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Health Tip: Discourage Too Much Screen Time

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Between TVs, computers, hand-held devices and video games, children's screen time can add up quickly. The Mayo Clinic says harmful effects of too much screen time could include: Increased risk of obesity, junk food consumption and overeating. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Increased risk of developing behavioral problems. Increased risk of poor school performance. Greater exposure to violence, which could lead to violent behavior. Insufficient time for creativity and play. Read more

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Sleep Apnea May Boost Depression Risk in Men, Study Finds

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Men who have the sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea appear to have a higher risk of depression, new research suggests. Men with undiagnosed, severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had more than double the risk of depression compared to those without sleep apnea, said study researcher Carol Lang, a research fellow in the department of medicine at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Men who had both undiagnosed, severe apnea and excessive daytime sleepiness had an even greater risk of depression. Their risk of depression was up to five times greater, the study said. Lang said she can't explain why these conditions seem to be linked. "Many of the symptoms of OSA and depression overlap, such as tiredness, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, low vitality and poor concentration," she said. The two conditions also share some common risk factors, such as ... Read more

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Shift Work Linked to Health Problems

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – Shift work may harm your health, a new study warns. Researchers examined data on nearly 1,600 people in Wisconsin, comparing the health of shift workers with those who worked a 9-to-5 schedule. The results showed that shift workers were more likely to be overweight than people who didn't do shift work – 48 percent vs. 35 percent. Shift workers were also around 10 percent more likely to have sleep problems, get too little sleep, and be excessively sleepy. "Shift workers are more commonly men, minorities, and individuals with lower educational attainment and typically work in hospital settings, production, or shipping industries," lead investigator Marjory Givens, an associate scientist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said in a Sleep Health journal news release. "Shift work employees are particularly vulnerable to experiencing ... Read more

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Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests. The more frequent and severe the insomnia, the greater the sensitivity to pain, the Norwegian study showed. Additionally, the researchers noted that people with insomnia who also suffer from chronic pain have an even lower threshold for physical discomfort. It's important to note, however, that while the study found an association between a lack of quality sleep and increased pain sensitivity, it wasn't designed to show a cause-and-effect relationship. The study, led by Borge Sivertsen, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Bergen, involved more than 10,000 adults. The study participants all underwent a standard test of pain sensitivity by dunking their hands in a bath of cold water for 106 seconds. The volunteers were also asked about their sleep quality. ... Read more

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Study Links Sleep Troubles to Children's Mental Health

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – There is a link between sleep and young children's mental health, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at sleep patterns and the mental health of 1,000 children starting when they were toddlers. They found that those with sleep disorders at age 4 were at increased risk for mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – at age 6. They also discovered that children with mental health problems at age 4 were at increased risk for sleep disorders at age 6. Due to the study's design, however, it wasn't possible for the researchers to prove that sleep problems caused mental health issues or vice versa; the researchers could only show an association between these factors. Insomnia was the most common type of sleep disorder. Insomnia was diagnosed in nearly 17 percent of the children at age 4 and in 43 percent of them at age 6. Insomnia increased the risk ... Read more

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 8, 2015 – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may cause accelerated aging, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked PTSD with mental health disorders such as depression, insomnia, anger, eating disorders and substance abuse. But, this is the first time PTSD has been potentially linked to a number of biological processes that could lead to faster aging, the University of California, San Diego investigators said. The researchers reviewed 64 studies. Six of the studies found that people with PTSD had reduced telomere length. Telomeres – which are protective caps on the end of DNA strands on chromosomes – become shorter as people age. Other studies reviewed found a link between PTSD and higher levels of signs of inflammation, and that people with PTSD have higher rates of aging-related conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and ulcers. Several ... Read more

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Health Tip: Sleep Better During Pregnancy

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A growing belly and various aches and pains can make sleep difficult during pregnancy. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for a more restful sleep during pregnancy: Avoid caffeinated beverages. If you do indulge, only drink them in the morning or early afternoon. In the hours before bedtime, limit fluids and don't eat a heavy meal. Create a consistent sleeping and waking schedule. Skip intense exercise just before bed in favor of a relaxing bath. Press feet firmly against the wall if you have a leg cramp, or stand on the cramped leg. If your doctor says it's OK, practice daily yoga to help manage stress. Taking a childbirth or parenting class may also help ease baby-related anxiety. Read more

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Depression, Insomnia, Fatigue Are the Stuff of Nightmares

Posted 14 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 – Depression, insomnia and exhaustion may be major risk factors for frequent nightmares, new research suggests. "Our study shows a clear connection between well-being and nightmares," lead author Nils Sandman, a researcher in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Turku in Finland, said in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine news release. However, the study did not prove that depression, insomnia and fatigue caused nightmares. The study included nearly 14,000 adults, aged 25 to 74, in Finland who were surveyed in 2007 and 2012. Fifty-three percent were women. About 45 percent of the participants said they had occasional nightmares in the past 30 days, while just over 50 percent said they had no nightmares. Nearly 4 percent said they had frequent nightmares in the past 30 days, including nearly 5 percent of women and about 3 percent of men, ... Read more

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Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds

Posted 1 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – Night owls are more likely than early risers to develop diabetes and other health problems, even if they get the same amount of sleep. That's the conclusion of a new study that included more than 1,600 people in South Korea, aged 47 to 59, who provided information about their sleep habits and underwent tests to assess their health. "Regardless of lifestyle, people who stayed up late faced a higher risk of developing health problems like diabetes or reduced muscle mass than those who were early risers," Dr. Nan Hee Kim, of Korea University College of Medicine in Ansan, South Korea, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "This could be caused by night owls' tendency to have poorer sleep quality and to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, late-night eating and a sedentary lifestyle," Kim added. Of the 1,600 people in the study, 95 were night ... Read more

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Good Sleep Is Key to Good Sex

Posted 18 Mar 2015 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 13 Mar 2015 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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