Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance. There’s little argument about that. There are, however, many questions still to be answered about how caffeine effects the brain. Recent research seems to show that regular caffeine use may change the physical structure of the brain, at least temporarily.
Adolescents and teenagers often have poor sleep habits. This results in both inadequate amounts of sleep and sleep that is poor quality. Sleep issues can affect their physical growth, as proven in repeated studies. But it also impacts depression and other aspects of mental health.
Ask just about any woman if she’d like a higher risk of heart disease and you can predict the answer. Of course not, who would? Quite a few women, if their behavior is any indication. Here is a very short guide to getting a sicker heart for women.
Children need adequate sleep in order to grow and develop physically. But is a lack of sleep causing mental health problems, including depression and behavior issues?
Do you suffer from insomnia? According to a new study from the American Academy of Neurology, your insomnia is not just a nuisance. It also puts you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. In a study published in the online version of the journal Neurology, researchers at the University in Beijing, China involved… Continue reading Insomnia Linked to Increased Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
In a fascinating study by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, sleep restriction was once again shown to have remarkably negative affect on humans. In this case, only a few days of sleep restriction affected how full participants felt after eating, along with altering fat metabolism. A full night of recovery sleep wasn’t enough to reverse… Continue reading Want To Screw Up Your Fat Metabolism? Sleep Like An American
It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep
Another study has confirmed what most parents already know innately. If you offer children a wide variety and large quantities of tasty, less-than-healthy snack foods, they will eat a lot of those foods – and get fat! There are a couple of interesting thing about this study, however. First, it focused on snack foods and… Continue reading Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity
People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study
Ask just about any parent whether napping has benefits and you’ll likely hear a resounding “yes,” particularly for the child’s mood, energy levels, and school performance. New research from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal SLEEP backs up that parental insight. A study of nearly 3,000 fourth,… Continue reading School Children Who Nap Are Happier, Better Behaved and Better Academically