Monthly Archives: February 2018

Helping teenagers get a good night’s sleep

Many teenagers find it hard to fall asleep, especially when they are under stress. In this study Kate Bartel, from Flinders University in Adelaide, led a team of researchers who compared a mindfulness body-scanning exercise recorded on an MP3 player, … Continue reading

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Drivers, drowsiness and disaster

Every so often somebody nods off at the wheel of a juggernaut and ploughs into the central reservation of a motorway with terrible consequences. Now new research from the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests the problem of driver drowsiness could … Continue reading

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Dehydration and sleep

Some research has shown a link between dehydration and poor-quality sleep. In this study – led by Panagiotis Aristotelous, from the University of Nicosia in Cyprus – researchers studied 12 healthy young men who went to sleep when they were … Continue reading

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Shift work, sleep and the heart

Previous research has shown that short spells of sleep deprivation can lead to sympathetic hyperactivity with increases in blood pressure and heart rate and an increased secretion of stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline. In this study Daniel L.R. … Continue reading

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Mandibular advancement – is made-to-measure better than off-the-peg?

Mandibular advancement devices (MADs) hold the lower jaw and tongue forward making more space to breathe and preventing snoring – they are one of the ways of treating sleep apnoea, a condition in which breathing is temporarily interrupted while people … Continue reading

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