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Should you ignore your insomnia if you want to keep your guns?

Earlier this year, the media was in a furore over a story that a man who sought treatment for insomnia ended up having his guns confiscated. Apparently, after seeking medical help he was admitted to hospital for treatment. Less than a week later the Country Sheriff's Department turned up on [...]

The sleep issues that face shift workers (and what to do about them)

Way back in 2011 I said that it was high time we took sleep issues related to shift work more seriously. Not only are shift workers more likely to have a workplace accident, they may even be losing brain cells. A more recent study has found that shift workers are [...]

Sleep deprived teenagers more likely to end up obese

A previous study suggested that teenagers need between 7 1/2 - 8 1/2 hours of sleep each night. Now, researchers are suggesting that teenagers may need as much as 9 1/4 hours of sleep each night - and those that aren't getting enough sleep may be in danger of growing [...]

Why insomnia sufferers make the best liars (without even knowing it)

Sleep deprivation affects the brain in a number of ways. Now it would appear that sleep deprivation can lead to the creation of false memories. Researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine asked 104 individuals to look at pictures of a crime being committed. One group [...]

When nightmares cause insomnia and depression

I've written about the link between insomnia and depression a number of times. New research has now found then when insomnia is combined with nightmares, symptoms of depression can become even worse. Researchers in Japan found that 71% of study participants with insomnia experienced nightmares 1 or more times per [...]

Insomnia sufferers aged 18-34 at higher risk for stroke

I've written before that strokes are one of the most serious consequences of chronic insomnia. Another study has now confirmed this link. Researchers in Taiwan reviewed the health records from the national population and compared stroke outcomes over a 4-year followup in over 21,000 patients with insomnia and over 64,000 [...]