News & Noteworthy
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?
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