Snoring Is Linked To Poor Vision

SnoringIn our times, it is quite difficult to find a person who would not be familiar with sleep disorders. Our busy lifestyle, endless stresses, using plenty of medications, improper nutrition and a lack of physical activities, improper environment in our bedrooms, getting involved in various stimulating activities before the bed time – those are just a few reasons why we all have to go through sleepless nights, toss and turn in our beds for hours instead of having a good night’s sleep. Insomnia, inability to fall asleep, waking up multiple times at night are among the most common sleep disorders that most of the people experience on a regular basis. Some people also suffer from disturbed sleep and such kind of problem as nightmares.

Snoring is another very common sleep disturbance, and at least one person in a family shows the signs of this sleep problem. Snoring brings a lot of troubles for those around the sleeper with this problem. However, a great deal of studies have proven that snoring is always linked to many very serious health problems. In particular, snoring accompanied with sleep apnea are related to increased risks for hypertension and all cardiovascular problems like heart attack or a stroke. Besides, snoring and suffering from sleep apnea are linked with decreased amounts of oxygen coming to the body and the brain of the sleeper. Thus, the person suffers from high risks of various health condition related to brain function, blood circulation, and many others.

According to the findings of a recent study by an expert group from Taiwan, snoring is also closely linked to poor vision. The scientists analyzed information collected on one thousand of people who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, and six thousand people who did not report suffering from any kind of sleep disturbance on a regular basis. It turned out that snorers have increased risks of developing vision problems, and they are 1.67 times more likely to develop glaucoma compared  to those people who do not have sleep apnea. According to their conclusions, snoring should be considered quite a serious problem which must not be neglected and treated by using the most advanced and modern technologies.

Another study by a group of experts at the University of Detroit found strong connections between snoring and vascular health. The researchers have found that snoring is linked to very dangerous vibrations which affect the condition of vessels. In the worst case scenario chronic snoring causes strengthening of vessels, which is considered to be the first stage of atherosclerosis. Furthermore, the arteries and vessels affected by snoring are more likely to have clots and clot-like formations leading to strokes and other serious cardiovascular conditions. Keep in mind the above mentioned facts and never neglect the problem of snoring or having sleep apnea. Treating those is the best way to reduce serious risks and live a longer and healthier life! Enjoy good nights’ sleep for you and those around you!

Full Moon Can Cause Sleep Disturbances

fool moonSome people are quite sensitive and very much dependent on the conditions like outdoor temperature, wind strength, various other weather conditions, including even Sun and Moon phases. The phenomena of being dependent on the lunar rhythms with our sleep cycles has been known and studied by many researchers, and the findings regarding this issue were quite opposing. Some scientists believe that most of us do not have risks of suffering from sleep disturbances due to changing Moon cycles, but some researchers are convinced that ‘lunar dependency’ is something quite common in modern society. This summer, the findings of one more related studies were published in some scientific magazines and online editions. A group of French scientists studied the effects of Moon cycles on sleep patterns of 33 volunteers, both males and females.

They all agreed to sleep in the lab conditions, and their sleep was thoroughly monitored and analyzed by the researchers. To their great surprise, they found out that all of the participants demonstrated quite clear problems with falling asleep and benefiting from high sleep quality during full moon. Moreover, despite the fact that the lab where the experiment was taking place had no windows and was totally dark in the nighttime, all of the participants reported waking up a few times a night when the moon was round. Finally, there was even more surprising fact: the days of full moon were linked in all the participants to decreased levels of melatonin, a known hormone linked to activating our biological clock and having a good night sleep.

It was really surprising because a great number of previous studies have proven that a human body produces increased amounts of melatonin when it is dark. Therefore, there are other factors like full moon which can cause slowed down melatonin production and creating a great environment for developing sleep disturbances. It was known before that being exposed to lower amounts of sunlight in the daytime, as well as being exposed to too bright light before going to sleep can interfere with melatonin production and contribute to developing sleep problems. According to the reported scientific findings published this summer in one of the issues of Current Biology, full moon and Moon phases can also play a role for that.

Unfortunately, the scientists did not manage to find a scientific prove to the discovered effect. In usual conditions, they would explained it by excessive moonlight which people are exposed to during the periods of full moon. However, the participants could not see the Moon and were not exposed to the excessive light. The scientists reported that during the time of maximum lunar activity, the participants’ sleep was on average 20 minutes shorter, and it took up to 5-10 minutes longer for the participants to fall asleep in the evening. “It’s up to science now to find out what’s the cause of why we might sleep differently when there’s a full Moon,” the study leader said, and he underlined that there are serious cultural bonds between the full moon and its negative effects on our mood and sleep.


