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For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain

Posted 4 days ago by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 – Teens may have a new reason to take their parents' advice and go to bed early. Staying up late on weeknights may increase a teen's risk of becoming overweight over time, a new study says. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,300 American teens and found that each extra hour of late bedtime was associated with a more than two-point increase in body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. The link between late bedtimes and BMI increase was not significantly affected by total sleep time, amount of exercise, or time spent in front of computers or televisions, the investigators found. "The results are important because they highlight adolescent bedtimes, not just total sleep time, as a potential target for weight management concurrently and in the transition to adulthood," first author Lauren Asarnow, a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Obesity, Insomnia, Fatigue, Weight Loss

Less Sleep May Mean Less Sex After Menopause

Posted 6 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Too little sleep may lead to too little intimacy for postmenopausal women, a new study finds. The study included nearly 94,000 women who were asked about their sleep habits during the previous four weeks. They were also asked about their sexual activity during the past year, and their levels of sexual satisfaction. The women were all between the ages of 50 and 79, the researchers said. Thirty percent of women had high insomnia levels, the study found. These women were less sexually active than those without sleep problems, the researchers said. The investigators also found that getting less than the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night was associated with less sexual activity and sexual satisfaction. Although the current study found an association between a lack of sleep and sexual activity and satisfaction, it didn't prove a cause-and-effect ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing the Right Bedtime Snack

Posted 8 days ago by

-- It's not easy to fall asleep with a growling belly, so satisfying bedtime hunger becomes important. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these snacks: A handful of almonds with either half a banana or a handful of cherries, which contain the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Whole-grain crakcers and peanut butter, which contain complex carbohydrates and tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid. Warm milk, which contains calcium, magnesium and tryptophan. A mug of decaffeinated herbal tea, but without ginseng, which can act as a stimulant. A small bowl of whole-grain cereal or warm oatmeal with milk. These contain magnesium, carbohydrates, calcium and melatonin. Half of a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread, a great source of tryptophan. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Obesity, Insomnia, Weight Loss

Natural Surroundings May Promote Sound Sleep

Posted 15 days ago by

SUNDAY, Sept. 20, 2015 – Getting close to nature might improve the quality of your sleep, new research suggests. Seniors and men sleep more soundly if they have access to natural surroundings, such as beaches or parks, according to a study published in the September issue of the journal Preventive Medicine. "It's hard to overestimate the importance of high-quality sleep," study author Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois. "Studies show that inadequate sleep is associated with declines in mental and physical health, reduced cognitive function and increased obesity," she said in a university news release. "This new study shows that exposure to a natural environment may help people get the sleep they need." More than 255,000 adults from across the United States were surveyed about their quality of sleep in the previous ... Read more

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Long Shifts Linked to Increased Injury Risk for EMS Workers

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Emergency services employees (EMS) who work extended shifts are 60 percent more likely to suffer injury and illness than those who work 12 hours or less, a new observational study shows. And the longer the extended shift, the greater the risk, the researchers found. Working in emergency services requires that people be physically strong and able to move patients yet remain clear-headed while providing medical care in stressful and sometimes chaotic situations. Despite such demanding job requirements, these clinicians often have to work up to 24 hours a shift. And that could increase their risk for injuries or take a toll on the quality of care they provide to patients, the researchers said. To investigate how long hours could affect EMS workers, the researchers analyzed 1 million shift schedules completed by 4,000 employees over the course of three years. They ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Constant Social Media Presence May Jeopardize Teens' Mental Health

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Teens who feel a round-the-clock compulsion to participate on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter may pay a price in lost sleep. They may also face a higher risk for depression and anxiety, new research suggests. British researchers surveyed nearly 470 teens to explore how 24/7 social media participation might affect their emotional health. "Adolescence can be a period of increased vulnerability for the onset of depression and anxiety, and poor sleep quality may contribute to this," said study co-author Heather Cleland Woods, a psychology administration teacher at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. "It is important that we understand how social media use relates to these." The findings are scheduled for presentation Friday in Manchester, England, at a British Psychological Society meeting. However, until the data and conclusions are published in a ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder

Too Much, Too Little Sleep May Harm the Heart

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Otherwise healthy people who have poor sleep habits may be putting themselves at risk for early signs of heart disease, a new study suggests. Folks who get too much or too little sleep – or not enough quality rest – are more likely to suffer from stiffened arteries and calcium deposits on the walls of their major arteries, said study lead author Dr. Chan-Won Kim. "Coronary calcium develops way before heart attack symptoms occur, and a greater amount of calcium in the coronary arteries predicts future development of heart disease," said Kim, a clinical associate professor in the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. The sweet spot appears to be about seven hours of sleep, the researchers reported. People who got more or less sleep tended to have increased signs of potential future heart problems. Earlier studies have ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Heart Disease, Sleep Apnea, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome

