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Is your insomnia medication making you violent?

A recent study from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices identified 31 drugs that are disproportionately linked with reports of violence towards others. At number seven on their list was the drug triazolam, also known as Halcion. Triazolam is a benzodiazepine that's often used to treat insomnia. It was found to be [...]

Turn your lights off if you want to cure your insomnia

I've written before about the link between light and insomnia. I even pointed an accusatory finger at Thomas Edison. Now, a new study has discovered that exposure to indoor light has a strong suppressive effect on the hormone melatonin. This can consequently affect the quality of our sleep as well [...]

Insomniacs burn more calories but expend less energy

A new study has found that missing one night of sleep forces the body to burn an extra 161 calories. Before you start considering insomnia as an ideal slimming aid, you should also know that the body tries to make up for this the following day by conserving energy. During [...]

New report agrees that insomnia needs to be taken seriously

A report published by the Mental Health Foundation argues that lack of sleep needs to be treated as a major health issue. The report also found that insomniacs were four times as likely to have relationship problems, three times as likely to feel depressed and three times as likely to [...]

Damage to this part of your brain may cause insomnia

I've already mentioned a study that found a link between traumatic brain injury and insomnia. New research now adds even more weight to this claim. The new study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, used CT scans to map the exact location of brain damage in 192 brain injured Vietnam [...]

Insomnia makes you look ugly and unhealthy

We had to share this one - a Swedish study has found that people deprived of sleep appear less attractive and more unhealthy than those who are well rested. The researchers came to this conclusion by photographing volunteers after 8 hours of sleep and again after being kept awake for [...]