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.

Here are our latest columns:

  • 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.

  • napping on sofa

    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.

  • electronic device

    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.

  • impaired work performance

    Insomnia impairs your work performance and safety

    December, 2015

    Insomnia's burden on society is substantial, affecting several aspects of one’s health. Many studies link insomnia to impaired functioning, thus it is not surprising that insomnia has been associated with significant workplace deficits.

  • discontinuation

    Benzodiazepines / Z-drugs withdrawal

    November, 2015

    Benzodiazepines and Z-Drugs are primary used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, but when used for extended periods of time may lead to problems associated with dependency, withdrawal syndrome or tolerance.

  • asd children

    Sleep and autism link

    October, 2015

    More than 50–80% of autistic children experience sleep problems. Given the importance of sleep to daily functioning, the consequence of disrupted sleep in individuals with autism is potentially serious.

  • treating psychiatric disorders

    Treatment of sleep disorders and psychiatric diseases

    October, 2015

    The most common psychiatric disorders associated with sleep complaints include depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Treating sleep problems has been shown to improve the co-existing psychiatric condition and overall quality of life.

  • psychiatric disorders

    Is sleep related to psychiatric disorders?

    September, 2015

    There is a bidirectional link between psychiatric diseases and sleep problems. Biological clock disturbances can result in an illness of the nervous system, which in turn can be demonstrated as depressive symptoms; on the other hand, mood decline can affect the biological clock and cause insomnia and circadian rhythm sleep disorders.

  • obesity

    Handling sleep problems while dealing with metabolic disorders

    August, 2015

    Successful management of sleep disorders often requires a combined approach that not only provides relief of sleep disturbances symptoms, but also treats its related conditions.

  • diabetes

    Sleep problems increase the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes

    July, 2015

    Obesity and type 2 diabetes have become a growing health concern. Both are linked to sleep disorders and have a vast impact on our health.

  • crsd treatment

    Resetting your body clock

    June, 2015

    Untreated Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders can lead to insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness, with severe undesirable health, psychological, and social consequences.

  • crsd

    Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

    May, 2015

    3% of the adult population suffer from a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which can be divided into 6 distinct types according to their root cause.

  • pharmacist

    Choose your melatonin

    April, 2015

    There are several melatonin products in the market, while there are vast differences between them.

  • insomnia treatment

    Management of sleep disorders in the elderly

    March, 2015

    Insomnia treatment should aim to improve a patient's 24-hour quality of life, by improving sleep and consequently daytime functioning and health.

  • insomnia

    Insomnia – not what you thought

    February, 2015

    Sleep problems are often mistakenly considered a normal part of aging, but in contrary to the myths, dangers associated with insomnia in older adults are markedly significant.

  • asd children

    Management of sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder

    January, 2015

    Sleep disturbances in autistic children might impair their daytime behaviour, performance in school and neurocognitive abilities. Thus, it is very important to treat their sleep problems.

  • sleep in children

    Importance of sleep for children

    December, 2014

    Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioural problems and moodiness. That is why it is important for children to develop good sleep habits at younger age.

  • alzheimer's disease treatment

    Management of Sleep Disorders in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

    November, 2014

    Sleep and dementia are associated, while lack of sleep may increase Alzheimer's Disease risk. Sleep disorders management in Alzheimer's patients consists of pharmacological and Non-pharmacological treatment.

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