Loneliness levels high during COVID-19 lockdown

During the initial phase of COVID-19 lockdown, rates of loneliness among people in the UK were high and were associated with a number of social and health factors, according to a new study.

Weighted blankets can decrease insomnia severity

Weighted blankets are a safe and effective intervention in the treatment of insomnia, according to researchers who found that insomnia patients with psychiatric disorders experienced reduced insomnia severity, improved sleep and less daytime sleepiness when sleeping with a weighted chain blanket.

People react better to both negative and positive events with more sleep

New research finds that after a night of shorter sleep, people react more emotionally to stressful events the next day — and they don’t find as much joy in the good things. This has important health implications: previous research shows that being unable to…

COVID-19 patients with sleep apnoea could be at additional risk

People who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea could be at increased risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, according to a new study.

Insomnia identified as a new risk factor for type 2 diabetes in new study which also confirms many other risk and protective factors

A new study identifies insomnia as a risk factor associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study identifies 34 risk factors that are thought to increase (19) or decrease risk (15), as well as a further 21 ‘suggestive’ risk factors…

Links among poor sleep, high blood pressure, gut microbiome discovered

Researchers have found associations among disrupted sleep, elevated blood pressure and changes in the gut microbiome. The research aimed to determine whether a 28-day period of disrupted sleep changed the microbiota in rats. The researchers also sought to identify biological features associated with undesirable…

Study finds that sleep restriction amplifies anger

Feeling angry these days? New research suggests that a good night of sleep may be just what you need.

American Academy of Sleep Medicine calls for elimination of daylight saving time

Public health and safety would benefit from eliminating daylight saving time, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Study finds ‘nomophobia’ is associated with poor sleep health in college students

A new study found that the fear of being out of mobile phone contact — ‘nomophobia’ — is extremely common among college students and is associated with poor sleep health.

Study examines link between sperm quality and light from devices at night

Men might want to think twice before reaching for their smartphone at night. A new study found correlations between electronic media use at night and poor sperm quality.