Sleep Health

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Katie Golde

Poor Sleep Triggered By Grief May Leave Widows More Vulnerable To Heart Disease

It’s traumatic enough to lose a spouse, but new research from Northwestern University and Rice University suggests sleep disturbances that are triggered by grief may impact the health of the partner left behind. The results suggest these sleep difficulties may cause higher inflammation. This puts the bereaved spouse at an increased risk for cardiovascular issues such as

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Laura Newcomer

Takeaways From The World’s Largest Sleep Study

The world’s largest sleep study has concluded, and the researchers identified patterns that are relevant to anyone looking to improve their sleep health. We spoke with Conor Wild, Research Associate in the Owen Lab at London’s Western University and the study’s lead author, to understand some of the study’s main takeaways. More than 10,000 people

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Katie Golde

New Study Links Shorter Sleep And Dehydration

Those feeling unwell after a night of bad sleep may need more than just some extra shut-eye. It might be time to reach for a glass of water and drink up, say experts. Researchers from Penn State University found that adults who sleep only six hours per night — as compared to eight hours — are more likely

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Laura Newcomer

Could A Lack Of Sleep Lead To Risky Behavior In Teens?

Sleep-deprived teens may be at a higher risk of engaging in risky or suicidal behavior, new research finds. The study, which was published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, found that teens who slept fewer than eight hours on an average school night were more likely to participate in a variety of unsafe behaviors, which ranged

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Laura Newcomer

Researchers ID A Neural “Sleep Switch” That Turns Sleep On And Off

A new study has found a certain set of nerve cells may be responsible for turning the brain “on” and “off,” thereby promoting sleep. The findings suggest this particular set of nerve cells (dubbed GAL neurons) is essential for maintaining normal sleep cycles. What’s more, GAL neurons may at least partially explain the relationship between

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Laura Newcomer

Scientists Have Created A Blood Test For Drowsy Driving

Scientists have developed a blood test that determines whether a person has skipped a night of rest. The researchers discovered that people who have not slept within the past 24 hours develop unique biomarkers in their blood that indicate a lack of sleep. This research might set the stage for developing tools that enhance public

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Laura Newcomer

Irregular Sleep-Wake Cycles Are Associated With Higher Disease Risk

Going to bed and waking up at different times each day may increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic illnesses, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So concludes the first study to consider the relationship between disease risk and a minute-by-minute measure of sleep regularity. We spoke with the study’s lead author, Assistant Professor

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Marten Carlson

Does Sleep Deprivation Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

A new study found that just one night of sleep loss could increase our risk of type 2 diabetes. Using mice as subjects, researchers at Toho University compared sleep-deprived mice to mice with healthy sleep. The mice who had been kept awake showed a higher count of enzymes associated with insulin resistance. In previous studies,

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Laura Newcomer

Research Finds Possible Link Between Sleep Apnea And High Cholesterol

A new study suggests a possible link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and higher levels of “bad” cholesterol as well as higher levels of triglycerides, or fat stores that have been linked to heart disease when they exist in high levels. The study, which was published in Respirology, comes on the heels of a growing

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Marten Carlson

Analysis: Too Little And Too Much Sleep Could Affect Heart Health

A new analysis of studies may have found a connection between our sleep and cardiovascular disease. The new meta-analysis, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich, Germany, reported that subjects who slept less than six to eight hours a night had worse heart health than those who slept within that range. Additionally,

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