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The science of siestas: New research reveals the genetic basis for daytime napping
Researchers identified 123 regions in the human genome that are associated with daytime napping and three distinct mechanisms that promote napping. Many napping-related genes also regulate other aspects of sleep. (2021-02-10)

Insomnia identified as a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes in new study which also confirms many other risk and protective factors
A new 'global atlas' study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) is the first to identify insomnia as a risk factor associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study identifies 34 risk factors that are thought to increase (19) or decrease risk (15), as well as a further 21 'suggestive' risk factors where evidence was not quite as strong. (2020-09-08)

Long naps may be bad for health
Many believe that lying down for a snooze is a harmless activity. But today, scientists show that drifting off for more than one hour could be risky. The study is presented at ESC Congress 2020. ''Daytime napping is common all over the world and is generally considered a healthy habit,'' said study author Dr. Zhe Pan of Guangzhou Medical University, China. (2020-08-26)

Study identifies social connection as the strongest protective factor for depression
Study says social connection as the strongest protective factor for depression. (2020-08-14)

Disrupted circadian rhythms linked to later Parkinson's diagnoses
Older men who have a weak or irregular circadian rhythm guiding their daily cycles of rest and activity are more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease, according to a new study by scientists at the UC San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences who analyzed 11 years of data for nearly 3,000 independently living older men. (2020-06-15)

Babies retain even detailed events during a nap
While sleeping the brain goes through previously experienced things, consolidates new memory contents and summarizes similar experiences into more general knowledge. This already applies to babies. However, they can more than just generalize what they have learned. A recent study shows: during sleep a baby's brain also consolidates the details of its individual experience and protects them from generalization and is therefore also important for what is known as episodic memory. (2020-04-07)

New sleep method strengthens brain's ability to retain memories
A new joint study by Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science researchers has yielded an innovative method for bolstering memory processes in the brain during sleep. (2020-03-05)

Babies mimic songs, study finds
Researchers -- and parents -- have long known that babies learn to speak by mimicking the words they hear. But a new study shows that babies also might try to imitate the singing they hear in songs. (2020-02-13)

Take long naps? Sleep more than nine hours a night? Your stroke risk may be higher
People who take long naps during the day or sleep nine or more hours at night may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study published in the Dec. 11, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2019-12-11)

Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association August 2019 issue
The August 2019 issue of the journal also features research about housing loss and cognitive decline, napping as an early marker of cognitive impairment and a special article on 'super-agers'. (2019-08-28)

Alzheimer's disease destroys neurons that keep us awake
Researchers have noted excessive daytime napping can develop long before memory problems of Alzheimer's disease appear. Prior studies considered excessive daytime napping compensation for poor nighttime sleep caused by Alzheimer's-related disruptions in sleep-promoting brain regions; others argued that the sleep problems contribute to progression of the disease. But now UC San Francisco scientists have provided a new explanation for this phenomenon, showing that Alzheimer's disease directly attacks brain regions responsible for daytime. (2019-08-12)

Burnout: Sleepless firefighters at risk of exhaustion and mental health conditions
Sleep disturbances and mental health challenges are putting close to half of America's firefighters at high risk of emotional fatigue and exhaustion, new research by Monash University in Australia shows. (2019-06-20)

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems
Children who nap 30 to 60 minutes midday at least three times a week are happier, have more self-control and grit, and showcase fewer behavioral problems, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine. These children also have higher IQs and excel academically. (2019-05-31)

Preschoolers who watch TV sleep less
Preschoolers who watch TV sleep significantly less than those who don't, according to new research by University of Massachusetts Amherst neuroscientist Rebecca Spencer and developmental science graduate student Abigail Helm. (2019-05-14)

A nap a day keeps high blood pressure at bay
It seems that napping may do more than just reboot our energy level and improve our mood. New research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 68th Annual Scientific Session found that people who took advantage of a midday snooze were more likely to have a noticeable drop in blood pressure compared with those who didn't nap. (2019-03-07)

Does extra sleep on the weekends repay your sleep debt? No, researchers say
Insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders put people at increased risk for metabolic problems, including obesity and diabetes. But is extra sleep on the weekends enough to reduce those risks? The short answer, according to new findings reported in Current Biology on Feb. 28, is 'no.' (2019-02-28)

Controlling children's behavior with screen time leads to more screen time, study reveals
University of Guelph researchers investigated the impact of parenting practices on the amount of time young children spend in front of screens. They found a majority of parents use screen time to control behavior, especially on weekends. This results in children spending an average of 20 minutes more a day on weekends in front of a screen. Researchers say this is likely because using it as a reward or punishment heightens a child's attraction to the activity. (2019-01-09)

Decreased deep sleep linked to early signs of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have uncovered part of the explanation for why poor sleep is linked to Alzheimer's disease. They found that older people who have less slow-wave sleep -- the deep sleep you need to consolidate memories and wake up feeling refreshed -- have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a sign of Alzheimer's disease and has been linked to brain damage and cognitive decline. (2019-01-09)

Sleeping in contact lenses puts you at risk of dangerous infection
A warning from emergency physicians supported by CDC case studies that show sleeping in contact lenses can lead to serious health problems. (2018-12-19)

