In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Baylor College of Medicine, has analyzed data on the impact of prolonged operational confinement on sleep, performance, and mood in astronauts from a groundbreaking international effort to simulate a 520-day space mission to Mars. The findings, published online-first in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revealed alterations of life-sustaining sleep patterns and neurobehavioral consequences for crew members that must be addressed for successful adaption to prolonged space missions.
A new study published in the journal Brain and Behavior, was conducted to determine whether a non-invasive method, using musical tones to re-regulate brainwave activity, can actually reprogram the brain, resulting in insomnia prevention.
The study, conducted by Dr Jason Ellis, Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research, worked with colleagues in the USA, Canada and Glasgow revealing that almost nine percent of the US population, and eight percent of the UK sample suffered from acute insomnia within the duration of the study period. Other findings within the study included that up to 21.43% of the UK samples were more likely to develop full blown chronic insomnia later.
“Insomnia patients who are sleep deprived for two nights are actually more impaired behind the wheel than a drunk driver”, says Dr. David Dubin, MD, medical director for the Sleep Recovery Centers, Inc. “With at home tele-neurofeedback, patients need not leave the house at all for their insomnia treatment”.
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