News & Noteworthy
New page on jet lag calculators
Raises the question with an animal study as to whether colour is also important for entraining the biological clock in addition to brightness.
Human longevity is associated with regular sleep patterns, maintenance of slow wave sleep, and favorable lipid profile
sleep, longevity, slow wave sleep, actigraphy, lipid profile, EEG spectral analysis
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2014.09.002 (for updating)
Initial thoughts on this controversial area.
New book edited and published
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).
The new website is up.
Not exactly news but worth noting. Research paper pointing out that most if not all Smartphone 'sleep measuring' devices are not scientifically validated.
Apparently yes. A study conducted in REM Behaviour Disorder
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.
Interesting paper - Buysse DJ. Sleep health: can we define it? Does it matter? SLEEP 2014;37(1):9-17
Rule out GI reflux
Channel 4's Matchlight program (measures by Chris Idzikowski, ESC, SAAS).
It looks like the company that devised a really nice sleep measuring / sleep coaching device has gone out of business.
Areas of the brain involved in some types of learning are re-activated during sleep. This Sleep journal paper reports that extended practice for an extended period of wakefulness (more than 24 hours) can lead to 'local sleep' whilst still awake.