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Researchers Develop Non-Contact Breathing Sound Analysis Algorithm for OSA

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At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel, researchers have developed what they characterize as a groundbreaking approach to determine sleep quality using their new breathing sound analysis (BSA). This is less expensive and invasive than current polysomnography (PSG) technology, according to a study published on PLOS ONE online.

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Autoimmune Process Plays Major Role in Triggering Narcolepsy

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The precise cause of narcolepsy has long eluded scientists, and the cure for the devastating neurological disorder remains at bay.

A new study published in Pharmacological Research by autoimmune disease expert, Tel Aviv University professor Yehuda Shoenfeld, finds that narcolepsy bears the trademarks of a classic autoimmune disorder and should be treated accordingly.

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Zebrafish Study Finds Naturally Occurring Melatonin May Trigger Sleep

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The hormone supplement melatonin’s use as a sleep aid is supported by anecdotal evidence and even some reputable research studies. However, our bodies also make melatonin naturally, and until a recent Caltech study using zebrafish, no one knew how—or even if—this melatonin contributed to our natural sleep.

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Brain’s GPS Works During Sleep

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Navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time—and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them, say researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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NSF 2015 Sleep in America Poll: Pain a Key Challenge for Sleep

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A new poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds that pain is a key factor in the gap between the amount of sleep Americans say they need and the amount they’re getting—an average 42 minute sleep debt for those with chronic pain and 14 minutes for those who’ve suffered from acute pain in the past week.

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Persistent Insomnia Linked to Increased Mortality Risk

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A connection between persistent insomnia and increased inflammation and mortality has been identified by a group of researchers from the University of Arizona. Their study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, found that people who suffer from persistent insomnia are at greater risk than those who experience intermittent insomnia.

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