Sleep http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/36055/all en Lack of sleep leads to groggy genes: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/lack-sleep-leads-groggy-genes-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lack of sleep has a potentially harmful effect on gene expression, according to a study out Tuesday that sheds light on the link between sleep deficits and a wide range of health conditions.</p> <p>A sleep deficit -- even just a week's worth -- can have damaging effects on our genes, researchers said in a new study out Tuesday.</p> <p>Lack of adequate shut-eye had already been linked to conditions from heart disease and cognitive impairment to obesity.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/lack-sleep-leads-groggy-genes-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Health Neurophysiology Sleep AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:45:49 +0000 5767856 at http://www.globalpost.com Less sleep leads to more eating, weight gain: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/less-sleep-leads-more-eating-weight-gain-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sleeping a mere five hours a night during a workweek with unlimited access to snacks isn't good for your waistline, according to findings released Monday.</p> <p>The study, led by the University of Colorado at Boulder, found that participants gained nearly two pounds (about 1 kilogram) when put in such a situation.</p> <p>Previous studies have shown that a lack of shut-eye can lead to the packing on of pounds but the reasons for the extra weight were unclear, according to the authors of the latest research.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/less-sleep-leads-more-eating-weight-gain-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Health Hospitality Sleep AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:15:13 +0000 5780212 at http://www.globalpost.com Morning workouts could help you get better quality sleep http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130521/morning-workouts-could-help-you-get-better-quality-sleep <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>If you want to sleep well, exercise in the morning, a new study suggests.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130521/morning-workouts-could-help-you-get-better-quality-sleep" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Neurophysiology Sleep Well being Tue, 21 May 2013 13:46:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5842837 at http://www.globalpost.com Drowsy young drivers have increased crash risk http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130521/drowsy-young-drivers-have-increased-crash-risk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Andrew M. Seaman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adult drivers who usually get less than six hours of sleep per night are more likely to crash than those who sleep in, according to a new study from Australia.</p> <p>"Anything we can do to reduce the risk of becoming involved in a car crash is worth doing - sleep is a big one," said Alexandra Martiniuk, the study's lead author from the George Institute for Global Health and the University of Sydney.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130521/drowsy-young-drivers-have-increased-crash-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Disaster Sleep Transport Thomson Reuters Tue, 21 May 2013 21:17:38 +0000 5843185 at http://www.globalpost.com One way to boost sleep: turn off your tablet, smartphone http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130523/one-way-boost-sleep-turn-your-tablet-smartphone <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>If you want to improve your sleep, a new report published in the journal Nature on Wednesday advises shutting off your tablet well before bedtime.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/well-being/130523/one-way-boost-sleep-turn-your-tablet-smartphone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Health Sleep Sleep disorders Well being Thu, 23 May 2013 12:05:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5844597 at http://www.globalpost.com Kids' genes, environment affect sleep differently http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/kids-genes-environment-affect-sleep-differently <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Genevra Pittman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new study based on pairs of Canadian twins suggests that genetics play a strong role in how long kids sleep at night, but their environment may be more important for afternoon naps.</p> <p>Researchers compared sleep patterns for close to 500 sets of identical or fraternal twins. They found that especially as kids got older, environmental influences - which include when parents put kids in bed, for example - explained more and more of their napping differences.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130527/kids-genes-environment-affect-sleep-differently" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Sleep Zoology Thomson Reuters Mon, 27 May 2013 04:46:41 +0000 5846658 at http://www.globalpost.com Apps aim to help people get fit and stay fit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130709/apps-aim-help-people-get-fit-and-stay-fit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Natasha Baker</p> <p>TORONTO (Reuters) - There's no shortage of health and fitness apps monitoring everything from sleep patterns to calories and caffeine consumption.</p> <p>Free apps such as MyFitnessPal track diet and weight and can connect with apps like RunKeeper, which monitors fitness, to adjust calorie intake based on the speed and duration of a run.</p> <p>Sleep 101, for the iPhone, and Sleep Bot, for Android devices, monitor sleep patterns and quality.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130709/apps-aim-help-people-get-fit-and-stay-fit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Sleep Wireless Thomson Reuters Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:01:33 +0000 5879633 at http://www.globalpost.com No link between sleep, fatigue level http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130801/no-link-between-sleep-fatigue-level <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New Swedish research has shown that there is little or no relation between how much sleep people get at night and how fatigued they feel, the head researcher said Thursday.</p> <p>"The length of sleep is not a good measurement to analyse whether we get enough sleep or not," Torbjoern Aakerstedt told AFP of the studies conducted at the Stress Research Institute of Stockholm University.</p> <p>"It's genetically conditioned and dependent on age and health," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130801/no-link-between-sleep-fatigue-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Disaster Health Neurophysiology Sleep AFP Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:34:12 +0000 5900023 at http://www.globalpost.com Dogs yawn along with their masters, Japan researchers say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130808/dogs-yawn-along-their-masters-japan-researchers-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tired dog lovers who think their pet pooch is yawning right along with them may just be right, according to a Japanese study.