Oct 10, 2017
FDA approves implantable device to treat moderate to severe central sleep apnea
U.S Food and Drug Administration approves a new treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe central sleep apnea.
Sep 15, 2017
Poor sleep hastens progression of kidney disease
People with chronic kidney disease may be especially vulnerable to the deleterious effects of poor sleep.
Sep 14, 2017
SIDS research confirms changes in babies’ brain chemistry
University of Adelaide researchers have confirmed that abnormalities in a common brain chemical are linked to sudden infant death syndrome.
Jul 03, 2017
The secret connection between anxiety and sleep
A new study reveals a role of the BNST GABAergic system in sleep/wakefulness control, especially in shifting animals' behavioral states from NREM sleep to wakefulness. It also provides insight into the pathophysiology of insomnia and the role of orexin in arousal regulation.
Jun 12, 2017
Insomnia genes found
An international team of researchers has found, for the first time, 7 risk genes for insomnia. This is an important step toward the unraveling of the biological mechanisms that cause insomnia. The findings are published today in Nature Genetics.
May 22, 2017
Deep sleep maintains the learning efficiency of the brain
For the first time, researchers have demonstrated the causal context of why deep sleep is important to the learning efficiency of the human brain. They have developed a new, non-invasive method for modulating deep sleep in humans in a targeted region of the brain.
Apr 19, 2017
Could regulating the circadian rythm help people regain consciousness?
A study published today in the journal Neurology is the first to report an association between circadian variations in body temperature and arousal in brain-injured patients.
Mar 31, 2017
Insomnia associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke
A meta-analysis assessing the association between insomnia symptoms and incidence or death from cardiovascular disease, stroke, or a combination of events found that difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, and non-restorative sleep were significantly associated with higher risks of cardiovascular and stroke events.
Feb 03, 2017
High-resolution images show how the brain resets during sleep
Striking electron microscope pictures from inside the brains of mice suggest what happens in our own brain every day: our synapses grow strong and large during the stimulation of daytime, then shrink by nearly 20% while we sleep, creating room for more growth and learning the next day. The 4-year research project published today in Science offers a direct visual proof of the “synaptic homeostasis hypothesis.”
Jan 27, 2017
Chronic sleep deprivation suppresses immune system
Researchers took blood samples from 11 pairs of identical twins with different sleep patterns and discovered that the twin with shorter sleep duration had a depressed immune system, compared with his or her sibling. The findings of this study, one of first conducted outside of sleep lab, were published January 25th in the journal Sleep.