According to a recent article in the New York Times, researchers from the University of California, San Diego, found a correlation between naps containing a significant amount of rapid eye movement (REM) and performance levels. The study placed volunteers under certain sleep conditions and recorded their results on word-association tests in the morning and evening. They found that the group that did not nap mid-day had the lowest scores while those who napped without REM sleep had slightly higher scores on their evening test.
Check out our new Ask the Expert article, in which Dr. Helene A. Emsellem, director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase, MD, answers common questions about Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is the leading therapy for sleep apnea. Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. Most insurance companies now pay for sleep testing and for CPAP treatment.
Do you struggle with a forgetful memory? The best solution may be a good night’s sleep. A recent study conducted at MIT confirmed that sleep is essential for the storage of long-term memories, according to an article in US News and World Report. Researchers from the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics at MIT’s Power Institute for Learning and Memory reported that the performance of specific circuits, known as trisynaptic circuits, found in the hippocampus is important in processing memories before they are stored in other regions of the brain.
The Federal Aviation Administration stated on Wednesday that recommendations for new rules aimed at limiting pilot fatigue need to be submitted by Sept. 1, according to a recent USA Today article. In a recent string of crashes — including the accident in Buffalo, NY, last February that killed 50 — pilots stated they had not received a full night’s sleep. Airlines are currently operating under 50-year-old rules allowing pilots to fly up to eight hours a day. Including ground time between flights, their day can extend up to 16 hours.
Plenty of animals can sleep upright, such as horses and various livestock. But what about people? According to a recent BBC News article, it's possible but not always comfortable. "We can sleep in a chair. We can sleep standing up, but we are not as good at it as other creatures, for example birds," Derk-Jan Dijk, a professor of sleep and physiology at the University of Surrey in England, told BBC News. The article looks at a group of Buddhist monks who during their four-year retreat spend nights sleeping upright for less than five hours.
Whenever you're facing a problem or tough decision, you might get the following advice from a friend: "Sleep on it." According to new findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that might not be a bad idea. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have found that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) or "active" sleep may assist the brain in forming connections between unrelated ideas, a method of creative problem solving. Participants in the study were shown three words and asked to find a fourth that could be associated with the other words.
Check out our new Ask the Expert article, in which we talk to Colin Sullivan, M.B.B.S., Ph.D, FRACP – the inventor of continuous positive airway pressure. CPAP is the leading therapy for sleep apnea. Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open. Most insurance companies now pay for sleep testing and for CPAP treatment.
A recent article in the Washington Post highlights Post staff writer Valerie Strauss' experience with being diagnosed with sleep apnea. Strauss — "a somewhat trim, 53-year-old woman," according to the article — suspected she had sleep apnea, but wasn't sure until she had an overnight sleep study conducted at the Sleep Disorders Clinic in Chevy Chase, Md. Obstructive sleep apnea can occur in all age groups and both sexes.
The National Sleep Foundation is proud to announce that Dr. Allan I. Pack will be the 2010 recipient of its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Pack is well-known for his outstanding leadership and vision in the sleep field, contributions to original research and exceptional mentoring. Join us at the National Sleep Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on March 5, 2010 in National Harbor, Maryland, to celebrate Dr. Pack’s achievements and National Sleep Awareness Week®.
The amount of energy you expend during the day may have nothing to do with the amount of sleep you get, according to a study presented at SLEEP 2009. Researchers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center followed 14 subjects wearing armbands designed to measure body temperature, ambient temperature, position sense and motion. The armbands also were programmed to monitor sleep efficiency and sleep time. Researchers discovered that subjects experiencing increased activity during the day had a lower total sleep time each night.