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Good Sleep Is Key to Good Sex

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – Women looking to jump-start their sex life may want to spend more time in bed. Sleeping. That's the conclusion of a new study that suggests that each additional hour of sleep increased by 14 percent the likelihood a woman would engage in sexual activity with a partner the next day. "Our study showed that good sleep is important for healthy sexual desire and arousal in women, even when women are psychiatrically and medically healthy," said study author David Kalmbach, a researcher at the University of Michigan Sleep and Circadian Research Laboratory. Kalmbach and several colleagues evaluated 171 women, all college-age, who kept diaries of their sleep for 14 consecutive days and reported whether they engaged in sexual activity the next day. Longer sleep time was linked with greater sexual desire the next day. Women with longer average sleep duration said they ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep With Fresh-Smelling Sheets

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Making sure that your bedsheets smell nice may help you drift into a sweeter sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: Wash sheets and pillow cases at least once weekly, so they always smell fresh. Have a second set of quality sheets to use when one set is in the wash. Use a laundry detergent that smells pleasant. Wash the mattress cover regularly in hot water. Use an upholstery cleaner to freshen the mattress, or sprinkle baking soda on the mattress, then vacuum. Wash your pillows regularly. Read more

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Always Sleepy After the Change to Daylight Saving Time?

Posted 6 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – You'll lose an hour's sleep overnight Saturday when the clocks spring ahead. But there are a number of things you can do to cope with the switch to daylight saving time, a sleep expert says. "It's well known that a small shift in time can have a large impact on our body clock and our health, and the time change causes sleepiness and fatigue. For a young, healthy individual, a one hour difference shouldn't make that much impact," said Dr. Yosef Krespi. He is director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "But the older or younger you are, the more significant the impact. Individuals with pre-existing sleep conditions such as insomnia or sleep apnea will have an even more difficult time adjusting," he said in a hospital news release. Also, research has found that heart attacks, traffic crashes, and workplace accidents increase ... Read more

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Erratic Sleep May Make Teens Hungrier

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – Night-to-night changes in the amount of sleep teens get may affect how much they eat, a new study suggests. The research included 342 teens, average age 17, who slept an average of 7 hours a night. But after nights when they slept an hour less or more than normal, the teens ate an average of 201 more calories, 6 grams more fat and 32 grams more carbohydrates a day. Also, they were much more likely to have nighttime snacks on school nights and weekends, according to the study. It's scheduled for presentation Thursday at an American Heart Association meeting in Dallas. "According to the data from our study, it's not how long you sleep that matters. It's about day-to-day variations in how long you sleep," study author Fan He, an epidemiologist at Penn State University College of Medicine, said in a heart association news release. One possible explanation for the ... Read more

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Just a Half Hour of Lost Sleep Linked Weight Gain

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – Think twice the next time you don't get as much sleep as you need: A new study suggests that missing just 30 minutes of shuteye during weeknights could boost your weight and disrupt your metabolism. Many people skimp on sleep during the week and try to make up for it on the weekend, wrote study author Shahrad Taheri, a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar. But weekday sleep debt may lead to long-term metabolic disruption, which may promote or exacerbate type 2 diabetes. "Sleep loss is widespread in modern society, but only in the last decade have we realized its metabolic consequences," Taheri said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism, and that incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss and ... Read more

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Could a Bad Night's Sleep Make You Eat More Fatty Food?

Posted 25 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 – Skipping just a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day, a new study suggests. The study offers potential insights into the relationship between lack of sleep and the risk of obesity, researchers said. "The main finding of this study is that one night of sleep loss altered function within the brain's 'salience network,' " explained study senior author Hengyi Rao. The salience network is a pathway in the brain thought to guide decision-making, according to Rao. He is an assistant professor of cognitive neuroimaging in neurology and psychiatry within the division of sleep and chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. What's more, Rao added, a brain scan analysis revealed exactly how the network changed in response to sleep loss, which ... Read more

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Health Tip: Talking in Your Sleep

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While talking during sleep may not be harmful to your health, it can be disruptive to partners and may be embarrassing. The National Sleep Foundation mentions these possible triggers for sleep talking: Feeling depressed or stressed. Running a fever. Drinking alcohol. Having sleep deprivation or daytime sleepiness. Having family members who talk in their sleep. Sleep talking may also be associated with a psychiatric disorder, seizures, sleep apnea, nightmares and REM sleep behavior disorder. Read more

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Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The researchers said these findings suggest that high rates of obesity and diabetes could be reduced by something as simple as having people get more sleep. "At the population level, multiple studies have reported connections between restricted sleep, weight gain and type 2 diabetes," said study senior author Dr. Esra Tasali in a University of Chicago news release. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the university. The study included 19 healthy men. They were between the ages of 18 and 30. The volunteers participated in two sleep scenarios. In one, they got a full ... Read more

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Preschoolers May Not Need Naps, Review Reports

Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – A daytime nap may not be the best idea for preschoolers, concluded a recent review of dozens of previous studies on napping. Children over 2 years old who napped during the day tended to go to bed later and get less sleep than those who gave up a mid-day snooze, the researchers found. "Given that sleep is such an important issue for the well-being of children and their parents, we were surprised to find so few studies on the costs and benefits of naps in early childhood," according to the study's lead authors Karen Thorpe and Sally Staton. Both are researchers at the Queensland University of Technology School of Psychology and Counseling in Australia. "The most significant finding from our study is that there is not support in the current body of research for enforcing naps in preschool children to improve their health and well-being," the authors said. ... Read more

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Sleep Group Updates Shuteye Guidelines

Posted 17 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – For the youngest and oldest, the National Sleep Foundation has new guidelines on what constitutes a good night's rest. Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day, while infants (4 to 11 months) need 12 to 15 hours, according to the new guidelines. Previous recommendations were 12 to 18 hours for newborns, and 14 to 15 hours for infants. On the other end of the age spectrum, the sleep foundation added a new category – 65 and older. The experts now recommend that seniors sleep for 7 to 8 hours a night. The updated guidelines also widen sleep ranges for older children: Toddlers between 1 and 2 years need 11 to 14 hours of sleep every night (previously 12 to 14 hours) Preschoolers between 3 and 5 years should get 10 to 13 hours each night (previously 11 to 13 hours) School-aged children, 6 to 13 years old, need 9 to 11 hours nightly (previously ... Read more

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'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors

Posted 16 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – Mindfulness meditation may help older adults get a better night's sleep, a small study suggests. Researchers found that among 49 older adults with sleep problems, those who learned mindfulness practices started sleeping better within six weeks. In fact, they did better than their counterparts who were given conventional lessons on good sleep habits, the study authors said. Experts said the findings, published online Feb. 16 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, are encouraging. On average, the effects of the mindfulness program were comparable to what's been seen in studies of sleep medications and "talk therapy," said study leader David Black, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. According to Black, that means older adults can feel comfortable opting for "mind-body" practices as a way to ... Read more

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Insomnia Linked to High Blood Pressure in Study

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – People with chronic insomnia may be at increased risk for high blood pressure, a new study from China suggests. The researchers found that people with chronic insomnia who took longer than 14 minutes to fall asleep had a 300 percent higher risk of high blood pressure. The longer they took to fall asleep, the greater their risk. Although this study found a link between sleep troubles and high blood pressure, it wasn't designed to prove whether the lack of sleep actually caused the higher blood pressure. Chronic insomnia is having sleeping difficulties for more than six months. The study included more than 200 people with chronic insomnia and almost 100 normal sleepers. Their average age was 40. They were assessed at West China Hospital, Sichuan University, in Chengdu, China. While insomnia has long been regarded as a nighttime sleep disorder, some studies suggest ... Read more

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Poor Sleep Tied to More Drinking, Drug Use by Teens

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – Lack of sleep raises teens' risk of alcohol and drug problems, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 American teens that was collected in three separate waves: 1994-95, 1996 and 2001-02. The findings appear in the February online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "Sleep difficulties at the first wave significantly predicted alcohol-related interpersonal problems, binge drinking, [getting] drunk or very high on alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol, getting into a sexual situation one later regretted due to drinking," while drug and drug-related problems were predicted at the second wave, study corresponding author Maria Wong said in a journal news release. She is the director of experimental training in the department of psychology at Idaho State University. Wong added that alcohol and ... Read more

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Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds

Posted 15 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 – As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds. This is because alcohol hampers the brain's system for regulating a person's need for sleep, researchers found. "The prevailing thought was that alcohol promotes sleep by changing a person's circadian rhythm – the body's built-in 24-hour clock," study lead author Mahesh Thakkar, an associate professor and director of research in the neurology department at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "However, we discovered that alcohol actually promotes sleep by affecting a person's sleep homeostasis – the brain's built-in mechanism that regulates your sleepiness and wakefulness," Thakkar said. Alcohol's effect on sleep homeostasis can lead to poorer quality sleep, ... Read more

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For Young Kids, Too Little Sleep Linked to Later Obesity

Posted 11 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – Lack of sleep and sleep-related breathing problems appear to boost children's risk of obesity, a new study finds. What isn't clear from the study, however, is whether the sleep issues actually cause obesity, or if something else might explain the association between sleep problems and obesity. Researchers analyzed data from about 1,900 youngsters in England. The researchers had about 15 years of follow-up on the children. Those who got the least amount of sleep at ages 5 and 6 had between a 60 percent and 100 percent increased risk of being obese at age 15. (For children aged 5 or 6, fewer than 10.5 hours of sleep a night is considered too little, according to the researchers.) Children who got too little sleep at other ages were not at increased risk for obesity, according to the study. The researchers also found that one-quarter of the children were at ... Read more

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