Abnormal Clock Gene Linked to Dawn Phenomenon in Type-2 Diabetes

Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

For prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes who regularly monitor their blood sugar, there is a well-known issue called dawn phenomenon. It is characterized by a rise in blood sugar during the early morning hours, despite lifestyle measures and even medication. Jason Fung, MD, author of the The Obesity Code, The CompleteRead …

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Neural Pathway IDed Circadian Regulation, Stress and Sleep

Circadian Regulation, Stress and Sleep

A Nagoya University-led research team in Japan has found a new neural pathway that links the circadian regulation, stress, and sleep in in mammals. The team identified a neuron, called the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neuron, that becomes excessively active when the mammal is under stress, which could trigger insomnia andRead …

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Early morning exposure to blue light can help the healing process for mild traumatic brain injury

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Though exposure to blue light gets bad press, new research shows that the timing of the exposure can be beneficial. Early morning blue light exposure therapy can aid the healing process of people impact by mild traumatic brain injury, according to new research from the University of Arizona. “Daily exposureRead …

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Yoga Improves Sleep Patterns in Women with Premenstrual Syndrome

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Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) commonly complain of sleep disturbances, specifically in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. This study looked at the effects of yoga on quality of sleep of women experiencing PMS, as published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. It is well known that yoga

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Stimulants and Sedatives: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Stimulants and sedatives, they are a push-pull solution to our stress-packed world that are nothing but trouble. In our go-go-go world, we see not only our patients but also ourselves at times drawn to substances that serve as stimulants to keep us going, and sedatives to help us relax. WhetherRead …

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Eight Supplements for Sleep and Relaxation Support – STAT!

Sleep and Relaxation Support

As mentioned in previous articles, phosphatidylserine, ashwagandha, and melatonin, provide a wide array of nutraceuticals with evidence that backs their use for sleep and relaxation support. In clinical practice however, we often lack the time to do a deep dive into the data behind these tools and tend to avoidRead …

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The Day the Coffee Doesn’t Do It…Stress-balancing Action of Adaptogens

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We’ve all been there at least once. Whether it be a list of deadlines, a high-stakes presentation the next day, early morning travel, or a crying infant keeping you awake all night, we all have those 24 hours when our sleep is absolutely shot, and yet we have to makeRead …

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How Cytokines and Inflammation Relate to Sleep (Napping Encouraged!)

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In this article we explore the science behind how cytokines and inflammation relate to sleep. So many individuals experience a lack of sleep in overall quantity or quality, whether it be due to nighttime awakenings to care for children or loved ones, a job that is demanding or requires workRead …

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Melatonin: Coping with the Difficulties of Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

Insomnia and Disrupted Sleep

Many a time in life when stress hormones are flying, our patients experience the unfortunate experience of insomnia and disrputed sleep. The experience of insomnia is not uncommon, with about one-third to two-thirds of adults in cross-sectional surveys describing insomnia symptoms of any severity, with 10 to 15% of individualsRead …

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