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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals study

Preliminary results from a new study show that excess heart age (EHA) appeared to be lowest among adults who reported sleeping seven hours per 24-hour period. Sleeping times less than or greater than seven hours were associated with increased excess heart age, and the highest elevations in EHA were noted in short sleeper

Lack of sleep can ‘age’ your heart in the long-run, reveals studyAdults who sleep too little or too much may have an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, say researchers who argue that the best way to think of the harmful effect is in terms of ‘excess heart age.’ In a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, those who slept seven hours a night had […]

Here’s how you can beat the afternoon slump

Afternoons are a sleepy time for many. Your mind is foggy, your eyelids heavy and your entire body yearns for a nap. There is a reason we all experience an afternoon slump from time to time - It is programmed into our bodies

Here’s how you can beat the afternoon slumpAlthough the Western world does not generally encourage napping for adults, many people are not as alert in the afternoon as they would like to be. Afternoons and circadian rhythm There are several reasons that we often tend to feel tired and groggy in the afternoon. First, many people eat a carb-heavy lunch, leading to […]

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 […]