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Mysterious Sleeping Sickness Affects Russian Village

An inexplicable sleeping sickness is affecting one in ten residents of a village in Kazakhstan in Russia.

Villagers in Kalachi have been affected by the mysterious disease for the past two years, but to date, no cause for the illness has been determined and, despite teams of virologists, radiologists, toxicologists and doctors...
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New Study Reveals That Our Brains Solve Problems Whilst We Sleep

A grain of truth is often to be found in age-old remedies, with science often proving concepts and advice that our forefathers have been using for centuries. When faced with a dilemma, how many times have we been advised to "sleep on it" in the hope that the right solution will come to us while we slumber?

It seems that...
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Sleep Keeps Our Brains Young

A new study using brain imaging has discovered that burning the candle at both ends could send us into premature aging.

Brain shrinkage is a normal part of the aging process but the study, which was led by Dr. June Lo, a researcher with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, indicated that these changes were exacerbated with...
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The Cure for Insomnia: Never Sleep Again

Here's a way to cure those restless nights--stop sleeping!

There just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. If there was a DISEASE that robbed us of one-third of our lives, we'd invent a medicine to cure it!

We don't really understand why we sleep in the first place. Different species vary widely in...
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If You Love Him, Ignore the Snore?

Don't! Snoring may put you at a greater risk than those who are overweight, smoke or have high cholesterol to have thickening of the carotid artery, which can lead to heart attacks.

Surgeon Robert Deeb says, “Our study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that isolated snoring may not be as benign as first suspected...
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Eating Too Much? Try Sleeping More

A new study suggests that INCREASING the amount of sleep that you get could lead to DECREASING the amount of food you eat (and we've REDUCED the price of our famous...
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Insomnia is Racial

In the August 31st edition of the New York Times, Douglas Quenqua writes: "The idea that race or ethnicity might help determine how well people sleep is relatively new among sleep researchers. But in the few short years...
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Good Morning!

Ever wondered why you wake up in the morning--even when the alarm clock isn't ringing? Researchers have identified a new component of the biological clock, a gene responsible for starting the clock from its restful state every morning.

The biological clock...
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After You Get That Shot, Go to Sleep

Time to get that flu shot! When you get a vaccination during the day, consider taking a sleeping pill before you go to bed that night, because a new study shows that poor sleep can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. In fact, sleep duration is directly tied to vaccine immune...
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You May Not Really Have Insomnia

We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night--but it could be good for you. It turns out that the often recommended straight eight hours of sleep may actually be unnatural. Numerous literary and scientific writings from the past refer to a first sleep...
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Do You Sleep After Sex?

Science is finally studying what happens after sex--sleep or cuddling. It's not that men sleep and women cuddle, it's more subtle than that. A recent study shows that the tendency to fall asleep first after sex is associated with a greater in your partner for bonding and affection (so try to stay awake and cuddle for awhile).
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Insomnia? Blame it on Our Axis

As strange as that may sound, sleep researchers have discovered that our sleep patterns are related to the way the Earth's axis shifts. As the Earth travels around the sun on its annual course, one hemisphere is tilted toward the sun, getting more than its fair share of light and warmth, while the other is titled away and thus has winter weather....
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A Simple Cure for Insomnia--Lose the TV

More than 40% of Americans say they don't get enough sleep, and the culprit could be watching TV in bed. A new study by the National Sleep Foundation found that 95% of people polled had used some sort of electronic device less than an hour before bed the previous night. Exposure to...
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Not Too Much & Not Too Little

After you eat Thanksgiving dinner, you may find yourself getting sleepy, because turkey contains a natural sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan. This is GOOD because cutting back on sleep reduces the benefits of dieting BUT sleeping too much may cause you to die younger....
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Sleep is in Your Genes, Too

Since your voting habits are genetic, it shouldn't be surprising that your sleep habits are too. Ever wonder why some people breeze along on four hours of sleep when others can barely function? It may be in...
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How to Make the Right Decision

Sleep on it - Don't make a decision (like telling what you know about UFOs) until you sleep on it. People who sleep after processing and storing a memory carry out their intentions much better than people who try to execute their plan before getting to sleep.

