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  • New Study Links Nighttime Darkness to Success of Breast Cancer Therapy

    Sleep scientists and those trying to help insomnia sufferers to get a better night’s sleep have long sung the praises of creating the correct sleep environment, and sleeping in a totally darkened room are always part of the long list of sleep hygiene issues that can be controlled to great advantage. Another light-related issue has been the blue light that emanates from televisions, e-readers and tablets, as it has been proven that they reduce the production of melatonin and disrupt the sleep cycle.

    Now a study out of Tulane University School of Medicine is strengthening that argument, indicating that exposure to any kind of light at night actually shuts down nighttime production of melatonin and makes breast cancer therapies less effective. The group specifically looked at the impact that light has on the effectiveness of tamoxifen, a popular breast cancer drug, and found that it rendered the therapy of little use. Continue reading

  • The Real Cost of Sleep Deprivation

    A recently conducted survey by a highly respected evidence-based organization has provided new insight into the degree that lack of sleep is affecting our work and the quality of our lives. The Virgin Pulse Institute has recently has recently released the results of a study that was conducted to provide them with a comprehensive view of what might be preventing their employees from getting the sleep that they need and what they and their employees could do to help solve the problem. Their conclusions – that employers who supported their employees’ efforts at improving sleep would be rewarded with increased productivity and make their workers feel more appreciated, was underscored by some of the shocking data that they collected. Continue reading

  • Sleep and its Role in Fighting Cancer

    The popular novel (and now movie) “the Fault in our Stars” makes use of the phrase “Sleep fights cancer” frequently as the young heroine and her boyfriend each fight for their lives against their own form of the disease.  Now researchers out of the University of Chicago have released the results of a laboratory animal study that not only confirms what the book says, but also goes a long way towards explaining why. The scientists subjected half of a group of lab mice afflicted with cancer to sleep deprivation and let the other half sleep naturally and uninterrupted, and found that those who had the interrupted sleep had their tumors grow twice as large. Continue reading

  • Sleep and its Role in Mood

    It has happened to each and every one of us. After a night spent staring at the clock next to our bed or tossing and turning and fluffing the pillow, the alarm goes off and it’s time to wake up. One of your big concerns as you faced your insomnia was about how you’d feel throughout the next day, and now you’re facing that reality. You’re irritated, exhausted and bleary-eyed before you even step foot out of the bed, and you know that once your day starts things aren’t going to get any better. This is the legacy of a bad night’s sleep. Continue reading

  • Alzheimer’s Group to Hear of Impact on Sleep

    Copenhagen will be the location of a six-day Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. One of the top subjects that the professionals in attendance will address is the role of sleep disturbance on the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The conference’s goal is to evaluate the various studies and outcomes that have been conducted into keeping the brain healthy and either preventing or staving off the cognitive disorder. Experts say that with the population aging rapidly, Alzheimer’s is of increasing concern. The disease currently afflicts five million Americans, but that number is expected to rise to 16 million by the middle of the century. With that in mind, the United States and several other of the world’s developed countries have pledged to provide improved Alzheimer’s treatment by the year 2025.  Continue reading

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