Headband could beat insomnia by zapping the brain while sufferers wear it for 20 minutes at bedtime 

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A headband worn for 20 minutes before bedtime can help relieve insomnia.

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One in ten people in the UK have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. This is due to the hormonal changes associated with menstruation and menopause.

Other possible causes include stress, depression, and caffeine.

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Insomnia can also be a side effect of medications for asthma or high blood pressure or the result of medical conditions such as chronic pain, diabetes and heart disease.

Treatments range from relaxation techniques to sleeping pills and cognitive behavioral therapy — a form of talking therapy that can eliminate the negative thoughts that keep some people awake.

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A headband worn for 20 minutes before bedtime can help relieve insomnia. Treatments range from relaxation techniques to sleeping pills and cognitive behavioral therapy – a form of talking therapy that can eliminate the negative thoughts that keep some people awake.

While these can be effective, they don’t work for everyone, and the drugs can have side effects including headache, diarrhea, nausea, and daytime drowsiness.

Now scientists have developed an alternative: a high-tech band that works by firing a mild electric current into the head.

Researchers say it stimulates the production of serotonin, a brain chemical involved in the regulation of mood and sleep, while at the same time reducing levels of cortisol — a stress hormone that can lead to insomnia at high levels at night. .

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According to a study in the Journal of Sleep Medicine, saffron — a spice from the crocus flower — may help with insomnia.

Taking spice supplements one hour before bedtime for four weeks reduced the rate of insomnia by 24 percent and increased sleep quality by 22.6 percent.

Scientists at Murdoch University in Australia, where the research was conducted, said the spice increases levels of melatonin, a hormone released by the brain to aid sleep.

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Two new clinical trials are underway to see if the device will combat sleep disruption.

The headband consists of two electrode ‘pads’ that sit on top of the temples. The pads are connected to a battery-powered generator, which is small enough to fit in a pocket. To activate the device, the patient presses a button on a generator that drives low-level electrical pulses through the skin for 20 minutes.

Researchers believe that these pulses are strong enough to stimulate an increase in brain levels of serotonin and, at the same time, reduce cortisol levels.

They say that most patients do not feel anything during treatment, or just feel a very mild tingling. In a one-month clinical trial run by New York-based research center ProofPilot and involving 200 patients, the treatment is being compared to a dummy device.

Another 20 patients who have insomnia after suffering a stroke are currently participating in a two-month trial of the device at the University of Texas.

About half of people who have a stroke develop insomnia, which can be caused by psychological stress, pain and discomfort, and low levels of physical activity, as well as other factors. In both trials, treatment sessions lasted 20 minutes per day.

Jaideep Ray, Professor of Otology and Neurotology at the University of Sheffield and Clinical Director of ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) at Sheffield NHS Teaching Hospitals, said: ‘Electrotherapy has long been used in physical therapy and pain management. The most common example is the TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine.’

Applying it topically is ‘an area of ​​increasing interest in the treatment of a variety of conditions’, including mental disorders and insomnia, he said, adding that there are some promising results for tinnitus. ‘That’s why we’re quite optimistic about the potential in treating insomnia,’ he adds.

Wearing copper sock can combat foot infections as well as standard cream, study shows soldiers

According to research by the Armed Forces Medical College in India, socks made of copper are as effective as standard creams in treating fungal infections of athlete’s foot.

Soldiers were given either polyester socks containing copper oxide, or a standard anti-fungal drug called terbinafine. After three weeks, the socks were found to be just as effective as the drug in controlling symptoms.

It is believed that copper works by piercing the outer membrane of the fungus, causing the cells to burst.

Researchers suggest that socks may also have a preventive role.

Women are more likely to be happier than men, even though they report higher instances of daily feelings of depression, University of Rome scientists report in the journal Social Indicators Research. They say that a mood-regulating gene called MAOA, found in women (in men, it’s suppressed by testosterone), may explain this.

Taking folic acid may help men treat impotence because they have half the level in their system compared to healthy men.

Folic acid can help men affected by impotence.

Researchers at Peking University Third Hospital in China analyzed nine studies on folic acid and erectile dysfunction (ED), and found that folic acid levels in healthy men were twice as high as those in those with severe ED — 11,847 units compared to 5,623. .

It is believed that folic acid increases levels of nitric oxide, a natural compound that relaxes the blood vessels and the muscles lining the penis, allowing the blood flow needed for an erection.

Folic acid deficiency may increase the risk for ED, reports the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and supplements should be considered to treat it.

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