With Insomnia, Mind May Also Wander During Day

Scans show that brain fails to turn off ‘default’ mode, affecting daytime concentration

People with insomnia have trouble concentrating during the day because the “wandering mind” areas of their brains may not be turned off, according to a new study.

Using brain imaging technology, researchers found that people with insomnia who were performing a working memory task did not rely less on the “default mode” regions of their brain that are usually active only when the mind is wandering.

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Wiring the Brain to Treat Central Sleep Apnea

A new strategy to treat central sleep apnea suggests implanting a device that acts like a pacemaker for the brain.

Over one-third of patients recovering from heart failure must then live with central sleep apnea, a frightening disorder where a patient’s brain sometimes fails to send the body the signal to breathe. Implanting a small device similar to a pacemaker, however, seems to work effectively to reset the brain so that it receives a constant reminder to send the “breathe” signal ...

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Why Alcohol Disrupts Your Sleep

A glass of wine may help you relax and nod off, but having it too close to bedtime can lead to poor sleep quality and a groggy, not to mention hangover-plagued, morning after.

When you’re wound up at the end of a long, stressful day, a nightcap may sound like the perfect way to relax before bed. But while a little alcohol may make you feel sleepy, it can set you up for a restless night. Can you unwind with a ...

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What Is Segmented Sleep and Is It Healthy?

Segmented sleep was popular with our ancestors, but it may not be healthy for most people today. Find out just how long you should be staying asleep.

Is worry about lack of sleep keeping you up at night? For new parents, shift workers, or people just too busy to get their 8 hours, segmented sleep is a painful reality. Research shows that sleeping in shifts was a common practice by our ancestors. But interrupting your sleep/wake cycle may not be practical ...

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What Does Your Sleep Position Say About You?

Robert Phipps, a British body language expert, says how a person sleeps can reveal key personality traits.

Whether you’re a side sleeper, back snoozer, or a knees-up cuddler, the position you choose while sleeping could reveal something about your personality, according to a British body language expert.

Robert Phipps, a leading body language expert in the United Kingdom, claims that a person’s sleep position can reveal key personality traits, like stubbornness or bossiness, as well as how critical a person is or ...

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Weekend Not Long Enough to Recover From Workweek Sleep Loss

But women cope better than men with a bout of mild sleep deprivation, study finds.

Men and women who get just six hours of sleep each night during the workweek will need more than the weekend to recover from the cumulative effects of this mild sleep deprivation, a new study revealed.

Researchers also found that women are better able to cope with and recover from this kind of sleep loss than men.

“The usual practice of extending sleep during the weekend after a ...

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Waking Up Doesn’t Have To Be Alarming

Looking for the optimal way to wake up in the morning? Key features will help you figure out if a traditional alarm clock or a more contemporary model is the best fit for you.

Should your alarm clock wake you with a jarring screech, upbeat music, or a soothing light that mimics the sunrise? You’ll need to consider your sleep style to figure out the best alarm clock for you, but first, one caveat. Remember that alarm clocks are there to ...

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Violence Takes a Toll on Children’s Sleep

Kids who are victims of violence sleep fewer hours and have less restful slumber, study finds.

Witnessing or being the victim of violence can cause long-term disruption to a child’s sleep, according to a new study, and the more severe the violence, the greater the impact on sleep.

Researchers assessed the sleep of 46 children aged 8 to 16 in Cleveland who were enrolled in a social-service program for children exposed to violence. Sleep data was collected for seven days and follow-up ...

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Vigorous Exercise Leads to Better Sleep, Poll Says

The National Sleep Foundation’s annual ‘Sleep in America’ poll has found that the more people say they exercise, the more likely they are to also report sleeping well.

Good morning, America! With the first night’s sleep of National Sleep Awareness Week complete, how do you feel? If your answer is “not very good,” the National Sleep Foundation has some help to offer you.

According to their annual Sleep in America poll, the solution to your sleep woes may be simple: exercise.

In the ...

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Using Yoga to Battle Restless Legs Syndrome

When restless legs syndrome keeps you up all night, yoga is a treatment option that helps both your mind and body relax. Find out how nightly poses helps one woman tame her symptoms and sleep soundly.

Is restless legs syndrome (RLS) keeping you up all night and leaving you sleepy all day? The ancient art of yoga might be just the answer you’re looking for. The gentle stretches and deep breaths of yoga, so great for soothing anxiety and strengthening your ...

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