Researchers have shown that sleep enhances our ability to...

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Hard to Sleep Through

We're not even sure why we need to sleep, but one thing we do know is that it's hard to sleep when the person lying next to you is snoring loudly.

Snoring is caused by the vibration of relaxed and sagging tissues in the throat. As sleep deepens, the tongue relaxes, as do the soft tissues of the throat and the roof of the mouth. The...

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Why Do We Sleep?

In order to dream, we first have to sleep. Humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep, but sleep researchers still don't know why we do it.

The function of sleep is one of the 125 greatest unsolved mysteries in science. Theories range from brain "maintenance" to reversing damage from stress suffered while awake, to promoting...

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Exercise & Rest

You need BOTH to stave off cancer! - If you eat too much Thanksgiving dinner, remember this: exercise is good for more than just your waistline. Regular physical activity can lower a woman's overall risk of cancer?but ONLY if she gets a good night's sleep.

Cancer researcher James McClain says, "Greater participation in...

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Feeling Sleepy?

That's because parts of your brain are actually asleep - There's no control center in your brain that dictates when it's time for you to drift off to dreamland. Instead, sleep creeps up on you as independent groups of brain cells become fatigued and switch into a sleep state even while you are still (mostly) awake. Eventually,...

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Can't Sleep?

Smell the roses! - Nightmares? If you want sweet dreams, sleep with flowers in your bedroom?especially roses.

When volunteers slept with roses in their rooms, they reported having pleasant dreams, but the smell of rotten eggs had the opposite effect. BBC News quotes researcher Tim Jacob as saying, "Smell is the only...

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Can't sleep? Lots of people have that problem. Doctors speculate that the accidental overdose death of actor Heath Ledger happened because he was taking medication for a bad case of insomnia. Live near an airport or highway? Traffic noise you're not consciously aware of can keep you awake. Kept up by a barking dog? You may not be able to stop...

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How Much Do We Need?

We now realize that sleep is useful in ways we didn?t suspect, but scientists still don't really know WHY people need to sleep. They also think that not getting ENOUGH sleep is one of the things that is making our kids fat!

Researchers now say that diets high in fat and sugar may not be the only things contributing to American children's...

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Can You Learn While You Sleep?

We reported before on why staying up all night to study DOES NOT work. But studying in the evening DOES work because new research shows that our brains learn more effectively in the evening.

You may think that the idea of a being either morning person or an evening person is nonsense, but Australian researcher Martin Sale has found that...

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Sleep Study

We've reported that rats learn while they dream. People do too. But in at least one case, a sleeping pill woke someone up?in a BIG way.

Memorizing a series of facts is one thing, understanding the big picture is quite another. A new study demonstrates that the ability to make logical "big picture" inferences from disparate pieces of...

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Scientists have recently discovered that most people in the US are lonely. Now it turns out a lot of us have insomnia too (maybe we need to meet someone nice to sleep with). But many of us don't realize we have a problem, because we THINK we sleep more than we actually DO.

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Bio Clocks Keep Ticking

Newswise - When we travel, our biological clocks are thrown out of synch. Constant light also disrupts our internal clocks, resulting in problems like jet lag and health problems in extended-shift workers. A new study shows that even though we get the impression that our internal clocks are disrupted, as far as are bodies are...

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Why Do We Need to Sleep?

Newswise - One of the biggest complaints that doctors hear is insomnia. A recent poll by the National Science Foundation found that only 50% of Americans get a good night's sleep a few nights each week. Why do we need to sleep, anyway? Sleep researchers are studying animals in order to figure this out. For instance, they have...

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How to Fight Student Sleepiness

It's been discovered that fidgety ADHD kids probably don't need medicine--what they really need is more sleep. From first grade through kindergarten, students have a hard time staying awake in class. College and high school kids slug high caffeine coffee and soft drinks. But researchers have discovered that acupressure works even better.
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The Sheep Sleep Game

How fast are your reflexes?Play this game and find out!

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