Can’t fall asleep? Making a to-do list before bedtime can help, says study

Researchers found that the participants who wrote to-do lists fell asleep an average of 9 minutes faster than those who wrote about already-accomplished tasks. The theory behind this is the mentally ‘offloading’ responsibilities before bedtime, which in turn frees the mind

Can’t fall asleep? Making a to-do list before bedtime can help, says studyIt sounds simple, but there’s evidence that it just might work. According to a small study published in the January issue of Journal of Experimental Psychology, participants who took 5 minutes to write out a to-do list before bed fell asleep more quickly than participants who wrote about tasks they had already completed. The key, […]

World Sleep Day: ‘Good sleep is a prerequisite for productivity, efficiency and healthy life’

Ahead of World Sleep Day (March 16), a Pan India survey shows Indians have a direct correlation between increasing salary and ease of falling asleep. The India Sleep and Wellness survey, commissioned by a private mattresses company, was conducted among working professionals above the age of 25 in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore

World Sleep Day: ‘Good sleep is a prerequisite for productivity, efficiency and healthy life’In the survey, it was found that over two thirds of the sound sleepers believed they are 100% productive at work; whereas more than half of those who reported getting insufficient sleep, believed they were only 75% (or less) productive. Interestingly, people below the age group of 30, sleep better compared to their older counterparts. […]

Lack of sleep may increase infertility risk among women

The study revealed that women with sleep disorders were also more likely to have a variety of chronic health problems, including high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, lung disorders and kidney issues

Lack of sleep may increase infertility risk among womenWomen with sleep disorders other than sleep apnea may be more than three times as likely to experience infertility as their counterparts who don’t have trouble sleeping, a recent study suggests. When insomnia was to blame for women’s sleeping difficulties, they were more than four times as likely as peers who slept well to experience […]

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer advice

People experiencing recurring nightmares face difficulty in sleeping again. By relaxing and actively coping with nightmares, one may be able to sleep with content, say experts

How to deal with your worst nightmares, experts offer adviceNightmares are very vivid and bad dreams that occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase of sleep. Although, it is very common in children, nightmares can happen to anyone, say doctors.  If the nightmares are persistent, psychotherapy and counselling can serve to be useful in addressing a person’s underlying emotional issues. Also listen to calm […]

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians advise

In the aftermath of a major event, people are focused on the event itself and less on how to talk to kids. News is always available and bombarding us, even on channels we may not expect, such as social media, where children spend their time

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians adviseParents wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks have a new resource to help them, published online in the medical journal JAMA Paediatrics. “There have been a lot of changes in how we receive news and the types of news we receive, which has impacted the […]

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’

Mohit was diagnosed with narcolepsy, a rare neurological disorder caused by the brain's inability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. It is a disorder in which a person falls asleep at random times. There is no specific cure of for this disease

‘People thought I was lazy, it turned out to be narcolepsy’Family members and friends of Mohit More (name changed), a 26-year-old, always knew that he slept a lot. Even during the day, Mohit used to get an excessive urge to sleep which he could not control. He slept for 14 to 16 hours in a day. It was considered that he had a habit of […]

Scientists identify a gene that may be keeping people up at night

Researchers at the Rockefeller University have uncovered a genetic mutation that may explain why a common form of insomnia called delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), which is at least partly heritable sometimes and tends to run in families

Scientists identify a gene that may be keeping people up at nightSome people, no matter what they do, simply cannot fall asleep until the wee hours—and do not feel rested unless they get up much later than most of us. These night owls may have a common form of insomnia called delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), which studies have suggested is at least partly heritable. Now […]