sleep

Is being a night owl bad for your health?

There is a growing body of evidence that those who stay up late have an increased risk of ill health…

Getting less than five hours sleep a night ‘doubles heart attack risk’

Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event…

How to get a good night’s sleep during a heatwave

Your body temperature is connected to the overall quality of your sleep. And so, during a heatwave, our sleep patterns…

Less REM sleep linked with dementia

People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to new research…

Binge-watching television linked with insomnia and fatigue

Young adults who binge-watch television series are more likely to have fatigue, insomnia and a generally poor quality of sleep,…

One night of interrupted sleep increases levels of ‘brain plaque’ linked with Alzheimer’s

Just one night of disrupted sleep in healthy adults causes an increase in amyloid beta, a brain protein associated with…

It sounds unlikely, but this mat of painful spikes can help you sleep

Have trouble sleeping? This bed of nails can help. OK, it’s not quite a bed of nails, but don’t be…

Does sleep deprivation really cause the brain to eat itself?

Our brain starts to ‘eat itself’ when we are deprived of sleep, researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy…

sleep driving

Driving on less than five hours’ sleep ‘is as risky as driving drunk’

Drivers who fail to get seven hours of sleep a night are almost twice as likely to be involved in…

sugary drinks

Does being deprived of sleep make you crave sugary drinks?

People who get five or fewer hours of sleep a night are likely to drink significantly more caffeinated sugary drinks,…

We can’t just blame smartphones for kids’ poor sleep

Allowing children to have a smartphone or tablet in their bedroom could disrupt their sleep, according to a review by…

Napping ‘linked to type-2 diabetes’. But nappers, don’t worry

Researchers at the University of Tokyo say that napping for more than an hour during the day could be an…

Health myths: Does warm milk help you sleep?

While it is often associated with helping babies and children reach the land of nod, Benenden examines whether drinking the white stuff at bedtime really makes a difference

It is time to let the secret out: insomnia is perfectly treatable. Here’s how

A recent Spectator Health headline made two claims about insomnia. First, that insomnia was hell. It is indeed an absolutely…

Sleeping well may protect against Alzheimer’s

People who get too little sleep may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in…

Insomnia is hell. So why aren’t there any good treatments for it?

Margaret Thatcher famously said that sleep is for wimps. But there are no two ways around it: not sleeping is…

A lack of sleep will make your compulsive Facebook habits worse

Compulsive social media use could be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep, according to a study by researchers…

What you eat for dinner can change how well you sleep

Eating less fibre, more saturated fat and more sugar is associated with lighter, less restorative, and more disrupted sleep, according…