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Is hypocretin to blame for your insomnia?

Researchers in California found that when we are exposed to light, the cells located in the hypothalamus area of our brains release hypocretin which helps keep us awake. The study used two groups of rodents; one genetically engineered with no hypocretin and one unaltered group. The two groups were exposed [...]

The link between insomnia and nocturia (needing to pee during the night)

A recent study set out to determine how nocturia (the need to get up during the night to urinate) affects sleep in those with insomnia. Researchers analyzed the sleep habits of 55 men with an average age of 64, and 92 women with an average age of 62 over the [...]

The prevalence of insomnia in cancer patients

We already know that cancer is one of many insomnia causes. I've also written about suggestions that insomnia may even cause cancer. Today, I want to talk more about cancer as a potential insomnia cause. According to a study out of the Laval University Cancer Research Centre in Quebec, more than [...]

Add this natural aging process to the list of potential insomnia causes

As we age, the lenses in our eyes start to yellow and this reduces the transmission of blue light to the retina. This can create sleep problems such as insomnia since our sleep patterns and circadian rhythms are largely regulated by blue light. A Danish study recently examined the eyes [...]

The Atkins diet may cause insomnia

We already know there's a link between body weight and insomnia; now we're finding yet another potential link between your diet and the quality of your sleep. The culprit this time is the Atkins diet. The Atkins diet (officially called the Atkins Nutritional Approach) is a low-carbohydrate diet and this [...]

New study finds that depression does not cause insomnia

We already know that there's a link between insomnia and depression, but a new study goes further and teaches us something new. Researchers at the University of Western Australia not only found that men who have trouble falling asleep are at a greater risk of depression (insomnia doubled the risk [...]