Facial expressions reveal sleep quality

Science has now found that certain facial changes such as red eyes, puffy face and bags under the eyes mean that the person hasn’t slept well.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden, and was based on viewers’ assessment of 20 photographs. Study results showed that faces of sleep-deprived people looked sadder than others. These people also had paler skin, swollen eyes, droopy corners around the mouth and even wrinkles.


Sleep Apnea linked to mental illness

With bipolar disorder cropping up from celebrities to politicians, you may be wondering what truly affects these individuals. Yes, a mental illness is typically a misfire of chemical and electrical  waves within the brain. Nevertheless, is there another, underlying cause? One cause can point to a varying disorder called sleep anpea, a condition that can create a mental abnormality. Does the lack of oxygen to the brain due to lack of sleep cause a mental illness?


Sleep and stress

You may not be getting enough sleep—the National Sleep Foundation recommends at least seven to nine hours a night for adults—but you can do something about it. It may come as a surprise, but 60 percent of Americans experience sleep problems every night. Busy people still have to juggle the stresses of everyday life, even after a restless night’s sleep. The good news is that there are natural ways to relieve stress and ensure more restful sleep.


Poor sleep during pregnancy

Pregnancy can pose serious challenges to sleeping well. Poor quality and too little sleep are common during pregnancy, when many women experience fragmented sleep and symptoms of insomnia. Even women who don’t generally experience sleep problems find that during pregnancy they have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as trouble getting enough sleep.


Acupuncture improves sleep and lowers anxiety and depression

New research discovers that acupuncture is effective for improving sleep quality and emotional issues for patients with schizophrenia. The researchers note that acupuncture effectively relieved both depression and anxiety levels in measures of psychopathology and emotional improvements. As a result, the investigators concluded “that acupuncture has beneficial effects as a treatment for insomnia and psychopathology symptoms among patients with schizophrenia.”


Use of prescription aids rises with age

Those who turn to prescription medication to get a full night’s sleep may rest easier knowing they’re not alone. More than 8.6 million American adults – about 4 percent of the U.S. population aged 20 or older – reported using a prescription sleep aid such as Ambien or Lunesta in the past month. And the older you are, the more likely you are to take a pill before hitting the pillow.