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Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep

Humans can learn new foreign words while asleep

Recent research reveals for the first time that people can learn new information while they are asleep. Learning can also occur during sleep, new research shows. Scientists already know that sleep consolidates learning of new information that we acquire during wakefulness. Now, researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland suggest that learning can also […]

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Sleep apnea may stop you from forming life memories

Sleep apnea may stop you from forming life memories

New research suggests that obstructive sleep apnea may impair a person’s ability to form meaningful memories about their personal life. Such dysfunction may, in turn, be a sign of depression, caution the researchers. New research finds that sleep apnea impairs a person’s ability to form autobiographical memories. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder […]

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Why sleep is the best painkiller

Why sleep is the best painkiller

New research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, finds that sleep deprivation increases sensitivity to pain by numbing the brain’s painkilling response. Sleep may be key for relieving chronic pain, a new study suggests. One in 3 adults in the United States, or 35 percent of the adult population, do not get enough sleep. The […]

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Why being rocked will help you sleep better

Why being rocked will help you sleep better

New research published in the journal Current Biology finds that slow, repetitive movement improves sleep quality — and implicitly memory consolidation — by modulating brain wave activity. New research helps explain why sleeping in a hammock feels so good. As many as 1 in 3 adults in the United States are not getting the recommended […]

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Insomnia breakthrough: Scientists identify 5 types

Insomnia breakthrough: Scientists identify 5 types

There are five types of insomnia, each with its own distinct features, according to a recent study. New research concludes that insomnia may vary by personality type, among other factors. Scientists at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience studied thousands of people who had voluntarily signed up to an online sleep registry. They concluded that insomnia […]

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Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

Most sleeping pills are so strong that the sound of a fire alarm is unlikely to wake those who take them. However, a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, proposes a safer alternative to these drugs. New research proposes a safer alternative to existing sleeping pills. One-third of adults in the […]

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What too much sleep can do to your health

What too much sleep can do to your health

New research finds that both insufficient and excessive sleep may raise the risk of cardiovascular problems and premature death. New research finds that sleeping too much can raise the risk of early death and cardiovascular problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that a third of the United States population does not […]

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The health risks of being a night owl

The health risks of being a night owl

The first international review to compare night owls with early risers outlines the health risks associated with preferring late nights. However, these risks may not be set in stone. A recent review takes a fresh look at the impact of being a night owl. Most individuals fit one of two chronotypes: We are morning people […]