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New research identifies some interesting global sleep patterns

A recently published article has just shed some light on global sleep patterns. The data was collected by an app designed to reduce jet lag. Users of the app could opt-in to allow data on their sleep to be sent back to the app's servers. Some of the more interesting [...]

Insomnia may be a risk factor for suicide

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania believe that insomnia and nightmares are significant risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In fact, they argue that just being awake at night may be a risk factor for suicide. The study in question involved an archival analysis of the National Violent Death [...]

We need to support sleep deprived pilots and flight attendants

In March, a JetBlue pilot started acting strangely. He began ranting about September 11, made allusions about terrorism and ran through the cabin yelling about Jesus, terrorists, Iran and Iraq. Captain Osbon was eventually subdued by a passenger and the plane was diverted and landed safely. After being charged with [...]

Could your lack of sleep put you at risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

I've already written about sleep deprivation as a cause of memory loss. I've also shared research that found that some insomnia medications can damage your brain. Now a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis has found a link between a lack of sleep and Alzheimer's disease. [...]

Sleeping pills may increase the risk of premature death

Researchers followed 14,117 people in Canada with an age range of 18-102 (the average age was 44). Every two years, the participants were asked two questions: 1. In the past month, did you take tranquilizers, such as Valium (diazepam) or Ativan (lorazepam)? 2. In the past month, did you take sleeping pills, such [...]

Television may cause childhood insomnia

Straight out of the drawer labeled 'common sense' (next to the one labeled 'well, duh') comes a study that found violent programmes can affect a child's sleep. The study, undertaken by the Seattle Children's Research Institute, looked at a range of media consumption that included television, video games and online [...]