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You mean you don't take depression naps?

Depression naps (n) are naps that people take to escape the emotional distress of the waking world. And, apparently, they've become a meme. Some people feel that the growing popularity of depression naps on social media can help destigmatize mental illness. Others think lol-sy tweets about sleeping the sads away make too much light of a serious issue. (As a side note, depression naps would be considered a form of "emotional napping," which is a behavior linked to impairments in sleep, psychological functioning and physical health.) [The Outline

But what about fear naps? 

Fear naps are on the same matrix as depression naps. When deadlines, family drama, unread texts and the rest of life's stressors become incapacitating, some people hit the snack drawer. Others...fall asleep. Passing out might seem like an odd response to stress, but it's not, according to experts. Both bingeing and napping allow the brain to replenish glucose that might’ve been sucked dry after periods of extremely taxing tasks (physical, cognitive or emotional). As clinical psychologist Curtis Reisinger explained to Science of Us, "'The classic “fight or flight” binary is oversimplified; there are actually a number of evolutionarily adaptive ways human beings might respond to stress or danger." 

So it's more like: fight or flight or say goodnight. [Science of Us]

In case you need to validate your chocohol-ism 

The Italian scientists behind the latest pro-choco-study say they've started “eating dark chocolate every day.” Why? Because their results depict chocolate as a brain-boosting solution to our sleep deprivation woes. Even among research subjects who were mildly sleep-deprived, consuming chocolate lead to mental perks including improvements in focus and overall cognitive functioning. [Inc]

Is it too soon to use the phrase "night-lover gene"?

Preferring a later bedtime could be written in your DNA. To test this idea, scientists observed a sleep-challenged woman sleeping in a room without clocks or windows for 18 days. And, not only did this woman release the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin five to seven hours later than the average person, but the study results also showed that she also had a mutated Cry1 gene, which is known to suppress the action of proteins that contribute to wakefulness. The same mutation was also present in her family members with sleep problems. [Scientific American]

Dogs are bed-partners, too

Over half of pet owners welcome their furry family members into their beds. And yet, we haven't welcomed them into the co-sleeping conversation. Psychologists at Central Queensland University argue that it's time to study human-animal bed-sharing in a more serious way. So stay tuned to see what science says! about three-dog nights. [Van Winkle's]

Untangling the Alzheimer's-sleep connection

A study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found a convincing association between poor sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers analyzed the spinal fluid of 101 older healthy adults to look for markers associated with the common neurodegenerative disease, including damaged brain cells and tangled tau proteins. Study participants who'd reported worse sleep, researchers found, were more likely to exhibit spinal-fluid abnormalities. The connection persisted after researchers took into account factors including depression, age and cardiovascular disease. The study offers some evidence that people can reduce their risk for Alzheimer's through vigilant sleep health. [CNN

Fight devices with devices 

In hospitals, nighttime disruptions from noise and light can make it tough for patients to get the sleep they need. Studies have linked patient sleep issues with poor health outcomes including delirium in the ICU and elevated blood pressure. Disruptive sounds come from, among other sources, the alarms on medical devices. The devices' repetitive beeping sounds are supposed to stand out against background noise to grab the attention of doctors and nurses. But, obviously, that means patients hear them, too. Joseph Schlesinger, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, wanted to find a way to make hospitals better sleep environments. So he created a new device that filters out the noise created by existing devices, without distorting human speech. [CNN]

Pagar para dormir

The pay-to-nap trend continues its global spread with the recent opening of Siesta & Go in Madrid. Patrons of Spain's first "nap bar" can pay $16 per hour, or 26 cents per minute, to sleep in temperature-controlled napping facilities, outfitted with things like noise-canceling headphones and armchairs. [Business Insider