Cost of sleep deprivation

A lack of sleep among the U.S. working population is costing the economy up to $411 billion a year, which is 2.28 percent of the country’s GDP, a new report finds. According to researchers at the not-for-profit research organisation RAND Europe, part of the RAND Corporation, sleep deprivation leads to a higher mortality risk and… Continue reading Cost of sleep deprivation

Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep

 A new study indicates that children’s sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence, which suggests that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions. Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an… Continue reading Parental sleep behavior affects children’s sleep

Sleep loss and change in gut microbiota

Results from a new clinical study conducted at Uppsala University suggest that curtailing sleep alters the abundance of bacterial gut species that have previously been linked to compromised human metabolic health. The new article is published in the journal Molecular Metabolism. Changes in the composition and diversity of the gut microbiota have been associated with… Continue reading Sleep loss and change in gut microbiota

Sleep Deprivation in children affects brain myelin development

Sleep is vital for humans. If adults remain awake for longer than usual, the brain responds with an increased need for deep sleep. In adults, these deep-sleep waves are most pronounced in the prefrontal cortex – the brain region which plans and controls actions, solves problems and is involved in the working memory. Sleep deprivation… Continue reading Sleep Deprivation in children affects brain myelin development