Every year, tens of millions of Americans toss and turn with chronic sleep disorders. But diagnosis isn’t easy: It usually means sleeping in a lab entangled in gadgets that track breathing, heart rate, movement, and brain activity, followed by expert analysis of the data.
It may seem to you like time sleeping is time lost. To our brains, though, sleep is not only productive, but vital. Sleeping provides the chance for our brains to do some chemical house cleaning, which helps us feel rested, awake, and a lot less grumpy the next day.
If you regularly sleep less than six hours it could cause the same damage as alcohol abuse. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increased risk of obesity, depression, heart attacks and strokes. People flying back from holiday greeted by smashed up cars However, the new research suggests it may also have a debilitating impact on the brain.
If you ever have to travel a long distance – say, Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Detroit to Chicago, San Francisco to Los Angeles – you might be stuck with only bad options: a flight from an airport with chronic delays that’s hard to get to, or an Amtrak that costs three times as much as a flight.
Sleep could be the next frontier of sport science, with Europe’s top-flight teams turning to experts to recharge their multimillion-pound assets and gain a competitive advantage on the field. As reported by Mark Bailey of the teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are recruiting “sleep coaches” to help their players snooze better.
Longer sleep periods are associated with a lower body mass index and positive metabolic health markers, according to a study published Tuesday, with the researchers highlighting the role of sleep in the battle against obesity. Looking at over 1,600 participants, researchers from the University of Leeds in the U.K.
It’s quite nice to curl up in bed with your phone and check Facebook just before you doze off. But unless you’ve configured your device to adjust its screen color when the sun goes down, it’ll likely mean a worse night’s sleep.
Adults in the UK who have poor sleep patterns are more likely to be overweight and obese and have poorer metabolic health, according to a new study. The findings showed that people who were sleeping an average of six hours a night had a waist measurement that was 3 cm greater than individuals who were getting nine hours of sleep a night.
Depending on our age, we are supposed to get between seven and 10 hours of sleep each night. But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of us get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night.
Scientists once thought that sleep was a passive state, a time when a person’s brain and body shut down for the night to rest and recover. But now, researchers know that sleep is a highly active time, a period during which the brain and some physiological processes may be hard at work.