Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. While these disruptions are sometimes viewed as a side effect of brain disorders, new findings presented today suggest that aberrant sleep-wake cycles can also drive brain pathology.
But people also underestimate their impairment due to drowsiness when it comes to other mental and physical activities. When there’s been chronic sleep-deprivation, individuals actually reset their baseline so that their state of sluggishness, ill health and mental fatigue becomes their new “normal.” If you think you’re getting by just fine on four or five hours … Continue reading It’s time to wake up to the fact that a general lack of sleep is severely and negatively affecting all of us
Obstructive sleep apnoea is a condition where the throat relaxes and narrows during sleep to the point that it cuts off breathing. The condition becomes more common in old age, and in people who are overweight, and makes high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep disruption more likely – which are all factors associated with dementia.
If you’re one of those people who has trouble falling asleep, listen up. You might fall asleep 15 minutes earlier and wake up far less during the night if you put on a pair of socks at bedtime. It turns out that the temperature difference between the surface skin of your extremities and your abdomen (known by sleep geeks as the distal-proximal … Continue reading Why socks help you sleep better
What makes sleep so essential for our wellbeing comes down to three main things: to save our energy, to help our cells recover, and to help us process and understand our environment. In order to get a healthy eight hours of sleep, which is the amount that many people need, you need to be in bed … Continue reading Why eight hours a night isn’t enough, according to a leading sleep scientist
In the largest ever study of its kind, researchers decided to explore the connection between an interrupted circadian rhythm and the development of mood disorders. Their verdict: experiencing an insufficient amount of sleep can have an extremely detrimental impact on both your mental and physical health.
Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it.
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