An extra hour of sleep ‘boosts women’s likelihood of sex’

For women, each additional hour of sleep increases the likelihood of sex by 14%. This is according to a new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Although previous studies have looked closely at medical illness, psychological disorders and relationship dissatisfaction as factors that can lead to sex problems for women – such as a lack of sexual fantasies or diminished arousal – sleep…

A clue as to why men sleep better than women

Insomnia is thought to be twice as common in women as in men. A new study published in PNAS suggests that being male or female has an impact on how well we are likely to sleep. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that around 1 in every 4 Americans occasionally lacks sleep, and that 10 percent of the population live with chronic…

Sleep Helps Detox Your Brain

New research shows that a recently discovered mechanism that removes waste products from the brain is mainly active during sleep. This revelation could transform scientific understanding of what sleep is for, and how it works and offers new directions for brain disease treatments. The team, from University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), write about their findings in the latest online issue of Science. Lead author…

Insomnia May Raise Stroke Risk

Sleep Better with Somnius by NuTesla, the affordable, non-invasive, high-tech solution to insomnia. WebMD News from HealthDay By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People plagued with insomnia might have an increased risk of stroke, particularly if they are young adults, a new, large study from Taiwan suggests. Over the course of four years, researchers found that insomnia seemed to…

FDA recommends reducing dosage of sleep aid Lunesta

Read original article here. The Columbus Dispatch – May 16, 2014 WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that people prescribed the sleeping pill Lunesta should be starting with half the current recommended dose, part of the agency’s continuing effort to reduce sleep aids’ risky side effects, such as drowsiness while driving. The agency recommended a new starting dose of 1 milligram, down…

Want to learn a new dance or yoga posture? Sleep on it!

According to researchers at the University of Montreal, the regions of the brain that play an important role as we train our bodies’ movements interact more effectively after a night of sleep. While researchers knew that sleep helped us learn sequences of movements (motor learning), it was not known why. Read the article A night’s sleep helps us to learn motor sequences from Medical News…

Lucid dreamers solve more problems in reality

The movie Inception popularized the concept of “lucid dreaming,” where you wake-up within a dream and are not limited by the constraints of reality. A new study by the University of Lincoln in the UK suggests lucid dreamers are likely to have better problem-solving skills in reality. According to Dr. Bourke, who leads the research team, “It is believed that for dreamers to become lucid…

Help your teenager stay healthy by sleeping better!

Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours. Read the article Inadequate sleep during teen years increases risk…

Insomnia could impair memory of eyewitnesses

Researchers from the University of California-Irvine and Michigan State University suggest sleep deprivation could increase the risk of false memory formation – the recall of an event that never occurred. The researchers note that although lack of sleep has been associated with impaired cognitive functioning, very few studies have investigated whether sleep deprivation contributes to false memories, until now. The research team, led by Steven…

Sleep Quality Critical to PTSD Treatment

The effectiveness of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment may hinge significantly upon sleep quality, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “The implication is that we should try treating sleep before treating the daytime symptoms of PTSD and see if those who are sleeping…