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The ancient clock that rules our lives – and determines our health

Our lives are ruled by time; we use time to tell us what to do. But the alarm clock that wakes us in the morning or the wristwatch that tells us we …

Nobel Prize

The power of sleep: How shut-eye helps the body as you age

No one seems to get enough sleep these days, but rest is how the human body recovers.<p>About a third of Americans are chronically sleep deprived. The …

Sleep

Here’s what your sleep position might mean for your health

Everyone from scientists to mental health professionals to Arianna Huffington agrees that getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important …

Sleep

Here is Why Sleep is Important! Your Brain Literally Eats Itself When You Don’t get Enough Sleep

The reason we sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours — our brains actually change states when we sleep to clear …

Neuroscience

Your dreams are disappearing in a cloud of pot smoke and it's a problem

<b>The problem</b><p>People who smoke a lot of marijuana often report they either don't dream or don't remember their dreams. That's because marijuana can …

Sleep

​These 6 Foods Will Help You Sleep Better Tonight

Hooray for bedtime snacks!<p>Turn off Colbert, hit the sack earlier, avoid blue screens... eat before bed? Yes, it goes against every old wives' tale (and conventional wisdom), but research reveals that nighttime nibbling can help you sleep better.<p><i>Strategic</i> nighttime nibbling, that is—or what we at <i>WH</i> …

What Is Sleep Paralysis? 8 Facts About This Terrifying Phenomenon

Picture this: You're curled up in bed, light streaming through your windows, and you're ready to roll over and start your day—but for a few …

Not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much may up Inflammation risk

Sleep disturbances and longer sleep duration are associated with increases in markers of inflammation, finds a new study. It is a localised physical …

Hello Sense and Sleep Pill review

The Sense and Sleep Pill prove that tracking your sleep can be easy and accurate.<p>The Sense and Sleep Pill prove that tracking your sleep can be easy …

Wearable Tech

How getting more sleep affects your mind and body

We're always on the lookout for ways to transform our lives, but sometimes we forget that — along with exercise— another miracle drug for our brains and bodies is within reach: sleep.<p>If you have a few days off this summer, one of the best things you can do with your time is fix your sleeping …

Sleep

7 Ways Night Shower Can Help You Sleep Better

Can Quality Sleep Prevent Alzheimer’s?

A recent study suggests a solid night’s sleep may help the brain process a “garbage” protein buildup that, over time, could impact the development of …

Alzheimer's Disease

6 Things People With Sleep Apnea Wish You Knew

Misinformation persists about obstructive sleep apnea — when you stop breathing briefly and repeatedly during sleep — even though about 18 million Americans have the common condition, according to the National Sleep Foundation.<p>The number of people with sleep apnea is going up, found a May 2013 …

Depression linked to erectile dysfunction in sleep apnea patients

Depression and low quality of life may contribute to erectile dysfunction in men with sleep apnea, a Korean study suggests.<p>Sleep apnea, a common disorder that leads to disrupted breathing or shallow breaths during slumber, has long been tied sexual health problems, researchers note in the Journal …

Sleep

How Better Sleep Contributes To Safer, Healthier Lives

As day turns to night and most of us settle into sleep, our senses disconnect and the physical world gives way to dreams. It feels like idle time, but our brains are busy recharging, processing memories, checking core systems and cleaning out waste. Hours later, we awake, refreshed.<p>For millions of …

Sleep

Why do women have a harder time sleeping than men?