Using Laptops And Cell Phones Before The Bedtime Is Linked To Increased Stresses

Increased StressesModern time’s technologies give us totally amazing new opportunities. We can play incredible 3D games, we can watch TV channels from all over the world, we can talk to our friends in other countries, we can read books and watch movies at any time, listen to any kind of music, etc etc. It is a known fact that nowadays, people use their laptops, iPads, cell phones and all other miracles of modern technology all the time, and a lot is said about how dangerous it can be. Numerous studies have shown how dangerous it is to stay motionless all day and be busy with chatting online, texting friends, playing a game, or watching videos. Certainly, it is not only about sedentary lifestyle (which is undoubtedly a killing factor for our health). We’re always exposed to dangerous waves like WiFi, which can play a very serious role in compromising our health. Finally, the effects of abusing advanced technology on modern time’s kids and teenagers are tremendous, and many experts point to the fact that parents should do everything possible in order to educate their kids using less technology in order to prevent serious health problems.

We already know that using technology like watching TV or surfing online before the bedtime is linked to sleep disorders and quite serious sleep problems. That is why experts recommend staying away from laptops and TVs before the bedtime, at least for an hour or two. Studies have shown that sending emails, texting friends, or even watching some TV shows before going to sleep is linked to increased risks for insomnia, restlessness, and having other common sleep disorders. Specialists also are convinced that removing from our bedrooms all electronic devices like TV sets, computers, cell phones and all everything that we can not imagine our life without can help us normalize our sleep routine and improve our sleep. However, many of us find it hardly possible since our cell phones, Kindles and iPads have already become a very important part of our life. As a recent study has shown, every one of three people use their phones or other technology even while they’re having sex.

This spring, the findings of one more related study were presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science. A group of scientists from the United States conducted a study and came to the conclusion that using cell phones, laptops and other similar devices before going to sleep is also linked not only to sleep disorders, but also to being very much vulnerable to stresses, this way increasing the risks of serious diseases and disorders even more. During the research, the experts at University of Texas-Pan American analyzed the data collected on 500 participants, male and female, aged between 18 and 72. The participants were asked to fill in extended questionnaires as to their lifestyle, their sleeping habits and being satisfied with their sleep quality. It turned out that there is a strong link between using technology in the bedroom (right before the bedtime) and increased level of stresses. Certainly, the information was taken from the very participants and based solely on their evaluation on the level of stresses they’re going through.

During the presentation, senior researcher Israel Arevalo, one of the study leaders, referred to the previous findings of his colleagues. In 2011, the results of another study was released saying that up to 95 per cent of modern people use technology devices right before the bedtime. The scientist underlined that this very information inspired the scientific group to start their research. He also underlined that most of the participants were females who identified themselves as Hispanic, however, he does not think that the findings may not be applicable to other ethnic groups. Arevalo said that his expert group was getting ready to start another scientific work on looking closer at how much light emissions from iPads, Kindles, and other commonly used electronic devices can affect stress levels of modern people. Finally, he underlined the necessity to decrease our use of electronic devices in order to reduce our risks to suffer from increased stresses and other related negative factors.

Using Sleeping Pills Is Linked To Seeing Bad Dreams

ibxskl00195664.jpgA lot is said and written about the importance of a regular good night’s sleep for all modern people. Unfortunately, very few of us can say that they benefit from a high quality and sufficient sleep every night. As a result, most of us suffer from impaired function of the immune system, increased risks for various infectious diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome and headaches, inability to focus and maximize our performance at the workplace, and many other negative symptoms. A great night’s sleep is a luxury for many of us, however, having regular restful sleep is something essential for our overall health. That is why we’re trying to solve our sleep problems and treat our sleep disorders with such ‘easy’ solutions like sleeping pills. Though it is believed that sleeping pills can help us relieve our stress linked to insomnia and induce sleep, actually the quality of such sleep is not good, and it will not bring to usual positive effects we expect from a good sleep.

