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 […]

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 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 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 […]