Sleep Science Friday

Sleep Science Friday: Sleep, learning and books: how are they linked?

Sleep Science Friday 22 January 2021 It’s the end of another week — grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News!  The new teaching semester has just started. Remote education rapidly spread worldwide in the last year and became the norm. The ESRS is following this worldwide trend and is offering a series of online e-lessons on the physiology of sleep. Moreover, this year you’ll get the opportunity to take a Somnologist’s certification exam without leaving your house. Do not miss the date and subscribe for the exam to become a certified expert in sleep medicine! The on-line application is already open on this website. On one hand, e-learning appears extremely attractive as …

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Sleep Science Friday: Romania and COVID-19 Challenges

  Sleep Science Friday 15 January 2021 It’s mid-January and the end of another week of the new  year, 2021. Hopefully, you have had a relaxing holiday and a smooth start to the year. Grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end the mid-January week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News! The new year brings us positive news and optimistic expectations that the global pandemic will end and  life will slowly come back to normalcy. Despite the bad news coming in during the first days of 2021, including one about new variants of the coronavirus that has put some countries (like the UK) into a strict lockdown and long night curfews,  vaccine distribution gives  hope that the isolation should end in …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep and Mood with Dr. Jennifer Goldschmied

Sleep Science Friday It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News! Sleep and Mood with Dr. Jennifer Goldschmied 11 December 2020 Most of us experience some crankiness or irritability after a night of bad, little, or no sleep. So, it’s no surprise that sleep is linked to mood and mental health—particularly with depression. Additionally, depression and anxiety can in turn affect your sleep, making it more difficult to fall and stay asleep. However, the underlying mechanisms of this bidirectional relationship remains unclear. In this Sleep Science Friday, we talked with Dr. Jennifer Goldschmied about the connection between your sleep, mood, and neuroplasticity; what the structure of sleep looks …

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Sleep Science Friday: Respiratory Physiology and updates from the British Sleep Society—with Professor Joerg Steier

Sleep Science Friday It’s the end of another week — grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News! Sleep Science Friday: Respiratory Physiology and updates from the British Sleep Society—with Professor Joerg Steier 4 December 2020 During sleep, the body goes through physiologic changes, including those related to breathing, such as decreased muscle activity in the upper airway muscles. In healthy individuals, this isn’t a problem; but in some individuals with certain structural/anatomic features (e.g., thicker neck, overweight, etc.), this relaxation can lead to narrowing in the upper airways affecting the ability to sleep and can lead to snoring and sleep apnea. Our breathing is also under the control of a network of …

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Sleep Science Friday: Talking with sleep scientists

Sleep Science Friday It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News! Sleep Science Friday: Talking with sleep scientists 27 November 2020 The last couple of weeks, we’ve been talking with sleep specialists about all things sleep, as well as what it’s like to be a sleep researcher and communicating your research. This week, we had a great conversation with Dr. Jennifer Goldschmied about the connection between your sleep, mood, and neuroplasticity; how the structure of sleep looks between healthy people and those with depression; and the surprising effects of sleep deprivation and napping on your mood. We also discussed different treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep in the time of corona—with Dr. Christine Blume  

Sleep Science Friday   It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News!   Sleep in the time of corona—with Dr. Christine Blume   20 November 2020   After nearly a year coping with a global pandemic, some positive news broke recently: Pfizer (with BioNTech) and Moderna recently announced within weeks of each other two possible COVID-19 vaccine candidates. This is especially promising as stress and uncertainty have had huge impacts on our daily lives, with (anecdotal) increases in insomnia (or “coronasomnia”), the advent of “corona dreams”, as well as decreased sleep quality. This is concerning as a well-functioning immune system is linked to getting proper sleep (de Silva et al. 2020; Irwin, 2012; Okamoto et al., 2008), with less sleep associated with a higher risk of getting sick (Cohen et al. 2009, Patel et al., 2012; Prather et al. 2015; Wilder-Smith et al., 2013), as well as decreased vaccine effectiveness (Lange et al., 2011; Prather et …

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Sleep Science Friday: Time for a Sleep Revolution (#H2020) with Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir  

Sleep Science Friday   It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News!   Time for a Sleep Revolution (#H2020) with Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir   13 November 2020   Last month, the European Commission announced the recipients of the Euro Horizon 2020 (#H2020) grants. We are happy to congratulate Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir (Assistant Professor at Reykjavik University’s Department of Engineering and Department of Computer Science and ESRS Secretary) and her colleagues who were awarded a 15-million Euro grant for their project Sleep Revolution.   Sleep Revolution aims to develop novel sleep diagnostics techniques to better assess the severity of sleep-disordered breathing (e.g., snoring and sleep apnea) to create improved personalized health care using digital diagnostics and patient participatory involvement.   Patients …

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Sleep Science Friday: Counting ballots? I’d rather be counting sheep

Sleep Science Friday  It’s the end of another week—grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates!  Counting ballots? I’d rather be counting sheep 6 November 2020  To say that 2020 has been stressful would be an understatement; as Europe is named the new COVID-19 epicenter by the WHO, the USA prepared for a different kind of wave—red or blue. But it wasn’t just Americans who were anxiously sleepless; people worldwide tuned in watching ballots slowly trickle in as sleepy-eyed newscasters reported a continual play-by-play of events, interspersed with comments of power naps and obvious ongoing frustration. Election season can be taxing—especially when the results have far-reaching consequences and during a year like 2020 that asks us to bite off more …

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