Midnight In The Desert — sleep

There's evidence that ADHD could be a type of sleep disorder

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There's evidence that ADHD could be a type of sleep disorder

Over the past two decades, US parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behaviour and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as a national crisis and have spent billions of dollars looking into its cause. They've looked at genetics, brain development, exposure to lead, the push for early academics, and many other factors. But what if the answer to at least some cases of ADHD is more obvious? What if, as a growing number of researchers are proposing, many kids...

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Chronic Lack of Sleep Makes Your Brain Eat Itself

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Chronic Lack of Sleep Makes Your Brain Eat Itself

What would you say is the leading cause of brains being eaten? Zombies? What would you say if you knew that the leading cause was living right in your own home? What would you say if you knew it was already living in your body? Scared yet? What would you say if you found out that munching sound inside your skull was your own fault? Pounding your head against the wall won’t help, but a good night’s sleep will. A new study on mice found that sleep deprivation can cause the brain to eat itself. Would this make a great...

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Awake in a Nightmare

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Awake in a Nightmare

Suddenly I’m awake. Something is on me. A shadow or a shape. Something nasty. I’m pinned to my bed and I can’t move a muscle. There are whispers, wicked whispers. I think I’m screaming but I make no sound. There’s a loud buzz, a whoosh, and I’m sucked out of myself, twisting, turning, then dragged. But through my ever-so-slightly-open eyes, I see my body is still motionless. What I’m experiencing is literally a waking nightmare. It’s a state during which I’m awake but unable to move or cry for help, no matter what demons my mind conjures. The state has...

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Lack of sleep tampers with your emotions

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Lack of sleep tampers with your emotions

Cranky or grumpy after a long night? Your brain's ability to regulate emotions is probably compromised by fatigue. This is bad news for 30 percent of American adults who get less than six hours of sleep per night, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new Tel Aviv University study has identified the neurological mechanism responsible for disturbed emotion regulation and increased anxiety due to only one night's lack of sleep. The research reveals the changes sleep deprivation can impose on our ability to regulate emotions and allocate brain resources for cognitive processing. The research was led...

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Mysterious Kazakhstan Sleeping Disorder Solved

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Mysterious Kazakhstan Sleeping Disorder Solved

Scientists have finally discovered why residents in a remote Kazakhstan village known as Sleepy Hollow are mysteriously falling asleep for days at a time. They claim radon gas from nearby Soviet-era uranium mines seeped up to the surface and poisoned the residents of Kalachi. Radon is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which occurs naturally through the decay of uranium and breathing it is thought to cause lung cancer. Local government officials are considering plans to move the entire village because they feel it is impossible to eradicate radon gas from the area. Although radiation levels in the mines themselves...

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