Monthly Archives: November 2017

Anxiety, depression and sleep apnoea

Sleep apnoea happens when people’s airways temporary collapse while they are asleep. People wake up with a start gasping for breath which can have serious effects on people’s health and doesn’t exactly make for a good night’s sleep. You would … Continue reading

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Opening a window onto better sleep

People often shut their windows at night to make the place nice and cosy but they could be doing themselves out of a good night’s sleep. Asit Kumar Mishra, from Eindhoven University of Technology, led a team of researchers looking … Continue reading

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Perfectionism and poor sleep

Perfectionism has been linked to poor sleep but until now most research has been based on people’s own reports of their sleep quality which are notoriously unreliable. In this study Anna F. Johann, from the University of Freiburg in Germany, led a team of researchers looking … Continue reading

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Sleep, soldiers and shooting

In the heat of battle soldiers often go without sleep. This isn’t ideal as it leads to lots of tired, grumpy people with slow reactions making life-or-death decisions about who – and who not to – shoot. In this study … Continue reading

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Sleep, darkness and driving

People are more inclined to nod off at the wheel when it gets dark but is this because people who drive at night-time aren’t getting enough sleep, or is there something inherent in darkness that makes drivers feel sleepy? Christer Ahlstrom, from … Continue reading

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How to tell if you’re taking too much melatonin

Many people take melatonin to help them sleep. It’s a naturally-occurring hormone, produced by the pineal gland, that is part of the body clock. It builds up in the body through the evening and overnight helping people get to sleep. … Continue reading

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Early to bed, early to rise …

Not sleeping enough has been linked to children becoming fatter and eating less healthily. However, there is less research on whether when children go to bed and wake up makes any difference. In this study 439 children from New Zealand, … Continue reading

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