, the difficulty in falling or staying asleep, is a common problem. When it is a long-term problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends cognitive behavioural therapy rather than medication. But if someone is experiencing short-term insomnia, they may be prescribed sleeping pills

What are the long-term risks of using sleeping pills?These medications, often classified as sedative-hypnotics, should not be used for long. Not only because the body can build up a tolerance after a while but also in order to reduce the likelihood of associated health risks. Here are a few of them you should know about. Unintentional sleep behaviours Parasomnia refers to an action […]

4 potential health risks of working the night shift

Your work schedule can take a toll on your health, not just in terms of the length but also the timing of working hours. Irregular timings, as opposed to the typical 9-to-5 schedule, are usually followed by medical staff, police officers, truck drivers, firefighters, and more

4 potential health risks of working the night shiftWhile some stick to a nocturnal schedule, others work rotating shifts where they switch between day and night shifts as per the demands of the job. Researchers have looked into the possible health effects of this, though most of the research has been observational in nature. This means that many studies can highlight risks in […]

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 […]
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