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 […]

Being sleep deprived can affect efficacy of painkillers, says study

The most surprising finding was that common painkillers seemed to have no efficacy in alleviating pain induced by sleep deprivation. By contrast, wakefulness-promoting drugs successfully stopped the pain hypersensitivity caused by acute and chronic sleep deprivation

Being sleep deprived can affect efficacy of painkillers, says studyResearchers have uncovered surprising links between sleep deprivation and pain sensitivity. These findings may have significant implications for pain management therapies Any pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks is considered to be chronic. Chronic pain can be a consequence of injury, an underlying illness, or it may have no known cause. Many people […]

Be cautious, sleep deprivation leads to erectile dysfunction

Dr Sandeep Patil, chief Intensivist and Physician at Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, shares how lack of sleep or change in sleeping patterns can affect the sex life of a man

Be cautious, sleep deprivation leads to erectile dysfunctionIn these busy schedules, some people cut down their sleep to make sure that other responsibilities, work and familial, are met. The urge to ‘get the job done’ somehow proves to be stressful on the body. And, getting the right amount of sleep can do wonders for your health. It plays an important role in […]

Sleep deprivation can cause obesity in children and teenagers

Sleep is especially important for children and young adults, and yet another study has reinforced the idea that sleep deprivation in youths is associated with obesity later in life. The new research shows that poor sleep precedes weight problems, and therefore may be a risk factor of obesity and not a consequence

Sleep deprivation can cause obesity in children and teenagersChildren who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at a higher risk of developing obesity. Research at the University of Warwick has found that children and adolescents who regularly sleep less than others of the same age gain more weight when they grow older and are more likely to […]

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 […]

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, a new study finds. People in the study who had a high body mass index (BMI) and elevated cholesterol along with a […]

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 — […]

Beware! Your cabbie can be sleep deprived

We all travel by cabs regularly. Sometimes, we notice the driver in a confused state, agitated or irritated. But, you will be shocked to know that two taxi-drivers from Mumbai have posed a unique case to doctors about sleep deprivation

Beware! Your cabbie can be sleep deprivedToday, sleep deprivation is one of the most commonly found problems. Your body needs sleep, just as it needs air and food to function at its best. Without enough sleep, your brain and body systems won’t function normally. It can also dramatically lower your quality of life. However, as a passenger, the last thing that one […]

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 […]