Archive: Sleep news

Sleep(io) more, worry less: results of a randomised trial

2nd March 2015 by Dr. Sophie Bostock

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Today marks the start of Sleep Awareness Week in the US, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of sleep. Looking for a good excuse to prioritise some shut-eye? We’re excited to share the findings of a new Sleepio trial to help patients suffering from anxiety. A team led by Chris Drake at the Henry ...

The era of digital medicine: breaking the barrier

26th November 2014 by Peter Hames

Healthcare Sleep news Sleep science Sleep technology Sleepio news

We live in a world where a trip to our GP often results in leaving with a prescription in hand. Although drugs are essential to the health of many people, we now have decades of clinical evidence that suggests behavioural treatment, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a more effective long-term solution for conditions such ...

The bright side of the end of Summer: clock change advice

24th October 2014 by Dr. Sophie Bostock

Sleep news

Early on Sunday morning, clocks across the UK will be rolled back an hour, marking the end of the summer’s Daylight Saving Time (DST). You can check your local clock change time and date here. So should we be despairing at the darker winter mornings, or revelling in the extra hour in bed? Why do ...

It’s not just the view you’re missing out on: workers in windowless offices lose sleep too

12th August 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Sorry, not great news if you work in an office without windows… A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, investigated daytime light exposure, sleep quality and health-related quality of life in employees who worked in windowless offices compared with those who worked in offices with natural daylight. Those workers in windowless ...

Sleep deprivation lowers our stress threshold

23rd July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Speaking in public can be pretty stressful… but imagine you’re told without warning that you have to give a presentation in the next few minutes, then halfway through your prep time, your pen and paper are taken away; then you have to present for a full five minutes you in front of a panel that ...

Increasing our time asleep could reduce food cravings

16th July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

Studies have shown a link between reduced sleep and weight gain. Most of us will recognise that ‘need’ for carbs and sugar to get us though the day after a poor night’s sleep. There’s on-going research to find out which mechanisms in the brain might be responsible for that but a recent study has tried ...

Sleep fact or fiction? Does a Full Moon affect how we sleep?

9th July 2014 by Peter Hames

Sleep news Sleep science

There are legends in every part of the world about the power of a Full Moon and what it can do – everything from increasing fertility to causing insanity. But what about the effect it has on our sleep? Lots of people say that they experience problems sleeping at the time of a Full Moon ...

Tell us about your sleep in the Great British Sleep Survey

11th June 2014 by Peter Hames

Great British Sleep Survey Sleep news

We’re very excited to be launching the Great British Sleep Survey today with the University of Oxford. We started the survey back in 2012. Over 21,300 people in Great Britain responded and helped give us a real insight into how the nation was sleeping. Now we’ve updated the questions and are looking for your help in ...

Insomnia found to increase the risk of stroke

29th May 2014 by Peter Hames

Insomnia Sleep news Sleep science

We know that poor sleep has been linked to cardiovascular diseases. But there have been few studies that have investigated the relationship between insomnia and cardiovascular disease outcomes such as the risk for stroke. One of the areas that is yet to be fully examined is whether insomnia precedes and acts as a risk factor ...

Hyper-vigilance when falling asleep in insomnia

22nd May 2014 by Peter Hames

Insomnia Sleep news Sleep science

Many patients with insomnia experience a racing mind when trying to initiate sleep. They may also be sensitive to noise and changes in their own bodily sensations (e.g. racing heart). In a new study, published in the journal of Biological Psychology, a team of researchers investigated brain activity in people as they tried to fall asleep. ...