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Interrupted sleep worse than not getting enough sleep

Interrupted sleep worse than not getting enough sleep

Being interrupted during sleep is likely to affect your mood more than not getting enough sleep, a study suggests. Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA studied 62 men and women and split them into three experimental conditions. One group were subject to “forced awakenings” during sleep, others went to bed late and the last group went to sleep uninterrupted. The study analysed the participants over three days and published their research in the…

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Sleeping posture could affect brain health, study shows

Sleeping posture could affect brain health, study shows

Sleeping on your side rather than your back or stomach might play a role in helping reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, according to a new study. Side sleeping opens a passage in the brain called the glymphatic pathway that dispels waste and other chemicals, say the researchers from Stony Brook University in the US. “It is interesting that the lateral sleep position is already the most popular in human and most animals – even in…

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Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body

Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body

A run of poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers. The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people’s sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said the results helped explain how poor sleep damaged health. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and poor brain function have all been linked to substandard…

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Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Insomniacs ‘should be given therapy not sleeping pills’

Tens of thousands of insomniacs could be helped to sleep better every year if NHS staff were trained to provide safe psychological therapies, according to a leading specialist in the field. One in four Britons suffers from poor sleep and one in 10 has a sleep disorder, but the vast majority suffer in silence or turn to potentially harmful drug treatments. Sleep problems can exist in isolation, but are more common in people with mental health problems and chronic physical…

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Can Lack of Sleep lead to High Blood Pressure?

Can Lack of Sleep lead to High Blood Pressure?

Answer: Possibly. It’s thought that sleeping less than six hours a night could be linked to increased blood pressure. People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure. There’s also an increased risk of high blood pressure for people who sleep between five and six hours a night, although that risk is not as high as it is for people who sleep five hours…

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