Sleep Newzzz: February 12, 2020

Sleep Newzzz: February 12, 2020

Love is in the air! 

As many of you know, February is the month of amour. Grocery stores are filled with over-priced flowers, chocolates and romantic cards. Is the love theme commercially predictable? Definitely. 

But love as an emotion is very much the opposite. 

Imagine a “love drug” that could help you fall in love with your partner all over again, perhaps save a stale relationship.

Sound far-fetched? Find out for yourself and much more in this week’s Sleep Newzzz!

Love as a drug: can romance be medically prescribed?

Love may be a many spendoured thing, but love is a condition for which there is famously no cure. Not many have been devoted to the biochemical processes that lie behind it. 

In their new book, Love Is the Drug, Oxford ethicists Brian Earp and Julian Savulescu point out that this neglected aspect of love is just as important as its social or psychological structures.

Intuitively, we've likely always known this. After all, how do we explain the lack of interest felt on a new date? “There was no chemistry.”

If there is a “love drug” that can make you fall in love, the argument is made that it is doing all the work rather than an established compatibility between two people. 

But Earp is not interested in bringing a biomedical enhancement to first dates. 

He wants to focus on those who have passed that initial chemistry test and whose love has subsequently become worn and torn by the everyday rigours of life. 

What do you think? Can the development of a love drug  save long-term relationships and marriages? 

Should science step in or just continue to let cupid be our guide?

How A Good Night’s Sleep Helps Your Blood Sugar Levels

Regularly getting a good night's sleep is important if we want to generally be awake, productive and not cranky. But it's also key in keeping our hormones in check and helping us avoid metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

In fact, research shows a link between poor sleep and type 2 diabetes.

"Overall, the literature suggests people with sleep disorders have a 25-30% higher risk of developing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes," according to Robert H. Eckel, MD, professor of medicine emeritus in the division of diabetes at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and president of medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association.

People with type 2 diabetes either don't produce enough insulin or have developed insulin resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which causes glucose to build up and blood-sugar levels to skyrocket.

Even for people without type 2 diabetes, the lack of sleep can change how effective insulin is at doing its job. 

In a small study published in Sleep Health, 15 young non-obese adults showed that restricting sleep for just 1-3 hours for 3 days caused signs of reduced insulin sensitivity compared to 3 nights where the participants could sleep as long as they wanted. 

The same insulin resistance has been well documented in people with type 2 diabetes who have altered sleep patterns.

New Study Shows Sleep Problems in Infants Improve by Age Two

Sleep problems among children are very common, and improve by the time they reach the age of two, according to a brand new study which may help parents understand if their toddler's sleep patterns are normal or not.

The study, published in the Sleep Medicine journal, found that the time taken to fall asleep reduces to an average of 20 minutes by the age of 6 months. And by the time infants are 2 years old, they wake up only once during the night on average.

According to the researchers from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, an infant's sleep becomes more stable during the first 2 years, and the total amount of time spent in slumber reduces to around 12 hours per day as daytime naps get shorter.

Through the study, the scientists hoped to examine how large the individual differences in sleep among infants can be, while still falling within the boundaries of normal child development.

We understand sleep is so important when it comes to your little ones’ mental and physical development. 

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