Too much or too little sleep linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death
The amount of time you sleep, including daytime naps, is linked to your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and death, according to a study of over 116,000 people in seven regions of the world, published in the European Heart Journal. (2018-12-04)

Baby up at night? Inactivity may be a culprit
New Michigan State University research suggests babies who are less active get less sleep, something new parents may want to consider when looking for possible solutions for the long, sleepless nights. (2018-11-28)

Naps help some preschoolers learn, but may hinder learning in children with down syndrome
New research suggests that typically developing young children retain new information better after taking a nap, but the opposite is true in children with Down syndrome. (2018-10-29)

More daytime sleepiness, more Alzheimer's disease?
Analysis of data captured during a long-term study of aging adults shows that those who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn't to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that's a hallmark for Alzheimer's disease, years later. (2018-09-06)

Research finds naps plus sleep may enhance emotional memory in early childhood
For children in this study, the authors write that 'individually, the nap and overnight sleep bouts were not sufficient to induce changes in memory. A significant benefit of napping was observed only when changes across the entire 24-hour period were considered. This supports an interplay between the nap and subsequent overnight sleep in the consolidation of memories in young children.' (2018-08-22)

Napping can help tired teens' performance in school
A University of Delaware researcher led a team that found a positive relationship between midday-napping and nighttime sleep. They believe it might be key to boosting neurocognitive function in early adolescents. The team examined adolescents in Jintan, China, measuring midday napping, nighttime sleep duration and sleep quality, and performance on multiple neurocognitive tasks. Habitual nappers (who napped more often) tended to have a better nighttime sleep. (2018-04-25)

New wake-promoting node pinpointed in brain
Neurologists had suspected that a component of the 'ascending arousal system' could be found in this part of the brain for more than 100 years. In mice, activating this region using targeted chemical genetic techniques resulted in prolonged wakefulness during the animals' normal sleep periods. (2017-11-10)

A portable bedside brain scanner for babies
Scientists have devised a portable, noninvasive and direct approach to image infant brain activity in a clinical setting without relying on massive scanning machines, and they used the method to monitor seizures with higher resolution than what other technologies can currently achieve. (2017-10-11)

Structured physical activity results in small reduction in sedentary time among older adults
In older adults with mobility impairments, long-term, moderate-intensity physical activity was associated with a small reduction in total sedentary time, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-07-18)

Officers on afternoon shift report being more fatigued
Officers who work afternoons are twice as likely to report being tired, which puts them at greater risk for accidents, errors and stress, according to results of UB-led study that won first place in national conference poster competition. (2017-06-06)

Study finds naps may help preschoolers learn
University of Arizona researchers studied verb learning in 3-year-olds, finding that those who napped after learning new verbs had a better understanding of the words when tested 24 hours later. (2017-02-08)

Taking hour-long afternoon naps improves thinking and memory in older Chinese adults
Study participants who took an hour-long nap after lunch did better on the mental tests compared to the people who did not nap. Those who napped for about an hour also did better than people who took shorter or longer rests. People who took no naps, short naps, or longer naps experienced decreases in their mental ability that were about four to six times greater than people who took hour-long naps. (2017-01-05)

Scripps Florida scientists find surprising answers to 'food coma' conundrum
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Florida Atlantic University and Bowling Green State University may have found a reason for the 'food coma' phenomenon. (2016-11-22)

New studies reveal Italian cheese, alcohol, and sleep impact blood pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one-third -- or 70 million -- US adults. It is responsible directly or indirectly for more than 350,000 deaths -- about 1,000 per day -- annually in the US. From May 13-17, 2016, members of the medical community will gather in NYC for the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension to discuss hundreds of new studies, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and new treatments for hypertension. (2016-05-13)

Long naps, daytime sleepiness tied to greater risk of metabolic syndrome
Taking long naps or being excessively tired during the day is associated with a higher risk for developing metabolic syndrome, according to a study scheduled for presentation at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session. (2016-03-23)

The sleeping giant
The placid appearance of NGC 4889 can fool the unsuspecting observer. But the elliptical galaxy, pictured in this new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, harbors a dark secret. At its heart lurks one of the most massive black holes ever discovered. (2016-02-11)

Road rumble strips are a wake-up call to pull over: QUT study
Drowsy drivers are being urged to stop and take a break the first time they hit a road rumble strip these school holidays, with new QUT research revealing the audio-tactile vibrations should be a wake-up call to pull over. (2015-12-21)

Excessive daytime sleepiness and long naps linked to increased diabetes risk
New research presented at this year's annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) shows that daytime sleepiness and taking long naps during the day are both associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. (2015-09-17)

Back to school and back to sleep
A new study from Concordia University shows that poor sleep might explain how stress impacts health in kids. (2015-09-03)

More evidence supports that kids' headaches increase at back-to-school time
Findings from Nationwide Children's Hospital physicians demonstrate that headaches increase in fall in children, a trend that may be due to back-to-school changes in stress, routines and sleep. Although it may be difficult for parents to decipher a real headache from a child just wanting to hold onto summer a little longer and avoid going back to school, there is a variety of other common triggers including poor hydration and prolonged screen time that could contribute to a child's discomfort. (2015-08-14)

Sleeping on the job? Actually, that's a good thing
Employees seeking to boost their productivity at work should take a nap -- yes, sleeping on the job can be a good thing. (2015-06-29)

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