News & Views

Monthly columns by Zachary Pearl (Phd), Staff. staff will release monthly columns covering the latest medical news globally, focusing on sleep-related issues and their effect on our lives.

Please note that Circadin® is indicated as monotherapy for the short-term treatment of primary insomnia characterized by poor quality of sleep in patients who are aged 55 or over. Accordingly, the off label use indicated below are not recommended and the prescribing and labelling of your country must be followed.

Here are our latest columns:

  • Can Herbal Teas Help You Sleep Better?

    July, 2018

    Good sleep is essential to our lives, however almost 55% of the elderly people suffer from insomnia. In ancient times herbal teas were used to treat sleep problems and in recent years, numerous scientific and medical researches that has been published supports their action, either directly on sleep (via sedation), or indirectly, by reducing stress and mind-activity.

  • Yin vs. Yang – A Chinese Medicine View at Sleep and Treating Insomnia

    June, 2018

    Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest medicines in the world and in today’s world its practice is also backed by modern research. Traditional Chinese Medicine pays a lot of attention to sleep issues and differentiates between trouble falling sleep, difficulty staying asleep (“light sleep”), and having dream-disturbed sleep, as each is related to an imbalance in a different organ system.

  • How Lack of Sleep May Affect Fertility

    May, 2018

    Sleep is a critical component to one’s physical and emotional health and well-being. Increasing evidence suggests a role for sleep in women’s health, particularly in the context of the menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy and menopause; male fertility has also been shown to be negatively affected by lack of sleep.

  • How would you know if you suffer from Insomnia?

    April, 2018

    Insomnia is defined as a difficulty related to sleeping: sleeplessness, wakefulness and restlessness. In this article are a few considerations that will help you assess whether your sleep difficulties are considered insomnia.

  • Seasonal Time Changes – How do they affect our Sleep & Health?

    March, 2018

    Transitions into and out of Daylight Saving Time (DST) change the social and environmental timing and therefore affect millions of people annually. The clock change causes a sudden shift in the external cues which help our internal body clock to maintain a 24-hour track.

  • How Lack of sleep affects your sexual function?

    February, 2018

    Sleep is one of the most important foundations for good health and wellbeing. Lack of Sleep can affect your sexual function and desire, affecting your hormone levels as well as your sense of emotional well-being in the relationship.

  • Can lack of sleep cause obesity?

    December, 2017

    Obesity affects more than one-third of the U.S. adult population and the numbers are constantly rising. Another epidemic of the western society is sleep deprivation where over the past years, lack of sleep and low quality of sleep have become a routine. Studies have shown a strong correlation between sleep disorders and obesity.

  • High blood pressure and sleep

    November, 2017

    Hypertension is a major public health epidemic all over the world. Nearly seven million deaths worldwide are attributed to high blood pressure each year. In recent years it has been discovered that short sleep duration and poor quality of sleep greatly increase the risk for developing high blood pressure, which in turn increases related risks.

  • Jet lag and sleep

    October, 2017

    Jet lag is known as a sleep disorder that results from crossing time zones too rapidly for the biological clock to keep pace. The symptoms of jet lag consist primarily of insomnia and daytime sleepiness but can also include mood changes, reduced physical performance, cognitive impairment and gastrointestinal disturbances.

  • ADHD and sleep problems in children

    September, 2017

    ADHD is one of the most common neuropsychiatric disorders, with symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Children with ADHD may have trouble sitting still, following directions and completing tasks at home or school. The prevalence of sleep disturbances in individuals with ADHD is reported to be in the range of 35-70% and differs as a function of gender, age, ADHD subtype, psychiatric comorbidities and medication use.

  • Sleep disturbances during pregnancy and postpartum period

    August, 2017

    Good night sleep during pregnancy is highly important, not only physically but also psychologically. Nevertheless, the hormonal changes and the physical discomforts associated with pregnancy can affect a pregnant woman's quality of sleep. Moreover, stress or anxiety about labor, delivery and/or balancing work and motherhood may result in significant sleep loss and might cause insomnia during pregnancy.

  • Menopause and Sleep- are these linked?

    July, 2017

    Menopause is a critical transition period that can harm sleep and increase the risk for developing sleep disorders. Many women who are going through menopause have trouble falling asleep, or maintaining sleep because of hot flashes or night sweats. The prevalence of sleep disturbance increases with age from pre-menopause to post-menopausephase .