Wage gap? Desire gap? Orgasm gap? Meet the latest member of the outcome-disparity club: the sleep gap. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, insomnia is more common in women than men — and experts believe there are a few specific reasons why this sad truth exists. Some …

Sleep

Medicare Regulations Are Driving a Wedge Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients and Their Providers

<i>By Gerard Meskill, M.D.</i><p>With over 52 million enrolled beneficiaries, Medicare's policies and practices influence a large percentage of America's healthcare population (1). With some studies estimating that as many as 20 percent of the American adult population (with higher numbers in the older …

Medications May Cause Dementia, But It Could Be Untreated Sleep Apnea

<i>By Brandon R. Peters, M.D.</i><p>The news was enough to give you indigestion: Some of the over-the-counter and prescription medications most widely used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the development of dementia. The research suggesting a possible association is the latest in a string of …

What Your Tongue And Tonsils Could Tell You About Your Sleeping Habits

Go to the dentist!<p>Your dentist might be able to tell if you're having trouble sleeping.<p>Yes. A new study published in the Saudi Medical Journal found that the size of a person's tonsils may indicate their risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which blocked upper airways cause breathing to …

The Daily Startup: ApniCure Raises $15.8 Million for Sleep-Apnea Treatment

Art by Mike Lucas<p>In this morning’s Web roundup, Gecko Biomedical collects 22.5 million euros for wound sealant. Atomico seeks a $750 million fund. And immigrants founded more than half of U.S. startups valued at $1 billion or more, a study finds.

Untreated Sleep Apnea Makes Truck Drivers 5 Times As Likely To Crash

You probably know that things like alcohol, vision problems and texting are all risk factors for traffic accidents. But what about the seemingly innocuous condition of sleep apnea?<p>Obstructive sleep apnea is a chronic disorder in which a person experiences pauses in breathing during the night, …

Can Your Dentist Help Your Sleep?

<b>What's the role for dentists in managing sleep problems?</b><p>There are actually a number of links between your teeth and sleep. <b>Bruxism</b> (grinding of the teeth or jaw clenching) commonly occurs during sleep and can cause pain and damage to teeth. In addition, the shape of the jaws and arrangement of …

Jaw support good alternative to breathing mask for sleep apnea

Patients with sleep apnea who are tired during the day because they can't wear a breathing mask all night to keep their airways open may be able to reduce daytime sleepiness by using a jaw support instead, a research review suggests.<p>Millions of patients worldwide wear breathing masks all night to …

Sleep

Can't fall asleep? Try breathing, says tech

2breathe or not 2breathe (sorry)<p>Lots of gadgets claim to accurately track your sleep, but can they <i>put</i> you to sleep? That's what 2breathe, a new chest-strap-and-app system, is supposed to do.<p>2breathe, which is made by an Israeli company of the same name, relies on a torso sensor to measure your …

Wearable Tech

The Best Sleeping Positions for Health and Happiness

Whether you snooze on your back, side, or stomach, you probably don’t give your sleeping position much thought. But how you curl up each night can …

Oversleeping: The Effects and Health Risks of Sleeping Too Much

We often hear about the real dangers of getting too little sleep, but on the other end of the spectrum, sleeping <i>too much</i> also appears to have some risks.<p>Sleep is a rapidly growing field of research, and we are learning more all the time about how rest affects the body and mind. It's known that …

IBM launches Watson Health Cloud for ResearchKit, Apple Watch-based sleep tracker ‘SleepHealth’ as first app

IBM today announced that it’s launching the first app that will run on its new Watson Health Cloud for ResearchKit — <i>SleepHealth</i> — as it also makes that platform available to researchers building their own apps that work with Apple’s ResearchKit.<p>The first ResearchKit app to run on Watson Health …

Digital Health

World Sleep Day: People Affected By 'Poor Sleep' Lose Two Weeks Of Work A Year To Ill Health

Is lack of sleep impacting your life?<p>'Poor sleepers' are taking roughly two weeks off work every year due to sleep-related ill health, new research …

iOS 9.3 now available with Night Shift mode to help you sleep

Apple’s latest version of its iPhone and iPad software includes mode for blocking blue light at night and enhancements to the use of iPads in education<p>iPhone SE: Apple launches smaller, cheaper smartphone<p>Apple released iOS 9.3, the latest version of its iPhone and iPad software – including a …

How The Different Stages Of Sleep Affect Your Health And Wellbeing

You snooze, you definitely don't lose.<p>Sleep: we all do it, yet many of us don't have enough of it and take its effect on our health for granted.<p>As …