sleep disorders

Early morning blue light exposure therapy can aid the healing process of people impact by mild traumatic brain injury, new research from the University of Arizona suggests. “Daily exposure to blue wavelength light each morning helps to re-entrain the circadian rhythm so that people get better, more regular sleep. This is likely true for everybody… Read more

Can your liver sense when you’re staring at a television screen or cellphone late at night? Apparently so, and when such activity is detected, the organ can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack, leaving you more susceptible to health problems. That’s one of the takeaways from two new studies by University of California, Irvine… Read more

Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, begins with excitability and hyperarousal in a part of the brain that controls leg movement, a new study reports. Some 10 percent of adults in the United States experience RLS at one time or another, and about one in 500 reports that the condition is severe and… Read more

Excessive sleepiness in the daytime could be an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, research from the Mayo Clinic indicates. The study found that daytime drowsiness is associated with amyloid beta plaque buildup. Accumulation of this protein in the brain is a classic sign of Alzheimer’s. The study was a longitudinal cohort analysis of 283 elderly participants… Read more

One of my first jobs was to keep a lookout for lions. There are some occupations that are not suitable for someone with untreated narcolepsy and this is probably one of them. I was 22, a recent zoology graduate studying meerkats in the Kalahari desert in South Africa. We worked in pairs, one of us… Read more