Neuroscientists discover on/off switch in the brain for deep sleep

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The parafacial zone (PZ) in the brain stem produces half of all the brain’s sleep-promoting activity.

For the first time ever, neuroscientists have used an innovative new method to identify a circuit in the brain that promotes deep sleep, which reinvigorates the brain from its daily activities.

 

 

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Lack of sleep is killing you: Infographic

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Sleep or die – lack of sleep can have serious effects to your health.

There could be serious risks to your health if you don’t get the right amount of sleep every night.  Lack of sleep can leave long-lasting effects on your body and your mind.  The medical perspective is irrefutable: lack of sleep is deadly.

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30 most sleep-deprived cities in the U.S.

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A federal study concluded in 2008, certain states have higher incidence rates of sleeplessness than others.

Functioning on a few hours of sleep isn’t just miserable, it’s dangerous, as recent news has suggested.  Several air-traffic controllers were caught sleeping on the job last month, prompting the FAA to fire a few. Recent studies have proven that sleep deprivation can make people more unethical, less attractive, and can weaken problem-solving skills.

 

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‘Insomnia cap’ keeps brain cool for a better sleep

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Keeping your head cool could help you sleep better.

Are you kept awake on hot, summer nights? There’s a simple cure – keep a cool head!  Insomnia is associated with increased metabolism in the brain’s frontal cortex, and the metabolism can be reduced by literally cooling that part of the brain, via regional cerebral hypothermia, according to research from the Sleep Neuroimaging Research Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

 

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How Bad Dreams Are Associated With Health Problems

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Bad dreams are associated with health problems – from insomnia, fatigue and headaches, to depression and anxiety

One in 20 people suffers with frequent or chronic nightmares, writes Roger Dobson.  In one of the biggest studies in the area, results show that bad dreams are associated with health problems  –  from insomnia, fatigue and headaches, to depression and anxiety.

 

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Turn Off Your Laptop or iPad Just Before Bed if You Want a Good Night’s Sleep

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Consumer electronics, such as laptops, deceive our minds that it is still daytime, preventing sleep and increasing the risk of insomnia. 

American researchers have discovered that human brains and sleep patterns are confused by devices that emit bright lights.  Consumer electronics, such as laptops, deceive our minds that it is still daytime, preventing sleep and increasing the risk of insomnia.

 

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Sleep Yourself Skinny – Too Little Sleep Is Making Us Fat

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Chronic tiredness affects ability to function well

For women, lack of sleep is so common that the standard reply to ‘How are you?’ is: ‘Shattered!’ But a growing body of evidence indicates that chronic tiredness isn’t just affecting our ability to function well – it’s also making us fat.

 

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As in Humans, Sleep Solidifies a Bird’s Memories

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European starling. Sleeping is known to help humans stabilize information and tasks learned during the preceding day

Sleeping is known to help humans stabilize information and tasks learned during the preceding day. Now, researchers have found that sleep has similar effects upon learning in starlings, a discovery that will open up future research into how the brain learns and preserves information.

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Overcoming Insomnia: 20 Natural Tips to Stop Tossing & Turning

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Life Feels A Little Strange Without Sleep

Sweet dreams – got ‘em? Many of us don’t. For some, bedtime is a nightly battle of tossing, turning and exhausted frustration; believe me, I’ve been there myself. As with any of life’s imbalances, there’s usually an underlying reason for insomnia and although stress and tension are usually the root cause, there are natural solutions to help you get the rest you deserve. Try some of these ideas and see which ones work for you…

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Compensate for Jetlag with Wrist Acupuncture

Compensate for Jetlag with Wrist Acupuncture

Relief is as close as your poky little watch

Stress, worry, jet lag and a host of other factors can contribute to the misery of insomnia. The natural drug-free answer could be the Sleep Partner, a simple bracelet strap that stimulates the acupuncture points of the wrist associated with sleep to create sleep-inducing stress relief and help normalize your body’s biological clock.

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