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This Sunday you are slightly less likely to have a heart attack. Swedish researchers, publishing in the NEJM, looked at a registry of heart attacks from 1987 to 2006. They found that the incidence of heart attacks slightly increases for the three days following the Spring daylight savings time where we lose an hour. The…

The association between sleep and memory performance has been relatively well-documented. Studies in animals and humans have shown memory deficits in both declarative and procedural memory associated with sleep deprivation. (The subject is slightly complicated because whether sleep deprivation affects a task can depend on particular task demands and may vary from study to study.…

I get a lot of random questions from friends and relatives. It is an occupational hazard. This one just came down the grapevine: Do you know how sometimes when you’re lying in bed, starting to fall asleep and all of a sudden it feels like you’re falling? What does that mean? What you are talking…

Two Stories on Sleep

The SLEEP 2007 meeting is going on right now, so I have been trying to keep up with sleep-related news. Here are two important stories: First, college students who pull lots of all-nighters have lower GPAs: A common practice among many college students involves “pulling all-nighters”, or a single night of total sleep deprivation, a…

Muahaha. It has now been proven that men should not sleep over: If you have ever thought you were stupid to sleep with someone, consider this. Sharing your bed could actually make you stupid if you are a man – at least temporarily. Even without having sex, bed sharing disturbs sleep quality, say Gerhard Kloesch…