  • Melatonin’s effects on Cancer

    June, 2017

    Sleep hormone, Melatonin, has an important effect in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

  • Dogs sleeping in bed

    The unbelievable effects pets have on your health and sleep

    May, 2017

    Researchers have shown that spending time playing with pets can relieve most of your tension and fatigue and decrease depression, anxiety and stress. On the other hand, a pet’s presence in the sleep environment is a potential for disruptions.

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    How social media harms your mental health and your sleep

    April, 2017

    Science is just beginning to evaluate the impact of social media use on health and well-being. Mobile technology and social media has profoundly changed the landscape of our lives. The constant need to be available 24/7 on social media could increase the risk for developing depression and anxiety, especially in teenagers. Moreover, it can lead to poorer sleep quality.

  • Smiling Woman

    Sleeping beauty

    March, 2017

    The skin is the largest organ of the human body and plays a major role in maintaining homeostasis and protection. Several factors, including poor sleep, can change the skin integrity and make it look older. Just like any other body cell , skin cells take advantage of sleep time to repair and revitalize the skin.

  • melatonin molecule

    Melatonin benefits you may be missing

    February, 2017

    Melatonin, sometimes called the sleep hormone, is usually praised for its benefits in promoting sleep. While less known, this hormone also has other benefits making it much more than just an effective natural sleep aid.

  • Slowing down memory loss with sleep

    January, 2017

    Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. It is well known that as we age our memory worsens as well as our sleep, but how are the two related?

  • Sleeping couple snoring

    Snoring is more than annoying

    December, 2016

    Snoring is a common problem among all ages and both genders. Occasional snoring is usually not a serious problem; however, constant snoring is a serious matter that may cause health damages and should be addressed accordingly.

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    To nap or not to nap – that is the question

    November, 2016

    Inadequate sleep can have a major impact on a person’s health, safety, mood and work performance. Napping can be one way of recovering a bit of the sleep debt that many people live with every day.

  • Couple in morning exercise

    Sleep to Exercise or Exercise to Sleep?

    October, 2016

    The relationship between exercise and sleep is bidirectional. Getting consistent exercise over time actually helps improve sleep while on the other hand, sleep provides the energy, motivation and recovery needed for fitness routines.

  • sleeping baby

    The science behind dreams

    September, 2016

    Most people dream between 3 to 6 times a night. Dreaming, an ability embedded in the biology of many animals as well, has been thoroughly studied but is still not fully understood.

  • Sleeping Man and Woman

    Women vs. men – who sleep better?

    August, 2016

    Sleep disturbances increase with age in both males and females to become fairly common in the older community. Evidences of some fundamental biological differences between men’s and women’s sleep are piling up.

  • Diet and Sleep

    How your diet affects your sleep

    July, 2016

    Sleep, like eating, is an essential part of life. The two are linked and influence one another. Read about the worst and best foods for sleep.

  • sleep evolution

    The evolution of sleep

    June, 2016

    The daily timing and amount of sleep has changed throughout human history, whereas historical records indicate that the onset of sleep at night overlapped the arrival of dusk, modern society has crafted a sleep schedule that is heavily influenced by protected, artificially lit environments.

  • Early Bird or Night Owl

    Are you an early bird or a night owl?

    May, 2016

    Most of us have some degree of sleep preference for late nights or early mornings. The preferences of night owls and early riser tendencies are driven by some biological and genetic forces. Whether you are an early bird or a night owl may not only determine when you prefer to sleep, it can also affect your personality and quality of life.

  • child growth

    Sleep deprivation and its effect on child growth

    April, 2016

    Getting enough sleep is important for young children being a key for healthy growth and development. While asleep, the body and brain undergo a process aimed to support their normal functioning. If sleep is disrupted, growth may not occur normally.

  • daylight savings

    How sleep is affected by seasonal time changes

    March, 2016

    Transitions into and out of Daylight Saving Time change the social and environmental timing and therefore affect millions of people annually. Learn how to pass through the transitions successfully.

  • alcohol in bed

    How drinking alcohol affects your sleep

    February, 2016

    Alcohol may help falling asleep faster but even just a couple of drinks can affect the quality of your sleep. Regularly drinkers might end up awaken the next day feeling like they haven't had any rest at all.

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    The negative effect of electronic devices on sleep

    January, 2016

    In the last decade, there was a sharp increase in the availability and usage of electronic devices. Apart from their entertainment aspects, they have become an integral part of our lives. Unfortunately, there are many evidences pointing out that this extended usage at late hours has negative affect on sleep.

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    • July, 2018
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