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

Posted 5 days ago by

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 7 days ago by

-- 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 11 days ago by

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 12 days ago by

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 13 days ago by

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 13 days ago by

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

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

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

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

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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Belsomra (suvorexant) Approved for Insomnia

Posted 14 Aug 2014 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 – Belsomra (suvorexant) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat insomnia. It's among a new class of drugs called orexin receptor antagonists that target orexins, brain chemicals that regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle. Belsomra should be taken once nightly within 30 minutes of going to bed, the FDA said Wednesday in a news release. Approved in four strengths ranging from 5 milligrams to 20 milligrams, Belsomra should be taken at the lowest effective dose to minimize daytime sleepiness and related side effects, the agency said. In clinical studies involving more than 500 participants, the drug's most common side effect was next-day drowsiness. As a condition of approval, New Jersey-based drug maker Merck, Sharpe & Dohme is required to study next-day driving performance among men and women who took the 20-milligram dose, the FDA said. ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug Belsomra

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – A new prescription insomnia drug that's the first of its kind was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets are approved to treat patients with insomnia, which means they have difficulty falling and staying asleep. The new sleep drug is called an orexin receptor antagonist and it works by altering the action of brain chemicals called orexins, which help regulate the sleep-wake cycle and also help keep people awake. "To assist health care professionals and patients in finding the best dose to treat each individual patient's sleeplessness, the FDA has approved Belsomra in four different strengths – 5, 10, 15 and 20 milligrams [mg]," Dr. Ellis Unger, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation I in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release. "Using the lowest effective dose ... Read more

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FDA Approves Belsomra (suvorexant) for Insomnia

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by

August 13, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Belsomra (suvorexant) tablets for use as needed to treat difficulty in falling and staying asleep (insomnia). Belsomra is an orexin receptor antagonist and is the first approved drug of this type. Orexins are chemicals that are involved in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and play a role in keeping people awake. Belsomra alters the signaling (action) of orexin in the brain. Insomnia is a common condition in which a person has trouble falling or staying asleep. It can range from mild to severe, depending on how often it occurs and for how long. Insomnia can cause daytime sleepiness and lack of energy. It also can make a person feel anxious, depressed, or irritable. People with insomnia may have trouble with attentiveness, learning, and memory. “To assist health care professionals and patients in finding the best d ... Read more

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Study Hints at Link Between Poor Sleep, Suicide Risk

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Sleeping difficulties may increase the risk of suicide in older adults even when other symptoms of depression aren't present, a new study suggests. The study focused on adults 65 and older, and poor sleep included difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking up early in the morning, experiencing daytime sleepiness and not feeling fully rested after a night's sleep. "These findings suggest that sleep disturbances stand alone as a valid risk factor – independent of depressed mood – and worthy of focus as a potential [suicide] risk factor, screening and intervention tool," said lead researcher Rebecca Bernert, an instructor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. "Compared to many other known suicide risk factors, sleep disturbances are arguably less stigmatizing and may be undone, and are highly treatable." Among the 20 study participants who ... Read more

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Many Shift Workers Use Drugs to Sleep, Stay Awake, Study Finds

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Many shift workers take drugs to sleep or stay awake despite lingering questions about their benefits and risks, researchers report. The study authors analyzed the findings of 15 clinical trials that included a total of 718 people. Nine of the trials found that the over-the-counter hormone drug melatonin helped shift workers sleep about 24 minutes longer during the night or day, but did not help them get to sleep quicker. One study looked at the hypnotic drug zopiclone (similar to eszopiclone which is available in the U.S.), and found that it was no more effective than an inactive placebo at helping shift workers sleep during the day. The other five studies assessed the effects of caffeine and the drugs modafinil and armodafinil, which are prescribed for sleepiness during night shifts. Caffeine reduced sleepiness during night shifts when workers also took ... Read more

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