‘Sleep switch’ in brain discovered

A ‘Sleep switch’ in brain discovered by Oxford in breakthrough which could lead to better sleeping pills. A pill to help insomniacs drop off instantly could be developed after scientists discovered the brain switch which triggers sleep. Dubbed ‘Sandman’, the switch is triggered by falling levels of the chemical dopamine which is known to keep people awake. Sleep is governed by two systems—the circadian clock…

Why do we wake-up stiff in the mornings?

Scientists think they have solved the mystery of why your back hurts in the morning Credit: Alamy By Telegraph Reporters 7 August 2016 • 10:39pm Scientists have discovered why we wake up stiff in the morning – because our body’s natural ibuprofen has not kicked in yet. Researchers revealed the reason our limbs can feel rigid and achy when we rise is because the body’s…

Lack of Sleep Increases a Child’s Risk for Emotional Disorders Later

When asked how lack of sleep affects emotions, common responses are usually grumpy, foggy and short-tempered. While many jokes are made about how sleep deprivation turns the nicest of people into a Jekyll and Hyde, not getting enough shut-eye can lead to far more serious consequences than irritability, difficulty concentrating and impatience. Candice Alfano, a clinical psychologist and associate psychology professor at the University of…

Body Clock Determines Drugs’ Effectiveness

Body clock determines how effective drugs will be: The time of day you take your tablets affects their potency, study finds Scientists in the UK have highlighted importance of body clock in altering concentration of molecules in the blood Study found amount of sleep, levels of light we are exposed to and the timings of meals could alter the way drugs work Suggests blood tests…

Shortness of sleep ‘speeds up’ aging of the brain

Shortness of sleep speeds up the aging of the brain in older people, say researchers from Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. The research on healthy adults aged 55 years and older, published in the journal Sleep, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological assessment to investigate changes in the brain associated with aging. For every hour of reduced sleep duration, the researchers found an annual…