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Too little sleep, and too much, affect memory

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How might sleep affect memory? People who are persistently sleep deprived are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, and narrowed blood vessels. Each of these can decrease blood flow inside the brain. Brain cells need a lot of oxygen and sugar, so blood flow problems could affect their ability to work properly. Poor sleep could affect the brain in another way. Sleep-deprived mice develop more deposits of a protein called beta amyloid in the brain compared with mice allowed to sleep normally. In humans, beta amyloid deposits in the brain are linked to declines in memory and thinking…

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Why lack of sleep is bad for your health

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Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences for your physical health? When you might need more sleep than normal There are some situations when you’ll need more than the standard eight hours of sleep a night. It’s not unusual to want 10-15 hours of rest and sleep a day if you are: recovering from illness pregnant living with a chronic illness have been through extreme physical exertion, such as running a marathon One in three…

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Why women get more tired than men

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Birth control, equal pay, government representation — and sleep? Turns out snooze time may be the latest item on the list of women’s issues. According to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control, women are more likely than men to say they’re tired or even exhausted. While there’s no single explanation for the gender difference, there are lots of biological and psychosocial factors that can send women straight for the nap room. This article is written by Shana Lebowitz, you can connect with Shana here: http://greatist.com/happiness/women-more-tired-than-men-041513chr What’s the Deal? Results from the CDC research show that between 2010 and…

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32 Solutions for When You Can’t Sleep

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Beyond Counting Sheep — Your Action Plan Whether you’re a chronic insomniac or just have the occasional restless night, read on for lasting sleep solutions.  This article is written by Laura Newcomer, you can read the full thing here: http://greatist.com/health/cant-sleep-advice-and-tips Try these strategies for gradually improving sleep quality over time. Keep track. Record how much and when you sleep, fatigue levels throughout the day, and any other symptoms. This serves two purposes: It can identify activities that help or hurt the chances of a good night’s rest, and it’s a useful tool for a doctor or therapist, should you decide…

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Poor sleep is linked to physical problems

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Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information. Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Sleep Matters provides sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. This includes simple ways to improve your ‘sleep hygiene’, such as adjusting the light, noise and temperature in the bedroom and changing your eating, drinking and exercise routines, advice which can also be found…

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Chronic poor sleep could make you gain weight

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A recently published study shows that adults who suffer from chronic sleep restriction are more susceptible to gaining weight due to an increased calorie consumption during night hours. The study is one of the largest and most diverse study regarding healthy patients with bad sleeping habits and who suffer from sleep restrictions. According to the results, patients who slept for only 4 hours every night, for 5 consecutive nights experienced a higher weight gain than patients who slept for 10 hours every night. Researchers report that the higher weight gain for the patients who were experiencing sleep restrictions is due…

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