PerfectSense Sleep News: January 8, 2020

Sleep Newzzz - January 8, 2020

As we begin to recover from the holiday-induced fog, many of us are resolving to clean up our acts a little. Whether that means shedding a few pounds, embracing a healthier lifestyle, or simply getting more (or better) sleep, the new year is the time to embrace the new you.

With that in mind, we spotted some interesting headlines …

If you over-indulged last month, there’s a new study showing that avoiding alcohol for a month could do you some good. 

We also learned about a dangerous sleep aid that allegedly caused a BC trucker to have a heart attack.

And it turns out that children with autism show shallower brain waves in the early phases of sleep, which could be the reason they’re having trouble falling into deep sleep.

Avoiding Alcohol for a Month Has Many Positive Effects

The dry January trend is catching on, especially after so many people indulge in too many cocktails over the holidays.

NYC neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez shares the benefits associated with taking a month off of drinking alcohol, not the least of which is getting a better sleep.

“REM sleep is incredibly important to the quality of your rest,” says Dr. Hafeez. “When blocked by alcohol, you could lose out on the most restorative part of your sleep, which can affect the way you think, concentrate, and process information the next day.” 

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Could Shallower Brain Waves Underlie Sleep Difficulties in Autism?

A new study conducted by a team led by Professor Ilan Dinstein, head of the Autism Center and a member of BGU’s Department of Psychology, reveals that the brain waves of children with autism are “shallower” (weaker) during sleep than those of typically developing children. 

The shallow brain waves occur primarily during the first part of sleep, indicating they have trouble entering the deep-sleep phase—the most critical aspect of achieving a restful and rejuvenating sleep.

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Trucker Who Suffered Heart Attack Files Class Action Over Sleep Aid

BC Trucker, James Ruckman, filed a notice of civil claim under the Class Proceedings Act in BC Supreme Court on December 23. The man claims that supplement manufacturer Biotrade Canada Ltd’s now-recalled “U-Dream Life” sleep-aid gave him a heart attack, leaving him unable to work.

According to the claim, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sounded the alarm about Biotrade’s over-the-counter sleep-aid product when lab tests showed it contained substances “structurally similar” to those found in prescription sedatives, including zopiclone, a nonbenzodiazepine used to treat trouble sleeping.

Days later, Health Canada issued an advisory warning consumers that U-Dream products “may pose serious health risks.”

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