Are these dysfunctional beliefs preventing you from falling asleep?

The Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep Scale is a 16-item survey designed to evaluate sleep related thoughts. Studies have found that those who score highly on the scale (ie those with the strongest dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes) are more likely to have issues with insomnia, particularly when it comes to falling asleep. Take a look at the 16 statements…

Smoking in your teens may lead to insomnia in your thirties

We already know that the the sleep health of our children influences a number of health outcomes including obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, academic achievement and even risk of self-harm. Now it would appear that unhealthy habits such as smoking may increase the risk of developing insomnia later in life. A recent study found that those who smoke between the…

New research identifies some interesting global sleep patterns

A recently published article has just shed some light on global sleep patterns. The data was collected by an app designed to reduce jet lag. Users of the app could opt-in to allow data on their sleep to be sent back to the app’s servers. Some of the more interesting findings: Middle-aged men got the…

Your sleeping brain prioritizes the memories you care about

We already know that sleep deprivation harms memory and learning. Now it would appear that the consolidation of memories during sleep is influenced by  how much we care about those memories . In research presented at the British Science Festival, events that are considered to be important are given preferential treatment by the brain when it consolidates memories…

How effective is acupuncture at treating insomnia linked to depression?

There is a strong link between depression and insomnia. One study found that as many as 70% of individuals with depression had symptoms of insomnia and sleep disorders are one of the diagnostic criteria for depression. Unfortunately, antidepressant drugs can come with a number of side-effects such as: Nausea Sedation Dry mouth Weight gain Tachycardia Constipation Blurred vision Is there a…

What causes insomnia?

Insomnia is essentially when you can’t get to sleep, or when you do eventually nod off you struggle to stay asleep. This results in sleep deprivation, or where your sleep is non-restorative or unrefreshing. The vast majority of us will experience temporary insomnia at some points in our lives. It’s usually short lived, lasting only a…

What are the most common sleep disorders?

Unfortunately, for many people in the UK getting a good night’s sleep is not as easy as it sounds. This can be due to one of a number of sleep disorders, ranging from something as common as insomnia to rarer issues like night terrors and sleep apnea. Often these episodes of poor sleep can be…

Can Diet and Other Lifestyle Changes Help with Stress Management?

Have you ever had difficulty concentrating or feel like you can’t stop worrying about something? Then you have experienced stress. Stress is your body’s approach to responding to any demand or threat. When this happens, your body’s defense system kicks into high gear in a rapid, automatic process which is known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the…

How the Lack of Sleep Is Sabotaging Our Health, Happiness, and Success

Sleep is a crucial part of our natural life cycle. When you lose sleep you no longer have the necessary drive to engage in activities. A good night’s sleep is what makes the difference between a good day and a ruined one. The lack of sleep can be detrimental to our health, happiness, and success….

Are Sleep Issues and ADHD related?

Around 75% of children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also have sleep problems, but until now these have been thought to be separate issues. Now a in a pulling together of the latest research, Scientists are proposing of a new theory which says that much of ADHD may in fact be a…