Monthly Archives: September 2017

Getting to sleep in intensive care

If you were looking for a good night’s sleep you probably wouldn’t book yourself into an intensive care unit. Beeps go off constantly, machinery whirrs, patients are checked up on at regular intervals and once in a way someone has … Continue reading

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Sleep apnoea, bones and vitamin D

People with sleep apnoea are often treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) where air is pushed through their airways at a higher pressure than the atmosphere. In this study a team of researchers, led by Jenny Theorell-Haglow from the … Continue reading

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Could nerve stimulation help with sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea occurs when the muscles that normally keep people’s airways open while they are asleep fail to do their job properly. This leads to the airway collapsing and people waking up with a start, sometimes many times over the … Continue reading

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Night-time itching and how to beat it

Many people are kept awake at night by itchy skin (pruritus). People’s body clocks can cause changes which make itching worse such as increased blood-flow to the skin and increased skin temperature and there are fewer distractions to take people’s … Continue reading

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Dark, drink and sleeplessness – the unholy trinity

Lots of people get depressed, lack energy and crave stodge during the winter something – when it’s severe enough – psychiatrists call Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). People with SAD also tend to suffer from sleep problems and drink more, which, … Continue reading

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How sleep apnoea messes with your metabolism

Sleep apnoea is caused when people temporarily stop breathing at night when their airway closes. In this study Jonathan Jun, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the U.S., led a team of researchers looking into how sleep apnoea … Continue reading

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Middle-aged women suffer sleepless nights in America

Around one in five¬†middle-aged women in the US are suffering from insomnia, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sleep problems were more likely in women transitioning into the menopause of whom more than half … Continue reading

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