</p> <p>Dubbed "contagious yawning", the new research says man's best friend can sense human fatigue and, in a possible show of empathy, will join humans in a big yawn.</p> <p>Canines yawn more often when it's their owner who's involved, added the study conducted by researchers at Tokyo and Kyoto universities, which was published in US science journal PLOS One this week.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130808/dogs-yawn-along-their-masters-japan-researchers-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Sleep Zoology AFP Thu, 08 Aug 2013 14:32:32 +0000 5905476 at http://www.globalpost.com Police alarm as N.Z. 'sleep driver' goes for a spin http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/police-alarm-nz-sleep-driver-goes-spin <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A New Zealand woman drove for hundreds of kilometres (miles) while asleep at the wheel, sending texts from her mobile phone along the way, police said Wednesday.</p> <p>Police said they received an emergency call just after midnight Wednesday from a friend concerned the woman had gone out in her car after taking sleeping medication.</p> <p>Told that the woman had been sleep-driving 10 months previously and had a fondness for the beach, police ordered patrol cars to keep a lookout for her silver hatchback and began tracking her via her mobile phone.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/police-alarm-nz-sleep-driver-goes-spin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sleep AFP Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:49:14 +0000 5909425 at http://www.globalpost.com Poor sleep tied to kids' lower academic performance http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130816/poor-sleep-tied-kids-lower-academic-performance <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Veronica Hackethal, MD</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who have trouble sleeping tend to do worse in school than their peers who get a good night's sleep, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Researchers in Brazil looked at children age seven to 10 who attended Sao Paulo public schools. They found kids with symptoms of sleep disorders or sleep breathing disorders earned lower grades than those without problems sleeping, on average.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130816/poor-sleep-tied-kids-lower-academic-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Education Health Neurophysiology Sleep Thomson Reuters Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:03:54 +0000 5911566 at http://www.globalpost.com Non-regular bedtimes tied to kids' behavior problems http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131014/non-regular-bedtimes-tied-kids-behavior-problems <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Genevra Pittman</p> <p>NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Kids without a regular bedtime tend to have more behavior problems at home and at school, a new study suggests.</p> <p>Researchers found that when children started going to sleep at a more consistent time, their behavior improved as well.</p> <p>"If you are constantly changing the amounts of sleep you get or the different times you go to bed, it's likely to mess up your body clock," said Yvonne Kelly, who led the study.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/131014/non-regular-bedtimes-tied-kids-behavior-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Behavior Parenting Sleep Yvonne Kelly Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:20:53 +0000 5960225 at http://www.globalpost.com Child behavioral problems linked to bedtimes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/child-behavioral-problems-linked-bedtimes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Children who go to to bed at irregular hours are more likely to have behavioral problems, according to a study published Monday.</p> <p>The research, which appeared in the US journal Pediatrics, found that lifelong problems could result from erratic childhood bedtimes, but that the effects could be reversed with implementation of a schedule.</p> <p>"Not having fixed bedtimes, accompanied by a constant sense of flux, induces a state of body and mind akin to jet lag," said Yvonne Kelly of the University College London.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/child-behavioral-problems-linked-bedtimes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Circadian rhythms Health Labor Sleep Social Issues Technology AFP Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:30:46 +0000 5960890 at http://www.globalpost.com Going ape: Chimpanzees catch human yawns http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/going-ape-chimpanzees-catch-human-yawns <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Human yawns are contagious for chimpanzees but, like children, this only happens among apes that have grown beyond infancy, scientists said Thursday.</p> <p>Playing with a researcher, orphaned young chimps aged between five and eight years began to yawn after their human chum did so, investigators at Sweden's Lund University found.</p> <p>Infant apes, though, seemed immune to yawn contagion.</p> <p>Humans behave in a similar way, with contagious yawning starting when they are around four -- about the same age when behaviours emerge that suggest a capacity for empathy.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131017/going-ape-chimpanzees-catch-human-yawns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apes Reflexes Sleep Technology AFP Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:36:42 +0000 5963742 at http://www.globalpost.com Gaining extra hour less of a problem than losing hour of sleep: experts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131102/gaining-extra-hour-less-problem-losing-hour-sleep-experts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TORONTO - Canadians who hope to keep their lives running like clockwork in the coming days should feel free to trust their bodies more than their time pieces, experts say.</p> <p>Most of the country is preparing to fall back to standard time by adjusting clocks an hour earlier on Sunday morning.</p> <p>In an age of increasing automation, however, experts predict many may find themselves overlooking the annual chance to grab an extra hour of shuteye.</p> <p>Cellphones, tablets and computers all update their internal clocks automatically, as do most devices connected to satellite.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/131102/gaining-extra-hour-less-problem-losing-hour-sleep-experts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Biology Neurophysiology Sleep Technology The Canadian Press Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:01:32 +0000 5978156 at http://www.globalpost.com