• A phase 3 study has found that an extended-release version of sodium oxybate reduces daytime sleepiness and attacks of muscle weakness in narcolepsy patients.

  • Mindfulness training improves kids’ sleep

    Children who learned techniques such as deep breathing and yoga slept longer and better, even though the curriculum didn’t instruct them in improving sleep, a Stanford study has found.

  • Sleep medicine pioneer William Dement dies at 91

    A founder of the field of sleep medicine, ardent campaigner against the dangers of drowsiness, and teacher of Stanford’s hugely popular Sleep and Dreams course, William Dement has died.

  • Sleep deprived? A healthy diet can help

    In a study of 245 Stanford physicians, researchers found that a better diet is associated with reduced side effects of sleep deprivation.

  • Increasing teens’ sleep time

    Stanford researchers increased how long teens slept with light therapy, used to reset their circadian clocks, combined with cognitive behavioral therapy to motivate them to go to bed earlier.

  • Sleep patterns of fish resemble land animals’

    Researchers have found that brain patterns in sleeping zebrafish are similar to those of land vertebrates, suggesting that such sleep signatures developed before aquatic and land animals diverged.

  • Drug improves incontinence, sleep

    A drug used to treat incontinence in women also shows promise in decreasing poor sleep, a new study from a Stanford researcher shows.

  • Sleep problems linked to more suicidal thoughts

    Among young adults at risk for suicide, highly variable sleep patterns may augur an increase in suicidal symptoms, independent of depression, a study from Stanford has found.

  • Pediatric pulmonologist Nanci Yuan dies

    Yuan led the development of the Pediatric Sleep Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and advanced care for children whose breathing was impaired by severe muscular disease.

  • Flashing light at night adjusts sleep cycle

    Short flashes of light at night are more effective than using continuous light as therapy to prevent disruptions in people’s circadian rhythms, according to researchers.

  • Sleep gene linked to heart failure

    Researchers have identified a previously unknown association between heart function and the narcolepsy-linked orexin receptor pathway, a finding that could provide a promising direction for treatment research.

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