When Clock Springs Forward, Teen Brain May Fall Behind

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – Teens lose much-needed sleep after the time change in spring, raising concerns about their driving safety, a new study shows. This loss of sleep was associated with increased daytime sleepiness, lapses of attention and longer reaction times, according to the findings in a recent issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. "For many years now, sleep researchers have been concerned about sleep deprivation in adolescents. This study unveils a potential additional factor that may further restrict their sleep in the early spring," principal investigator Dr. Ana Krieger said in a journal news release. She is medical director of the Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Researchers assessed sleep in 35 high school students, average age 16.5 years, on weeknights after the change to daylight savings time in March. The teens slept ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Sleep Apnea May Hurt Kids' Grades

Posted 8 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 8, 2015 – When children have sleep troubles due to breathing problems – such as sleep apnea – they may struggle in school, new research suggests. "Sleep apnea may not be directly causing academic problems," said study lead author Barbara Galland, a research associate professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. "Instead, sleep apnea may interfere with getting a good night's sleep, which may, in turn, contribute to children having a hard time paying attention and being less ready to learn and perform academically during the day," she said. Sleep apnea is a type of sleep-disordered breathing, or irregular breathing while asleep. A person with sleep apnea frequently stops breathing for short periods of time, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. This new study looked at the results of more than a dozen individual studies. Although it ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Sleep Apnea

Light From Smartphones, Tablets May Lower Sleep Hormone in Kids

Posted 3 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015 – New research offers a compelling reason for parents to ban smartphones, tablets and laptops in their children's bedrooms at night: The bright light of these devices may lower levels of melatonin, a hormone that prompts sleep. The effect was most pronounced for kids just entering puberty, with nighttime melatonin levels suppressed by up to 37 percent in some cases, the investigators found. With a recent study suggesting that 96 percent of teens use at least one high-tech device in the hour before bedtime, the researchers have a suggestion for parents. "The message is that we really have to be careful about protecting our especially young teens from light at night, which means parents need to get all screens out of the bedroom, because ultimately they can be quite damaging to a child's capacity to get enough sleep," said study co-author Mary Carskadon. She is a ... Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Melatonin, Bio-Melatonin, Health Aid Melatonin, SGard, Melatonin Time Release, VesPro Melatonin

Health Tip: Can't Sleep?

Posted 2 Sep 2015 by

-- If you're struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, keeping a sleep diary can help you figure out why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests what to include: The time at which you go to bed each night. The time you wake up each morning, and when you get out of bed. If and when you nap. If and when you exercise. Consumption of any alcohol or caffeine. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Fatigue, Nightmares

Doctor Offers Back-to-School Health Tips

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by

SUNDAY, Aug. 16, 2015 – With the arrival of the new school year, parents need to remember the importance of keeping their children healthy, a pediatrician advises. "As we approach the beginning of each school year, we must consider the ongoing health of our children. Ages differ, and therefore needs and concerns differ, but principles remain the same. Healthier children are happier children," Dr. Peter Richel, a pediatrician at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said in a hospital news release. He outlined a number of ways to help children stay healthy during the school year. One important consideration is making sure they get enough sleep. "We often allow later bedtimes during summer months, usually compensating with later sleeping each morning, but adequate rest cannot be overemphasized once school begins. Bedtime routines are very important, especially with earlier ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid These Things Before Bedtime

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by

-- If you're not getting enough sleep, it could be due to your activities before you hit the hay. The National Sleep Foundation warns against: Taking medications that contain pseudoephedrine, a stimulant. If you need relief from cold or allergy symptoms, opt for an antihistamine designed for night-time use. Don't watch TV, work at a computer or use a tablet or smartphone. Light from these screens can over-stimulate your brain. Opt for a book or music instead. Don't take a hot bath just before bed. Bathe at least an hour before so your body has time to cool off before sleep. Don't go to sleep with a full belly, especially if it's loaded with foods high in fat and salt. Don't drink beverages that contain caffeine after the morning. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 12 hours. Read more

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Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. That's because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said. More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may lead to broken sleep and frequent shifts between sleep stages. Previous studies have suggested that disrupted sleep can help predict the severity of pain, the scientists explained. The team of researchers, from the University of Alabama and the University of Florida, were led by Megan Petrov, an assistant professor at Arizona State University in Phoenix. The team investigated whether or not poor-quality sleep was linked to greater sensitivity and reduced tolerance for pain among those with chronic pain. In conducting the study, the researchers examined ... Read more

Related support groups: Insomnia, Osteoarthritis

Talk Therapy May Help Ease Insomnia, Even With Other Health Woes

Posted 17 Jul 2015 by

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 – Talk therapy may help treat insomnia in people with physical or mental health problems, a new study suggests. With cognitive behavioral therapy, people talk with a therapist to identify the negative thoughts and feelings that cause them problems, and to learn ways to solve their problems, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. Past studies have found cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can improve sleep. But, many of those studies didn't include people with psychiatric and medical conditions. For the new study, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago looked at 37 previous studies. The research included nearly 2,200 people and looked at cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in people who had depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder and/or with medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Anxiety, Anxiety and Stress, Sleep Disorders, Insomnia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fatigue, Social Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Alcohol Dependence, Agitation, Psychiatric Disorders

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