The discovery of orexins which are neuropeptide hormones – brain chemicals that are important in promoting wakefulness – which have given researchers new targets for developing sleep medications.
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Recently I woke to the sound of my three-year-old daughter crying out in the middle of the night. She’d had some bad dreams periodically since Halloween, so I wasn’t particularly worried. But the crying didn’t stop. When my wife and I went to check on her it was immediately clear that she was still asleep. more »
A small study by researchers at the University of Chicago reports that sleep deprivation has a significant impact on the ability of the body’s fat cells to respond to insulin and, as a result, on the metabolism. The study followed seven young adults who slept either four-and-a-half hours or eight-and-a-half hours for four consecutive nights. After four more »
Dr. Ritu Grewal of the Jefferson Sleep Disorders Center explains how a lack of sleep affects women differently than men and what you can do to get the rest you need to manage all the demands on your time.