Most of sleep experts and sleep medicine professionals would tell you that in order to improve your sleep quality it is better to remove from your bedroom as many electronic devices as possible. For many years it was considered that dim light and low noises that come from all sorts of electronic devices damage our sleep and can even cause insomnia and other sleep disorders. Such appliances as TV sets, computers, mobile phones, and others were considered especially dangerous due to their dangerous searing effects which were believed to slow down melatonin production in the brain and thus affecting our sleep.
However, a group of scientists from the University of Sydney carried out a study and found out that neither light or noises coming from electronic devices can damage our sleep, and there are hardly a serious connection between the number of electronic devices we have in our bedrooms and our sleep quality. Australian scientists used a very interesting and creative approach, which embraced taking into account the factors and data which could possibly impact the average sleep duration of people in the years of 1992, 1997 and 2006.
After analyzing the data, it became apparent that in 1992 the average time people used to spend sleeping in their beds was about 8 hours 20 minutes, and 14 years later, in 2006, it slightly increased and raised to 8 hours 30 minutes. At that a great deal of factors were taking into account, starting from days of the week and ending up with the time of year. Thus, for the stated period of time there was no significant change in average sleep duration of most people, though the number of electronic devices in today’s people bedrooms has increased several times.
It is interesting that such factors as having a high education, working 9-10 or more hours a day, working shifts, having more money for entertainment and fun, usually tend to make our average sleep duration decrease. Besides, such important factor as having more than 2 children in the family was found out to decrease the time parents can spend sleeping in the bed. It was also found out that average sleep duration of modern adults is 40 minutes longer in weekends compared to the one in the week days. Besides, most of us tend to sleep 12 minutes more in winter compared to the time usually spent sleeping in the bed in summer time.
A group of scientists in the US are reporting that they are on the verge of creating a new revolutionary cure for insomnia based on their new discovery of an enzyme responsible for our sleep-wake up routine. After a series of chemical tests and studies related to mechanisms of sleep regulation, the researchers found a chemical compound that is responsible for producing a restful sleep, and according to the findings, blocking this enzyme production can be associated with total suppressing of our sleep function. In other words, some certain amounts of this enzyme in the body can cause a person to wake up.
Millions of people around the world are suffering from such sleep disorder as insomnia, and in most of those people this sleep disorder turned into a chronic problem. That is why finding an effective cure for insomnia is a very topical problem nowadays. Many specialists are carrying out experiments trying to analyze chemical processes that take place in our brain while we are sleeping. It is known that sleep is regulated by numerous chemical processes, as well as other mechanisms influenced by other mental, environmental, psychological and other factors. Some of those are not properly understood yet.
Currently, there are quite a few cures for insomnia available for modern people, however, most of those have dangerous side effects and can not help in combating the problem from its roots. That is why the recent research gives great hopes to everyone who is in need of a cure for insomnia. The scientists tried to understand regulation mechanisms on cellular levels that can lead to finding causes and possible treatments for many sleep disorders. In particular, it was found our that blocking the enzyme can cause non-REM and REM stages of sleep and improve our sleep quality.
“Current treatments for sleep disorders do not achieve the ideal behavioral outcome, and are usually accompanied by many undesirable side effects,” Dr Subimal Dutta, one of the study leaders and an author of the report commented to the mass media. “A more specific, fine-tuned approach to treating these disorders by promoting alertness and treating insomnia would greatly benefit public health,” she added. You can read more about the findings of the US scientists and opinions of the leading sleep experts on the perspectives of creating a new cure for insomnia in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.