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Sleep News

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Night Watch in One Brain Hemisphere during Sleep Associated with the First-Night Effect in Humans

Typically human sleep is poorer the first night at a new location. Dolphins, some seals, some birds are able to shut down (sleep) one hemisphere and not the other, and then alternate. This paper shows humans may have at least in part some of this ability which is revealed in this study. Not sleeping with one eye shut and the other open, but half awake?

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Colour As a Signal for Entraining the Mammalian Circadian Clock

Raises the question with an animal study as to whether colour is also important for entraining the biological clock in addition to brightness.

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ICSD-3. Sleep disorders re-classified

The third edition of the American International Classification of Sleep Disorders was published March 2014. There are significant changes in the sections on insomnia (inability to sleep appropriately) and parasomnias (unwanted behaviours during sleep).

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Sleep Screening Applications for Smartphones

Not exactly news but worth noting. Research paper pointing out that most if not all Smartphone 'sleep measuring' devices are not scientifically validated.

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Human pharmacology of sleep: a work in progress?

Human pharmacology of sleep: a work in progress?

Review article considering primarily insomnia and stimulant compounds, not restless legs, PLMS, narcolepsy, hypersomnia etc. Deals with fundamentals such as sleep function, sleep measurement, sleep control mechanisms, etc.

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Sleep and health

Interesting paper - Buysse DJ. Sleep health: can we define it? Does it matter? SLEEP 2014;37(1):9-17

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