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Short and long sleep associated with increased risk of dementia and lung cancer

26/05/2017

Difficulties in initiating or maintaining sleep at middle-age are associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The 20-year follow-up study was conducted among 2,682 men participating the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Study.
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Identification of the neuronal suppressor of cataplexy, sudden weakening of muscle tone

15/05/2017

Sleep is of absolute necessity for us humans, although if one falls asleep all of a sudden while being awoken, it would cause a big trouble. The brain is equipped with sleep mechanism and wakefulness mechanism, which are regulated to be on or off in an adequate manner.
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Little kids' regular bedtimes and ability to regulate emotions may lessen obesity risk

24/04/2017

Family structure including regular bedtimes, mealtimes and limited screen time appear to be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers, and that might lower the chances of obesity later, a new study suggests.
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Study of sleep apps finds room for improvement

17/04/2017

An analysis of 35 popular phone-based sleep apps finds that while most help users set sleep-related goals and track and manage their sleep, few make use of other methods known to help the chronically sleep-deprived.
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Researchers find a 'sleep gene'

07/04/2017

Washington State University researchers have seen how a particular gene is involved in the quality of sleep experienced by three different animals, including humans.
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Delaying school start times won't help sleep deprived teenagers

29/03/2017

Delaying school start times in the UK is unlikely to reduce sleep deprivation in teenagers, research from the University of Surrey and Harvard Medical School has found. The research, conducted in collaboration between mathematicians and sleep scientists, predicts that turning down the lights in the evening would be much more effective at tackling sleep deprivation.
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Sound waves boost older adults' memory, deep sleep

09/03/2017

Gentle sound stimulation - such as the rush of a waterfall - synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
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