Author Archives: John Gale

About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.

Sleep, mood and memory

Working memory is the short-term memory we use to remember a phone number or add items to a shopping list. As people get older this goes downhill but other things can effect it, including how much sleep one gets and … Continue reading

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Sleep and emotional perception

Sleep affects people’s minds in all sorts of ways and in this study Sandra Tamm, from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, looked at the way sleep deprivation affected people’s emotional perceptions. She studied 117 people, using PET and MRI scans … Continue reading

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Can you blame your parents for insomnia?

Once upon a time parents only had to worry about the visible ways they could mess their children’s lives up; now they have to worry about all sorts of duff genes they could pass on to their offspring too. Could … Continue reading

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Sleep apnoea and heart problems

Sleep apnoea is a condition in which one’s airways collapse temporarily while one is asleep causing one to wake up with a start. In this study Diego Mazzotti, from the University of Pennsylvania, led a team of researchers looking into … Continue reading

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Why sleep is not a one-man (or woman) business

Despite the fact that most people sleep with someone beside them sleep studies have most often dealt with people as individuals. Attempting to overcome this was a team of researchers led by Taylor Elsey, from the University of Kentucky. The … Continue reading

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Early to bed, early to rise

“Early to bed, early to rise makes a boy (or girl) healthy, wealthy and wise,” is a parents’ saying that has annoyed generations of children over hundreds of years. However, like a lot of other similar sayings it has a kernel … Continue reading

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Interpersonal relations and sleep

People who have good relationships as young adults experience less stress as they get older which, in turn, lead to them sleeping better. Chloe Huelsnitz, from the University of Minnesota, led a team of researchers who studied 112 people, following … Continue reading

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Apples, pears and sleepless nights

Sleep apnoea – a condition in which one’s airway collapses temporarily while one is asleep causing one to wake up with a start – is more common in fat people. However, fatness comes in many shapes, albeit only one size, … Continue reading

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Getting a good night’s sleep in hospital

It can be hard enough being in hospital without people waking you up in the middle of the night for tests, beeps and alarms going off and doors clanging and banging. In this study Vineet Arora, from the University of … Continue reading

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Phones, electromagnetism and sleep

In this study Arne Lowden, from Stockholm University, led a team of researchers investigating the effects of the electromagnetic fields emitted by 3G phones on sleep. 18 people aged 18-19 took part in the study. They underwent three hours of … Continue reading

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