According to the findings published recently in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, using sleeping pills can mess up our emotional life and is actually linked to seeing bad dreams. The scientists from UC San Diego conducted a series of experiments and analyzed the data they managed to collect, which have shown that using common over-the-counter sleeping pills is linked to consolidation of bad memories and seeing bad dreams. As it is underlined in the report about the study, the findings are especially true for those people who suffer from chronic insomnia and other sleep disorders linked to post-traumatic stress disorder, excessive anxiety and other related causes of sleep problems. Moreover, the findings are also valid not only for the most popular over-the-counter sleep aids, but also for common prescription sleeping pills, including zolpidem ( Ambien) which is very often recommended by modern time’s doctors as an effective sleep aid.

The researchers focused their study around looking closely at the phenomena known as “bursts of brain activity that last for a second or less during a specific stage of sleep“, and especially the importance of those for our emotional memory. Previous studies have shown that these bursts play a key role for selecting memories and other information from our short-term memory and storing the selected  information in our long-term memory. This process takes place in the hippocampus, which is located in the cerebral cortex of the brain. However, the current study has shown that using Zolpidem and other sleeping pills interfere with the process making it considerably more active. Therefore, the effects of sleeping pills on our long-term memory can be possibly used to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia like brain disorders, as well as those people who suffer from psychological disorders like schizophrenia, etc.

For the study, 28 volunteers, men and women aged between 18 and 39, free from any possible sleep disorder,  were invited. They were given Zolpidem and placebo, with the intervals of a few days given in order to allow the chemicals evacuate from the participants’ systems. Both before going to sleep and after waking up, the participants were shown some images, which can evoke either positive or negative emotions. As a result, it became apparent that those participants who were given sleeping pills tend to remember rather negative images than positive. The same can be said about the images with arousing content: sleeping pills tended to increase the interest to those kind of images. “I was surprised by the specificity of the results, that the emotional memory improvement was specifically for the negative and high-arousal memories, and the ramifications of these results for people with anxiety disorders and PTSD,” one of the study leaders commented.


Study: Women Need More Sleep Than Men Do

More SleepPeople have various need as to their sleep duration, as well as to the time they must go to sleep and get up. Sometimes, even the most loving and understanding husband and wife can have really different needs in their sleep routine: the wife can like going to sleep early in the evening and waking up early in the morning, but the husband can have a habit of going to sleep late and waking up late, too. Hopefully, these differences will not interfere with their relationship and life. However, those things could be the issues for another study. Nowadays, a group of scientists came up with the conclusion related to our sleep duration and the need of sleep. According to the findings of a, expert group at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, women need more sleep compared to men. That is why those women who sleep as much as men very often wake up grumpy and not properly rested.

The scientists collected information on sleep habits, sleep patterns and other related data on 210 study participants, both men and women of different age and status. After analyzing the collected data, it became apparent that if women sleep as much as men, they always wake up more aggressive, angry and hostile. At that, all women reported about feeling tired and restless after not sleeping as much as they need, and the scientists came to the conclusion that such women suffered both physically and mentally as a result of insufficient amounts of sleep. At the same time, men did not report similar effects after having a small sleep deprivation. “The study suggests that poor sleep – measured by the total amount of sleep, the degree of awakening during the night, and most importantly, how long it takes to get to sleep – may have more serious health consequences for women than for men,” Edward Suarez, the study leader said.

After discovering this association, the researchers tried to look closer at the issue and find possible causes and factors that play a role in the discovered phenomena. They developed a theory that possibly, the hormones can be behind the differences between sleep needs of men and women. With age, more and more women experience hormonal shifts and changes linked to the approaching menopause and other processes in their body. Obviously, men do not suffer the same kind of changes. That is why, the scientists are convinced, women need more sleep and must do everything possible to avoid a lack of sleep since it is linked to much higher level of distress and increased levels of hostility. Actually, the experts are convinced that it is impossible to say that men do not suffer from distress and feelings of tiresome if they have a lack of sleep. But the stated links are much stronger in women.

Certainly, it is not the first study of the effects of sleep deprivation and insufficient amounts of sleep on women. It was discovered before that those modern time’s ladies who suffer from chronic lack of sleep and other sleep disorders have quite high risks of chronic depression and developing serious cardiovascular problems. Compared to men, women were found to be more prone to the mentioned risks. There is no need in mentioning negative effects of poor sleep on women’s skin and beauty. Therefore, those ladies who want to look stunning, remain beautiful for many years, avoid stresses and depression, as well as prevent serious health conditions should do everything possible to guarantee themselves good night sleep of at least 7.5 – 8 hours a day. It is also strongly recommended to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, regardless of its being a week day or a weekend day.