When someone is depressed and having suicidal thoughts or their depression treatment just isn’t working, their caregivers might want to check to see if they have obstructive sleep apnea, investigators say. That’s true even when these individuals don’t seem to fit the usual profile of obstructive sleep apnea, which includes males who are overweight, snore… Read more

An association between insomnia and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke has been found in a new meta-analysis. It suggests that women may be slightly more prone, especially for non-restorative sleep. The study’s first author Qiao He, a Master’s degree student at China Medical University, said: “Sleep is important for biological recovery and… Read more

What happens inside your brain when you stay awake for a day, a night and another day, before you finally go to sleep? In a new study, a team of researchers from the University of Liege and the University of Surrey have scanned the brains of 33 participants across such a 2-day sleep deprivation period… Read more

Using a sophisticated MRI technique, researchers have found abnormalities in the brain’s white matter tracts in patients with insomnia. Said researcher Shumei Li, M.S., from the Department of Medical Imaging, Guangdong No. 2 Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangzhou, China: “Insomnia is a remarkably prevalent disorder. However, its causes and consequences remain elusive.” Primary insomnia, in which… Read more

Therapy—not drugs—may be the best way to help people suffering from chronic pain finally get some much needed sleep. But only if the therapy is delivered in person. A new study shows that people suffering from chronic pain who take part in cognitive behavior therapy not only benefit from improved sleep but also experience decreases… Read more